Taylor, Richard H. Papers, 1968-2014.

Collection Information
Title:

Richard H. Taylor papers, 1968-2014.

Creator(s):

Taylor, Richard H., 1943-

Dates:

1968-2014

Extent:

3 record cartons and 1 document case (3.62 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

MS1283

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Technical Access:

USB flash drives require USB port to read and floppy disks require a floppy disk drive to read. Please consult the archivist or librarian for use.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Richard H. Taylor papers, 1968-2014, MS1283. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Steytler, 2013 using DACS Second Edition.

Revision History:

Accruals added and collection re-processed by Sean Ferguson, October 2015, using DACS Second Edition.

Abstract:

Richard H. Taylor was born on October 6, 1943 in Paterson, New Jersey and has served as a pastor of the United Church of Christ at five different congregations from 1968 to 2006.  Documents include pastoral and organizational records, correspondences, research materials, writings, and sermons.

Acquisition Information:

Donated to the Congregational Library and Archives.

Accruals:

Accruals have been added to this collection in the past and are expected in the future.

Description

Historical Note

Richard H. Taylor was born in Patterson, New Jersey on October 6, 1943. He graduated from Marietta College in 1965 and attended Andover Newton Theological School, which he graduated from in 1969. He was then ordained as a minister in St. Luke's United Church of Christ in Kittaning, PA and served as their pastor from 1968 to 1972. While there, he advocated for issues involving the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, giving multiple sermons on these topics and prompting reactions from his parish recorded in this collection.

After leaving St. Luke's in Kittaning, Taylor continued his activism and service to the UCC through multiple organizations, particularly in the areas of historical research and LGBT rights. He served as board member of the UCC Historical Council and represented the UCC in Association for Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. He has also been an active supporter of the Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality in Rhode Island and the LGBT Religious Archives Network.

Throughout his pastoral career, Taylor has also contributed substantially to the historical research and documentation of the United Church of Christ. His work regarding church statistics is particularly significant. His research and papers cover topics such as genealogy, ethnicity and statistical transformations in the church. Much of this work has required extensive surveys and the collection of bibliographies and primary sources now held in this collection.

 

List of Congregations Taylor has led as pastor

St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Kittaning, PA 1968-1972
Hindsdale and Middlefield, MA Yoked Parish 1972-1980
First Congregational Church of Andover, CT 1980-1987
First Congregational Church of Benton Harbor, MI 1987-1999
Beneficent Congregational Church of Providence, RI 1999-2006

 

Scope of Collection

These personal papers document Taylor's work as a pastor, activist, statistician and historian. Documents include church and organizational records, writings, correspondences, research materials, and sermons.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Taylor, Richard H., 1943-

St. Luke's United Church of Christ (Kittaning, PA)

Hinsdale-Middlefield Yoked Parish (Hinsdale, MA)

First Congregational Church (Andover, CT)

First Congregational Church (Benton Harbor, MI)

Beneficent Congregational Church (Providence, RI)

United Coalition for Gay Concerns.

United Church of Christ Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns.

United Church of Christ. Historical Commission.

Church statistics--United States.

Ethnicity--Religious aspects.

United Church of Christ--Genealogy.

Religion historians.

Sermons, American--21st Century.

Gay Rights--United States--Religious aspects.

 

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Arrangement

The Richard H. Taylor papers are divided into four series: church records, organizational records, writings, and research. The folders of the church records are arranged chronologically and the organizational records, writings, and research are arranged alphabetically. Writings includes four sub-series: correspondences, Taylor's paper and presentations, the papers of others, and sermons.

