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bMS 573

Congregational Parish (Unitarian) of Arlington, MA. Records, 1733-1965

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 573
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Congregational Parish (Unitarian) of Arlington, MA.
Title: Congregational Parish (Unitarian) of Arlington, MA. Records, 1733-1965
Date(s): 1733-1965
Quantity: 44 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Papers donated by the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The church was gathered on September 9, 1739 as the Second Church in Cambridge. Cambridge's Second or North-West Precinct (often called Menotomy Precinct) had been set off in 1732; organization of the Second Parish in Cambridge came at a somewhat later date. In 1829, the congregation called its first Unitarian minister,Frederic Henry Hedge. In 1867, the town's name was changed from West Cambridge to Arlington, and the church was then called the First Congregational Church and Parish (Unitarian) of Arlington. 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 An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts, by Harold Field Worthley, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1970, and from Arlington's First Parish, by Charles Grady, 2000).

Arrangement

Series I. Official records

Series II: Ministers and ministry

Series III: Building and property records

Series VI: Organizations

Series VII: History

Scope and Contents

Parish registers (marriages, baptisms, funerals, membership); legal documents including pew deeds; records of organizations and committees; financial records and correspondence; building records; newsletters and programs; ministerial papers; some town records and memorabilia. Records span the period from the organization of the Northwest Precinct in Cambridge (1732) to the merger of the First Congregational Parish (Unitarian) and the First Universalist Society, both in Arlington, Massachusetts, in 1965. Collection also includes some later papers of the Reverend William W. Lewis (1955-1969) and of organizations which became defunct in the period immediately after the merger. The records are organized into seven series, which are: I. Official Records; II. Ministers/Ministry; III. Building and Property records; IV. Denominational records; V. Sunday school/religious education; VI. organizations; and VII. History. These series are further divided into subseries, as indicated by the following list.

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