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Descriptive Summary

Creator: First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
Creator: Lathrop, John Howland
Title: First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn records
Dates [inclusive]: 1790-1972
Dates [bulk]: 1833-1967
Abstract: The First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn records contains documents created and collected by the Church from the point of its founding in 1833 to the mid 1970s. The collection contains a broad range of documents covering the variety of the Congregation's work and operations including its official minutes and trustee records, financial records, ministers files, sermons, photographs, calendars, celebration programs and registers, and building records that include deeds, leases, and building plans for the Church of the Saviour and other buildings owned by the First Church. The community and charity work of the Church is represented as well through ledgers, correspondence, notes and reports by the various clubs and committees and through similar documentation from the Church's Willow Place Chapel where the Church's settlement and welfare programs and Sunday school operated. The Church was also involved with local and international relief and aid groups, particularly during the tenure of Minister John H. Lathrop. Lathrop's files include correspondence, minutes of committees, and other documents from his work with a variety of local and worldwide religious and humanitarian groups. Lathrop also collected a variety of reference materials, including pamphlets, flyers, and articles pertaining to peace, liberalism, theology, and family planning. Other major figures of the First Church and Brooklyn history represented by the collection include the Low family and Alfred T. White. The collection also holds scrapbooks with relevant collected clippings that were donated by parishioners and photographs of some church members and activities. The Second and Third Unitarian Congregations are both represented within this collection as well. These two congregations split from the First Congregation at different points in the 19th century and both re-united with the First Congregation in the mid-1920s.
Quantity: 50.5 Linear Feet in 99 manuscript boxes and 18 oversize flat boxes
Location: The majority of the materials in this collection are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact library@brooklynhistory.org at least three weeks prior to research visit.
Language: Materials are primarily in English with some correspondence and publications in Czech, German and Romanian.
Call Phrase: ARC.109

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Historical Note

In June 1833, forced between choosing a ferry ride to Unitarian services in Manhattan or attending services of a different denomination in Brooklyn where they would be refused communion, a group of ten men (John Frost, Josiah Dow, George Blackburn, William H. Carey, William H. Hale, Henry Leeds, Seth Low, Alexander H. Smith, and Charles and Thomas Woodward) set to forming a Unitarian society in Brooklyn. The First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn was incorporated two years later as the thirteenth functioning church in Brooklyn and the first in the city to be controlled by its congregation. As its place of worship the First Church constructed the Church Of The Saviour on Pierrepont Street by Monroe Place in 1844. The building was designed by architect Minard Lefever in the Gothic Revival style.

The First Church operated a settlement school and Sunday school out of the chapel adjacent to the Church of the Saviour and through the Furman Street Mission until 1876 when, under the guidance of settlement teacher and community figure Alfred T. White, the Congregation completed Willow Place Chapel on Willow Place near Joralemon Street. Willow Place Chapel functioned as a space for evening church services and as a site for much of the First Church's social service and community outreach, particularly through club work. With the help of figures like Alfred T. White and Minister H. Price Collier, settlement and community work at Willow Place Chapel expanded until the First Church had to build an extension of the facilities in 1906 called Columbia House.

In 1840 twenty-two of the First Church parishioners, finding dissatisfaction in particular with Frederick Holland as minister, gathered to form a second society. Holland attempted to resign in 1841 but this resignation was rejected and the two congregations would not reunite until after Holland's second (and this time accepted) resignation in 1842. In 1851 fifty families seeking a more liberal theology would again leave the First Church. Legally organized in 1852, the second iteration of the Second Unitarian Congregation of Brooklyn installed Samuel Longfellow as its first minister in 1853. Longfellow fit the progressive nature of the congregation and not only preached a liberal theology, but also covered a variety of topics from the pulpit including the abolition of American slavery. Longfellow even gave one infamous sermon eulogizing and praising John Brown and his attempt to incite insurrection at Harper's Ferry. Longfellow resigned in 1860 and was succeeded by Reverend Nahor A. Staples, another liberal voice with some abolitionist views. John White Chadwick was another prominent minister of the congregation who became influential within Unitarianism and liberal theology. The Second Congregation sold its church and reunited with the First Church in 1924.

Another split from the First Church came in 1867 when, in order to accommodate parishioners of the First Unitarian Congregation who had been travelling from the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods, the Third Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn was established. First Church minister Frederick A. Farley assisted in duties as a minister until the Third Congregation installed Stephen H. Camp as minister in 1869. Camp became the Third Congregation's most prominent minister and in addition to encouraging organized charitable works and teaching within the Congregation's Sunday School he also shepherded the Congregation from their first space in Unity Chapel (built in 1868 with the assistance of the First Congregation) to Unity Church (built in 1886). The Third Congregation sold its church and reunited with the First Congregation in 1925.

In the time that these three Unitarian congregations were separate from each other, the First Church became more involved in the growing Unitarian movement. Samuel A. Eliot was installed as minister of the Church in 1893 and a year later began serving on the board of directors for the American Unitarian Association (AUA). From this position Eliot helped change the management model of the AUA making it a more effective organization connecting the congregational and secular work of Unitarians. After leaving the First Church's pulpit in 1897, Eliot would go on to become AUA Secretary and then, in 1900, the first president of the AUA to be given executive power over the organization.

The First Church's involvement in national and international concerns grew further under the guidance of Minister John Howland Lathrop. Installed in 1911, Lathrop's tenure as minister spanned the period of both World Wars and he was active in advocating for peace not only during the wars, but also in regards to conflicts which occurred following each war particularly in Spain, China, Palestine, and Eastern Europe. Lathrop wrote many sermons and articles advocating for peace and international relief efforts and was involved with many like-minded organizations, including the National Peace Conference which he served as president. Lathrop also concerned himself with international ecumenical issues and kept up contact with churches in England, the Philippines, Mexico, Japan and Eastern Europe. Lathrop turned particular attention to the growth of Unitarianism in Transylvania and in his congregation's connection to Czechoslovakia. Lathrop kept up correspondence with the Masaryk family, a major political family in Czechoslovakia. In particular he communicated with social worker and president of the Czechoslovak Red Cross Alice Garrigue Masaryk. Alice was the daughter of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia, and Charlotte Garrigue, a former member of the First Unitarian Congregation of Brooklyn. Lathrop was an important member of the Unitarian Service Committee trip to Czechoslovakia in 1946. Lathrop's focus was not exclusively international, of course, as he was focused on local issues particularly in regards to urban conditions, employment, housing, and education. In addition to growing the breadth of services provided by the First Church, like social psychiatric counseling for parishioners, Lathrop was heavily involved with groups outside the walls of the church that contributed to the community like the Civic Committee for Adult Literacy and the Brooklyn Urban League which he served as president for many years. Lathrop's prolific and important service to his congregation, community and the world went on even after his retirement in 1957, visiting the First Church yearly until his last visit in 1965, two years prior to his death.

The First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn continues to operate out of the Church of the Saviour in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood.

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Scope and Contents

The First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn records contain the records created and collected by the First Church over the course of its work and operations. This includes the basic functions of the church as a religious congregation and also the work of the members of its congregation, through various clubs, committees and organizations, contributing to service locally, nationally, and abroad.

