Massachusetts Conference records, 1799-2012.

Collection Information
Title:

Massachusetts Conference records, 1799-2012.

Creator(s):

Massachusetts Missionary Society
Domestic Missionary Society of Massachusetts Proper
Massachusetts Home Missionary Society

General Conference of the Congregational Churches in Massachusetts
General Association of the Congregational Churches of Massachusetts
Massachusetts Congregational Conference
Massachusetts Congregational Conference and Missionary Society
Massachusetts Congregational Christian Conference
United Church of Christ, Massachusetts Conference

Franklin Association
Franklin County Conference of Churches

Franklin County Woman's Board of Missions

Dates:

1799-2012

Extent:

4 boxes: 3 record cartons, 1 clamshell, 1 oversize folder (3 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

RG4383

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Massachusetts Conference records, RG 4383. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Virginia Hunt, July 1999

Revision History:

Accrual added by Jessica Steytler, January 2010.

Accrual and re-description added by Jessica Steytler, November 2013, using DACS Second Edition.

Accrual added September 2015.

Abstract:

Collection includes the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ records, 1979-1996; the Massachusetts Missionary Society records, 1799-1800, 1812-1813; and the Franklin Association records, 1843-1987. The Missionary Society, organized in 1799, shares history with the Massachusetts Conference. The Franklin Association is a subset of the Massachusetts Conference.

Acquisition Information:

Given as a deposit on trust in 1999 by the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ through several accruals.

Accruals:

The repository adds materials to this collection on an intermittent basis.

Description

Historical Note

The Massachusetts Missionary Society and the Massachusetts Conference

The two seemingly separate organizations share common roots. The Missionary Society was organized on May 29, 1799 in Boston, Massachusetts. There were thirty-eight charter members most of whom followed Samuel Hopkins' theology, which sought to reconcile the occurrence of sin with the Calvinist dogma of predestination. The Society was created with the intention to spread "knowledge of the glorious Gospel of Christ among the poor Heathen and in those remote parts of our country in which the inhabitants had not enjoyed the benefits of a Christian ministry and Christian ordinances", i.e. outside Massachusetts. Nathaniel Emmons was the first President of the Society. In 1827 the Massachusetts Missionary Society and the Domestic Missionary Society of Massachusetts Proper (founded in 1818), were united under the name of the Massachusetts Missionary Society, consequently their work was concentrated specifically in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Missionary Society became the Massachusetts "Home" Missionary Society in 1844. The organization's title was changed primarily to emphasize that the work of the Society had become exclusively for America, and specifically for Massachusetts.

The General Association of Massachusetts came into being in 1802. This ultimately became the Massachusetts Congregational Conference. The Conference then merged with the Massachusetts Home Missionary Society in 1927, to become the Massachusetts Congregational Conference and Missionary Society. This merger was the result of twenty-seven years' of agitation by various members, and accelerated by a recommendation of the National Council of Congregational Conferences in 1907. The charter of the Massachusetts Home Missionary Society was used as the basis for the union of the two organizations. In 1953 the name was changed to the Massachusetts Congregational Christian Conference, and in 1966 the name was changed again to the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, as it remains to the present.

A portion of the Missionary Society records here refer to two periodicals, the Massachusetts Missionary Magazine and The Panoplist. The Missionary Magazine officially started in 1803; the documents in this collection are from 1800. The Panoplist would eventually start in 1805; in 1812 the two separate entities merged, one of several mergers, which would become the Missionary Herald.

 

The Franklin Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ

The Association is one of the regional associations that make up the Massachusetts Conference. Prior to the existence of Franklin County, the Orthodox Congregational Ministers in the several towns that now constitute Franklin County formerly belonged to the Hampshire Ministerial Association.

In 1813, after the county of Franklin was organized and incorporated, the group changed its title to the Franklin Association. Before county incorporation, individual groups included the Northern Association of Hampshire County and the North Western Association of Hampshire County. As of 1999, there were twenty-one incorporated towns represented by the Franklin Association (of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ). They are as follows: Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Hawley, Leverett, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shelburne, Shelburne Falls, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately.

 

Bibliography

Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ Yearbook, 1960.

Rev. Theophilus Packard, Jr. A History of the Churches and Ministers, and of Franklin Association, in Franklin County, Mass. and an Appendix Respecting the County. Boston: S.K. Whipple and Company, 1854.

Genealogy of The Massachusetts Missionary Magazine and The Panoplist.

