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MS Am 2356

First Church (Cambridge, Mass.) First Church (Cambridge, Mass.) sermon papers, 1665-1837: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 2356
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: First Church (Cambridge, Mass.).
Title: First Church (Cambridge, Mass.) sermon papers,
Date(s): 1665-1837.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Sermons and notes on sermons delivered at the First Church of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

63M-127-130. Deposited by The Shepard Historical Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1963.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

First Church (Cambridge, Mass.) Sermon Papers, 1665-1837 (MS Am 2356). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

The First Church was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1633, but in 1636 the minister and most of the members removed to Hartford, Conn. In 1829 the First Parish or First Church (Congregational) in Cambridge split into factions of Unitarian and Trinitarian persuasion. The latter, with the pastor Abiel Holmes, separated to form the Shepard Congregational Society, and continued subsequently under the name of the First Church. The Unitarians continued to be known as the First Parish, though claiming the title of First Church until 1899.


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Scope and Contents

Sermons and notes on sermons delivered in Cambridge, Massachusetts at the First Church. Includes manuscript sermons of Abiel Holmes, notes on sermons by Increase Mather, and notes written by Joseph Baxter on sermons delivered from 1690-1692.

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