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bMS 4

Arlington Street Church (Boston, Mass.). Records, 1730-1979

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 4
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Arlington Street Church (Boston, Mass.).
Title: Arlington Street Church (Boston, Mass.). Records, 1730-1979
Date(s): 1730-1979
Quantity: 52 boxes
Abstract: Records of the Arlington Street Church, including record books of marriages, baptisms, and church membership, as well as correspondence, material on ministers, pews, and financial records. The records span 1730-1979.

Acquisition Information:

Deposited by the Arlington Street Church, 1978 and 1980.

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 593.

Biographical / Historical

This community was founded in 1729 by Scots-Irish Presbyterians, who were immigrants from the northern part of Ireland. The congregation was first referred to as the Church of the Presbyterian Strangers. Originally, their services were conducted in a converted barn; this structure was converted into a meeting house in 1744, which became known as "the Meeting House in Long Lane." In 1786, the Massachusetts Convention met in this church, and in honor of this event the name of Long Lane was changed to Federal Street, and the church became known as the Federal Street Church. The congregation moved to a new building in 1862 on Arlington Street in the Back Bay section of Boston, and it became known as the Arlington Street Church. Some of the church's early ministers were: John Moorhead (1729-1773); Robert Annan (1783-1786); Jeremy Belknap (1787-1798); John Snelling Popkin (1799-1802); William Ellery Channing (1803-1842); and Ezra Stiles Gannett (1824-1871).

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence; official and general church records, including record books of marriages, baptisms, and church membership; material on church committees and organizations; ministers and personnel; and financial records. Portions of this collection have been digitized and can be accessed by clicking on the "See digital images" link in the container list.

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