The contents of the collection span from 1790 to 1972 though the bulk of the materials begins from the point of the First Church's organization in 1833 and extends to the late 1960's. The organizational records of the First Church are well represented including meeting minutes and resolutions of the Trustees and the Society, by-laws, calendars, directories, registers, and reports of the ministers and various clubs and committees. Documents related to the First Church's founding and its early operation were kept in "History" files among its Subject Files. Subject Files also include information on bequests to the church, church memorials, and church celebrations.

Financial records include various reports and ledgers related to the First Church's endowment, income, expenses, fund raising, and budgets. This also includes subscriber and pew rental information and information on the First Church's properties including mortgages and leases. Other documents on the First Church's properties and buildings include blueprints, deeds, alterations and repairs, and information on stained glass windows and other decorations.

The work of the First Church's ministers is collected here through sermons, correspondence, and collected articles and items in reference to them. The files of Minister John H. Lathrop contain not only a variety of sermons and orders of service, but also records on his work for the community and in international matters. Lathrop headed or worked closely with groups like the Brooklyn Urban League and the National Peace Conference and his files hold correspondence, meeting minutes, and other materials related to these groups. Lathrop was heavily involved in international relief and aid and in addition to correspondence and other documents regarding organizations of this nature, Lathrop's personal work with international aid and Unitarianism, particularly in Transylvania and Czechoslovakia, is among his files here. The Lathrop papers also contain many articles, pamphlets, and other materials related to his areas of interest including marriage, peace, labor and unemployment, religious freedom, and liberal Christianity. The records of the First Church and its ministers also provide some insight into the evolution of Unitarianism in Brooklyn, America, and other parts of the world, particularly through the American Unitarian Association and its departments of outreach, publicity, and social-service. Many sermons and articles by the ministers, particularly John White Chadwick, John Lathrop, and Samuel Longfellow, discuss theology and the development of liberal Christianity as it pertains to Unitarianism.

The First Church's settlement and community work is represented through Sunday School records, club work, charity records, and files on outside community organizations like the Boys' Club and the Brooklyn Bureau of Charities. Much of the settlement and community work of the church was carried out through the Furman Street Mission, Willow Place Chapel, and Columbia House.

The collection also contains photographs of church buildings and functions, and a collection of scrapbooks with clippings related to the First Church's history, particularly some of its ministers.

The collection holds similar records of ecumenical, organizational and community work as they pertain to Second and Third Unitarian Congregational Societies of Brooklyn as well. The correspondence of ministers and trustees, reports, and other documents regarding the creation of these two congregations and their eventual re-unification with the First Church are among the records of all three congregations.

Arrangement

The First Unitarian Congregational Society records were found roughly organized with some preliminary work done by an unknown archivist. Some documents within the collection hinted at an original order similar to the arrangement that the collection was found in and the arrangement of the collection is relatively faithful to this original order.

The files within most series are arranged alphabetically according to description with some exceptions such as the Ministers series, arranged chronologically by tenure of ministers and the  Photographs series, arranged according to a BHS-assigned identification number, or "V #"

Users of the collection should be aware that it is likely that documents on some matters will be found in various series, and in various folders within series. For example, while registers of church deaths, marriages, and christenings should be primarily located in the Registers series, more lists of this nature can be seen in the  Trustee Records or the files on different ministers. Similarly, the work of the Sunday School can be found in the  Sunday School Books series, but also in the  Subject Files and  Willow Place Chapel and Columbia House series.

Folders labeled with a date range might also include undated documents. Also, the date range was determined by the archivist based on a broad survey of folder contents and not on an item level review; accordingly, there may be items in the folders that fall outside the indicated range. Users of the collection should also be aware that some oversized items have been moved to four oversize containers. Notes have been made in these instances both in the folders from which the material was removed and in the container list in this finding aid.

The collection is organized into the following fifteen series:

Missing Title

  1. - Trustee Records, 1833-1951.
  2. - Subject Files, 1790-1980.
  3. - Ministers, 1834-1967.
  4. - John H. Lathrop Files, 1849-1960.
  5. - Unitarian Movement Files, 1850-1975.
  6. - Sunday School Books, 1842-1906.
  7. - Calendars, 1910-1952.
  8. - Registers, 1841-1930.
  9. - Buildings and Construction, 1833-1956.
  10. - Willow Place Chapel and Columbia House, 1865-1972.
  11. - Financial Records, 1833-1956.
  12. - Scrapbooks, circa 1860-1945.
  13. - Photographs, circa 1870-1958.
  14. - Second Unitarian Congregation Records, 1837-1967.
  15. - Third Unitarian Congregation Records, 1867-1958.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Chadwick, John White
  • Longfellow, Samuel
  • White, Alfred Tredway
  • Low, Seth
  • Low, Abiel Abbot
  • Barlow, David H. (David Hatch)
  • Holland, Frederick W.
  • Lafever, Minard
  • Lathrop, John Howland
  • Masaryková, Charlotta G. (Charlotta Garrigue)
  • Masaryk, Jan
  • Goodnough, Alfred Everett
  • Collier, H. Price
  • Eliot, Samuel A. (Samuel Atkins)
  • Camp, Stephen H.
  • Staples, N. A. (Nahor Augustus)
  • Forbes, John P.
  • Farley, Frederick A. (Frederick Augustus)
  • Putnam, A. P. (Alfred Porter)

Document Type

  • Registers (lists)
  • Marriage registers
  • Architectural drawings
  • Baptismal registers
  • Membership lists
  • Sermons
  • Reports
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Ledgers (account books)
  • Sheet music
  • Scrapbooks
  • Pamphlets
  • Blueprints (reprographic copies)
  • Minutes

Subject Organizations

  • Green-Wood Cemetery (New York, N.Y.)
  • Furman Street Mission (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn Urban League (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • American Association of the Red Cross. Brooklyn Chapter
  • American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities
  • Second Unitarian Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Third Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Second Unitarian Church (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • American Unitarian Association
  • Church of the Saviour (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Willow Place Chapel (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Samaritan Alliance
  • Second Unitarian Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Women's Branch Alliance
  • Third Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.). Women's Branch Alliance
  • International Association for Liberal Christianity and Religious Freedom
  • National Peace Conference (U.S.)

Subject Topics

  • Architecture -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x History -y 19th century
  • Gothic Revival (Architecture)
  • Social settlements -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community centers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Sunday schools.
  • Unitarian Churches -- Romania -- Transylvania
  • Charities -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Unitarian Churches -- History
  • Unitarianism -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x History
  • Social action -- New York (State) -- Kings County -x History
  • Religion and social problems
  • Church finance -- Accounting
  • Church records and registers
  • Unitarianism
  • Refugees -- International relief
  • Peace movements -- United States -x History

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Genealogy
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.) |x Intellectual life
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Religious life and customs
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Church history
  • Brooklyn Heights (New York, N.Y.)
  • Czechoslovakia

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

While some materials may be in the public domain, copyright restrictions may apply for other materials and permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Brooklyn Historical Society and the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn records, ARC.109, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Brooklyn Historical Society holds the records of the Women's Alliance of the First Unitarian Church which began its social services via the Church as the The Female Samaritan Society in 1838 (collection ArMs 2005.031).

More pamphlets, sermons, directories, reports, histories and other documents on the First, Second, Third, and Fourth (Flatbush) Unitarian Congregations in Brooklyn can be found as a part of the Brooklyn Unitarian Churches collection (collection ArMs 1986.030).

Other Finding Aids

Item level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the Brooklyn History Society library. Search for object IDs V1989.20 and V1990.46.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials given as a gift in January 1989 by the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn.

