Boston, Massachusetts. Park Street Church. Records, 1804-1976, 2009

Collection Information
Title:

Boston, Massachusetts. Park Street Church records, 1804-1978, 2009.

Creator(s):

Park Street Church (Boston, Mass.)

Society for Religious Improvement (Boston, Mass.)

Dates:

1804-1978, 2009

Extent:

68 total boxes: 29 clam shells, 13 document cases, 1 pamphlet box, 7 record cartons, 8 half record cartons, 10 boxes, 20 volumes (33.86 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

RG1284

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to some of the physical items is restricted. When microfilm surrogates exist, they are to be used instead of originals. Exceptions may be granted in cases of extenuating circumstance, at the discretion of the Librarian.

Technical Access:

Microfilm reels require the use of a microfilm reader. CDs and DVDs require an optical disk drive to view files.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Park Street Church (Boston, Mass.) records, RG1284. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Re-described by Jessica Steytler, January 2014, using DACS Second Edition.

Abstract:

The beginnings of Park Street Church date to 1804 when a "Religious Improvement Society" began holding weekly lectures and prayer meetings in Boston. Collection includes vital statistics, church records, Park Street Society and financial records, voluntary organizations, historical materials, Shawmut Church records.

Acquisition Information:

Park Street Church voted to deposit their records on trust to the Congregational Library in 1964.

Accruals:

Since 1964, the church has deposited material to the archives, further accruals are not planned but expected.

Description

Historical Note

The beginnings of Park Street Church date to 1804 when a "Religious Improvement Society" began holding weekly lectures and prayer meetings in Boston. After meeting for 6 years, the society formed the Park Street Church in February 1809 with 26 charter members. Less than a year later, in January 1810, the church dedicated its newly constructed meetinghouse on the corner of Park and Tremont Streets. A plaque on the building's façade states that the church has been Trinitarian, Evangelical, and Congregational since its inception.

Park Street Church quickly became the site of significant historical events including the founding of the Handel and Haydn Society in 1815, the American Temperance Society in 1826, the Animal Rescue League in 1889, and the NAACP in 1910. It also served to host William Lloyd Garrison's first anti-slavery speech in 1829, the first public performance of the hymn "America" in 1831, and Charles Sumner's famous address, "The War System of Nations", in 1849.

In the late 1800s, Park Street's membership declined sharply, and the resultant monetary loss led to a reconstruction of the church building: the meetinghouse was raised to the second floor so that the basement and front of the church could be rented to commercial stores. Financial distress continued and the Park Street property was nearly sold to the Boston Herald in the early 1900s. Membership began to recover during the following decades, and in the mid-1940s, the stores were dismantled and the basement was returned to religious uses. In 1954 the Church purchased the adjoining property at No. 1 Park Street. The church continued to expand in 1993 when it acquired No. 2 and No. 3 Park Street.

 

List of Ministers

1 Edward D. Griffin 1811-1815
2 Sereno E. Dwight 1817-1826
3 Edward Beecher 1826-1830
4 Joel H. Linsley 1832-1835
5 Silas Aiken 1837-1848
6 Andrew Leete Stone 1849-1866
7 William H.H. Murray 1868-1874
8 John L. Withrow 1876-1887; 1898-1907
9 David Gregg 1887-1890
10 Isaac J. Lansing 1893-1897
11 Arcturus Z. Conrad 1905-1937
12 Harold J. Ockenga 1936-1969
13 Paul E. Toms 1969-1989
14 David C. Fisher 1989-1995
15 Gordon P. Hugenberger 1997-2014 (current)

 

Scope of Collection

This collection documents the history of the Park Street Church, originally known as the Religious Improvement Society. It includes vital statistics, church and society records, financials, voluntary organization activities, ministers, missionaries, celebratory events, facilities and maintenance, and Shawmut Church records from 1809 to 1978. Included in the records are correspondence, ledgers, reports, minutes, directories, photographs, audio recordings. Gaps of information exist in this collection, as well as missing records. The church retains their most recent records, from the 1970s to the present.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Society for Religious Improvement (Boston, Mass.)

Ockenga, Harold John, 1905-1985.

Park Street Church (Boston, Mass.)

Sermons, American - 20th century.

Park Street Church (Boston, Mass.) - History.

Clergy - Congregational - Pictorial works.

Conrad, Arcturus Z. (Arcturus Zodiac), 1855-1937.

Congregational churches - Massachusetts - Boston.

Griffin, Edward Dorr, 1770-1837.

Beecher, Edward, 1803-1895.

Aiken, Silas, 1799-1869.

Stone, A. L. (Andrew Leete), 1815-1892.

Murray, W. H. H. (William Henry Harrison), 1840-1904.

Withrow, J. L. (John Lindsay), 1837-1909.

Baptism - Congregational Churches.

Benevolent and moral institutions and societies.

Church membership.

Church records and registers - Massachusetts - Boston.

Church societies.

Congregational Churches - Massachusetts - Government.

Covenant (Church polity) - Congregational churches.

Installation (clergy).

Marriage records - Massachusetts.