 

Contents

Series 1: Church Records

Date: 1966-2014
Extent: 1 box
Scope of Series: This series contains the personal papers of Taylor as they pertain to the churches he served as pastor as well as the church in Patterson, NJ he attended in his youth. Included are correspondences, bulletins, and newspaper clippings. Subjects represented in the series include correspondences written during Taylor's tenure at St. Luke's Church in Kittaning, PA, which document his civil rights activism and his congregation's responses to it.
        Date Box/Folder
First Congregational Church of Patterson, NJ 1960-1990 B1/F1
St. Luke's United Church of Christ, Kittaning, PA 1968-1972 B1/F2
Hinsdale-Middlefield Yoked Parish, Hinsdale, MA 1972-1980 B1/F3
First Congregational Church of Andover, CT 1980-1987 B1/F4
First Congregational Church of Benton Harbor, MI 1987-1999 B1/F5
Beneficent Congregational Church of Providence, RI 1999-2006 B1/F6
   

Series 2: Organizational Records

Date: 1963-2013
Extent: 1 box
Scope of Series: This series contains the personal papers of Taylor relating to the organizations he participated in throughout his career. Included are correspondences, fliers, materials from meetings and statements issued from the organizations. Documents that particularly illustrate his work include the records of the Coalition for Gay Concerns, Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality in Rhode Island and he LGBT Religious Archives Network.
  Date Box/Folder
Armstrong County, PA Federation of Churches 1969-1970 B1/F7
The Berkshire Association of the UCC 1973-1980 B1/F8
Clarion Association of the UCC 1970-1971 B1/F9
Coalition for Gay Concerns, United Church - General 1979-2005 (gaps) B1/F10
Coalition for Gay Concerns, United Church - Mentioning Taylor 2007-2008 B1/F11
Coalition for Gay Concerns, United Church - Personal Writings 1980-1985 B1/F12
Historical Commission, United Church of Christ 1973-1974 B1/F13
Historical Council, United Church of Christ 1993-2009 B1/F14
LGBT Religious Archives Network 2003-2006 B1/F15
MA Conference Small Church Task Force 1970-1980 B1/F16
Rhode Island Religious Coalition for Marriage Equality 2004-2013 B1/F17
Southwest Association Michigan Conference 1991 B1/F18
Tolland Association 1983-1984 B1/F19
   