Processing Information

The First Unitarian Congregational Society records were processed from July to September 2010 by Craig P. Savino.

The bulk of the collection consists of accession 1989.002 and also includes two photograph accessions: V1989.020 and V1990.046.

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Container List

Series 1: Trustee Records., 1833-1966. 3.75 Linear Feet In 4 manuscript boxes and 4 oversize flat boxes.

Scope and Contents

The Trustee Records series contain the official records as maintained by the Board of the Church. This primarily consists of the resolutions of the Board and meeting minutes for regular meetings, annual meetings, and committee meetings.

Annual Meetings and Trustee Meetings cover finances, attendance, buildings, music, the Sunday school and other major concerns of the Congregation. In addition to minutes, annual meetings files include correspondence, reports, and other documents introduced to the Board over the course of the meeting. Reports presented to the Trustees by the Treasurer, the Pastor, and various committees are also collected in a dedicated ledger of reports. Some committees of note among these reports are the Female Samaritan Society, the Willow Place Chapel committee, the Music and Organ committees, and the various clubs that were a part of the Church's activities. Reports by the Pastor include information on deaths and baptisms in the Church. The Auditor's reports presented to the Trustees are grouped together in a separate folder.

Some of the correspondence and resolutions of the Trustees, particularly those pertaining to the early days of the church and its formation, can be found in the "History" folders within the Subject Files series.

Some bound material, including the Reports Ledgers and the Society Meeting Minutes, include indexes of the contents of the ledgers, pointing out subjects and events. The indexes to the Society Meeting Minutes include lists of officers and the members of various committees. The early By-Laws (as of 1843) of the Society can also be found within these bound meeting minutes.

The series also contains some minutes of meetings of a Joint Committee of the 1st and 2nd Congregations from around the time of their split and attempted reconciliation in the 1840s.

Arrangement

Trustee Records are arranged alphabetically by document/record type and chronologically within type.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-8 Annual Meetings

General

Moved to Oversize Box 2:

One oversized Treasurer's report from Folder 2, 1853.

1840-1879
Box: 2 Folder : 1-7 Annual Meetings

General

Items moved to Oversize Box 1:

- Large ledger pages of Treasurer's reports from Folder 3, 1893-1894

- Large ledger pages of Treasurer's reports from Folder 4, 1895-1896

1880-1915
Box: 3 Folder : 1-8 Annual Meetings
1916-1936
Box: 4 Folder : 1-16 Annual Meetings
1938-1956
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Auditors Reports
1934-1940
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Building Committee Minutes (including identifying correspondence)
1842-1844, 1944
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Joint Committees of the 1st and 2nd Congregations Meeting Minutes and Resolutions
1842
Box: 4 Folder : 20 President's Record
1844-1850
Box: 5 Item : 1 Reports Ledger
1842-1869
Box: 5 Item : 2 Reports Ledger
1869-1881
Box: 6 Item : 1 Society Meeting Minutes, Index and list of officers and committee members
1842-1922
Box: 6 Item : 2 Society Meeting Minutes, bound
1842-1922
Box: 7 Item : 1 Society Meeting Minutes, Index and list of officers and committee members
1842-1922
Box: 7 Item : 2 Society Meeting Minutes, bound
1833-1842
Box: 8 Item : 1 Standing Committee Meeting Minutes, bound
1833-1834
Box: 8 Item : 2 Standing Committee Meeting Minutes, bound
1833-1842
Box: 9 Item : 1 Trustees Meeting Minutes, bound
1922-1966
Box: 9 Item : 2 Trustees Meeting Minutes
1950-1951
Box: OS 1 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 1
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Box: OS 2 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 2
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Series 2: Subject Files., 1790-1980. 4.75 Linear Feet In 10 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize flat box.

Arrangement

The folders are arranged alphabetically by description and chronologically within type. With the exception of some files that needed redescription or to be moved to another series, the files are as maintained by the Church and the original file organization can be found in the "Inventories of Church Files" folder.

Scope and Contents

The Subject Files series collects the files kept by the Church covering its various interests and activities.

Of particular note are the "History" files which contain documents related to the early formation of the Congregation. These files include correspondence between the founders, resolutions and other actions of Trustees, early lists of subscribers, By-Laws, and early bills and accounts. The documents address the incorporation of the Congregation, the acquisition of land and the building of the Church of the Saviour, ministers, music, and other major matters of the congregation. Documents related to the early formation of the 2nd Congregation can also be found among these "History" folders. Some other documents related to the early and foundational years of the church can be found in the folders on By-Laws, Covenants and Statements of Faith, and Special Services. Also of interest are documents on the Church's work with children and youth including various clubs and very early documents regarding the Church's Sunday School. There is also club work here regarding psychiatric social work and counseling made available to parishioners during the tenure of John H. Lathrop. Researchers interested in the Low family should also note one file regarding the family with documents mostly unrelated to the church dating back to 1790.

Subject Files also holds published directories of the Church which have Parish lists, club reports with member rolls, updated by-laws and other information on the Church. Some of these directories have been annotated, particularly in the Parish membership lists. Other family-oriented documents include the Bequests, Memorials, Special Services, and membership files.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Bequests: A-L
1847-1941
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Bequests: M-Z
1875-1940
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Bequests: Memorial Lanterns
1916-1918
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Bequests: Miscellaneous
1883-1942
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Bequests: Murals
1938
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Bequests: Parker Memorial Mosaic
1934-1935
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Brooklyn Liberal Christian Union
1866, 1888
Box: 10 Folder : 7 The Brooklyn Unitarian
1959, 1970, 1976
Box: 10 Folder : 8 By-Laws
1845, 1919
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Celebrations: Anniversaries, General
1916-1944, 1980
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Celebrations: 50th Anniversary
1894
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Celebrations: 75th Anniversary
1917
Box: 11 Folder : 1-2 Celebrations: 100th Anniversary
1933
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Celebrations: Channing Centenary
1880
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Celebrations: Lathrop's 20th Anniversary
1931
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Celebrations: Lathrop's 25th Anniversary
1936
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Celebrations: Lathrop's 25th Anniversary: Dinner and Reception
1936
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Celebrations: Lathrop's 25th Anniversary: Correspondence
1935-1936
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Celebrations: Other Congregations
1914-1937
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Celebrations: Unitarian Festival
1862
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Cemetery: Greenwood

General

Moved to Oversize Box 1:

- One map of plots with subscriber names (Undated)

- Two ledger pages of Treasurer's reports of cemetery accounts(1845, 1846)

1844-1929, 1976
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Cemetery: Greenwood: Correspondence
1901-1941
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Clergyman's Office Year Book
1956-1957
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Clerk of the Church
1927-1932
Box: OS 4 Folder : - Clipper Ship Drawings
1847-1852
Box: 12 Folder : 8 Clubs: Alfred T. White Society
1931, 1942
Box: 12 Folder : 9 Clubs: Boy Scouts
1925-1941
Box: 12 Folder : 10 Clubs: General Entertainments and Ideas for Entertainments
Undated, 1914, 1919
Box: 12 Folder : 11 Clubs: Laymen's League
1921-1925
Box: 12 Folder : 12 Clubs: Miscellaneous
1916-1939, 1945
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Clubs: Old Fort Club
1923-1931
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Clubs: Old Fort Club: Scrapbook
1922-1924
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Clubs: Pierrepont Wednesday Club
1917-1918
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Clubs: Psychiatric Social Work, Beatrice Bishop Berle
1930-1931
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Clubs: Samuel Longfellow Club
Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Clubs: Service Men's Center
1944-1945
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Clubs: Young People's Religious Union
1923-1937
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Communion
Undated, 1914
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Covenants and Statements of Faith
Undated, 1842-1844, 1920s
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Deacons
1913-1937
Box: 13 Folder : 11 Directories
1890-1891, 1914-1921
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Directories
1922-1930
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Directories
1930s
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Directories
1942-1950
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Directories
1953, 1956
Box: 14 Folder : 5-7 History
1830s-1843
Box: 15 Folder : 1-10 History

