South Hadley, Massachusetts. Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls. Records, 1824-2012.

Collection Information
Title:

South Hadley, Mass. Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls records, 1824-2012.

Creator(s):

Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls (South Hadley, Mass.)
South Society in South Hadley (South Hadley, Mass.)
South Church of Christ in South Hadley (South Hadley, Mass.)
First Congregational Church in South Hadley Falls (South Hadley, Mass.)
First Congregational Society in South Hadley Falls (South Hadley, Mass.)
Congregational Church and Society in South Hadley Falls (South Hadley, Mass.)

Dates:

1824-2012

Extent:

13 record cartons and 1 oversize folder (15 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

RG5052

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls (Mass.) records, RG5052. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Accessioned by Jessica Steytler, January 2014, using DACS Second Edition.

Abstract:

The church was established in 1824. Collection includes annual reports and church meetings; women's and social groups; Sunday school; membership; financial; Sunday bulletins; photographs; correspondence.

Note: This collection has been minimally processed for access and is available for researcher access.

Acquisition Information:

Donated as a gift to the Congregational Library & Archives in 2013.

Accruals:

Received two boxes as accrual after initial deposit, possible digital or paper accruals are expected regarding the final sale of the building and the last year's records.

Description

Historical Note

This rural community's First Church was established in 1733. In 1824 the population removed from the center of South Hadley felt they needed a more conveniently located church, which they called South Society in South Hadley.

The church experienced a split that lasted for 18 years before being reunited. In 1860, Rev. Richard Knight and the membership that supported him established a separate church. After Knight resigned his post in 1878, many returned to the original church and new leadership chose representatives from both groups to serve as the church's trustees.

There have been a few fires in the church's history. The steeple of the original congregation's meeting house burned in 1870. Then in 1947 the church was burned to the ground. The new church was completed in 1948. The Congregation voted to close in 2012 due to declining membership and pledges. For a more comprehensive history, please see box 9, 150th Anniversary booklet.

List of Pastors:

John Flavel Griswold 1828-1831   Allen C. Blaisdell 1924-1927
William Tyler 1832-1839   Theodore Bacheler 1928-1943
William W. Thayer 1839-1842   Herbert H. Bair 1943-1951
Leander Thompson 1843-1850   Charles N. Burn 1951-1959
Porter H. Snow 1852-1854   Robert Dennett 1959-1966
Richard Knight 1856-1878   Martin Johnson 1966-1974
Samuel M. J. Merwin 1860-1867   Charles E. Ihloff 1974-1994
George E. Fisher 1867-1878   R. C. MacCreary 1995-1999
Winfield S. Hawkes 1878-1887   M. C. Williams (interim) 2000-2002
Stephen W. Webb 1884-1894   M. E. MacCullagh 2002-2003
G. Walter Fiske 1900-1903   J. A. Ewen 2006-2009
Frank E. Butler 1903-1911   D. B. Szyszko 2009-2013
Bruce W. Cronmiller 1911-1923      

 

Scope of Collection

Collection includes annual reports and church meetings; women's and social groups; Sunday school; membership; financial; Sunday bulletins; photographs; correspondence. Despite the church's complete destruction in 1947, there is reasonable representation from pre-1947 records, including a few original ledger books. However, researchers may find there are large gaps in the record, due to this cataclysmic event.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

South Society in South Hadley (South Hadley, Mass.)

South Church of Christ in South Hadley (South Hadley, Mass.)

First Congregational Church in South Hadley Falls (South Hadley, Mass.)

First Congregational Society in South Hadley Falls (South Hadley, Mass.)

Congregational Church and Society in South Hadley Falls (South Hadley, Mass.)

Congregational Church of South Hadley Falls (South Hadley, Mass.)

Church records and registers - Massachusetts - South Hadley Falls.

Baptism - Congregational churches.

Baptism.

Baptismal records.

Benevolent and moral institutions and societies.

Church membership - Handbooks, manuals, etc.

Church societies.

Ecclesiastical Council - Massachusetts.

Marriage records - Massachusetts

Registers of births, etc. - Massachusetts - South Hadley Falls.

Women - Societies and clubs.

Sunday school

 

Related Materials

Joseph Vaill sermon preached at the dedication of the church edifice at South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts, 1864. MS 0990

Fully ripe : a memorial sermon preached in the Congregational Church, South Hadley Falls, Mass., Sunday morning, May 29, 1881, by Rev. W.S. Hawkes 15.0.7 5633 CAR-CHA

 

Arrangement

This collection has not been fully processed. The collection items are in the original order in which the records were given to the library. There will be a scope note for each box to help clarify contents.

 

Contents

Box 1
  Primarily contains bound notebooks for women's groups, such as the junior guild, ladies benevolent society, and missionary society. Date range is overall early to mid-20th century, with the exception of one early record book from the Society, 1825-1878.
Box 2
  Unbound annual reports, 1940s-2012.
Box 3
  Church minutes and annual reports, bound and in folders 1930s-1970s. Membership book, 1995-2011.
Box 4
  Church record book that includes membership, baptisms, and meeting minutes, 1828-1914; meeting minutes, 1979-1994; folders of ex-members.
Box 5
  Membership index cards, 20th-21st century.
Box 6
  Financial records from the church and Sunday school including individual pledge cards from a pledge drive, circa 1870s-1940s, 1970s.
Box 7
  Women's Fellowship, circa 1900-1980s; memorial books; photographs.
Box 8
  Women's Fellowship and related groups, circa 1900-1977.
Box 9
  Church manuals, anniversary booklet-history of the church; photographs; history; anniversary celebration; insurance policies; charter; fragile record book started in 1834; minutes started 1861; membership book, 1911-1927; microfilm reel of building plans.
Box 10
  "Published records of events beg. 1800s-late 1900s" (original box description).
Box 11
  Mixed historical records, 1940s-1970s. Includes Sunday bulletins.
Box 12
  Social Group, "Mafo" - social group for young, married couples; photographs; membership
Box 13
  Photographs
Oversize Folder
  Original Charter, 1824

 

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