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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 301

First Universalist Society in Charlestown (Mass.) Records: Register, 1809-1939

Church and society records, including minutes and records of services (1809-1916), printed material; letter to society from Edward Turner (1777-1853); financial records (1811-1916); Sunday School records (1847-ca.1905); records of women's organizations; programs; photographs.

Dates

  • 1809-1939

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Extent

3 Feet (13 boxes)

This collection consists of church and society records, including minutes and records of services (1809-1916) and printed material; a letter to the society from Edward Turner (1777-1853); financial records (1811-1916); Sunday School records (1847-ca.1905); records of women's organizations; programs; and photographs.

Biographical / Historical

The church was organized in 1809. In 1811, the Society was incorporated, its building was erected, and the first minister, Abner Kneeland, was called. In December 1937, the Society relinquished the church building, which was razed in 1939.

  • 1811-1814 Abner Kneeland
  • 1814-1825 Edward Turner
  • 1825-1826 Calvin Gardner
  • 1827-1829 J.S. Thompson
  • 1829-1834 Linus Everett
  • 1835-1839 Thomas F. King
  • 1840-1845 Edwin H. Chapin
  • 1846-1849 Thomas Starr King
  • 1853-1863 Alexander G. Laurie
  • 1865-1870 Oscar F. Stafford
  • 1871-1878 William T. Stowe
  • 1879-1891 Charles Follen Lee
  • 1893-1899 Gideon I. Keirn
  • 1900-1910 William M. Kimmell
  • 1911-1921 Ransome A. Greene
  • 1922-1927 Roger F. Etz
  • 1928-1937 John M. Ratcliff
Ministers
1811-1814
Abner Kneeland
1814-1825
Edward Turner
1825-1826
Calvin Gardner
1827-1829
J.S. Thompson
1829-1834
Linus Everett
1835-1839
Thomas F. King
1840-1845
Edwin H. Chapin
1846-1849
Thomas Starr King
1853-1863
Alexander G. Laurie
1865-1870
Oscar F. Stafford
1871-1878
William T. Stowe
1879-1891
Charles Follen Lee
1893-1899
Gideon I. Keirn
1900-1910
William M. Kimmell
1911-1921
Ransome A. Greene
1922-1927
Roger F. Etz
1928-1937
John M. Ratcliff

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Society and church records, 1809-1939
  2. Series II. Financial records, 1811-1882
  3. Series III. Bills and receipts, 1815-1916
  4. Series IV. Sunday School records, 1847-ca. 1905
  5. Series V. Miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, January 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by: Elizabeth Ann Falsey, January 1979.
Link to catalog
Title
First Universalist Society in Charlestown (Mass.) Records (bMS 301): A Finding Aid
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00301

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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