Maine Missionary Society

Collection History

The organization which would become the Maine Missionary Society was originally founded in 1802 as the Lincoln and Kennebec Religious Tract Society. It was reorganized as the Maine Missionary Society in 1807. Annual meetings were held in June and hosted on a rotating basis in different towns across Maine.

The Society predated, but became a part of, the American Home Missionary Society, an ecumenical Protestant organization designed "to assist congregations that are unable to support the gospel ministry, and to send the gospel to the destitute within the United States". AHMS was founded in 1826 as a merger of the United Domestic Missionary Society with state missionary societies from New England, including the Maine Missionary Society. In 1893, the AHMS became exclusively associated with the National Council of Congregational Churches and was renamed the Congregational Home Missionary Society.

In 1910 the Maine Missionary Society merged with the General Conference of the Congregational Churches in Maine to become the Congregational Conference and Missionary Society of Maine. It was reorganized again in 1931 as the Congregational-Christian Conference of Maine, and again in 1965 when it became Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ.

The collections below consist of the first two Maine Missionary Society record books, containing general administrative records and trustee records respectively. Subjects include missionary activities, formation of local churches and county conferences, and the operation of the state organization.

The original manuscripts in this collection are owned by our project partners, the Maine Historical Society. Further information about the collection can be found in the MHS catalog.

 

Digital Materials

Society records, 1807-1869

This bound volume of administrative records contains the Society's constitution, lists of members, officers, and trustees, meeting minutes with votes, correspondence, reports, and an index of members by township.

Society trustee records, 1807-1829

This bound volume of records relates specifically to the business of the Society's trustees, and consists mainly of meeting minutes and votes from annual and semiannual meetings of the trust in June and October. The meetings deal with administrative matters as well as allocation of funds.

 

Related Materials

Cumberland Conference, 1836-1859

 

Special Thanks

This digital resource has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.