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Maynard, Mass. Union Congregational Church records, 1850-2017.

 Collection
Identifier: RG5354

Scope and Contents

The Maynard, Mass. Union Congregational Church records documents the various activities of its members and the history of the parish. The documents contain church and committee records such as annual and treasurer reports, calendars, bulletins, and newsletters. Also included in the collection is various financial information, information on various clubs such as the Men’s Fraternal League and Women’s Fellowship and a variety of photos and other digital media.

Dates

  • 1850-2017

Creator

Restrictions on Access

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

Restrictions on 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.

Historical Note

The Union Congregational Church was Maynard’s first parish. It was first founded on July 23, 1850 as the Evangelical Union Society. Its creation formed when eight members of the community met at the newly built railroad station and voted to organize a Sunday School. Amory Maynard was the first Superintendent. The Evangelical Union Society was incorporated in 1852 with the first parish being called the Union Church. On August 10, 1927, a constitution and bylaws were adopted and the church renamed itself The Union Congregational Church. Lorenzo Maynard donated the funds for an additional educational building in the 1890’s to house the growing Sunday school, outfitting it with a beautiful stained glass window visible from Main Street. The church continued to thrive through the 20th century and in the 1960’s the church became affiliated with the United Church of Christ. The church continued operation until 2017 when the building was sold. Information gathered at: http://maynarducc.org/AboutUs3.html

Ministers

George W. Frost
1852-1854
J. K. Derring
1854-1856
A. Morton
1856-1859
E. P. Tenney
1859-1860
F. Wallace
1860-1862
A. H. Fletcher
1862-1864
Thomas Allender
1864-1866
O. Hall
1866-1867
T. D. P. Stone
1867-1870
W. Hazelwood
1870-1872
E. S. Huntress
1872-1874
P. B. Sheire
1874-1876
S. S. Matthews
1876-1878
C. E. Milliken
1879-1882
Edwin Smith
1882-1886
David H. Brewer
1886-1891
M. Blanchard
1891-1897
Thomas Jackson
1897-1899
C. H. Washburn
1899-1904
E. F. Hunt
1904-1911
Fredrick N. Rutan, PhD
1911-1918
Elias N. Atiyeh
1919-1921
William L. Boicourt
1921-1930
Matthew A. Vance
1930-1939
Leonard W. Fowler
1939-1943
Norman C. MacLean
1943-1948
Robert E. Burt
1948-1951
B. Paul Pardy, D.D.
1951-1955
Orville D. Ullom
1955-1967
Hugh Penny, D.D. (Interim)
1967-1968
John Condon
1968-1972
Hugh Penny, D.D. (Interim)
1972-1973
Thomas Barker
1973
Bruce H. Bowen
1973-1977
Robert Wood
1978-1985
Milton Bartlett (Interim)
1985-1986
J. Wadsworth III
1987-1990
Ivy Merrill (Interim)
1990-1992
Richard Lee Weber (Interim)
1992
Patricia J. Smith
1992-2002
M L. Flad (Interim)
2003-2005
G. J. Wright
2005-2008
Hannalore and Thomas Nalesnik
2008-2011
J. A. Bronwell (Interim)
2011-2013
Vicki Hammel (Interim)
2013-2017

Extent

14.41 Cubic Feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Union Congregational Church was Maynard’s first parish. It was first founded on July 23, 1850 as the Evangelical Union Society. Its creation formed when eight members of the community met at the newly built railroad station and voted to organize a Sunday School. Amory Maynard was the first Superintendent. The Evangelical Union Society was incorporated in 1852 with the first parish being called the Union Church. On August 10, 1927, a constitution and bylaws were adopted and the church renamed itself The Union Congregational Church. The records contain information on financial, church and committee information, information on various clubs and photographs.

Arrangement

This collection has been divided into five series, with three of those series further divided into subseries. Materials have been arranged in by topic and chronological order.
Series 1: Church and committee records, 1852-2017.
Subseries 1: Correspondences, 1852-2010.
Subseries 2: Reverend and Deacon Files, 1852-2013.
Subseries 3: Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1852-2015.
Subseries 4: Membership and Directories, 1852-2017.
Subseries 5: Anniversaries, 1856-2002.
Subseries 6: By-Laws and Manuals, 1878-1997.
Subseries 7: Annual Reports, 1943-2016.
Subseries 8: Vital Statistics, 1945-2017.
Series 2: Financial Information, 1850-2016.
Series 3: Church Affiliated Organizations, 1850-2006.
Subseries 1: Assabet Sabbath School, 1850-1872.
Subseries 2: Various Groups, 1850-1985.
Subseries 3: Maynard Evangelical Union Sunday School, 1874-1893.
Subseries 4: Ladies' Benevolent Soceity and Women's Fellowship, 1902-1978.
Subseries 5: Philathea Class, 1905-1956.
Subseries 6: Men's Fraternal League, 1913-1952.
Subseries 7: Missionary Groups, 1914-1995.
Subseries 8: Helping Hands, 1994-2006.
Series 4: Calendars, Bulletins and Newsletters, 1889-2017.
Series 5: Photographs, Objects and Digital Media, 1852-2006.

Technical Requirements

The USB and CD require the use of a computer with appropirate USB and CD ports. Currently, the CLA does not have the ability to play VHS.

Acquisition Information

Items were gifted to the Congregational Library and Archives in 2017 by Vicki Hammel; Accession: 2017-10 and 2017-12

Related Materials

Robert Wood, one of the pastors at Union Congregational Church, has his personal papers here at the library, collection number MS4704.

Processing Information

Prcoessed by William McCarthy, May 2018, using DACS Second Edition.
Title
Maynard, Mass. Union Congregational Church records, 1850-2017.
Status
Completed
Author
William McCarthy
Date
2018-05-22
Description rules
3
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Congregational Library & Archives Repository

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