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Call No.: bMS 657
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Essex Conference Ministers Association.
Title: Essex Conference Ministers Association. Records, 1866-1955.
Quantity: 1 cubic feet (1 boxes)
Abstract: The collection includes financial records; conference minutes and programs; by-laws; records; meeting minutes; and records of secretary-treasurer Rev. Bradford E. Gale. The records span 1866-1955.
The Essex Conference Ministers Association was established in Salem, Massachusetts, on December 11, 1866, as a ministerial organization for Unitarian and other liberal clergymen serving in Essex County, Massachusetts. Its purpose was to foster closer collaboration among the ministers in the churches in that area. Originally called the Essex County Conference of Liberal Christian Churches, it was a local chapter of the National Unitarian Conference. In 1955, the conference changed its name to the Essex Liberal Religious Conference, and it included Unitarian, Universalist, and Federated churches. The conference disbanded when the Unitarian and Universalist denominations merged to form the Unitarian Universalist Association in 1961.
The collection includes financial records; conference minutes and programs; by-laws; records; meeting minutes; and records of secretary-treasurer Rev. Bradford E. Gale. There is also an historical sketch with information on the conference up until 1900.