First Parish (Cambridge, Mass.). Records, 1804-2010.
NOTE: There are oversized items in box 14 and they are arranged according to their appropriate series in the container list below. Box 13 (Series X) and box 16 (Series IV) are also out of sequence, and they are arranged according to their appropriate series.
Biographical / Historical
The fifth and current Meeting House was built in 1833, and Harvard College commencements were held in it until 1873. Here Presidents Everett, Sparks, Walker, Felton, Hill, and Eliot were inaugurated, and in 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson gave his Phi Beta Kappa oration "The American Scholar." The Parish House was built in 1902, and the interior of the Meeting House remodeled in 1914. The Crothers Chapel (named after the Rev. Samuel Crothers, pastor from 1894 to 1927) was dedicated in 1941.
- Series I. Ministers of First Parish, Cambridge - includes biographical information, sermons, and other writings, arranged chronologically by service
- Series II. Orders of service - arranged chronologically
- Series III. Membership records, annual reports, and annual meetings - arranged chronologically
- Series IV. Committees, task forces, clubs, and other groups - includes meeting minutes, notes, and memoranda, arranged alphabetically by group
- Series V. Sunday School and religious education - includes notes, record books, meeting minutes, and memoranda
- Series VI. Financial records - includes ledgers, treasurer's records, Board of Investment records, and annual fund records
- Series VII. General church records - includes church anniversaries, histories, mailings, and records of C. Conrad Wright, Clerk
- Series VIII. Affiliated organizations and projects - includes Stebbins Gallery, Cambridge Forum, Nameless Coffeehouse, and Notable American Unitarians project
- Series IX. Photographs
- Series X. Clippings and scrapbooks
- Series XI. Miscellaneous and unidentified
- Series XII. Audiovisual material - includes audio cassettes of sermons and addresses and one audio reel with three sermons
- First Parish (Cambridge, Mass.). Records, 1804-2010: A Finding Aid.
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