Music in churches.

Ordination.

Registers of births, etc. - Massachusetts - Boston.

 

Related Materials

Park Street Church: Histories by Joseph W. Jenkins, Nathaniel Willis and Josiah Bumstead, 1845, 1847. RG 1284 (RG 0160)

Richard J. Boles' Collection of New England Church History, 1791-2013. MS5060

Boston Benevolent Societies anniversary meeting, 1847-1848. RG0805 (RG 0160)

Boston's historic Park Street Church : the story of an Evangelical landmark by Garth M. Rosell. 17.11.1 B65.5 PARSC BR 2009

1809 and 1984 : the responses of American churches to world mission by James M. Phillips, 21.2.

A history of Park Street Church : with special emphasis on the missionary program by Chrales L. Smith 17.11.1 B65.5 PARSC S H

Park Street Pulpit. Range 132

The Park Street Spire. Range 132

Local Church History information, 17.11.1 B65.5 PARSC, 2 boxes

The library holds a number of sermons delivered by ministers of Park Street Church. Please review the online catalog for more details.

The Image Collection has several images of Park Street Church and people associated with the congregation.

 

Arrangement

Series I: Vital Statistics, 1809-1976

Series II: Church Records, 1804-1966

Series III: Park Street Society & Financial Records, 1809-1963

Series IV: Voluntary Organizations, 1816-1968

Series V: Historical Materials, 1809-1974

Series VI: Shawmut Church, 1875-1954

 

Contents

Series I: Vital Statistics

Date: 1809-1976
Extent: 9 boxes
Conditions Governing Access: Access to some of the physical items is restricted. When microfilm surrogates exist, they are to be used instead of originals. Exceptions may be granted in cases of extenuating circumstance, at the discretion of the Librarian.
Technical Access: Microfilm reels require the use of a microfilm reader.
Scope of Series: This series includes member directories and registers; confessions of faith; baptism, marriage, and death records; examining committee minutes; and records of admissions and dismissals. The bound volumes will frequently have lists of members, baptisms, deacons, but some of the lists are more complete than others.

In Box 4, A.Z. Conrad's pastor's book lists marriages, and includes details about the bride and groom, including name, race, residence, age, occupation, number of marriages, birth city, parents' names, maiden name, place and date of marriage. There are also a few pages in that book dedicated to detailed information about deaths, but there are several years missing in that run. The second book that runs from 1921-1949 continues to have details about marriages, but is more basic for deaths.