General

Moved to Oversize Box 1:

One "Deed of Land" for Church of the Saviour plot, 1844

1844-1960s
Box: 15 Folder : 11 History: Bills, Receipts and Accounts
1842-1851
Box: 15 Folder : 12 History: Studies and Pamphlets
1920, 1930
Box: 15 Folder : 13 History: Timelines
Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 1 In Memoriam
circa 1880s, 1912-1953
Box: 16 Folder : 2 In Memoriam: World War I, Honor Roll and Service Flag
1917-1919
Box: 16 Folder : 3 In Memoriam: World War I, Honor Roll and Tablet in Vestibule
1923-1924
Box: 16 Folder : 4 In Memoriam: World War II
1940s
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Inventories of Church Files
circa 1930s
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Legal Issues
1848, 1910, 1927-1931
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Low Family Papers
1790, 1813-1880s, 1952
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Membership: Attendance
1920s
Box: 16 Folder : 9 Membership: Transfer by letter
1890s-1920s
Box: 16 Folder : 10 Membership Drive
1925
Box: 16 Folder : 11-12 Music
1900-1950
Box: 16 Folder : 13 Organ
1848, 1900-1927
Box: 16 Folder : 14 Organ: Repairs and Contracts
1900-1945
Box: 17 Folder : 1-3 Post Office Mission Books
1921, 1923-1928
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Post Office Mission: Strike Notice
1936
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Programs
1929-1967
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Programs: other Churches and Services
Undated, 1855-1949
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Publicity
1910s-1940s
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Resolutions
1910s-1940s
Box: 17 Folder : 9 The Retreat, Inc.
1910s-1930s
Box: 17 Folder : 10 The Samaritan Alliance
1931
Box: 17 Folder : 11 Signature File
1920s-1940
Box: 18 Folder : 1-2 Special Services
1844, 1860s-1940s
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Staff
1920s-1930s
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Sunday School
1842-1873
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Sunday School: Christmas and Easter Services
1868-1919
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Survey and Recommendations
1938
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Union Services
1910s-1930s
Box: 19 Item : 1 Visitors Log Book
1925-1949
Box: 19 Item : 2 Visitors Log Book
1949-1963
Box: 20 Folder : 1 White, Alfred T.: Obituaries, Memorials, and Condolences
1921-1941
Box: 20 Folder : 2 White, Frances Harriet
Undated, 1937
Box: OS 1 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 1
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Series 3: Ministers., 1834-1967. 1 Linear Feet In 2 manuscript boxes.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged by minister in chronological order of tenure. Because several files in the series relate to John Lathrop, these are divided and arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

The Ministers series contains files kept regarding the installation, resignation, and other major matters for the ministers of the Church of the Saviour. The materials are primarily correspondence and copies of resolutions and votes of the Society on these matters. Some files also include sermons, relevant news clippings, and articles . The file on Frederick W. Holland has correspondence regarding protest and controversy over his leadership during a developing schism in the Church as well as his record of funerals, baptisms, and marriages in the Church during his tenure. Clippings and Orders of Service related to Alfred E. Goodnough, H. Price Collier, and Samuel A. Eliot can be found in the  Scrapbooks series. Additional sermons by H. Price Collier can also be found in the  Scrapbooks series.

In the case of John Lathrop there are several folders due to the bulk of material. These are broken up by subject including his installation, committees he was involved with, other churches he communicated with, and memorial services after his death. Some of the committees here include the the League of Nations Association, the Long Island Historical Society, the Religious Arts Guild, refugee aid associations and other organizations dealing with ecumenical issues, the peace movement, and welfare and aid to the needy. While these files relate to what the Church kept in regards to Lathrop, for documents related to Lathrop's work, including his sermons, see the John H. Lathrop Files series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 20 Folder : 3 D.H. Barlow (1834-1837)
1834-1837, 1937, 1947
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Frederick W. Holland (1838-1841)

General

One item moved to Oversize Box 1:

Council meeting of several churches. Includes note "Ralph W. Emerson was present"

1838-1846, 1894
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Frederick A. Farley (1842-1863)
1841-1892
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Alfred P. Putnam (1864-1886)
1864-1880s, 1905-1906
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Alfred E. Goodnough (1887-1888)
1887-1888, 1949
Box: 20 Folder : 8 H. Price Collier (1888-1893)
1888-1893, 1942
Box: 20 Folder : 9 Samuel A. Eliot (1893-1897)
1892-1897, 1907, 1942-1957
Box: 20 Folder : 10 John P. Forbes (1898-1910)
1898-1910
Box: 20 Folder : 11 John H. Lathrop (1911-1967): Boards and Committees, Educational and Cultural
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 21 Folder : 1 John H. Lathrop (1911-1967): Boards and Committees, religious groups
circa 1920s-1940s
Box: 21 Folder : 2 John H. Lathrop (1911-1967): Boards and Committees, social service and welfare organizations
1930s-1940s
Box: 21 Folder : 3 John H. Lathrop (1911-1967): Installation
1911, 1930s
Box: 21 Folder : 4 John H. Lathrop (1911-1967): Installation correspondence
1900-1920s
Box: 21 Folder : 5 John H. Lathrop (1911-1967): International organizations and world alliances
1910s-1940s
Box: 21 Folder : 6 John H. Lathrop (1911-1967): Memorial Services
1967
Box: 21 Folder : 7 John H. Lathrop (1911-1967): Other Churches, correspondence and programs
1920s-1940s
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Ministers Assistants
1890s-1930s
Box: OS 1 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 1
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Series 4: John H. Lathrop Files., 1849-1960. 11.5 Linear Feet In 27 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize flat box.

Arrangement

The John H. Lathrop Files are arranged alphabetically by subject and material type.

Scope and Contents

The John H. Lathrop Files series contains the working and reference files of John H. Lathrop who served as minister to the First Unitarian Congregation of Brooklyn from 1911 to 1967. The series covers Lathrop's varied interests and prolific work. Lathrop's work within the Church and community can be seen through his sermons, correspondence, parishioners' files, and work with organizations like the Brooklyn Urban League which he helped found and managed as president for many years. As minister for the Church during both world wars, Lathrop was interested in the international peace movement. Lathrop was involved with various organizations which mobilized for peace like the War Resisters League, the Emergency Peace Campaign, and the National Peace Conference, which he headed. Lathrop was similarly interested in international aid and outreach and had files pertaining to humanitarian efforts in Germany, Spain, Hungary and other nations.

There are some records within this series regarding the First Church's connection to Unitarians in Transylvania and their church there. Several files also address Czechoslovakia and the Unitarian Service Committee trip there which Lathrop was a part of. The First Unitarian Congregation of Brooklyn had a special connection to Czechoslovakia as a former member of the Church, Charlotte Garrigue, had married the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. Lathrop kept up correspondence with their daughter, Alice Garrigue Masaryk, one of the founders of the Czechoslovak Red Cross, and their son, Jan Masaryk, the Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia.

