This page provides access to the official minutes of Pacific Yearly Meeting business meetings held at Annual Sessions and at Representative, Interim and Executive Committee meetings since 1947. See the bottom of the page for more background on what is here.
Action Minutes Only
List of PYM Minutes of Action for all years 2001 through RepCom 2019. (Action minutes beyond RepCom 2019 are not yet added to this file, but can be found in the full minutes packets).
Packets of Full Minutes and Reports
Minutes since 2001 have been published electronically as PDF files. Publication of paper minutes was discontinued in 2013.
|Year||Representative Committee (Winter)||Annual Session (Summer)|
|2020 – 74th year||RepCom 2020||AS 2020|
|2019 – 73rd year||RepCom 2019
|2018 – 72nd year||RepCom 2018||AS 2018|
|2017 – 71st year||RepCom 2017||AS 2017|
|2016 – 70th year||RepCom 2016||AS 2016|
|2015 – 69th year||RepCom 2015||AS 2015|
|2014 – 68th year||RepCom 2014||AS 2014|
|2013 – 67th year||RepCom 2013||AS 2013|
|2012 – 66th year||RepCom 2012||AS 2012|
|2011 – 65th year||RepCom 2011||AS 2011|
|2010 – 64th year||RepCom 2010||AS 2010|
|2009 – 63rd year||RepCom 2009||AS 2009|
|2008 – 62nd year||RepCom 2008||AS 2008|
|2007 – 61st year||RepCom 2007||AS 2007|
|2006 – 60th year||RepCom 2006||AS 2006|
|2005 – 59th year||RepCom 2005||AS 2005|
|2004 – 58th year||RepCom 2004||AS 2004|
|2003 – 57th year||RepCom 2003||AS 2003|
|2002 – 56th year||RepCom 2002||AS 2002|
|2001 – 55th year||RepCom 2001||AS 2001|
|1957 – 11th year||AS 1957|
|1956 – 10th year||AS 1956|
|1955 – 9th year||AS 1955|
|1954 – 8th year||AS 1954|
|1953 – 7th year||AS 1953|
|1952 – 6th year||AS 1952|
|1951 – 5th year||AS 1951|
|1950 – 4th year||AS 1950|
|1949 – 3rd year||AS 1949|
|1948 – 2nd year||AS 1948|
|1947 – 1st year||AS 1947|
Background and History
Pacific Yearly Meeting was officially formed in 1947. For the first 11 years it existed “jointly and within” the older organization, Pacific Coast Association of Friends. The “two organizations” met as one and the same gathering and their minutes were published in Friends Bulletin, the publication of PCAF that first came out in 1929. The links above for 1947-1957 take you to scanned images of the appropriate issues of Friends Bulletin in the archives of Western Friend Magazine (today’s incarnation of Friends Bulletin). We encourage Friends to visit the extremely useful Western Friend deep archive to explore more of the history of Friends in the Pacific region as reported in the issues of Friends Bulletin.
In 1958 the name “Pacific Coast Association of Friends” was officially dropped. Informal reports about the PYM annual sessions continued to be published in Friends Bulletin but the actual minutes of the PYM sessions were published separately.
2001 was the first year that PYM minutes were published electronically on a PYM website (as well as on paper). It is these online minutes that are linked above for 2001 through the present. Many of the earlier ones (especially 2001-2004) do not contain all the referenced reports (“attachments”), nor are the reports to be found posted on the website. At some point we will try to locate paper copies of the missing reports and scan them to make them available here. Generally since 2007 the packets do contain all, or nearly all, of the reports. The minutes for RepCom 2001 and 2002 had to be scanned from paper to make them available here. Regarding the minutes for years 2013-2018, see this status report.
Minutes for the “middle years” (1958 through 2000) are generally only available on paper under the care of the PYM Historian/Archivist (currently Jan Tappan of Orange Grove Meeting). Copies are stored in archives (read: file cabinets) in the Whittier College Library basement, but they are not accessible publicly there. The Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College in Philadelphia also has a collection which is publicly accessible, but only on paper in the library itself, not online and not digitally. We are beginning to prepare scanned images of these minutes to make them available online here. So far we have made it up to 1981, with some gaps in the 1960’s. We will continue to post more as we scan them.