Some committee records, like Examining and Conference, have been divided into two separate boxes.
      Date Box/Folder Reel #
Member Directory Index 1809-1850 B1 1
Member Directory Index 1814-1901 B1 1
Member Directory Index 1850-1878 B1 1
Members, deacons, baptisms 1901-1910 B1 1
Membership Directories, printed 1834, 1835 B1/F1  
Membership Directory, printed 1932 B1/F2  
  Date Box/Folder Reel #
Church Register,  A-D 1877-1965 B2/F1 1
Church Register,  E-G 1877-1965 B2/F2 1
Church Register, H-L 1877-1965 B2/F3 1
Church Register, M-R 1877-1965 B2/F4 1
Church Register, S-Z 1877-1965 B2/F5 1
  Date Box Reel #
Membership, confessions of faith name list 1809-1864 B3 2
Membership, confessions of faith name list, baptisms 1877-1944,
1920-1944
B3 2
Membership, confessions of faith name list, baptisms 1944-1976 B3 2
  Date Box Reel #
Marriages
Births
Deaths
1810-1865,
1810-1876, 1895
1809-1877
B4 2
A.Z. Conrad's pastor's register including Marriages and Deaths 1902-1920
1910-1920, gaps
B4 2
A.Z. Conrad's pastor's registers including Marriages and Deaths 1921-1949 B4 2
  Date Box Reel #
Examining Committee Minutes 1828-1834 B5 3
Examining Committee Minutes 1834-1840 B5 3
Examining Committee Minutes 1840-1849 B5 3
Examining Committee Minutes 1854-1858 B6 4
Examining Committee Minutes 1873-1880 B6 4
  Date Box Reel #
Conference Committee Minutes 1849-1854 B5 3
Conference Committee Minutes 1880-1888 B6 4
Conference Committee Minutes 1888-1899 B6 4
  Date Box/Folder
Admissions and Dismissals 1809 B7/F1
Admissions and Dismissals 1810 B7/F2
Admissions and Dismissals 1811 B7/F3
Admissions and Dismissals 1812 B7/F4
Admissions and Dismissals 1813 B7/F5
Admissions and Dismissals 1814 B7/F6
Admissions and Dismissals 1815 B7/F7
Admissions and Dismissals 1816 B7/F8
Admissions and Dismissals 1817 B7/F9
Admissions and Dismissals 1818 B7/F10
Admissions and Dismissals 1819 B7/F11
Admissions and Dismissals 1820 B7/F12
Admissions and Dismissals 1821 B7/F13
Admissions and Dismissals 1822 B7/F14
Admissions and Dismissals 1823 B7/F15
Admissions and Dismissals 1824 B7/F16
Admissions and Dismissals 1825 B7/F17
Admissions and Dismissals 1826 B7/F18
Admissions and Dismissals 1827 B7/F19
Admissions and Dismissals 1828 B7/F20
Report of committee in regard to the spiritual experience of candidates for admission 1828 B7/F21
Admissions and Dismissals 1829 B7/F22
Admissions and Dismissals 1830 B7/F23
Reports of Examinations in regard to Christian viewpoints 1825-1821 B25/F7
Admissions and Dismissals 1831 B7/F24
Admissions and Dismissals 1832 B7/F25
Admissions and Dismissals 1833 B7/F26
Admissions and Dismissals 1834 B7/F27
Admissions and Dismissals 1835 B7/F28
Admissions and Dismissals 1836 B7/F29
Admissions and Dismissals 1837 B7/F30
Admissions and Dismissals 1838 B7/F31
Admissions and Dismissals 1839 B7/F32
Admissions and Dismissals 1840 B7/F33
Admissions and Dismissals 1841 B7/F34
Admissions and Dismissals 1841 B7/F35
Admissions and Dismissals 1842 B7/F36
Admissions and Dismissals 1842 B7/F37
Admissions and Dismissals 1843 B7/F38
Admissions and Dismissals 1844 B7/F39
Admissions and Dismissals 1845 B7/F40
Admissions and Dismissals 1846 B7/F41
Admissions and Dismissals 1847 B7/F42
Admissions and Dismissals 1848 B7/F43
Admissions and Dismissals 1849 B7/F44
Admissions and Dismissals 1850 B7/F45
Admissions and Dismissals 1851 B7/F46
  Date Box/Folder
Admissions and Dismissals 1852 B8/F1
Admissions and Dismissals 1853 B8/F2
Admissions and Dismissals 1854 B8/F3
Admissions and Dismissals 1855 B8/F4
Admissions and Dismissals 1856 B8/F5
Admissions and Dismissals 1857 B8/F6
Admissions and Dismissals 1857 B8/F7
Admissions and Dismissals 1858 B8/F9
Admissions and Dismissals 1858 B8/F10
Admissions and Dismissals 1859 B8/F11
Admissions and Dismissals 1859 B8/F12
Admissions and Dismissals 1860 B8/F13
Admissions and Dismissals 1861 B8/F14
Admissions and Dismissals 1862 B8/F15
Admissions and Dismissals 1863 B8/F16
Admissions and Dismissals 1864 B8/F17
Admissions and Dismissals 1864 B8/F18
Admissions and Dismissals 1866 B8/F19
Admissions and Dismissals 1866 B8/F20
Admissions and Dismissals 1867 B8/F21
Admissions and Dismissals 1867 B8/F22
Admissions and Dismissals 1868 B8/F23
Admissions and Dismissals 1868 B8/F24
Admissions and Dismissals 1869 B8/F25
Admissions and Dismissals 1869 B8/F26
Admissions and Dismissals 1870 B8/F27
Admissions and Dismissals 1870 B8/F28
Admissions and Dismissals 1871-1872 B8/F29
Admissions and Dismissals 1873 B8/F30
Admissions and Dismissals 1874 B8/F31
Admissions and Dismissals 1874 B8/F32
Admissions and Dismissals 1875 B8/F33
Admissions and Dismissals 1875 B8/F34
Admissions and Dismissals 1876 B8/F35
Admissions and Dismissals 1876 B8/F36
Admissions and Dismissals 1877 B8/F37
Admissions and Dismissals 1877 B8/F38
Admissions and Dismissals 1878 B8/F39
Membership, Catalogue Committee revising membership list 1878 B8/F40
Admissions and Dismissals 1879 B8/F41
Admissions and Dismissals 1880 B8/F42
Admissions and Dismissals 1881 B8/F43
Admissions and Dismissals 1882 B8/F44
Admissions and Dismissals 1883 B8/F45
  Date Box/Folder
Admissions and Dismissals 1884 B9/F1
Admissions and Dismissals 1885 B9/F2
Admissions and Dismissals 1885 B9/F3
Admissions and Dismissals 1886 B9/F4
Admissions and Dismissals 1887 B9/F5
Admissions and Dismissals 1890 B9/F6
Admissions and Dismissals 1891 B9/F7
Membership declining pastor's invitation to membership 1922 B9/F8
Admissions and Dismissals 1944 B9/F9
Admissions and Dismissals 1945 B9/F10
Admissions and Dismissals 1946 B9/F11
Admissions and Dismissals 1947 B9/F12
Admissions and Dismissals 1948 B9/F13
Admissions and Dismissals 1949 B9/F14
Admissions and Dismissals 1950 B9/F15
Admissions and Dismissals 1951 B9/F16
Admissions and Dismissals 1952 B9/F17
Admissions and Dismissals 1953 B9/F18
Admissions and Dismissals 1954 B9/F19
Admissions and Dismissals 1955 B9/F20
Admissions and Dismissals 1956 B9/F21
Admissions and Dismissals undated B9/F22
Charges against members for misbehavior 1813-1856 B9/F23
Disputes between members 1833-1848 B9/F24
Charges against members for misbehavior, Joseph Jenkins 1940-1943 B9/F25
  Date Box/Folder
Membership lists 1871-1872 B25/F6
Membership lists, working copies 1878, undated B9/F26
Appointments, resignations (non-pastoral) 1824-1952 B9/F27
Clerk reports of membership tally 1842-1953 B9/F28
Civil War soldiers from Park Street Church undated B9/F29
Official staff and committee member lists undated B9/F30
Benevolent societies committee lists 1843-1957 B9/F31
Marriage intentions 1836-1849 B9/F32
Death records 1813-1847 B9/F33
Death records circa 1910-1953 B9/F34
Death records from J. S. Waterman and Sons circa 1920-1955 B9/F35
 