The series also contains a collection of reference material on various topics of interest to Lathrop including marriage, peace, labor and unemployment, religious freedom, liberal Christianity, and other related issues. These reference files consist of articles, pamphlets, and various materials from organizations Lathrop was interested in or with which he was tangentially involved. Lathrop's sermons deal with this broad range of topics as well, particularly ideas of liberal Christianity and its application in the world. Lathrop's work with like-minded organizations like the International Association for Liberal Christianity and Religious Freedom and the American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities can be found in this series.

Some files on Lathrop and documents created by him can be found in many other series within the collection, but particularly within the Ministers series which contains documents on his installation, organizations he served on the board of, and memorial services for his death.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Altar of All Faiths: Brahmo Samaj plaque, artist's sketch
Undated
Box: 22 Folder : 2-5 American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities
1928-1944, 1951
Box: 22 Folder : 6 American League for Human Rights
1933
Box: 22 Folder : 7 American Legion

General

Includes signed letter from U.S. Senator Royal S. Copeland.

1934
Box: 22 Folder : 8-9 American Red Cross, Brooklyn Chapter
1921-1943
Box: 23 Folder : 1 American Unitarian Association
1919, 1933-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Arab National League
1937-1947
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Articles (by Lathrop)
1930s-1940s
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Berkeley Unitarian Church
1906-1911
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Bhagavat Gita, Order of 80 Certificate
1899
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Bible Studies
1904, circa 1910s-1940s
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Book Reviews
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 23 Folder : 8 British Unitarianism
circa 1940s
Box: 23 Folder : 9 Brooklyn Interorganizational Council on Disarmament
1931-1934
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Brooklyn Urban League
1931-1939
Box: 23 Folder : 11 Channing, William
1937-1938
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Clippings
1920s-1930s
Box: OS 2 Folder : 2 Clippings: Abraham Lincoln's Assassination
1865
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Civic Committee for Adult Literacy
1932-1935
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Committee for World Disarmament and World Reconstruction
1951-1952
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Correspondence: A
1912-1944
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Correspondence: B
1900s-1950s
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Babel, Henry

General

Includes two letters from Adlai Stevenson.

1955
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Brooklyn Ministers
circa 1910s-1930s
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Correspondence: C-D
1910s-1940s
Box: 24 Folder : 9 Correspondence: E-F
1910s-1940s
Box: 24 Folder : 10-12 Correspondence: Family
1849-1912
Box: 25 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence: Family
1913-1945
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Correspondence: G-H
1910s-1940s
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Correspondence: I-L
1910s-1940s
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Correspondence: M-N
1910s-1930s
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Niebuhr, H. Richard
1937
Box: 25 Folder : 7 Correspondence: O-P
1910s-1940s
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Correspondence: R
1910s-1940s
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Correspondence: S-Z
1910s-1940s
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Taft, William H.
1921
Box: 26 Folder : 4-5 Czechoslovakia
1928-1952
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Czechoslovakia: American Relief for Czechoslovakia, Inc.
1947-1949
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Czechoslovakia: Correspondence
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Czechoslovakia: Endicott, NY
1951-1953
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Czechoslovakia: Masaryk, Alice Garrigue
1933-1953
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Czechoslovakia: Masaryk, Jan
1940s
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Czechoslovakia: Masaryk family
1939-1948
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Czechoslovakia: Olesovice Children's Home`
1946-1948
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Czechoslovakia: Unitarian Service Committee Trip

General

Moved to Oversize Box 3:

- One large sign in Czech for a sermon given by Dr. Lathrop, 1947.

- One small sign for the Unitarian Service Committee Medical Teaching Mission, Undated.

