Adelphoi Theologia (Harvard University). Records of Adelphoi Theologia and The Society
for Religious Improvement : an inventory
Harvard University Archives
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: HUD 3120
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Adelphoi Theologia (Harvard University)
Title: Records of Adelphoi Theologia and The Society for Religious Improvement, 1785-1847
Quantity: 0.5 cubic feet (9 containers)
Abstract: Adelphoi Theologia was founded on November 10, 1785 by six members of the Harvard
College Class of 1786. As of November 4, 1835, the group changed its name to The Society
for Religious Improvement. The records document the history and activities of this
The Records of Adelphoi Theologia and Society of Religious Improvement were first
classified and described in the Harvard University Archives shelflist prior to 1980.
In November 2007, Juliana Kuipers re-processed the material. Re-processing involved
integrating and reorganizing the collection, re-housing materials in the appropriate
containers, establishing a series hierarchy, and creating this inventory.
All of the call numbers were simplified.
The Records of Adelphoi Theologia and The Society for Religious Improvement are open
All of the records have been digitized and are available online. Links accompany detailed
- College Papers by George Moore (HUC 8832.356) includes two speeches delivered before the Society in 1832 and 1833.
Adelphoi Theologia, which also identified itself in Greek as ΑΔΕΛΦΟΙ ΘΕΟΛΟΓΙΑ, was founded as a secret
society on November 10, 1785 by six members of the Harvard College Class of 1786. The society met weekly on Sunday evenings for religious activities and discussion of a religious question. As of November 4, 1835, the group changed
its name to The Society for Religious Improvement, and began publicizing its meetings. The last members were from the Class of 1847,
and the last official meeting was held on June 23, 1847.
The Records of Adelphoi Theologia and The Society for Religious Improvement document
the history and activities of this religious society. Journals (minutes) kept by the
society document weekly meetings and form the largest part of this collection. Other
materials include catalogs of the society's library, constitutions, laws, and lists
of members, and two letters.
This document last updated 2016 November 3.
- Series: HUD 3120 Box 9, Folder 1. Meeting notices, 1836 1 folders
Date: 1836 Meeting notices, 1836
Scope and Contents: Two meeting announcements instructing members of the Society for Religious Improvement
to convene at University Hall at 8 o'clock, signed by George S. Parker (Harvard Class
of 1836), president, and William Allen (Harvard Class of 1837), secretary.
Old finding aid data: Originally classified as HUD 3736.7000.
- Series: Journal, 1785-1847 8 Volumes
Contents: The manuscript journals contain minutes of the weekly meetings, lists of members and
officers, transcriptions of constitutions and laws, and occasional financial information.
The text of the journals is in English.
Old finding aid data: Originally classified as HUD 3120.500
- HUD 3120 Box 1. Volume 1,
Date: November 10, 1785-November 8, 1794 Volume 1,
- HUD 3120 Box 2. Volume 2,
Date: November 22, 1794-March 16, 1805 Volume 2,
- HUD 3120 Box 3. Volume 3,
Date: March 30, 1805-May 10, 1812 Volume 3,
- HUD 3120 Box 4. Volume 4,
Date: June 13, 1812-November 29, 1818 Volume 4,
- HUD 3120 Box 5. Volume 5,
Date: February 28, 1819-July 12, 1829 Volume 5,
- HUD 3120 Box 6. Volume 6,
Date: September 7, 1829-January 24, 1838 Volume 6,
- HUD 3120 Box 7. Volume 7,
Date: January 31, 1838-April 20, 1846 Volume 7,
- HUD 3120 Box 8. Volume 8,
Date: April 27, 1846-June 23, 1847 Volume 8,
- Series: HUD 3120 Box 9, Folder 2. The constitution and laws of the Adelphoi Theologia, founded 1785, [1785-1847] 1 Volumes
Date: [1785-1847] The constitution and laws of the Adelphoi Theologia, founded 1785, [1785-1847]
Contents: The volume includes manuscript versions of the constitution and laws from 1785, 1832,
and amendments, as well as a list of members from the Class of 1786 through the Class
Related Materials: Other copies of constitutions, laws, and lists of members can be found in the Journals.
Old finding aid data: Originally classified as HUD 3120.832.
- Series: Business records, 1841-1842, and undated 4 folders
Date: 1841-1842, and undated
- HUD 3120 Box 9, Folder 6. Managers report for January and July 1841 1 Leaves
Date: January and July 1841 Managers report for January and July 1841
Contents: Report submitted by manager, July 7, 1841, listing donations of books and money to