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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 706

Ware, Massachusetts. First Unitarian Church of Ware. Records, 1846-1998.


Records of the First Unitarian Church of Ware that includes general church record books, correspondence, financial records, papers of church groups and organizations, and general AUA and UUA records. There are no birth, death, or marriage records.


  • 1846-1998.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


11 boxes
This collection contains general church records that include deeds, correspondence, membership records, by-laws and constitution, minister records, clippings, and photographs. There are also financial records that include treasurer's record books; pew records; material related to church groups and organizations such as the Women's Alliance and the Young People's Religious Union. These records also consist of several miscellaneous items that include a Bible, a commemorative plate, and papers related to the Town of Ware. There are no birth, death, or marriage records.

Note: Oversized material is included in box 6, mostly consisting of pew records.

Biographical / Historical

The First Unitarian Church of Ware was founded in 1845 and incorporated on October 7, 1846. Following the death of the church's third minister, Rev. Samuel Fulton Clarke, in March 1861, services were temporarily suspended and the church was closed until April 1862. The church closed in 1996.


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. General church records
  2. Series II. Financial records
  3. Series III. Pew records
  4. Series IV. Church groups and organizations
  5. Series V. AUA and UUA general records
  6. Series VI. Miscellaneous

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 2006-2007.

General note

The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessica Suarez, 2010.
Link to catalog
Ware, Massachusetts. First Unitarian Church of Ware. Records, 1846-1998: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University 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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