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bMS 245

Oxford, Massachusetts. Universalist Society of Oxford. Records, 1785-1955: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 245
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Title: Oxford, Massachusetts. Universalist Society of Oxford. Records, 1785-1955.
Date(s): 1785-1955
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: Records of the Universalist Society of Oxford, Massachusetts, including correspondence, membership and pew records, orders of service, clippings, and records related to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention's management of the church property. The records span 1785-1955.

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Biographical / Historical

The Universalist Society of Oxford, Massachusetts was founded in 1785 and a church was built in 1792. It stands as the oldest Univeralist church in America. In 1818 the use of the church was split with the Congregational Society for some time. The Society drew members from the towns of Ward, Sutton, Woodstock, Charlton, Sturbridge, Dudley. In 1917 the Society property was transferred to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of several record books that include information on membership, pews, and subscriptions, as well as correspondence, minutes, notes, and clippings. There are also records related to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention's management of the church property, including leases, correspondence, and receipts. Records related to church groups, such as the Ladies' Industrial Society and the Ladies' Circle are also included.

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