|Creator||First Church of Cambridge, UCC|
|Physical Description||18 boxes, 10 linear feet|
|Collection number||RG 4935|
|Copyright||Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the archivist or librarian.
If use is restricted differently at the series level, see below.
|Collection processed by Jessica Steytler, 2010|
Records donated by First Church by way of Harvard's Houghton Library. The majority of the records were created by auxiliary groups and ministers.
Records had been kept at the Houghton Library at Harvard for a number of years and were transferred to the Congregational Library in 2010.
The church has a comprehensive timeline on their website
From Worthley’s Inventory, (p. 135):
"A church was gathered at Cambridge (then called Newtown) on or shortly before Oct. 11, 1633. Three years later, the pastor, the teacher, and many of the church members removed to Hartford, CT establishing themselves there."
"Those who remained at Cambridge, together with newcomers, gathered a new church on Feb. 1 1635 (1636). In 1733, following the incorporation of a Second (Menotomy) Precinct -- now the town of Arlington -- by the General Court, the part of Cambridge not set off, namely, "the southeasterly part," was organized as the First Precinct (later First Parish) of the town of Cambridge."
"Separation into Unitarian and Trinitarian bodies came in the year 1829. The Trustees of the Ministerial Fund in the First Parish in Cambridge, continuing under the Unitarian auspices, had been incorporated in 1818. The Shepard Congregational Society, representing the orthodox, was incorporated in 1829."
|John Adams Albro||1835-1865|
Includes records created by ministers: sermons, letters, notes, autobiographical writing, and journals (latter two by Alexander McKenzie); Sunday school; young people’s groups; women’s groups; mission work.
Arranged by subject and chronologically within each section.
Records at Harvard Divinity School’s Andover-Harvard Theological Library
|Cambridge, Massachusetts. First Parish in Cambridge.|
|Records, 1658-1993. (bMS 300)|
|Records, 1804-2008. (bMS 604)|
These collections include records that pertain to this collection / the Trinitarian church.
Records at the Congregational Library
Local Church Collection call number: 17.11.1 C14.24 FIRC
The life and times of Alexander McKenzie by Raymond Calkins (1935), Call Number: M19.72C
|Brattle, Appleton, Hilliard: 1 envelope|
|Brattle, 3 Sermons|
|Appleton, 1 Sermon, fragment|
Sermon at Funeral of Nathaniel Appleton
February 15, 1784
|Sermons at Anniversaries of his Installation||1793-1831|
|Subscription to print sermon||1820|
|Note on bass viol||1830|
|Committee for alterations on 4th meeting house||1816|
|Address by Samuel Green, at laying of corner stone of 5th meeting||September 22, 1830|
|Notes in printed book on Unitarian Controversy|
|Letters to parents about possible employment||July, 1829;
|Sermon||October 30, 1864|
|Letter to Albro||1865|
|Sermons, 25 copybooks||1869-1901|
|Autobiographical notes of Home and England||1910|
|40th anniversary, correspondence and printed materials||1906-1907|
|Memorial program and letter;
|Scrapbook of clippings|
|Records of Elsie Paine, Teacher||1903-1948|
Young People's Groups
|Riverside Alliance, Minutes, Membership||1902-1913|
|Young People's Alliance, Minutes, Constitution, Membership||1884-1945|
|Captains of Ten|
|Minutes, Constitution, Membership||1889-1902|
|Knights of King Arthur, Minutes (4 vols.)
|Old Cambridge Freeedman’s Aid Society||1864-1873|
|Freedmans’ Aid Society (ecumenical/coed)||1865-1874|
|Ladies Union Missionary Society, First Church and North Congregational
[Women of Unitarian, Episcopal, College Chapel, and First Church]
|Young Ladies Missionary Society (Working Party)||1872-1886, 1879-1890|
|Missionary Sewing Circle|
|Minutes (2 vols.)||1819-1870|
|Membership and Accounts (2 vol.)||1833-1866|
|Women’s Home Missionary Society|
|Annual Reports (printed)||1891-1919|
|Missionary and Tract Society (coed)||1819-1834|
|Ladies / Woman's Foreign Missionary Society||1872-1886, 1892-1898;
|Female Tract Society||1855-1875|
|Missionary Sewing Group, Birthday Papers||1819-1899|
|Female Auxiliary Tract Society (2 vols.)||1828-1875|
|Shepard Singing Society||1830-1856|
|Shepard Benevolent Society, Constitution and Accounts||1866-1870|
|Margaret Shepard Society (9 vols.)||1883-1912|
|Constitution and Membership||1899-1912|
|(New) Church Aid Society (2 vols.)||1870-1874|
|Home Missionary and Church Aid Society||1910-1916, 1920-1923|