Series 3: Writings

Date: 1970-2013
Extent: 2 boxes
Scope of Series: This series contains Taylor's papers and presentations as well as his correspondences not relating to the churches and organizations he has served or his research. The collected writings of others are also contained within this series as well as some of his sermons. Among the materials are correspondences regarding some of Taylor's personal projects, the finished copies of his works and in some cases materials relating to their publication. Of note are the letters relating to his return of a bible to the Stockbridge Native American Tribe, several historical papers on ethnicity and genealogy in the United Christian Church, and "Discerning the Work of God", an autobiographical sketch of Taylor's faith life.
Arrangement: This series is divided into four sub-series: Correspondences; Taylor's Papers and Presentations; Collected Papers of Others; and Sermons. Correspondences, Taylor's Papers and Presentations, and Collected Papers of Others are arranged alphabetically. Sermons are arranged chronologically.
  Date Box/Folder
Correspondences
  Armstrong County Historical Museum, creation of 1970 B1/F20
  Congregational Library acquisition recommendations 2006 B1/F21
  Congregational Library Conferences and General Associations section exploration 2006 B1/F22
  Correspondences 1973-1979, 1992 B1/F23
  Correspondences 2000, 2006, 2010 B1/F24
  Garland, Betsy Aldrich, Taylor's ordination endorsement of 2007 B1/F25
  Kennebunkport, ME South Congregational Church, Hal Worthley's research of 2007 B1/F26
  Knapp, Rev. Frederick Joseph, Margi McKenna's genealogy research of 1990-1991 B1/F27
  Hall, Russell correspondence circa 2001 B1/F28
  Powell, Nancy correspondence 2001 B1/F29
  Rhode Island Conference, determining the age of 2008 B1/F30
  Rhode Island Conference, polity issues of 2008 B1/F31
  Stockbridge Tribe bible, returning to Tribe 1977-1979 B1/F32
  Wood, Robert correspondences 2005 B1/F33
  Yearbook of United Church of Christ, review of 2011-2013 B1/F34
Taylor's Papers and Presentation
  Award Presentation for Russell Schmidt and related materials 1999 B1/F35
  Celebrating the 300th anniversary of German Presence in the United States 2010 B1/F36
  Christian Churches – Former Ohio Conference Area 1995 B1/F37
  Christian church Priorities, Theology and Principles in the Christian Connection 1985 B1/F38
  Congregational Christian Historical Society Praters 2006, 2009 B1/F39
  Commentary on Pacific Islander Churches 2002 B1/F40
  Comparative New churches Paper, PowerPoint circa 2010 B1/F41
  Directory of the Synod of the Evangelical and Reformed Church 1980 B1/F42
  Directory of the Judiciaries of the (German) Reformed Church in the United States 1980 B1/F43
  Discerning the Work of God: A Case Study 2004 B1/F44
  The Early Development of Illinois Congregationalism 1997 B1/F45
  The Genealogy of the UCC in a New Century 2002 B1/F46
  German Churches and the German Heritage in the formative bodies of the UCC lecture materials 2000 B1/F47
  The German Reformed Church in Armstrong. PA 1997 B1/F48
  Growth on the Edges, Decline in the Center; The Society of Friends as an Example of Religious Change in Old Line American Protestant Communities 2010 B1/F49
  An Historical and Statistical Overview of the Wisconsin Conference of the UCC 2004 B1/F50
  An Historical and Statistical Overview of the Wisconsin Conference Paper and Correspondences 2002-2004 B1/F51
  Historical Directory of Berkshire Correspondence Materials 1978 B1/F52
  Historical Directory of Berkshire Publication Materials 1977-1978 B1/F53
  A History of the Christian Connection in Vermont 1977 B1/F54
  Jonathan Edwards: Seclusion at Wintenburg 1974 B1/F55
  Midwest Congregational Christian Fellowship (CCCC) Maps and Charts 2000 B1/F56
  The Missionary Society of Connecticut: Polity, Promise, Problems 2011 B1/F57
  The New United Church of Christ circa 2010 B1/F58
  The Palatinate to America Lecture Materials 1999-2000 B1/F59
  Penn West Reminiscences 2012 B1/F60
  The Plan of Union in Michigan 1992 B1/F61
  Rescuing the Paganizing and Perishing Plantations: The Puritan Case Against Rhode Island 2012 B1/F62
  Some Musing on our Ecumenical History 1980 B1/F63
  The Southern Conference and the "decline" of Christian Churches 2006 B1/F64
  "Voices from the Valley: a small church speaks to the world" 1997 B1/F65
  Thunder on the Mountain Top (A History of Religion in Berkshire County) 1976 B1/F66
  The UCC: An Historical Analysis at the Turn of the Century 2002 B1/F67
  The Yankee New England Churches: The German Roots and Relatives paper and materials 2000 B1/F68
Collected Papers of Others
  Collected material written by others 1979, 2000-2010, 2014 B1/F69
  Robert Wood Biography (1 of 2) 2003 B1/F70
  Robert Wood Biography (2 of 2) 2003 B1/F71
  Date Box/Folder
Sermons
  Index to sermons 1999-2006 B2/F1
  Sermons 1999-2000 B2/F2
  Sermons 2001 B2/F3
  Sermons 2002 B2/F4
  Sermons 2003 B2/F5
  Sermons 2004 B2/F6
  Sermons 2005-2006 B2/F7
   

