Boston, Massachusetts. First Church in Boston. Records, 1844-1996.
Biographical / Historical
The First Church in Boston was incorporated as a Special Act corporation by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1829. In 1922, in connection with a change in the Church from one financed by pew assessments to one financed by annual pledge drives, all the pews were contributed under a Deed of Trust to five Trustees who are also Trustees of the 1829 corporation.
Second Church was founded in 1649 by members of the First Church. Over the last three hundred years, five other congregations have merged either with The First Church in Boston or with Second Church in Boston, which merged into First Church in 1970. They include Hollis Street Church, South Congregational Church, the Seventh Church, the Tenth Church and the Church of Our Savior.
Many prominent members of Boston’s history have had ties with these various church communities, including John Cotton, the Mather family, Anne Hutchinson, William Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Ware, Jr. and Charles Chauncy. Recent ministers include Charles Edward Park and Rhys Williams.
- Series I. Orders and notices of services
- Series II. Ledgers
- Series III. Records of church groups and organizations
- Series IV. General church records
- Series V. General American Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist Association records
- Boston, Massachusetts. First Church in Boston. Records, 1844-1996: A Finding Aid.
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