1946-1947
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Czechoslovakia: Unitarian Service Committee Trip: Clippings
1946-1947
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Czechoslovakia: Unitarian Service Committee Trip: Correspondence
1946
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Czechoslovakia: Unitarian Service Committee Trip: Personal Report of John Lathrop
circa 1946
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Dresser, Horatio
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 27 Folder : 9 Dresser, Horatio: The Quimby Manuscripts
1903, circa 1920s, 1960
Box: 28 Folder : 1 Eastman, Rebecca Hooper
circa 1937
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Emergency Peace Campaign
1936-1937
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Ephemera
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Field, Noel
1950
Box: 28 Folder : 5 Free Church Fellowship
1934-1936
Box: 28 Folder : 6 German Churches
1947-1948
Box: 28 Folder : 7 Germany: Relief for German Children
1924
Box: 28 Folder : 8 Greece
1928-1930, 1933
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Haspl, Karel
1952-1953
Box: 28 Folder : 10 Hosmer, Fred: Portrait and Pension Fund
1920-1925
Box: 28 Folder : 11 Hungary and Transylvania
1920s-1940s
Box: 28 Folder : 12 Hungary: Gabor, Gelei
1940s
Box: 28 Folder : 13 Hungary: Kossuth (including copies of articles from 1860's-1880's)
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 28 Folder : 14 Hungary: Siklossy, Laszlo
1924-1934
Box: 28 Folder : 15 India
1935-1938, 1954
Box: 28 Folder : 16-17 International Association for Liberal Christianity and Religious Freedom (IARF)
1929-1941
Box: 29 Folder : 1-5 IARF
1946-1954
Box: 29 Folder : 6 IARF: Amsterdam
1948-1949
Box: 29 Folder : 7 IARF: Berne
1946-1948
Box: 30 Folder : 1 IARF: Lathrop Articles re:
1940s-1950s
Box: 30 Folder : 2 IARF: Society of Friends
1948-1949
Box: 30 Folder : 3 International Religious Fellowship
1946-1948
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Islam
1936, 1947
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Japan
1926-1929
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Journals and Accounts of European Trips
1900, 1902
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Kagawa, Toyohiko
1935-1936
Box: 30 Folder : 8 Krakes, Pavel
1948-1953
Box: 30 Folder : 9 League of Nations
1925-1926
Box: 30 Folder : 10 Lectures
circa 1920s-1940s
Box: 30 Folder : 11 The Living Faith of A Unitarian
1944
Box: 30 Folder : 12 The Living Faith of a Unitarian: Correspondence
1944-1945
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Mayor of Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn Heights Press)
1941
Box: 31 Folder : 2 Melish, Dr. Howard
1931-1944
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Mexico
1935
Box: 31 Folder : 4 Mita, Edo
1953
Box: 31 Folder : 5 National Consumers' League Conference
1932-1933
Box: 31 Folder : 6-8 National Peace Conference
1935-1937
Box: 32 Folder : 1-5 National Peace Conference
1938-1940
Box: 33 Folder : 1 National Peace Conference
1941-1942
Box: 33 Folder : 2 New York University
1932
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Notebooks
Undated
Box: 33 Folder : 4-6 Notes
Undated
Box: 33 Folder : 7 Notes
circa 1930s
Box: 33 Folder : 8 Obituaries
circa 1920s-1940s
Box: 33 Folder : 9 Other Churches: Programs
1901-1945
Box: 34 Folder : 1 Parishioners Files: A-D
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 2 Parishioners Files: E-J
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 3 Parishioners Files: K-M
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 4 Parishioners Files: N-R
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 5 Parishioners Files: S-Z
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 6 Parishioners Lists
circa 1910s-1940s
Box: 35 Folder : 1 Petitions, Letters, and Resolutions Signed
1950s
Box: 35 Folder : 2 Philippines
1940s-1950s
Box: 35 Folder : 3 Pioli, Giovanni
circa 1950s
Box: 35 Folder : 4 Poems, collected
circa 1910s-1950s
Box: 35 Folder : 5 Prayers
circa 1910s-1940s
Box: 35 Folder : 6 Prayers, collected
circa 1900s-1940s
Box: 35 Folder : 7 Quotations, collected
circa 1900s-1940s
Box: 36 Folder : 1 Quotations and Music, collected
1910s-1940s
Box: 36 Folder : 2-3 Reference: Czechoslovakia
1940s
Box: 36 Folder : 4 Reference: Eastern Europe (collected and bound articles)
1910s-1920s
Box: 37 Folder : 1 Reference: Eastern Europe, collected and bound articles
1910s-1930s
Box: 37 Folder : 2 Reference: Health and Hygiene
1930-1941
Box: 37 Folder : 3-4 Reference: Labor and Unemployment
1930s-1940s
Box: 38 Folder : 1-3 Reference: Liberalism and Related Causes
1930s-1940s
Box: 38 Folder : 4 Reference: Marriage, Birth Control and Family Counseling
1920s-1940s
Box: 39 Folder : 1-2 Reference: Marriage, Birth Control, and Family Counseling
1920s-1940s
Box: 39 Folder : 3-6 Reference: Peace and Foreign Policy
1920s-1940s
Box: 40 Folder : 1-5 Reference: Peace and Foreign Policy
1920s-1940s
Box: 41 Folder : 1-4 Reference: Peace and Foreign Policy
1920s-1940s
Box: 42 Folder : 1 Reference: Peace and Foreign Policy
1920s-1940s
Box: 42 Folder : 2 Reference: Theology and Philosophy
1920s-1940s
Box: 42 Folder : 3 Reference: Unitarianism
1900
Box: 42 Folder : 4 Second Unitarian Church
1913
Box: 43 Folder : 1-7 Sermons and Orders of Worship
Undated, 1914-1932
Box: 44 Folder : 1-4 Sermons and Orders of Worship
1933-1936
Box: 45 Folder : 1-6 Sermons and Orders of Worship
1937-1943
Box: 46 Folder : 1-4 Sermons and Orders of Worship
1944-1951
Box: 46 Folder : 5 Sermons, published
1940s-1950s
Box: 46 Folder : 6 Sermons: Radio Address
1925-1936
Box: 47 Folder : 1 Sermons, repeated (1 of 2)
1909-1936
Box: 47 Folder : 2 Sermons, repeated (2 of 2)
1909-1939
Box: 47 Folder : 3 Sixth Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion
1945
Box: 47 Folder : 4 Sixth Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion: Papers Presented
1945
Box: 47 Folder : 5 Spanish Refugee Appeal
1945-1950
Box: 47 Folder : 6 Student Christian Movement in New England
1937
Box: 48 Folder : 1 Theological Schools and Courses
circa 1900s-1940s
Box: 48 Folder : 2 Transylvania: Csiki, Gabrielic
1922-1923, 1934, 1938
Box: 48 Folder : 3 Unitarian Festival
1942
Box: 48 Folder : 4 UNESCO
1950-1952
Box: 48 Folder : 5 Unity Church: Directory
circa 1910s, 1947
Box: 48 Folder : 6 Universitat Jena
1902
Box: 48 Folder : 7 University of Chicago
1901
Box: 48 Folder : 8 Vit, Karl V.
1948-1952
Box: 48 Folder : 9 Wald, Lillian
1932-1934, 1940
Box: 48 Folder : 10 White, Alfred T.
1912-1919
Box: 48 Folder : 11 World Churches
1920s-1940s
Box: 48 Folder : 12 World's Fair, Temple of Religion
1937-1939
Box: OS 3 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 3
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Series 5: Unitarian Movement Files., 1850-1975 1850-1945. 1 Linear Feet In 2 manuscript boxes.

Arrangement

The Unitarian Movement Files are arranged alphabetically by subject and material type.

Scope and Contents

The Unitarian Movement Files contain the general files kept by the Church on its involvement with the Unitarian movement across America, primarily through the American Unitarian Association (AUA), and in other parts of the world. The AUA material concerns Unitarian outreach, publicity, and social-service. There is one folder related to the congregation's sister church in Transylvania. For more on the Church's efforts abroad, see the  John H. Lathrop Files for papers on Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Transylvania, and the Philippines.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 49 Folder : 1 American Unitarian Association (AUA): Aided Churches
1928-1932
Box: 49 Folder : 2 AUA: Administration: Officers and General Procedures
1927-1933
Box: 49 Folder : 3 AUA: Alliance Manuals and Pamphlets
circa 1920s-1930s
Box: 49 Folder : 4 AUA: Annual Meeting
1917-1936, 1943
Box: 49 Folder : 5 AUA: Board of Directors' Meetings
1929, 1943
Box: 49 Folder : 6 AUA: By-Laws and Organization
1847, 1914-1932
Box: 49 Folder : 7 AUA: Committee on New Americans
1928-1930
Box: 49 Folder : 8 AUA: Educational Institutions
1850s, 1928-1932
Box: 49 Folder : 9 AUA: Finance, Income and Expenditures
1929-1934
Box: 49 Folder : 10 AUA: Fund Raising: Contributions of First Unitarian Church
1900-1943
Box: 49 Folder : 11 AUA: Fund Raising: Maintenance Fund
1930
Box: 49 Folder : 12-13 AUA: General Conference
1919, 1929, 1931
Box: 49 Folder : 14 AUA: International Congress, Foreign Relations Committee
1922-1932
Box: 49 Folder : 15 AUA: Layman's League
1919-1922
Box: 49 Folder : 16 AUA: Membership Drive
1920-1922
Box: 49 Folder : 17 AUA: Mid-Atlantic States Council: Metropolitan Conference
1932-1940
Box: 50 Folder : 1 AUA: Oxford Conference
1936-1937
Box: 50 Folder : 2 AUA: Publications Committee
1930-1932
Box: 50 Folder : 3 AUA: Social Relations Department
1927-1933
Box: 50 Folder : 4 AUA: Social Service Council
1926
Box: 50 Folder : 5 AUA: Wilbur, Earl
1933
Box: 50 Folder : 6 Brooklyn: Charities and Welfare Associations
1917-1940
Box: 50 Folder : 7 Brooklyn: Civic and Cultural Development
1876-1945
Box: 50 Folder : 8 Flatbush Unitarian Church
1932-1942, 1950, 1975
Box: 50 Folder : 9 Hollis Unitarian Church
1934, 1937, 1942
Box: 50 Folder : 10 New Jersey Unitarian Church Archives Survey
1940
Box: 50 Folder : 11 Other Unitarian Churches
circa 1910s-1930s
Box: 50 Folder : 12 Salem Church, Massachusetts
1917-1923
Box: 50 Folder : 13 Transylvanian Sister Church
1920-1940
Box: 50 Folder : 14 Unitarian Conference of Mid-Atlantic States and Canada
1911-1942
Box: 50 Folder : 15 Unitarian Foundation
1926
Box: 50 Folder : 16 Unitarian Service Pension Society
1916-1940

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Series 6: Sunday School Books., 1842-1906. 1.25 Linear Feet In 3 manuscript boxes.