Series II: Church Records

Date: 1804-1966
Extent: 11 boxes
Conditions Governing Access: Access to some of the physical items is restricted. When microfilm surrogates exist, they are to be used instead of originals. Exceptions may be granted in cases of extenuating circumstance, at the discretion of the Librarian.
Technical Access: Microfilm reels require the use of a microfilm reader.
Scope of Series: This series includes minutes from the Society for Religious Improvement Society (the precursor to Park Street Church) and the church clerk, annual meetings, deacons, and cabinet.

Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1952-1966 were originally in 3 binders and unbound for preservation reasons. The third book was labeled Clerk's records, 1957-1966, although there is representation from 1957-1961 in previous books, but is overall more "big picture" and does not have individual reports. Original order was maintained.
  Date Drawer
Act of Incorporation, photocopy reproduction, 3 copies 1835 Dr7
Church and Society Consolidation, Legal Act, 2 photocopy reproduction, 2 copies 1916 Dr7
  Date Box/Folder Reel #
Society for Religious Improvement Minutes 1804-1808 B9/36 4
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1809-1834 B10 4
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1834-1854 B11 5
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1854-1871 B12 5
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1871-1899 B12 5
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1899-1922 B13 6
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1922-1938 B14 6
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1939-1946 B15 7
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1946-1952 B16 7
  Date Box/Folder
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1952-1954 B17/F1
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1954-1956 B17/F2
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1956 B17/F3
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1957-1958 B17/F4
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1959-1961 B17/F5
Church Clerk Minutes, Annual Meeting Minutes and Reports 1961 B17/F6
Clerk Records 1957-1961 B17/F7
Clerk Records 1962-1963 B17/F8
Clerk Records 1963-1966 B17/F9
  Date Box/Folder
Annual Meeting Notices, Society 1844-1863 B18/F1
Meeting Notices for Prudential Committee 1858-1862 B18/F2
Annual Meeting Notices and Minutes 1893-1899 B18/F3
Annual Meeting Notices and Minutes 1900-1905 B18/F4
Annual Meeting Notices and Minutes 1929-1933 B18/F5
Annual Meeting Reports 1973 B18/F6
Minutes of meetings of Brethren 1811-1830, 1850 B18/F7
Certificate of Appreciation to Deacon William McKay 1936 B18/F8
Meeting Minutes and Records, Board of Deacons 1914-1938 B18/F9
Meeting Minutes and Records, Board of Deacons 1939-1942 B18/F10
Meeting Minutes and Records, Board of Deacons 1942-1950 B18/F11
  Date Box/Folder
Meeting Minutes and Records, Board of Deacons 1947-1958 B19/F1
Meeting Minutes and Records, Board of Deacons 1961-1970 B19/F2
Board of Deacons 1937-1974 B19/F3
Deacon's Fund 1918-1933 B19/F4
Deacon's Fund 1934-1941 B19/F5
Deacon's Fund 1941-1963 B19/F6
  Date Box/Folder
Cabinet Minutes 1921-1926 B20/F1
Pulpit Supply Committee Records 1866-1868 B20/F2
Local Church Report for Annual Yearbook of Congregational Christian Churches 1924-1937 B20/F3
Joint Council Minutes 1964-1965 B20/F4
 

