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Massachusetts Conference Collection records, 1722-2012.

 Record Group
Identifier: RG5335

Scope and Contents

This record group is comprised of collections that had been seprately organized and described within the Congregational Library & Archives and now is an intentional collection that fall under the umbrella of the Massachusetts Conference. There will be state-conference level records, but the majority will be from intrastate regional minister associations, church conferences, or a combination of the two. There will also be some occasions where there will be further divisions within a conference or association: Hampden East and Hampden West, for example.

Dates

  • 1722-2012

Conditions Governing Access

Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are subject to U.S. Copyright Law. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine the copyright status of collection items and to secure any permissions necessary for their reproduction and publication. Requests for permission to publish material must be discussed with the archivist or librarian.
Digital Reproductions are protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use the Digital Reproductions in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the Congregational Library & Archives for educational uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the Congregational Library & Archives. For additional information regarding copyright, please consult the Congregational Library & Archives' Digital Collections Copyright & Use policy.

Historical Note

The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, began as a series of independent regional ministers’ associations. Originally these groups met to discuss matters of theology; as they formalized they took on the practice of ordaining clergy (in earlier Congregational polity the province of local churches). The earliest records of this collection date to 1722 from the Plymouth Association of Ministers. One important predecessor of the Massachusetts Conference was the Massachusetts Missionary Society, established in 1799 to send clergy to remote areas of Maine and New York and to establish new churches. The General Association of Massachusetts was established in 1808 to sanction the sending of the first missionaries of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. The General Association and Missionary Society merged in 1927.

In the twentieth century the Congregational churches, and the Massachusetts Conference, were shaped by denominational mergers, beginning with a union with the Christian Connection in 1931. The Congregational Christian churches spent several decades achieving a merger with the Evangelical and Reformed Church, which was completed in 1957. In the midst of these conversations, the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC) separated in 1948; and those who did not wish to merge with the UCC established the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC).

For further information about individual Association and Conference, look at collection level for historical notes.

Extent

38.8 Cubic Feet (46 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, began as a series of independent regional ministers’ associations. Originally these groups met to discuss matters of theology. This record group is comprised of collections that had been seprately organized and described within the Congregational Library & Archives and now is an intentional collection that fall under the umbrella of the Massachusetts Conference.

Arrangement

This collection is divided into collections, reperesnting the different associations and/or conferences for a region. Within that there are series. Many merged together or were the merger of separate groups. To simplify the organization any shared town/county group: minister association, church conferences or combination of the two will be in the same series.

The first collection represents the over-arching state-level material of the Massachusetts Conference. The remaining collections are arranged in alphabetical order. For greater details, please review the description at the individual collection and series level.

Acquisition Information

These collections were originally arranged and described separately because they were donated by different groups and people over the course of the archive's history. In 2016, the Congregational Library & Archives decided to consolidate the separate collections into one intentional record group described here. By doing so, it would collate scattered components; update all description to current standards and practices; consolidate space; replace worn containers; and provide a centralized guide for researchers and staff. Researchers should review each individual collection for acquisition information, historical notes, scope, and arrangement.

Processing Information

Re-arranged and re-described 2017-2018, by Jessica Steytler and Zachary Bodnar using DACS Second Edition.
Title
Massachusetts Conference Collection records, 1722-2012.
Status
In Progress
Author
Jessica Steytler, Zachary Bodnar
Date
2018-01-02
Description rules
Dacs2 2013
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Edition statement
Portions of this collection are part of New England's Hidden Histories. Digital historical representations of these portions of the collection can be viewed online.

Repository Details

Part of the Congregational Library & Archives Repository

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