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Dorchester, Boston, Mass. Second Church records, 1770-1991.

 Collection
Identifier: RG0069

Scope and Contents

This collection contains numerous items split up into multiple series and sub-series. Included in this are written materials such as correspondences and writings, legal information such as pew and court records, institutional records such as vital statistics and meeting minutes, financial information such as accounts and receipts, information on over two dozen auxiliary organizations, records for pastors across all of Second Church’s history, records of Harvard Congregational Church and Central Congregational Church and finally records of events such as plays, anniversaries and picnics.

Dates

  • 1770-1991

Creator

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 Second Church in Dorchester was first organized on January 1, 1808 by 64 members of First Church of Dorchester. These 64 members included 27 men and 37 women who had decided to split from the “Mother Church”. On January 19, 1810 the group voted to name the new church South Church in Dorchester. This name only lasted two years when on April 3, 1812 they renamed the church “Second Church”. The expansion into a new church was mainly meant to tackle the expanding population of the area. The first official pastor for the newly formed Second Church was Dr. John Codman. Codman was a member of an influential family and graduated from Harvard. His pastorate continues to be the longest for the church and during this time was regularly visited by Daniel Webster and (on occasion) John Adams. Reverend Codman would die on December 23, 1847. Before his death, he indicated to a fellow friend his intention to donate a field near the parish so that it would be a cemetery, Codman being its first occupant. The next year, Baker’s Corner was officially named Codman Square. The next pastor was Reverend James H. Means who saw Second Church through the Civil War. Next was Reverend Edward N. Packard who facilitated that building of the parsonage. Following Packard was Reverend Arthur Little who organized the Chinese Sunday School as well as purchasing the church organ. The next pastor, Reverend Jason Noble Pierce would take the church through WW1. Second church had 203 men and women leave for the armed forces and Pierce would serve time as Senior Chaplain for the Second Division. Reverend Vaughn Dabney, taking over for Pierce, oversaw the formation of the official corporate “Second Church”. He also oversaw the reuniting of Harvard Congregational back into Second Church. During WW2, Reverend Andrew Richards oversaw the parish as well as the 163 individuals who left to fight. Next, Reverend Frank T. Jensen would help oversee the reuniting of Central Congregational Church back to Second Church. Reverend Thomas G. Jones became the ninth pastor in 1979 and during his ministry the church celebrated the 175th anniversary in 1980. The last pastor of Second Church in Dorchester was Reverend Donald P. Brickley. He facilitated the transfer of the church to the Church of the Nazarene in 1990. The Church of the Nazarene still exists today and carries with it the history of Second Church.

List of Ministers

Rev. John Codman, D.D.
1808-1847
Rev. James Howard Means, D.D.
1848-1878
Rev. Edward N. Packard, D.D.
1879-1887
Rev. Arthur Little, D.D.
1889-1912
Pastor Emeritus
1912-1915
Rev. Jason Noble Pierce, D.D.
1914-1920
Rev. Vaughan Dabney, D.D.
1920-1931
Rev. Andrew Richards, D.D.
1932-1966
Rev. Frank T. Jensen, D.D.
1967-1979
Rev. Thomas G. Jones
1979-1984
Rev. Donald P. Brickley
1988-1990