Series III: Park Street Society & Financial Records

Date: 1809-1963
Extent: 27 Boxes
Conditions Governing Access: Access to some of the physical items is restricted. When microfilm surrogates exist, they are to be used instead of originals. Exceptions may be granted in cases of extenuating circumstance, at the discretion of the Librarian.
Technical Access: Microfilm reels require the use of a microfilm reader.
Scope: This series includes Park Street Society minutes; trustee correspondence; Prudential Committee minutes; pew sales, deeds, taxes, rental index, and journals. Please note there is a gap from 1831-1855 in the Prudential minutes. The series also contains Park Street Society collections and contributions, society and trustee cash books, Benevolence account books, vouchers, receipts, bills, and financial reports.
  Date Box/Folder Reel #
Society Minutes 1810-1835 B21 8
Society Minutes 1835-1886 B21 8
Society Minutes 1887-1916 B22 8
Church Trustees Meeting Minutes 1916-1939 B21 8
Church Trustees Meeting Minutes 1951-1957 B23 9
Church Trustees Meeting Minutes 1957-1963 B23 9
Prudential Committee Minutes 1824-1830 B24 10
Prudential Committee Minutes 1856-1866 B24 10
Prudential Committee Minutes 1866-1883 B24 10
Prudential Committee Minutes 1884-1898 B24 10
Prudential Committee Minutes 1898-1911 B24 11
Prudential Committee Minutes 1911-1930 B24 11
Prudential Committee Minutes 1930-1937 B24 11
  Date Box/Folder
Financial Records, Subscription Contracts, Receipts for Payment, Pew Holder Lists 1808-1810 B25/F12
Pew taxes and relinquishment notices 1817-1881 B25/F1
Correspondence re: pews, pew taxes, pew plans 1833-1949 B25/F2
Pew policies and committee decisions 1829-1874 B25/F3
Reports on income from pews and tombs 1826-1872 B25/F4
Pew rental books undated B25/F5
  Date Box/Folder
Pew Journal 1881-1892 B26
Pew Journal 1892-1906 B26
Pew Journal 1906-1916 B26
  Date Box/Folder
Pew Subscriptions 1809 B27
Pew Installments 1809 B27
Pew Sales 1810-1837 B28
Pew Deeds 1810-1820 B28
Pew Deeds 1820-1830 B29
Pew Deeds 1830-1837 B27
Pew Deeds 1838-1871 B30
Pew Deeds 1871-1913 B31
Pew Rents 1810-1823 B32
Pew Rents 1823-1837 B32
Pew Rents 1848-1857 B33
Pew Rents 1857-1869 B33
Pew Rents 1871-1881 B34
Pew Rents 1888-1891 B34
Pew Rents 1892-1898 B34
Pew Rents 1908-1916 B34
Pew Rents 1917-1925 B34
Pew Rents 1945-1952 B37
  Date Box/Folder
Pew Deeds 1810-1819 B35/F1
Pew Deeds 1810-1819 B36/F1
Pew Deeds 1810-1819 B36/F2
Pew Deeds 1810-1819 B36/F3
Pew Deeds 1810-1819 B36/F4
Pew Deeds 1820-1829 B35/F2
Pew Deeds 1820-1829 B36/F5
Pew Deeds 1820-1829 B36/F6
Pew Deeds 1820-1829 B36/F7
Pew Deeds 1820-1829 B36/F8
Pew Deeds 1820-1829 B36/F9
Pew Deeds 1830-1839 B35/F3
Pew Deeds 1830-1839 B35/F4
Pew Deeds 1830-1839 B35/F5
Pew Deeds 1830-1839 B25/F8
Pew Deeds 1830-1839,
1849, 1916
B25/F9
  Date Box/Folder
Pew Deeds 1840-1849 B35/F6
Pew Deeds 1840-1849 B35/F7
Pew Deeds 1840-1849 B35/F8
Pew Deeds 1850-1859 B35/F9
Pew Deeds 1850-1859 B35/F10
Pew Deeds 1850-1859 B35/F11
Pew Deeds 1850-1859 B35/F12
Pew Deeds 1860-1869 B35/F13
Pew Deeds 1870-1879 B35/F14
Pew Deeds 1870-1879 B35/F15
Pew Deeds 1880-1889 B35/F16
Pew Deeds 1890-1899 B35/F17
Pew Deeds 1900-1919 B35/F18
Pew Tax Payment Receipts 1843-1873 B35/F19
Pew Tax Payment Receipts 1843-1873 B35/F20
  Date Box/Folder
Seat Assignments undated B25/F10
Occupants of Pews During Rev. Dwight's Pastorate circa 1817-1826 B37
Seating, South Center Aisle undated B37
Seating, North Center Aisle undated B37
Seating, North and South Side Aisle undated B37
Tombs 1823-1832, 1914 B35/F21
Tombs 1820s, 1860s B35/F22
Tombs 1820s-1840s B25/F11
Tombs 1823, 1862 B36/F10
Tomb Deeds 1861-1863 B35/F23
Tombs 1862-1863 B35/F24
Tombs 1863 B35/F25
  Date Drawer
Tomb Layout 1862-1863 Dr7
  Date Box/Folder
Society Collection Book 1841 B35/F26
Society Collection Book 1842-1843 B35/F27
Society Collection Book 1842-1846 B35/F28
Society Collection Book 1858-1862 B35/F29
Society Collection Book 1865-1870 B35/F30
Society Collection Book 1870-1873 B35/F31
Society Collection Book 1873-1879 B35/F32
Society Cash Book 1843-1858 B39
Society Cash Book 1860-1889 B39
Society Cash Book 1881-1882 B35/F33
Trustees Cash Book 1916-1933 B39
Mercantile Agency Reports Book 1857 B39
Pledges for Mortgage 1922 B35/F34
Contributions Book 1922-1923 B35/F35
Contributions Book 1935-1939 B38
Contributions Book 1939-1943 B38
  Date Box/Folder
Subscriptions for Erecting meetinghouse, hiring Rev. Griffin, Furniture 1809-1811 B35/F36
Benevolence Committee Fund, Account for the poor 1856-1942 B40/F1
Benevolence Committee Ledger 1919-1936 B40
Benevolence Committee Ledger 1936-1943 B40
Benevolence Committee Account Book 1940-1945 B40/F2
Benevolence Reports 1947-1955 B40/F3
Vouchers 1818-1867 B41
Vouchers 1868-1876 B42
Receipts and Bills 1809-1830 B43
Receipts and Bills 1833-1856 B44
Receipts and Bills 1857-1910 B45
Receipts and Bills 20th century B46
Receipts and Bills 20th century B47
  Date Box/Folder
Finances, Investments and the Endowment 1921-1944 B48/F1
Year-end Financial Summaries, Budgets 1941-1966 B48/F2
Legal Advice Regarding Tax Abatement 1942-1954 B48/F3
Tax Deductible Gifts and Approved Specials 1964 B48/F4
Debts, Inventories, Audits 1811-1880 B48/F5
Reports of Expenses and Income 1876-1907, 1925 B48/F6
Reports on Collection for Charity and Missions 1808-1858 B48/F7
Financial Records 20th century B48/F8
Financial Records 20th century B48/F9
 

