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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2356

First Church (Cambridge, Mass.) sermon papers


Sermons and notes on sermons delivered at the First Church of Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • 1665-1837.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 folder in 1 box)

Sermons and notes on sermons delivered in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the First Church. Includes manuscript sermons of Abiel Holmes, notes on sermons by Increase Mather, and notes written by Joseph Baxter on sermons delivered from 1690-1692.

Biographical / Historical

The First Church was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1633, but in 1636 the minister and most of the members removed to Hartford, Conn. In 1829 the First Parish or First Church (Congregational) in Cambridge split into factions of Unitarian and Trinitarian persuasion. The latter, with the pastor Abiel Holmes, separated to form the Shepard Congregational Society, and continued subsequently under the name of the First Church. The Unitarians continued to be known as the First Parish, though claiming the title of First Church until 1899.


Arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

63M-127-130. Deposited by The Shepard Historical Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1963.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.

First Church (Cambridge, Mass.) First Church (Cambridge, Mass.) sermon papers, 1665-1837: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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