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Lawrence, Mass. South Congregational Church records, 1868-2015.

 Collection
Identifier: RG5323

Scope and Contents

This collection contains meeting minutes and reports; financials; membership ledgers including births, deaths, and marriages; social and auxiliary groups; newsletters; and orders of worship.

Dates

  • 1868-2015

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

HIstorical Note

The South Congregational Church was established in 1868. It was a formalization of what M. C. Andrews and J. B. Fairfield started in 1852 when they established a Sunday School. Their first minister was Edwards A. Park. While the town of Lawrence continued to grow, so did the church. The congregation moved to larger accommodation accordingly in 1898, a structure which burned down in 1939. When the United Church of Christ formed, South Congregational joined the denomination. As Lawrence's industrial boom grew, so did the number of churches, peaking at 11 at one time. As industry faded, so, too the churches. Many consolidated through mergers or closed in the latter 20th century into the 21st century. South Congregational was not immune to this phenomena. Over the years as the membership shrank, the congregation shared their space other denominations, such as King Baptist Church, Adventist, and Assembly of God. In 2013 the church started to investigate the viability of remaining open. The stop-gap of selling the building was not enough to keep the momentum going and the church decided to close, which they did February 14, 2015.

Extent

6.4 Cubic Feet (7 cases)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The South Congregational Church was established in 1868; it was a formalization of what M. C. Andrews and J. B. Fairfield started in 1852 when they established a Sunday School. This collection contains meeting minutes and reports; financials; membership ledgers including births, deaths, and marriages; social and auxiliary groups; newsletters; and orders of worship.

Arrangement

This collection has not been fully processed. The collection items are in the origianl order in which the records were given to the library.

Custodial History

The United Church of Christ's Massachusetts Conference held the church's records from the time of its closing until 2016 when they donated the records to the Congregational Library & Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

United Church of Christ, Massachusetts Conference

Processing Information

This collection has been minimally processed for access by Jessica Steytler, December 2016, using DACS 2nd Edition and MPLP.
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Congregational Library & Archives Repository

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