Arrangement

The books are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Contents

The Sunday School Books series contains small books and ledgers used by the Sunday School of the First Unitarian Church. Lists of names of teachers and students can be found in the Attendance Records Ledgers and the Directory and Secretary's Book. The books on the Annual Meetings of Teachers and the Sunday School Journal account the operations and concerns of the school. Sunday School classes were conducted by the Church of the Saviour at the Wall Street Ferry House on Furman Street until the building of Willow Place Chapel in 1876. Thus, it should be noted that the books in this series span the time before and after the building of the chapel and those interested in the Congregation's Sunday School should also check the  Willow Place Chapel series. Some additional records on the Church's school can be found in the  Subject Files series. Some financial records of the Sunday School can be found in the  Financial Records series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 51 Folder : 1 Annual Meetings of Teachers
1887-1890
Box: 51 Folder : 2-5 Attendance Records Ledgers
1842-1883
Box: 52 Folder : 1-3 Attendance Records Ledgers
1889-1903
Box: 53 Folder : 1 Directory and Secretary's Book
1877-1881
Box: 53 Folder : 2 Sunday School Journal
1864-1880
Box: 53 Folder : 3 Superintendent's Record
1901-1906

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Series 7: Calendars., 1910-1952. 1.75 Linear Feet In 4 manuscript boxes.

Arrangement

The calendars are arranged chronologically by year.

Scope and Contents

The Calendars series contains the bound books that hold the orders of worship as well as flyers and pamphlets related to services. Programs to special services and events are often included as well. Some of the calendars were in the possession of Minister John H. Lathrop and include some of his annotations and notes. For additional orders see the files on "Sermons and Orders of Worship" within the  John H. Lathrop Files

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 54 Item : 1-13 Calendars
1910-1923
Box: 55 Item : 1-12 Calendars
1923-1935
Box: 56 Item : 1-11 Calendars
1935-1946
Box: 57 Item : 1-6 Calendars
1946-1952

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Series 8: Registers., 1841-1930. 1.25 Linear Feet In 3 manuscript boxes.

Arrangement

Registers are arranged alphabetically by description.

Scope and Contents

The registers in this series track the christenings, marriages, and funerals carried out by the Congregation. Willow Place Chapel had its own functions separate from the Church of the Saviour and kept its own registers which can also be found in this series. The Willow Place Chapel registers also contain substantive commentary on the families making up that portion of the Congregation, including notes on employment, illness, marital problems, and other issues. Some registers also contain additional information on the Sunday School and charity loans. For additional records of christenings, marriages, deaths, and member rolls of the Church, one should check the reports of the Ministers to the Trustees in Trustee Records, the "History" folders within the  Subject Files, and lists of parishioners kept by John H. Lathrop in the  John H. Lathrop Files.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 57 Item : 7 General Register
1893-1912
Box: 58 Folder : 1 Marriage and Christening Register
1841-1890
Box: 58 Folder : 2 Marriage and Christening Register
1895-1900
Box: 58 Folder : 3-5 Willow Place Chapel Registers
1889-1904
Box: 59 Folder : 1 Willow Place Chapel Registers
1904-1912
Box: 59 Folder : 2 Willow Place Chapel Register of Members
1921-1930

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Series 9: Buildings and Construction., 1833-1956. 1.25 Linear Feet In 3 manuscript boxes.

Arrangement

Materials in Buildings and Construction are arranged alphabetically by description.

Scope and Contents

The Buildings and Construction series pertains to buildings constructed, purchased, and maintained by the First Congregation. Among these buildings is the Gothic Revival style Church of the Saviour of the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, built in 1844. The series includes the original plans and specifications submitted by its architect, Minard Lafever. In addition to plans, specifications, and alterations made on the buildings, the series contains financial information related to the properties and documents on embellishments to the buildings such as the Church's stained glass windows and marble baptismal font. There is also information on the pews of the Church of the Saviour and some of its renters. In addition to the Church of the Saviour other buildings in this series include the Parish House (50 Monroe Place), the Parsonage (98 Pierrepont St), the Pierrepont Chapel (adjacent to the Church of the Saviour), and 123 Pierrepont Street. Documents related to Willow Place Chapel and Columbia House are collected in the  Willow Place Chapel and Columbia House series. For information on the organ of the Church of the Saviour refer to the  Subject Files series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 60 Folder : 1 123 Pierrepont Street

General

Moved to oversize box 3:

Seven blueprints of 123 Pierrepont Street.

1938-1944
Box: 60 Folder : 2-4 Church of the Saviour: Alterations and Repairs

General

Moved to Oversize Box 3:

One oversize plan with diagrams of alterations, Undated (from Folder 2)

1904-1941
Box: 60 Folder : 5 Church of the Saviour: Baptismal Font
1847
Box: 60 Folder : 6-7 Church of the Saviour: Pews

General

Moved to Oversize Box 3:

- One floor plan of pews with pew numbers and names of subscribers, 1844 (from Folder 6)

- One floor plan of pews with pew numbers, Undated (from Folder 7)

1833-1930s
Box: 60 Folder : 8 Church of the Saviour: Plans and Specifications
1842
Box: 60 Folder : 9 Church of the Saviour: Undercroft Alterations

General

Moved to Oversize Box 3:

One sketch of alteration plans, Undated.

1923, 1938
Box: 61 Folder : 1 Heating
1937-1940
Box: 61 Folder : 2 Inspection Certificates
1900-1949
Box: 61 Folder : 3-4 Insurance
1881-1939
Box: 61 Folder : 5 Inventory
1942
Box: 61 Folder : 6 Parish House: Alterations and Repairs
1911-1937
Box: 61 Folder : 7-9 Parish House: Construction Bills
1937-1938
Box: 61 Folder : 10 Parish House: Construction purchase orders
1937
Box: 62 Folder : 1 Parish House: Contract Work
1937
Box: 62 Folder : 2 Parsonage (98 Pierrepont Street)

General

Moved to Oversize Box 3:

- Three blueprints of stairway, doorway, and front of building, c.1930's-1940's

- One sketch paper plan of first floor and basement, c. 1930's-1940's

1890-1953
Box: 62 Folder : 3 Parsonage: Sale of
1952
Box: 62 Folder : 4 Pierrepont Chapel
1867-1869
Box: OS 4 Folder : - Pierrepont Chapel: Additions
1905-1906
Box: 62 Folder : 5 Pierrepont Chapel: Construction and Renovations
1913-1921
Box: 62 Folder : 6 Property Restrictions
1910-1942
Box: 62 Folder : 7 Screens in Memory of Alfred, Annie, and Katherine White

General

Moved to Oversize Box 3:

Four blueprints of arch and screens, c.1922

circa 1922
Box: 62 Folder : 8 Taxes and Assessments
1907-1940
Box: 62 Folder : 9 Windows: Beatitudes Window
1944-1947
Box: 62 Folder : 10 Windows: Clerestory Windows
1912, 1930-1956
Box: 62 Folder : 11 Windows: Forbes Window
1913
Box: 62 Folder : 12 Windows: Rose Window

General

- Moved to Oversize Box 3: One blueprint of window fixture and design moved to oversize box

1913
Box: 62 Folder : 13 Windows: Tiffany Windows
1905-1949
Box: OS 3 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 3
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Series 10: Willow Place Chapel and Columbia House, 1865-1972. 5 Linear Feet In 12 manuscript boxes.

