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bMS 572

First Universalist Society of Arlington, MA. Records, 1841-1965: A Finding Aid

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 572
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: First Universalist Society of Arlington, MA.
Title: First Universalist Society of Arlington, MA. Records, 1841-1965
Date(s): 1841-1965
Quantity: 27 boxes

Acquisition Information:

Papers donated by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

In 1822, a group called the Universalist Society of West Cambridge was formed, and in 1840 theFirst Universalist Society of West Cambridge was organized. This Society constructed a meeting house which was dedicated in 1841, and the first minister of this Society was the Reverend Josiah Crosby Waldo. In 1867, West Cambridge became known as Arlington, and in 1885 the First Universalist Society of Arlington was incorporated. In 1965, the First Congregational Parish (Unitarian) and the First Universalist Society of Arlington merged to form the present day First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington. (From Arlington's First Parish by Charles Grady, 2000.)

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of membership, baptism, death, and financial records, as well as annual reports, minutes of parish meetings, papers of ministers, building and property records, the correspondence of the parish clerk, photographs and scrapbooks, minutes of the Board of Trustees, and records related to the consolidation of the Universalists and Unitarians in Arlington (1964-1965). The records are organized into six series: I. Official records, II. Ministers and ministry, III. Building and property records, IV. Denominational records, V. Organizations, and VI. History. These series are further divided into subseries, as indicated in the arrangement list above.

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