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Guide to the John Howard Melish, William Howard Melish and Protestant Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity collection ARC.050

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Collection processed by Gabriel Farrell and Leilani Dawson, with additional description and input to Archivists' Tookit by Jesse Brauner and Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 15, 2012
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Mason , Anna May
Creator: Melish, John Howard, b. 1875
Creator: Melish, William Howard, 1910-
Creator: Touchet, Francis H.
Title: John Howard Melish, William Howard Melish and Protestant Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1904-1985, bulk 1947-1958
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1947-1958
Abstract: The Rev. John Howard Melish (1874-1969) was pastor at the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, Brooklyn, New York (1904-1949), while his son, the Rev. William Howard Melish (1910-1986), was associate rector at the same church from 1938 to 1957. The bulk of this collection covers 1947-1958, a period of time during which the two clergymen, with the support of parish congregants, struggled to remain attached to the Church of the Holy Trinity despite efforts by the church vestry and the Episcopal Bishop of Long Island to remove them. In the midst of the Cold War era, the Melishes' removal was sought because of, at least in part, the son's role as Chairman of the National Council for Soviet-American Friendship. The bulk of the collection consists of clippings maintained by William Howard Melish, but also includes correspondence, notes, and other documents from Melish and his supporters, including congregant Anna May Mason. The collection also includes an audiotape of William Howard Melish's remarks at the 1963 memorial service held for W. E. B. Du Bois in Ghana.
Quantity: 8.0 Linear feet in 16 manuscript boxes
Call Phrase: ARC.050