Series IV: Voluntary Organizations

Date: 1816-1975
Extent: 11 boxes
Conditions Governing Access: The Woman's Club, 1899-1903 volume is extremely fragile. Handle with care.
Scope: This series includes minutes for the Maternal Association, the Women's Board of Foreign Missions, the Benevolent Sewing Circle, the Women's Benevolent Society, the Women's Club, the Men's Club, and the Singing Society. The series also includes Social Assembly menus and finances, radio program pledges and bulletins, and a women's club scrapbook.

Most of the materials in this section are bound volumes.
Arrangement: Women's groups
Men's group
General groups
Missions

Where applicable, materials are in chronological order and within each group arranged by like-type.
  Date Box/Folder
Maternal Association 1816-1871 B49
Maternal Association 1871-1891 B49
Woman's Board of Foreign Missions, Junior Auxiliary 1896-1913 B49
Woman's Board of Missions 1879-1893 B50
Woman's Board of Missions Ladies Auxiliary 1894-1911 B50
Woman's Foreign Mission Society 1912-1917 B50
Young Woman's Missionary Guild 1914-1917 B50
Ladies Benevolent Sewing Circle 1850-1858 B51
Ladies Benevolent Sewing Circle 1860-1881 B51
Ladies Benevolent Sewing Circle 1860-1911 B51
Ladies Benevolent Sewing Circle 1867-1872 B51
Ladies Benevolent Sewing Circle   B60/F1
Home Land Circle 1883-1890 B52
Home Land Circle, Benevolent Home 1911-1916 B52
Home Land Circle, Benevolent Home 1916-1917 B52
Woman's Benevolent Society 1917-1925 B53
Woman's Benevolent Society 1926-1937 B53
Woman's Benevolent Society 1938-1946 B54
Woman's Benevolent Society 1946-1951 B54
Woman's Benevolent Society 1951-1958 B55
Woman's Benevolent Society 1959-1968 B55
Woman's Club 1899-1903 B56
Woman's Club 1910-1931 B56
Woman's Club 1932-1940 B56
Woman's Club Loose Papers 1922-1975 B60/F2
Woman's Club Minutes 1934-1939 B60/F3
  Date Box/Folder
Woman's Club Scrapbook 1900-1940 B57
Men's Club 1924-1932 B57
Men's Club 1932-1932 B58
Men's Club 1935-1939 B58
Men's Club Records 1922-1931 B60/F4
Social Assembly Menus and Finance 1919-1940 B58
Park Street Club 1899-1924 B59
Park Street Club 1896, 1915,
1934, 1951
B60/F5
Radio 1938-1942 B59
Singing Society 1810-1827 B59
Missions Communication with the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions 1821-1833 B60/F6
Private Letter Regarding Evangelizing in France, Establishment of Several Religious Institutions in Paris 1845 B36/F11
List of Church Members Collecting for Missions 1851-1854 B60/F7
Home Mission Reports 1851-1860 B60/F8
Foreign Mission Reports 1851-1869 B60/F9
City Mission Reports 1850-1869 B60/F10
Church Charities Reports and Receipts 1850s-1860s B60/F11
Missionary Reports From the Field 1934, 1943-1969, 1974 B60/F12
Policies and Procedures of the Missions Program 1946-1966 B60/F13
Mission reports, Financial 1959-1965 B60/F14
Chinese Evangelical Literature Committee 1963-1973 B60/F15
Park Street Missionary Quarterly 1940-1945 B60/F16
Newsletters From Park Street to Missionaries 1954-1963 B60/F17
Missions, Hawaii 1957-1961 B60/F18
Publicity, Clippings 1947-1957 B60/F19
Publicity Fliers undated, 1964-1969 B60/F20
Notable Historical Mission Events from 1805-1827 undated B60/F21
Missionary Conference Programs 1941-1953 B60/F22
Missionary Conference Programs 1951-1970 B60/F23
Missionary Membership Certificate 1883 B36/F12
 

