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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 258

First Universalist Society (Cambridge, Mass.). Records, 1821-1958

Society records and correspondence, including membership lists and minutes, 1821-1923; Church records, including membership records, 1825-1944, lists of baptisms, 1830-1950, marriages, 1939-1950, and deaths, 1939-1950; minutes and records of services, 1827-1953; financial records, 1826-1958; Sunday School records, 1838-1944; Literary and Social Union records, 1869-1887; scrapbook material, including programs, clippings, orders of service; photographs of church building and members.

Dates

  • 1821-1958

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Extent

2 Feet (7 boxes)

This collection consists of society records and correspondence, including membership lists and minutes, 1821-1923; church records, including membership records, 1825-1944, lists of baptisms, 1830-1950, marriages, 1939-1950, and deaths, 1939-1950; minutes and records of services, 1827-1953; financial records, 1826-1958; Sunday School records, 1838-1944; Literary and Social Union records, 1869-1887; scrapbook material, including programs, clippings, orders of service; and photographs of the church building and members.

Historical note

The First Universalist Society in Cambridge was incorporated February 9, 1822, and its meeting house at the corner of Main Street and Front Street (later called Massachusetts Avenue) was dedicated December 18, 1822. The church was organized June 19, 1827. In 1888, the meeting house was moved to its present location on Inman Street. The Society was dissolved on May 14, 1958.

Ministers
  • 1823-1831 Thomas Whittemore
  • 1831-1832 Samuel P. Skinner
  • 1832-1839 Lucius R. Paige
  • 1842-1845 Lemuel Willis
  • 1846-1848 Luther J. Fletcher
  • 1849-1852 Edwin A. Eaton
  • 1853-1867 Charles A. Skinner
  • 1868-1873 Benjamin F. Bowles
  • 1874-1886 Oscar F. Safford
  • 1887-1891 Alphonso E. White
  • 1892-1915 George W. Bicknell
  • 1915-1922 Arthur E. Wilson
  • 1923-1938 Otto S. Raspe
  • 1939-1950 Frank B. Chatterton
Ministers
1823-1831
Thomas Whittemore
1831-1832
Samuel P. Skinner
1832-1839
Lucius R. Paige
1842-1845
Lemuel Willis
1846-1848
Luther J. Fletcher
1849-1852
Edwin A. Eaton
1853-1867
Charles A. Skinner
1868-1873
Benjamin F. Bowles
1874-1886
Oscar F. Safford
1887-1891
Alphonso E. White
1892-1915
George W. Bicknell
1915-1922
Arthur E. Wilson
1923-1938
Otto S. Raspe
1939-1950
Frank B. Chatterton

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Society records, 1821-1923
  2. Series II. Church records, 1825-1953
  3. Series III. Treasurer's records, 1836-1958
  4. Series IV. Sunday School records, 1838-1944
  5. Series V. Miscellaneous records, 1869-1940

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 459 and bMS 559.

Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Ann Falsey, 1978
Link to catalog
Title
First Universalist Society (Cambridge, Mass.) Records (bMS 258): A Finding Aid
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00258

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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