Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers

Collection History

The Massachusetts Convention of Congregational Ministers is a historic gathering which traces its beginnings back to the early 1690s, when the ministers of Massachusetts Bay began to meet with one another. By 1721 the Convention was meeting annually each spring to hear a sermon. The sermon was followed by a dinner with members of the Great and General Court which was popularly known as "The Feast of Moses and Aaron". One of the primary responsibilities of the Convention was the financial support of widows and orphans of deceased ministers, and their records ennumerate the monthly donations distributed to these individuals. The meetings also increasingly included discussions of contemporary social issues, such as the abolition of slavery. The Convention is ongoing, held alternatively in UUA and UCC member churches, and continues to feature speakers on various theological, pastoral, and international topics.

The digital collections below consist of three leather bound volumes containing the earliest records of the MCCM. These date from May 31, 1749 through May 31, 1838. They are administrative in nature, containing meeting minutes, committee reports, official correspondence, addresses to the convention, and historical notes.

For additional information please see the finding aid.

 

Digital Materials

Record book, 1749-1789

This volume contains the earliest proceedings of the Convention. Included within the volume are meeting minutes, records of votes, and records of collection. The volume contains a table of contents.

Record book, 1789-1815

This volume contains the proceedings of the Convention. Included within the volume are meeting minutes, records of votes, lists of members present, and records of collection. The volume contains a table of contents.

Record book, 1816-1838

This volume contains the proceedings of the Convention. Included within the volume are meeting minutes, records of votes, rules for the Convention and records of collection. The volume contains a table of contents.

 

Special Thanks

These digital resources have been made possible in part by the Council on Library and Information Resources, through a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the Council on Library and Information Resources.

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