 

Scope of Collection

There are three distinct sections within this collection, which in some cases could qualify as stand-alone collections, however they were donated by the Massachusetts Conference, UCC, and they retain ownership of all parts. Contained within this collection are the following:

Series I: Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ records, 1968-2012.
  The majority of the Massachusetts Conference records are administrative and pertain to the Board minutes and reports.
Series II: Massachusetts Missionary Society records, 1799-1800, 1812-1813.
  The Missionary Society records comprise the smallest section and include the organization's constitution and other founding documents, financial records and reports, and materials pertaining to the creation and subscription of their publication, The Massachusetts Missionary Magazine.
Series III: Franklin Association records, 1843-1987.
  Includes auxiliary organizations. The records have more variety and include standard ledgers that have minutes of meetings, membership lists, programs, and statistics. There are also ledgers describing the Woman's missionary groups, which went through several name changes.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

United Church of Christ. Massachusetts Conference. Board of Directors

Franklin Association.

Massachusetts Missionary Society.

Franklin Woman's Work of Massachusetts Conference and Missionary Society.

Massachusetts Fellowship, Congregational Christian Women Franklin District.

Franklin County Woman's Board of Missions.

Franklin County Conference of Churches.

Massachusetts Missionary Magazine.

Franklin County (Mass.)

Emmons, Nathanael, 1745-1840.

Congregational churches - Missions.

Congregational churches - United States - Missions.

Congregational churches - Massachusetts - Missions.

Home Missions - Societies, etc.

Constitutions.

Photographs.

Home missions - Societies, etc. - Massachusetts.

Congregational churches - Clergy - Pictorial works.

Congregational churches - United States - Massachusetts.

Women - Societies and clubs.

Congregationalism - Massachusetts - Periodicals.

 

Related Materials

Rev. Theophilus Packard, Jr. A History of the Churches and Ministers, and of Franklin Association, in Franklin County, Mass. and an Appendix Respecting the County. Boston: S.K. Whipple and Company, 1854.

Massachusetts Missionary Magazine

Annual meetings of the Massachusetts Congregational Conference and Missionary Society

The Congregational Library and Archives holds a number of sermons delivered before the Massachusetts Missionary Society, particularly between 1800-1813. See the online catalog for more details.

 

Arrangement

Series I. Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ records, 1968-2012.

The minutes and reports from the Board of Directors' Meetings are arranged chronologically. Also in this series are the minutes and reports of the following committees that worked in conjunction with the Board (arranged alphabetically, then within each section chronologically): Executive Committee (1979-1986); Finance Committee (1980-1985); Property Committee (1980-1985); Personnel Committee (1979-1985); and the Evaluation Committee (1979-1983). Also contained in this series are the minutes of the Council for Mission Outreach and Social Responsibility, 1985-1986 and various legal documents that pertaining to the sale of a Massachusetts Conference-owned property in 1996.

Series II. Massachusetts Missionary Society records, 1799-1800, 1812-1813.

These materials are arranged as follows: founding documents in the beginning of the series; financial reports follow this series, and are arranged chronologically; publication-related materials are at the end of the series and arranged chronologically.

Series III. Franklin Association records, 1843-1987.

This series includes the administrative records of the Franklin Association, as well as its auxiliary organizations, it is divided into several subseries. Subseries A. contains the administrative records of the Franklin Association and the records of the Committee on Ministerial Standing. The remainder of the subseries contains records of the individual auxiliary organizations of the Franklin Association. Records for the auxiliary associations include those of the Woman's Board of Missions (1920-1949), Massachusetts Fellowship of Congregational Christian Women (1964-1987), and Woman's Work of the Massachusetts Congregational Conference and Missionary Society (1949-1964). In addition, the last series contains an album of photographs depicting past ministers and members of the Franklin Conference (ca. 1870-1900). All records contained within this series are in volumes and grouped by organization, and then chronologically within these groupings.

 