Series V: Historical Materials

Date: 1809-1974
Extent: 6 boxes, 20 volumes
Scope: Included are the following sub-series: pastors; missions; music; bylaws; church facilities and maintenance; anniversary celebrations; and histories of the church. The series also includes newspaper clippings and photographs of various events.
Conditions Governing Access: Use CD surrogates, not original aluminum records for the 1934 anniversary church service recordings. Box 59 has playlist of contents of records.
Technical Access: CDs and DVDs require an optical disk drive to view files.
Arrangement: Where applicable, materials are in chronological order and within each group is arranged by like-type.
  Date Box/Folder
Pastoral Installations and Dismissals 1815-1835 B60/F24
Pastoral Installations and Dismissals 1836-1969 B60/F25
Anonymous Letter Recommending Unnamed Pastor to Park Street undated B60/F26
Edward Dorr Griffin Biographical Sketch and Historian's Notes undated B60/F27
Edward Beecher Papers and Reports Drawing Up Regulation of Basic Church Matters 1828 B60/F28
Silas Aiken Papers 1838 B60/F29
Andrew Stone Correspondence, Monthly Letters 1850, 1852-1858 B60/F30
Andrew Stone Discourse 1865 B60/F31
William Henry Harrison Murray Correspondence and Biographical Information 1870, undated B60/F32
William Henry Harrison Murray Sermons 1871 B60/F33
William Henry Harrison Murray Sermons 1871-1872 B60/F34
John Lindsay Withrow Papers 1899 B60/F35
  Date Box/Folder
A.Z. Conrad Letters of Recommendation 1905 B61/F1
A.Z. Conrad Papers 1910-1939 B61/F2
A.Z. Conrad Sermons 1922-1928 B61/F3
A.Z. Conrad Sermons 1934-1935 B61/F4
A.Z. Conrad Sermons 1935 B61/F5
A.Z. Conrad Other Writings 1907-1916, undated B61/F6
A.Z. Conrad Anniversaries, 20th, 25th, 30th 1924, 1930, 1935 B61/F7
Harold John Ockenga Papers 1936-1961 B61/F8
Harold John Ockenga Sermons 1948-1951, 1958 B61/F9
Conrad and Ockenga Clippings 1905-1939 B61/F10
  Date Shelf
The Comfort of God by Ockenga 1944 Sh10
Park Street Prophet by Harold Lindsell 1951 Sh10
  Date Box/Folder
Sermons Preached at Park Street 1810, 1882, 1954 B61/F11
Articles of Faith and Covenant 1814-1825 B62/F1
Articles of Faith and Covenant 1841-1877 B62/F2
Articles of Faith and Covenant 1901-1916 B62/F3
Statements of Faith and Bylaws 1877-1969 B62/F4
Welcome and Membership Materials 1900-1950 B62/F5
Anniversaries, 50th, 75th, 100th 1859, 1884, 1909 B62/F6
Anniversaries, 125th, 130th, 150th 1934, 1939, 1959 B62/F7
Anniversaries, 125th, A.Z. Conrad Sunday Services (3 CDs) 1934 B62/F8
Anniversaries, 125th, A.Z. Conrad Sunday Services, 11 original aluminum records 1934 February 25 B67
Anniversaries, 200th Video (2 copies) 2009 B62/F9
Events Hosted By Park Street 1929-1959 B62/F10
75th Anniversary of Park Street Women's Club 1975 B62/F11
125th Anniversary of the Singing of "America" 1957 B62/F12
Anniversaries, Other 1940-1941 B62/F13
  Date Box/Folder
Historical Reflections 1845-1923, 1969 B63/F1
History of Park Street With Special Emphasis on Missionary Program By Charles L. Smith Copy 1 1960 B63/F2
History of Park Street With Special Emphasis on Missionary Program By Charles L. Smith Copy 2 1960 B63/F3
Index, Extracts by the Historical Committee 1909-1936 B63/F4
Historical Inquiries 1937-1978 B63/F5
Photographs of Buildings and Grounds 1853-1977 B63/F6
"Park Street By Moonlight" copy of painting 1905 B63/F7
Photographs of Roof Repairs 1936, 1941 B63/F8
Mayflower Pulpit Drawings undated B63/F9
Gilmore Rothery Printing Plate 1851 B63/F10
Photographs of People undated B63/F11
Photographs of Paintings of Pastors undated B63/F12
Photographs from 125th Anniversary of "America" 1957 B63/F13
Photographs of Expansion Program and Dr. Ockenga's 30th Anniversary 1966 B63/F14
Photographs from United States Bicentennial 1976 B63/F15
Photographs from Hawaii Missions Events 1959-1961 B63/F16
Missions Conference Printing Display Slides 1960 B63/F17
Missions Conference Stamp Exhibit Arranged by Bror J. Grondal 1961 B63/F18
Park Street Relocation, Preservation 1902, 1904, 1906 B64/F1
Park Street Preservation Booklet 2 copies 1903 B64/F2
Church Preservation Committee 1903-1904 B64/F3
FACILITIES Date Box/Folder
Copies of Quitclaims Conveying Land for Park Street Church 1810, 1835 B64/F4
Contracts for Erecting Meeting House 1810 B64/F5
Deeds, Mortgages, Title 1830-1942 B64/F6