Extent

25.59 Cubic Feet (33 cases)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Second Church in Dorchester was first organized on January 1, 1808 by 64 members of First Church. The first official pastor for the newly formed Second Church was Dr. John Codman. Codman was a member of an influential family and graduated from Harvard. His pastorate continues to be the longest for the church and during this time was regularly visited by Daniel Webster and (on occasion) John Adams. The last pastor of Second Church in Dorchester was Reverend Donald P. Brickley. He facilitated the transfer of the church to the Church of the Nazarene in 1990. The Church of the Nazarene still exists today and carries with it the history of Second Church. The collection contains written material, finances, auxiliary organizations, incorporated churches, events, pastoral, legal and institutional records.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 8 series and 81 sub-series, with each sub-series representing a different topic or individual. Within each sub-series the records are arranged chronologically.
Series 1: Written materials, 1770-1981
Sub-series 1: Correspondence, 1770-1981
Sub-series 2: Writings, 1806-1811, 1827, undated
Series 2: Legal, 1774-1987
Sub-series 1: Pew records, 1774-1925, 1969
Sub-series 2: Church land and construction, 1808-1929, 1966-1987
Sub-series 3: Court records, 1824, 1921-1931, 1974-1987
Sub-series 4: Estates and wills, 1923-1984
Series 3: Institutional records, 1805-1987
Sub-series 1: Vital statistics, 1805-1980
Sub-series 2: Meetings, 1806-1810, 1848-1967
Sub-series 3: Incorporation and by-laws, 1807-1986
Sub-series 4: Church records, 1807-1987
Sub-series 5: Publications, 1848-1995
Sub-series 6: Photos and phonographs, 1882-1883, 1955
Sub-series 7: Board of deacon's records, March 19, 1905 - September 22, 1984
Sub-series 8: Church committee records, 1918-1972
Sub-series 9: Board of trustees reports, 1921-1983
Sub-series 10: Annual reports, 1922, 1935, 1968-1987
Sub-series 11: Secretary reports, 1978-1987
Series 4: Finances, 1806-1989
Sub-series 1: Accounts, 1806-1988
Sub-series 2: Records, 1807-1837, 1867-1988
Sub-series 3: Receipts, 1820-1878, 1972
Sub-series 4: Treasurer, 1867-1986
Sub-series 5: Banking, 1904-1925, 1960-1987
Sub-series 6: Donations, 1925, 1960-1982
Sub-series 7: Weekly offerings, 1928, 1982-1989
Sub-series 8: Trust fund, 1946-1981
Sub-series 9: Quarterly returns, 1962-1971
Sub-series 10: Income, 1963-1988
Sub-series 11: Budgets, 1968-1986
Series 5: Auxiliary organizations, 1813-1984
Sub-series 1: Dorchester Female Benevolent Society, 1813-1855
Sub-series 2: Sunday School, 1818-1980
Sub-series 3: Sabbath School, 1820-1878, 1914-1933
Sub-series 4: Ladies Missionary Association, 1826-1871
Sub-series 5: Home Missionary Society, 1828-1832
Sub-series 6: Ladies Home Missionary Society, 1828-1899
Sub-series 7: Foreign Missionary Society, 1828-1867, 1930-1935
Sub-series 8: Maternal Association, 1851-1881
Sub-series 9: Dorchester Women's Missionary Society, 1870-1895
Sub-series 10: Social Bible Class, 1885
Sub-series 11: Young People's Society, 1886-1890
Sub-series 12: Codman Guild, 1893-1949
Sub-series 13: Dorcas Society, 1894-1915
Sub-series 14: Ladies Foreign Missionary Society, 1895-1909
Sub-series 15: Junior Christian Endeavor Society, 1897-1911
Sub-series 16: Young Ladies Missionary Society, 1898-1916
Sub-series 17: Music Department, 1898-1923
Sub-series 18: Women's Home Mission Auxiliary, 1899-1920
Sub-series 19: Baraca Class, 1905-1929
Sub-series 20: Chinese Sunday School, 1909, 1934-1935
Sub-series 21: Men's Club, 1909-1920
Sub-series 22: Codman Class, 1909-1951
Sub-series 23: Teacher's Club, 1911-1935
Sub-series 24: Philathea Class, 1912-1916
Sub-series 25: Dorchester Gentlemen's Driving Club, 1913-1915
Sub-series 26: Monday Missionary Society, 1916-1961
Sub-series 27: Boys' Brass Band, 1917-1920
Sub-series 28: Second Church Auxiliary, January 1918 - May 1922
Sub-series 29: Women's Association, 1922-1984
Sub-series 30: Bumpus Memorial Class, 1925-1932
Sub-series 31: Codman Glee Club, February 22-23, 1927
Sub-series 32: Phi Sigma Phi, 1928-1976
Sub-series 33: Couples Club, 1943-1953
Sub-series 34: Adult Fellowship, 1953-1957
Sub-series 35: Dorchester Women's Club, February 1963
Sub-series 36: Religious Education Committee, 1979-1981
Sub-series 37: Missionary Committee, 1981
Sub-series 38: NEPCO Senior Citizens, 1981-1982
Sub-series 39: Bible Club of Boston, undated
Sub-series 40: Mutual Admiration Society, undated
Series 6: Pastoral records, 1830-1982
Sub-series 1: Rev. Dr. John Codman, 1830-1839
Sub-series 2: Rev. James H. Means, 1848-1873
Sub-series 3: Records about other church pastors, 1868, 1952, 1967, 1982
Sub-series 4: Rev. Edward N. Packard, April 8, 1879
Sub-series 5: Rev. Arthur Little, 1888-1916
Sub-series 6: Reports and letters, 1896-1987
Sub-series 7: Rev. Jason Noble Pierce, 1914-1947
Sub-series 8: Rev. Vaughn Dabney, 1924-1929
Sub-series 9: Rev. Andrew Richards, 1926-1969
Sub-series 10: Rev. Frank T. Jensen, 1967-1968
Sub-series 11: Rev. Thomas G. Jones, 1978-1981
Series 7: Incorporated churches, 1888-1991
Sub-series 1: Harvard Congregational Church, 1888-1940, 1988-1991
Sub-series 2: Central Congregational Church, 1902-1973
Series 8: Events, 1900-1985

Technical Requirements

Edison Diamond Discs are available for viewing but are not available for playing due to their fragility. Talk to the archivist to find digital versions of the songs through YouTube.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Original collection was donated in 1963 and was not accessioned until it was converted into a gift in 1989. No accession number was given at the time. A second deposit of materials were gifted to the Congregational Library & Archives by Second Church of Dorchester in January 2019; accession number 2019-02.

Bibliography

"History." Second Church in Dorchester. March 23, 2019. Accessed June 24, 2019. http://secondchurchdorchester.org/about-us-2/history/.

Processing Information

This collection was first processed in 1989. Additional material arrived in 2019 from Second Church. As a result, collection was re-processed by William McCarthy in June 2019.
Title
Dorchester, Boston, Mass. Second Church records, 1770-1991.
Status
Completed
Author
William McCarthy
Date
2019-06-24
Description rules
Dacs2 2013
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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