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MC 285

Female Bible Society of Boston and Its Vicinity. Records of the Female Bible Society of Boston and Its Vicinity, 1814-1889: A Finding Aid

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MC 285
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Female Bible Society of Boston and Its Vicinity
Title: Records of the Female Bible Society of Boston and Its Vicinity, 1814-1889
Date(s): 1814-1889
Quantity: 1.05 linear feet (2+1/2 boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Annual reports, minutes, financial records, correspondence, etc., of the Female Bible Society of Boston and Its Vicinity, an auxiliary of the American Bible Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 77-M71
The records of the Female Bible Society of Boston and Its Vicinity were purchased from the Diocesan Library of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts in May 1977.

Processing Information:

Processed: May 1979
By: Bert Hartry

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Copyright. Copyright in the records created by the Female Bible Society of Boston and Its Vicinity as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Records may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.

Preferred Citation:

Female Bible Society of Boston and Its Vicinity Records, 1814-1889; item description, dates. MC 285, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

HISTORY

The Female Bible Society was founded in 1814 for the express purpose of distributing "...gratuitously the common version of the Holy Bible, without note or comment...." Members paid an annual subscription of $2.00, or $30.00 for a life membership. In October 1816, the members voted to become an auxiliary of the American Bible Society and added the word Auxiliary to the Society's name. The Society henceforth made yearly contributions to the American Bible Society and ordered its Bibles from the New York office.
The Society was dissolved in 1889, "...there being something over 300 societies doing similar work in Boston...," and its funds transferred to the Massachusetts Bible Society.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Female Bible Society of Boston and Its Vicinity was a relatively early example of women organizing for a specific purpose; its records provide a fairly complete account of its activities. The Secretary's, Corresponding Secretary's and Assistant Treasurer's records cover the entire period of the Society's existence and include information about membership, finances, the number of Bibles bought and distributed, and the activities of the American Bible Society. The records are arranged by officer or by type.

CONTAINER LIST

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Additional Index Terms

Annual reports
Bible--Publication and distribution--Societies, etc.
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Constitutions
Minutes
Religion--History--19th century
Women missionaries
Women--Societies and clubs
American Bible Society

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