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bMS 342

First Universalist Society in Salem, MA. Records, 1806-1955.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 342
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: First Universalist Society in Salem, MA.
Title: First Universalist Society in Salem, MA. Records, 1806-1955
Date(s): 1806-1955
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: Meeting minutes, pew deeds, financial statements, correspondence, clippings, etc. of the First Universalist Society in Salem, MA. The records span 1806-1955.

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Biographical / Historical

Nathaniel Frothingham was the most instrumental person in the founding of the Universalist faith in Salem. He invited Reverend John Murray to preach at his home in Salem in1805, and that same year, the Universalist Society in Salem was formally organized. Two other early Universalist leaders in Salem were Jonathan Bickford and Reverend Hosea Ballou. The first Universalist service was held in the church on May 14, 1809. On June 22 of that same year, the church was dedicated and the minister, the Reverend Edward Turner, was installed.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains meeting minutes, pew deeds, financial statements, correspondence, (including letters from Edward Turner and Hosea Ballou), clippings, programs, and the diary of carpenter Perley Putnam, which includes a copy of the Act of Incorporation.
This collection was also microfilmed and the microfilm is in box 1.

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