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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 626

First Church in Roxbury (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.). Records, 1630-1956

Records of the First Church in Roxbury, MA including record books and registers, committee minutes, and correspondence. The records span 1630-1956.


  • 1630-1956


5 boxes

This collection contains record books (1630-1956), administrative committee minutes, membership records, baptismal register (1774-1862), marriages register (1774-1862), burials register (1774-1862), service bulletins (1920-1956), and correspondence documenting the activities and ministries of the congregation.

Biographical / Historical

The area now known as Roxbury was begininng to be populated by English settlers in 1630. In 1631 the church was gathered and the first meetinghouse was built in 1632 establishing the First Church in Roxbury. That same year, Thomas Weld was ordained as the first pastor of the church, and John Eliot was ordained as the first teacher. The church was incorporated as The First Religious Society in 1825, and in 1868, Roxbury was annexed to Boston.(from An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts, by Harold Field Worthley, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1970.
First Church in Roxbury (Roxbury, Boston, Mass.). Records, 1630-1956.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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