Reno Friends Meeting Records

Identifier: 95-09

Scope and Contents

The Reno Friends Meeting Records contains the records of the Reno Friends, a Reno-based Quaker group, from 1961-2000. The collection documents the group's meetings where they discussed issues such as fundraising, education initiatives, and internal communications. It is comprised of four series containing records of local meetings and other activities including meeting minutes and information pamphlets; Pacific Yearly Meeting and Subject Files focusing on social and political issues such as East-West relations, Central America, and other societal issues; the John Woolman School, the group’s private boarding school, including records for quarterly meetings and their newsletter, Outsider Insider; and American Friends Service Committee, an organization working for peace and social justice everywhere.


  • 1961-2000


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used onsite. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Biographical / Historical

The Reno Friends Quaker Meeting, originally incorporated as the Reno Monthly Meeting of Friends, Inc., was established in the summer of 1961 when several Friends families who had moved into the Reno area began meeting together for worship and discussion. In March 1969, the group officially incorporated. The purpose of the organization, as stated in their Articles of Incorporation, includes "the provision of facilities for regular meetings for Quaker worship in Reno; provision for religious education for our members, their children, and other interested members of the community; provision for the implementation of our religious testimonies and the social concerns which rise from them; and the raising of funds for carrying the same into effect."

The Reno Friends have pursued several initiatives over the years, including opening a boarding school in 1963 and undertaking various community outreach efforts. The Friends are currently active in Reno with weekly unprogrammed, or silent, worship occurring at the Friends' current location at 497 Highland Avenue near the University of Nevada, Reno.

[Information in this note adapted from the collection as well as from the Reno Friends Quaker Meeting website,, accessed August 4, 2021]


6 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Reno Friends Meeting formed in 1961 and was officially incorporated in 1969. The group is dedicated to the facilitation of Quaker worship in Reno, Nevada as well as pursuing social concerns of interest to the Friends. The collection contains Reno Friends meeting minutes, correspondence, flyers, brochures related to Quakerism and other social issues, information on the Friends boarding school (active in the 1960s), and Pacific Yearly Meeting materials.


Arranged into the following series: 1) Local; 2) Pacific Yearly Meeting and Subject Files; 3) John Woolman School; 4) American Friends Service Committee

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Dorothy Goetz on April 4, 1995.


Guide to the Reno Friends Meeting Records
Emily Koszuth and Jessica Maddox
August 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
775-682-5724 (Fax)