Mortgages, Edward A. Studley 1894 B64/F7
Mortgages, Provident Inst., Home Savings Bank 1868-1928 B64/F8
Renovation and Maintenance 1824 B64/F9
Renovation and Maintenance Projects 1868-1963 B64/F10
Facilities and Maintenance Correspondence and Receipts 1926-1945 B64/F11
Expansion Programs 1955, 1964, 1970 B64/F12
Expansion Committee Report 1964 B64/F13
Expansion Program 1966 B64/F14
Steeple 1825-1959 B64/F15
  Facilities - Property Date Box/Folder
Greenwood House 1942-1943 B64/F16
Jones Memorial Chapel undated B64/F17
Mt. Auburn Cemetery Lot undated B64/F18
Park Street Holding Corporation Correspondence 1953-1954 B64/F19
Property 1953-1961 B64/F20
  Leases Date Box/Folder
Leases for rooms rented 1810-1914 B64/F21
Leases for Houghton-Gorney Co. 1914-1934 B64/F22
Leases for E. F. Emp 1926-1934 B64/F23
Lease for and Furniture Purchase From Park Sandwich Shop 1937-1938 B64/F24
Leases for Rooms Rented 1937-1943 B64/F25
Leases for Stores in Church Building, Correspondence 1938-1942 B64/F26
  Insurance Date Box/Folder
Insurance 1829-1844,
1941-1954
B64/F27
Insurance 1820-1829 B64/F28
Fire Insurance 1839-1849 B64/F29
Fire Insurance 1850-1859 B64/F30
Fire Insurance 1860-1869 B64/F31
Fire Insurance 1870-1879 B64/F32
Fire Insurance 1932-1944 B64/F33
  Local Churches Date Box/Folder
Pastoral Installations and Dissolutions, Local Churches 1818-1829 B65/F1
Pastoral Installations and Dissolutions, Local Churches 1830-1839 B65/F2
Pastoral Installations and Dissolutions, Local Churches 1842-1849 B65/F3
Pastoral Installations and Dissolutions, Local Churches 1850-1859 B65/F4
Pastoral Installations and Dissolutions, Local Churches 1860-1869 B65/F5
Pastoral Installations and Dissolutions, Local Churches 1870-1891 B65/F6
Invitations to Mutual Councils 1844-1861 B65/F7
Suffolk West Conference 1868-1946 B65/F8
Suffolk Conference 1820-1832 B65/F9
  Correspondence Date Box/Folder
Correspondence with area churches about institutional matters 1816-1973 B65/F10
Correspondence with Salem Street Church 1865 B65/F11
Affairs of the State: Lawsuits, Legislation, Petitions undated B65/F12
Correspondence: Individual Concerns 1817-1943 B65/F13
Correspondence With Committees or Church Officials 1830-1938 B65/F14
Church Silver 1904, 1931 B65/F15
  Music Date Box/Folder
Organ 1935-1961 B65/F16
Committee on Singing 1938-1860 B65/F17
Histories of Sacred Music at Park Street 1845, 1939 B65/F18
Music Committee Correspondence 1941-1942 B65/F19
Handel and Hayden Society 1963-1965 B65/F20
Lowell Mason undated B65/F21
A Hymn Sung at Mr. Huntington's Funeral 1822 B65/F22
  Date Box/Folder
Reports on Calls 1875-1882 B65/F23
Reports Regarding the Sacrament of Communion undated B65/F24
Sunday School 1829-1904 B65/F25
Freedom Trail undated B65/F26
  Bulletins Date Box/Folder
Sunday Bulletins 1915-1920 B65/F27
Sunday Bulletins 1924-1930 B65/F28
Sunday Bulletins 1931-1937 B65/F29
Sunday Bulletins 1946-1950 B65/F20
Sunday Bulletins 1951-1960 B65/F31
  Date Shelf
Park Street Spire 1955-1956 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1956-1957 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1957-1958 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1958-1959 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1959-1960 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1960-1961 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1961-1962 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1962-1963 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1963-1964 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1964-1965 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1965-1966 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1966-1967 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1967-1968 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1968-1969 Sh10
Park Street Spire 1969-1971 Sh10
Park Street Spire 2004 Sh10
Calendars 2004 Sh10
  Date Box
Clock undated B66
 

Series VI: Shawmut Church

Date: 1875-1954
Extent: 2 boxes
Scope: Includes Social Union records, Endowment information, merger, membership and meeting minute book.
  Date Box/Folder
Social Union Records 1875-1878 B65/32
Social Union Records 1878-1883 B65/33
Endowment Records 1900-1918 B65/34
Endowment and Merger Records 1954 B65/35
Membership 1876-1896 B68
Meeting Minutes 1897-1915 B68

 

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