The following guide to further research in American Quaker history is not an exhaustive bibliography. Additional citations on periods and regions are found in the chapter notes; biographies are listed in the Biographical Dictionary. Most dissertations are cited only in biographical entries or chapter notes.
The most comprehensive history of Quakers was planned as the "Rowntree Series," which, though now dated, remains the starting place for serious research: William C. Braithwaite , The Beginnings of Quakerism ( London: Macmillan, 1912); revised by Henry J. Cadbury ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1955), deals with the origins; Braithwaite's Second Period of Quakerism ( London: Macmillan, 1919); revised by Henry Cadbury ( Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1961), begins with the Restoration of 1660 and ends in the early eighteenth century. Rufus M. Jones, Amelia M. Gummere, and Isaac Sharpless, Quakers in the American Colonies ( London: Macmillan, 1911; New York: Norton, 1966), continues the story until the American Revolution. Rufus Jones, Later Periods of Quakerism, 2 vols. ( London: Macmillan, 1921), deals with events in England and America until World War I.
Among other histories, John Punshon, Portrait in Grey: A Short History of the Quakers ( London: Quaker Home Service, 1984), is thoughtful and readable but more definitive on England than on America. Thorough and still useful is Elbert Russell, The History of Quakerism ( New York: Macmillan, 1942; Friends United Press, 1979). Books with a historical overview and expressing a liberal, mystical theological perspective include Howard Brinton, Friends for 300 Years ( New York: Harper, 1952; Wallingford, Pa.: Pendle Hill, 1965); A. Neave Brayshaw, The Quakers: Their Story and Message ( London: George Allen & Unwin, 1927); and Elfrida Vipont, The Story of Quakerism, 2d ed. ( London: Bannisdale, 1960). More evangelical emphases appear in D. Elton Trueblood, The People Called Quakers ( New York: Harper & Row, 1966), and Walter R. Williams, The Rich Heritage of Quakerism (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1962; Newberg, Oreg.: Barclay Press, 1987).