Series 4: Research

Date: 1904, 1912, 1969-2014
Extent: 3 Boxes
Technical Access: USB flash drives require USB port to read and floppy disks require a floppy disk drive to read. Please consult the archivist or librarian for use.
Scope of Series: This series contains the research material Taylor has accumulated throughout his career as a historian. Included are correspondences relating to research, surveys, statistics on churches, bibliographies, and historical pamphlets and photographs as well as two Rhode Island Street Directories from 1904 and 1912. Scrapbooks, floppy disks, USB flash drives and index cards are also contained within this series. Representative of the series are extensive correspondences and surveys relating to dual and federated churches as well as research relating to his publications on U.S. regions such as the South, Mid-Atlantic and Great Plains.
  Date Box/Folder
Black Churches and the United Church of Christ data and correspondences 2008 B2/F8
Christian Churches by Status undated B2/F9
Church Histories articles and pamphlets 1970-1990 B2/F10
Church Histories articles and pamphlets 1970-1990 B2/F11
  Date Box
Church Histories scrapbook circa 1970 B4
Church Histories scrapbook 1970 B4
Church Histories scrapbook 1971 B4
  Date Box/Folder
Church lists from United Church of Christ by date of organization 1970 B2/F12
Conference Record – status of, lists 1984, 1992, 1996 B2/F13
Denominational Statistics by County for Ethnic and Minority Churches 2002 B2/F14
  Date Box/Folder
Denominational Statistics by County for Ethnic and Minority UCC Churches 2002 B4/F1
  Date Box/Folder
Dual and Federated Churches – correspondences on ethnic congregations 2002 B2/F15
Dual and Federated Churches – Mid-Atlantic survey responses 2002 B2/F16
Dual and Federated Churches – National survey responses 1998 B2/F17
Dual and Federated Churches – Southern survey responses circa 1993 B2/F18
Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic research 2001-2010 B2/F19
Great Plains book research (1 of 3) undated B2/F20
Great Plains book research (2 of 3) undated B2/F21
Great Plains book research (3 of 3) undated B2/F22
Hinsdale and Middlefield Church Study 1975-1980 B2/F23
Illinois photographs circa 2005 B2/F24
Independent Church Study 1990 B2/F25
  Date Box
Local New England Associations – explanatory sheet enclosed 2014 B4
  Date Box/Folder
Middle Atlantic book research undated B2/F26
New England book notes, metadata 1981 B2/F27
Patricia F. Scott's Congregational Church Histories Chenago County, New York 2002-2005 B2/F28
Providence, Rhode Island street directories 1904, 1912 B2/F29
Reconciling Ethnic Listings Report 2002 B2/F30
Religious Congregational Membership Study correspondences 1990-1991 B2/F31
Religious Congregational Membership Study data 2000 B2/F32
  Date Box
Research on floppy disks (container 1 of 5) undated B4
Research on floppy disks (container 2 of 5) undated B4
Research on floppy disks (container 3 of 5) undated B4
Research on floppy disks (container 4 of 5) undated B4
Research on floppy disks (container 5 of 5) undated B4
Research on USB flash drives (container 2 of 5) undated B4
  Date Box/Folder
Rhode Island church pictures and histories 2004-2014 B2/F33
  Date Box
Rhode Island Statistical and Pastoral Survey of Congregational and Christian Churches Index of Churches 2006 B4
Rhode Island Statistical and Pastoral Survey of Congregational and Christian Churches Index of Pastors 2006 B4
  Date Box/Folder
Rhode Island Statistical and Pastoral Survey of Congregational and Christian Churches (1 of 3) 2006 B2/F34
Rhode Island Statistical and Pastoral Survey of Congregational and Christian Churches (2 of 3) 2006 B2/F35
Rhode Island Statistical and Pastoral Survey of Congregational and Christian Churches (3 of 3) 2006 B2/F36
  Date Box/Folder
Southern Book - correspondences regarding errata 1995 B3/F1
Southern Book - correspondences with editors 1994 B3/F2
Southern Book - correspondences with historical societies 1994 B3/F3
Southern Book - correspondences with historical societies 1994 B3/F4
Strict Congregational convention bibliography 2001 B3/F5
Yearbook of United Church of Christ 1978 printout 1978 B3/F6

 

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