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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 293

Second Society of Universalists (Cambridge, Mass.) Records, 1825-1907

Church record book, 1836-1907; Society treasurer's books, 1825-1842, 1854-1885, 1891-1899; Ladies Social Circle record books, 1867-1899.

Dates

  • 1825-1907

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Extent

3 boxes

This collection consists of a church record book, 1836-1907; society treasurer's books, 1825-1842, 1854-1885, 1891-1899; and Ladies Social Circle record books, 1867-1899.

Biographical / Historical

The society was incorporated February 11, 1823, and the church was organized on January 1, 1836. In 1834 a hall in a building on the north side of Cambridge Street, between Third and Fourth Streets, was rented by the society; this became known as Berean Hall. The society purchased and remodeled it, and it was dedicated on December 5, 1843. In 1865, the society erected a new church building on the north side of Otis Street between Third and Fourth Streets. Around 1901, the society arranged with the Rev. George Waters Bicknell of the First Universalist Church in Cambridge to conduct services for the Second Society. On January 7, 1907, the society held their last meeting.

  • 1834-1838 Henry Bacon
  • 1838-1845 Elbridge Gerry Brooks
  • 1845-1848 W. R. G. Mellen
  • 1849-1852 Massena Goodrich
  • 1855-1857 Henry A. Eaton
  • 1858-1861 Henry W. Rugg
  • 1862 S. L. Roripaugh
  • 1863-1866 James F. Powers
  • 1867-1868 Henry I. Cushman
  • 1868-1871 Frank Maguire
  • 1872-1873 Sumner Ellis
  • 1874 Henry I. Cushman
  • 1875-1878 William A. Start
  • 1879-1881 William F. Potter
  • 1883-1887 Clarence E. Rice
  • 1889-1890 I. P. Coddington
  • 1891-1899 H. Fay Fister
  • 1900 T. A. Fisher
Ministers
1834-1838
Henry Bacon
1838-1845
Elbridge Gerry Brooks
1845-1848
W. R. G. Mellen
1849-1852
Massena Goodrich
1855-1857
Henry A. Eaton
1858-1861
Henry W. Rugg
1862
S. L. Roripaugh
1863-1866
James F. Powers
1867-1868
Henry I. Cushman
1868-1871
Frank Maguire
1872-1873
Sumner Ellis
1874
Henry I. Cushman
1875-1878
William A. Start
1879-1881
William F. Potter
1883-1887
Clarence E. Rice
1889-1890
I. P. Coddington
1891-1899
H. Fay Fister
1900
T. A. Fisher

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Ann Falsey, 1979.
Link to catalog
Title
Second Society of Universalists (Cambridge, Mass.). Records (bMS 293): A Finding Aid
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00293

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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