Contents

Series I: Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Date: 1968-2012
Extent: 2 boxes
Scope of Series: Primarily Board of directors minutes and reports, but also supporting board and committee records.
Arrangement: Folders are arranged in chronological order, board of director meetings minutes, followed by board supporting documents, then committees are in alphabetical order.
                  Date Box/Folder
Board of directors minutes and reports 1968 B1/F1
Board of directors minutes and reports 1969 B1/F2
Board of directors minutes and reports 1970 B1/F3
Board of directors minutes and reports 1971 B1/F4
Board of directors minutes and reports 1972 B1/F5
Board of directors minutes and reports 1973 B1/F6
Board of directors minutes and reports 1974 B1/F7
Board of directors minutes and reports 1975 B1/F8
Board of directors minutes and reports 1976 B1/F9
Board of directors minutes and reports 1977 B1/F10
Board of directors minutes and reports 1978 B1/F11
Board of directors minutes and reports 1979-1980 B1/F12
Board of directors minutes and reports 1981-1983 B1/F13
Board of directors minutes and reports 1984 B1/F14
Board of directors minutes and reports 1985-1986 B1/F15
Board of directors minutes and reports 1987 January-June B1/F16
Board of directors minutes and reports 1987 June-November B1/F17
Board of directors minutes and reports 1988 B1/F18
Board of directors minutes and reports 1989 January-June B1/F19
Board of directors minutes and reports 1989 September-November B1/F20
Board of directors minutes and reports 1990 January-May B1/F21
Board of directors minutes and reports 1990 June-November B1/F22
Board of directors minutes and reports 1991 January-May B1/F23
Board of directors minutes and reports 1991 June-November B1/F24
  Date Box/Folder
Board of directors minutes and reports 1992 January-May B2/F1
Board of directors minutes and reports 1992 June-November B2/F2
Board of directors minutes and reports 1993 January-May B2/F3
Board of directors minutes and reports 1993 May-November B2/F4
Board of directors minutes and reports 1994 B2/F5
Board of directors minutes and reports 1995 B2/F6
Board of directors minutes and reports 1996 B2/F7
Board of directors minutes and reports 1996-1999 B2/F8
Board of directors minutes and reports 1999-2002 B2/F9
Board of directors minutes and reports 2003-2007 B2/F10
Board of directors minutes and reports 2007-2009 B2/F11
Board of directors minutes and reports 2010-2012 B2/F12
Board of directors introductory information from Mass. Conference director manual 1979-1980 B2/F13
Commission on corporate responsibility in investments report to the conference meeting 1973 B2/F14
Board of directors miscellaneous records 1993-1994 B2/F15
Board of directors actions summary 1983-1994 B2/F16
Board of directors memoranda 1994 B2/F17
Board of directors budget 1993-1994 B2/F18
Council on missions outreach and social responsibility 1985-1986 B2/F19
Evaluation committee 1979-1983 B2/F20
Executive committee 1979-1988 B2/F21
Executive committee 1993-1994 B2/F22
Finance committee 1980-1985 B2/F23
Financial statements 1984-1986 B2/F24
Legal documents regarding sale of property 1996 B2/F25
Personnel committee 1979-1984 B2/F26
Property committee 1980-1985 B2/F27
Task Force on Southern Africa 1972-1978 B2/F32
   

Series II: Massachusetts Missionary Society records

Date: 1799-1803, 1812-1813
Extent: 12 folders including one oversize, will not be in a box.
Scope of Series: Includes founding documents and preliminary documents founding the Massachusetts Missionary Magazine.
Arrangement: chronological
  Date Box/Folder
Plan for establishing missionaries resident undated B3/F4
Founding document 1799 B3/F5
Constitution 1799 B3/F6
Financial records 1799 B3/F7
Document 1799 B3/F8
Manuscript letter: "To all those who are desirous of the spread of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" 1799 May 28 B3/F9
Printed letter: "To all those who are desirous of the spread of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ" 1799 B3/F10
Committee report regarding the Panoplist with the Massachusetts Missionary Magazine 1800 B3/F11
Dr. Morse's proposal regarding magazine merger 1800 B3/F12
Mr. Worcester's preparations regarding magazine merger 1800 B3/F13
Committee report treasury 1800 B3/F14
Proposal for a periodical publication, Massachusetts Missionary Magazine, subscription application circa 1803 Oversize Drawer 9
Memorandum book 1812-1813 B3/F15
   

Series III: Franklin Association records

Date: 1843-1987
Extent: 4 boxes
Scope of Series: Includes: Franklin County Conference of Churches. Administrative records, 1843 1961; Minutes and Reports, 1843-1961; Committee on Ministerial Standing records, 1911-1941; Franklin Association of Congregational Ministers records, 1874-1927; Woman's Board of Missions records, 1920-1949; Woman's Work of Massachusetts Congregational Conference and Missionary Society records, 1949-1964; Massachusetts Fellowship of Congregational Christian Women records, 1964-1987; Franklin Ministers Association photograph album, circa. 1870-1900.
Arrangement: Physical location of material is split between 4 boxes to mitigate number of ledgers in one large box. Folders are intellectually arranged in chronological order, although several items have overlapping date ranges.
  Date Box/Folder
Franklin County Conference of Churches records 1843-1905 B4
  Date Box/Folder
Catalogue of members, 1803-1867 1867 B1/F25
Franklin Association records 1874-1920 B1/F26
Franklin Association records 1888-1940 B1/F27
Franklin Association records 1891-1927 B1/F28
  Date Box/Folder
Franklin Association records 1911-1941 B2/F28
Franklin Association records 1953-1961 B2/F29
Franklin Association records, yearbook 1958-1961 B2/F30
Franklin County woman's board of missions 1920-1949 B2/F31
  Date Box/Folder
Franklin Association ministers photo album undated B3/F1
Franklin Woman's Work of Massachusetts Conference and Missionary Society records 1949-1964 B3/F2
Massachusetts Fellowship, Congregational Christian Women Franklin District records 1964-1987 B3/F3

 

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