Beacon Street Diary
Archives: December 2017
The Congregational Library & Archives will be closed this coming Monday, January 1st.
All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have a question you'd like to ask the staff, send an us email or leave a voicemail, and we'll get back to you when we return to the office on Tuesday, January 2nd.
However you plan to greet the new year, we hope that it will be a good one.
All of our online resources will be available as usual. If you have a question you'd like to ask the staff, send an us email or leave a voicemail, and we'll get back to you when we return to the office on Wednesday, December 27th.
We wish all of you a safe and happy holiday.
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The latest additions to our New England's Hidden Histories program come from groups in the North Shore region of Massachusetts that had strong opinions on the issues of the time. One forged a local fellowship of churches that has lasted to the modern day. The other achieved its purpose and disbanded. Take a look and see what you can find.
The original manuscripts in these collections are owned by our project partners, the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Essex North Association, Mass.
The Essex Middle Association, which would later become the Essex North Association, was formed in Rowley, West Parish (now Georgetown) in 1761. Noteworthy members included Rev. John Cleaveland, who ministered Chebacco Church in Ipswich for 52 years. The Association weighed in on various social issues throughout its long history, including slavery and the temperance movement.
The Salem Female Anti-Slavery Society (SFASS) was formed in 1834. The preamble to the SFASS's constitution stated its three principles: that slavery should be immediately abolished; that people of color, enslaved or free, have a right to a home in the country without fear of intimidation, and that the society should be ready to acknowledge people of color as friends and equals. The majority of SFASS membership was comprised of wives and daughters of the members of the Anti-Slavery Society of Salem and Vicinity (ASSSV), who were drawn largely from Salem's middle and professional classes. Early activities of the society included distributing clothes to freed blacks in the area, supporting the National Anti-Slavery Bazaar at Faneuil Hall, organizing a sewing school for black girls, and aiding fugitive slaves in Canada.
Special ThanksCouncil on Library and Information Resources, through a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant.
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the Council on Library and Information Resources.
Our archivists have been hard at work recently finishing up their processing on several new manuscript collections. There are institutional records, personal papers, and even a group of mid-20th century photographs. Take a look and see if anything strikes your fancy.
- Cambridge, Illinois. First Congregational Church. Records, 1851-1917.
- Chicago, Illinois. Avalon Park Community Church. Records, 1932-1941.
- Joseph T. Goodwin's collection of Rutherford Congregational Church records, 1932-1964.
- Hancock, Vermont. Community Church of Hancock and Granville, UCC. Records, 1995-2017.
- American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions in Account with S. J. Humphrey. Papers, 1871-1888.
- American Congregational Deaconess Association. Records, 1901-1906.
- Beloit Convention. Records, 1880-1939.
- Chicago, Illinois. Bethlehem Community Center. Records, 1944-1948.
- Winthrop Club. Records, 1858-1990.