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bMS 582

Second Society of Universalists (Boston, Mass.). Records: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 582
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Second Society of Universalists (Boston, Mass.).
Title: Second Society of Universalists (Boston, Mass.). Records, 1817-1945.
Date(s): 1817-1945
Quantity: 12.25 cubic feet (35 boxes)
Abstract: Administrative records of the Second Society of Universalists of Boston, Massachusetts spanning the history of the society but they are not comprehensive. The collection includes congregational constitutions and by-laws; records relating to building projects; financial records; meeting records; membership records; service and hymnal records; scrapbooks; administrative correspondence and subject files; records relating to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention; records pertaining to the work, including some sermons, of the various ministers of the congregation; pew deeds; treasurer records; and records pertaining to the dissolution of the society.

Biographical / Historical

The Second Universalist Society of Boston, Massachusetts, was founded in 1817 with Hosea Ballou as its minister. It was established to accommodate the expanding community of the First Universalist Society in Boston. In 1935, the Second Universalist Society merged with the Arlington Street Church under the ministerial leadership of Dana McLean Greeley.

Scope and Contents

These administrative records span the history of the society but are not comprehensive. The records include congregational constitutions and by-laws; records relating to construction, renovation, and new building projects; financial records of the congregation and its organizations; meeting records of congregational administrations, standing committees, and subsidiary organizations; membership records; service and hymnal records; scrapbooks relating to congregation activities and events; administrative correspondence and subject files; records relating to the Massachusetts Universalist Convention; records pertaining to the work, including some sermons, of the various ministers of the congregation; pew deeds; treasurer records, including fund-raising records; and records pertaining to the dissolution of the society.

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