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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 245

Oxford, Massachusetts. Universalist Society of Oxford. Records, 1785-1955.

Records of the Universalist Society of Oxford, Massachusetts, including correspondence, membership and pew records, orders of service, clippings, and records related to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention's management of the church property. The records span 1785-1955.

Dates

  • 1785-1955

Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Extent

2 boxes

This collection consists of several record books that include information on membership, pews, and subscriptions, as well as correspondence, minutes, notes, and clippings. There are also records related to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention's management of the church property, including leases, correspondence, and receipts. Records related to church groups, such as the Ladies' Industrial Society and the Ladies' Circle are also included.

Biographical / Historical

The Universalist Society of Oxford, Massachusetts was founded in 1785 and a church was built in 1792. It stands as the oldest Univeralist church in America. In 1818 the use of the church was split with the Congregational Society for some time. The Society drew members from the towns of Ward, Sutton, Woodstock, Charlton, Sturbridge, Dudley. In 1917 the Society property was transferred to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention.
Title
Oxford, Massachusetts. Universalist Society of Oxford. Records, 1785-1955: A Finding Aid.
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00245

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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