Massachusetts Conference. Berkshire Association of Congregational Churches. Records, 1759-1960

Collection Information
Title:

Berkshire Association (Mass. Conference) records

Creator(s):

Massachusetts Conference of Congregational Churches, Berkshire Association

Dates:

1759-1960

Extent:

2.5 linear feet, 3 boxes

Collection ID #:

RG 0017

Conditions Governing Access:

None

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Berkshire Association (Mass. Conference) records, RG 0017. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Sandra Sudak, April 1990

Revision History:

Reprocessed by Virginia Hunt, April 1999

Introduction

The Berkshire Association was formed in 1763. Due to its large size, the organization separated into two distinct organizations — Berkshire North Association and Berkshire South Association — in October 1852. It was decided then that the Berkshire South Association would retain the original records of the parent Berkshire Association. The records were reprocessed in April 1999 because of a discrepancy that was found between the original finding aid and the actual arrangement of the records.

 

Historical Note

Berkshire Association (also called Berkshire Association of Congregational Churches) was formed in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, in 1763. In 1852 the Association divided into Berkshire South Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers and Berkshire North Association of Congregational Christian Churches, due to the large size of the Association.

 

Scope and Content Note

The collection is broken out into four series. The first contains minutes of the Berkshire Association including those of the Ecclesiastical councils, Executive Committee; the second contains correspondence, bylaws, executive committee reports, ledgers, records of ecclesiastical councils and conferences, catalog of members, lists of clergy, dismissions, annual reports, clippings, and other records of all three association. Also includes some miscellaneous records (1903-1910) of Pilgrim Memorial Church, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

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