Arrangement

Materials in the Willow Place Chapel and Columbia House" series are arranged alphabetically by description.

Scope and Contents

Willow Place Chapel was built in 1876 under the direction of Alfred T. White who was seeking a more proper setting for the settlement school under his charge. The Chapel functioned somewhat separately from the Church of the Saviour and conducted its own evening services as well as adopting the First Congregation's Sunday School. In addition to these tasks, some other classes (such as in music or sewing), clubs, and welfare work operated out of Willow Place Chapel. In 1906 Columbia House was added to the settlement complex and carried on its own outreach and community work in conjunction with Willow Place Chapel. The Willow Place Chapel and Columbia House series contains the records related to the work carried on within these buildings and on behalf of the members including annual and trustee reports, deacon meeting minutes, Sunday school records, and the records of the Chapel Association. The series also holds relevant building records in regards to construction and alterations, financial information including accounts and salaries, various records on clubs and events that functioned out of the Chapel, and records related to health and social work carried out by the Chapel's staff. Prior to the establishment of Willow Place Chapel these tasks, particularly social and settlement work, were done at the Furman Street Mission. Reports and other records relevant to work done at the Furman Street Mission can be found in this series, particularly among material before 1876.

For more on the Congregation's Sunday school, see the series Sunday School Books. For registers pertaining to services and members of the Willow Place Chapel, see the  Registers series. Some financial records of the Sunday School can be found in the  Financial Records series.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 63 Folder : 1 50th Anniversary
1915
Box: 63 Folder : 2 97th Company
1890-1892
Box: 63 Folder : 3-4 Accounts Ledger
1906-1920
Box: 63 Folder : 5 Alfred T. White Community Center
1962
Box: 63 Folder : 6 American Unitarian Association
1917-1919
Box: 63 Folder : 7-8 Annual Meeting Reports
1922-1939
Box: 64 Folder : 1 Annual Meeting Reports
1940-1946
Box: 64 Folder : 2 Annual Picnic
1915-1922
Box: 64 Folder : 3 "B" Miscellaneous
circa 1910s
Box: 64 Folder : 4 Bequests: Windows, Lanterns and Banners
1892-1932
Box: 64 Folder : 5 Better Times, the Weekly Welfare Magazine
1926
Box: 64 Folder : 6 Board of Education
1922-1947
Box: 64 Folder : 7 Boy Scouts
1917-1918
Box: 64 Folder : 8 Boys' Clubs
1915-1916
Box: 64 Folder : 9 Brooklyn Bureau of Charities
1916-1919
Box: 64 Folder : 10 Brooklyn Trust Company
1880s, 1920s
Box: 64 Folder : 11 Budgets
1914-1922
Box: 64 Folder : 12 Buildings: Alterations and Repairs
1906-1924
Box: 64 Folder : 13 Buildings: Contracts
1905, 1925
Box: 64 Folder : 14 Buildings: Heating
1924-1925
Box: 64 Folder : 15 Buildings: Insurance
1925-1937
Box: 64 Folder : 16 Buildings: Specifications
1875
Box: 65 Folder : 1 Buildings: Specifications
1905
Box: 65 Folder : 2 Burke Relief Foundation
1916-1917
Box: 65 Folder : 3 "C" Miscellaneous
1916-1917
Box: 65 Folder : 4 Calendars
1921-1924
Box: 65 Folder : 5 Calendar Notices
1918-1919
Box: 65 Folder : 6 Camps
1917-1918
Box: 65 Folder : 7 Cash Accounts System
circa 1910s
Box: 65 Folder : 8-9 Cash Books, Receipts and Disbursements

General

Moved to Oversize Box 2:

One ledger of Receipts and Disbursements, 1920-1925.

1909-1925
Box: 65 Folder : 10 Chapel Association: Annual Meetings and By-Laws
1890-1911
Box: 65 Folder : 11 Chapel Association: Meeting Minutes
1914-1917
Box: 66 Folder : 1 Chapel Association: Meeting Minutes Book
1912-1925
Box: 66 Folder : 2 Chapel House News
1912, 1913
Box: 66 Folder : 3 Children's Aid Society: Summer Vacation
1920
Box: 66 Folder : 4 Children's Year
1918-1919
Box: 66 Folder : 5 Christmas Services
1908-1920
Box: 66 Folder : 6 Citizenship and Americanization
circa 1918
Box: 66 Folder : 7 Clubs and Entertainments
1913-1922
Box: 66 Folder : 8 Clubs: By-Laws
circa 1910s
Box: 66 Folder : 9 Clubs: Suggestions
circa 1910s
Box: 66 Folder : 10 Columbia Civic Club
1917
Box: 66 Folder : 11 Columbia House
1918-1944
Box: 66 Folder : 12 Columbia House: Accounts Ledger
1919-1920
Box: 67 Folder : 1 Columbia House: Brass Band
1917-1918
Box: 67 Folder : 2 Columbia House: Music School
1919-1936
Box: 67 Folder : 3 Columbia House: Reports to the Treasurer
1921-1922
Box: 67 Folder : 4 Columbia House: Sewing School and Library
1928-1946
Box: 67 Folder : 5 Columbia House: Summer Vacation Work
1915-1941
Box: 67 Folder : 6 Columbia Men's Club
1916-1917
Box: 67 Folder : 7 Community Councils
1919-1920
Box: 67 Folder : 8 Constitution and By-Laws
circa 1910s
Box: 67 Folder : 9 Country Fortnight Outings
1918
Box: 67 Folder : 10 "D" Miscellaneous
circa 1916
Box: 67 Folder : 11 Deacons: Meeting Minutes
1943-1951
Box: 67 Folder : 12 "E" Miscellaneous
1917
Box: 67 Folder : 13 Easter Services
1904-1916
Box: 67 Folder : 14 Edison Electric Illuminating Co.
1916-1917
Box: 67 Folder : 15 Educational Dramatic League
circa 1910s
Box: 67 Folder : 16 Employment Agencies and Bureaus
circa 1910s
Box: 68 Folder : 1 "F" Miscellaneous
1915-1921
Box: 68 Folder : 2-7 Finances
1916-1948
Box: 69 Folder : 1 Finances: Accounts and Statements
1917-1923
Box: 69 Folder : 2 Finances: Analysis
1921
Box: 69 Folder : 3 Finances: Salary and Other Disbursements
1917-1918
Box: 69 Folder : 4 Food Selection and Preparation
1917
Box: 69 Folder : 5 Form Letters
1919-1921
Box: 69 Folder : 6 Fourth of July Committee
1916-1919
Box: 69 Folder : 7 Fundraising
1907
Box: 69 Folder : 8 Furman Street Mission
1867-1869
Box: 69 Folder : 9 "G" Miscellaneous
1917
Box: 69 Folder : 10 "H" Miscellaneous
1916-1918
Box: 69 Folder : 11 Health Clinics
1916-1920
Box: 69 Folder : 12 History
1865-1914, 1972
Box: 69 Folder : 13 Infantile Paralysis
1916-1917
Box: 69 Folder : 14 Intersettlement Athletic League
1916
Box: 69 Folder : 15 "L" Miscellaneous
1917, 1920
Box: 69 Folder : 16 Lantern Slides
circa 1910s
Box: 69 Folder : 17 Lathrop, John H.
1918-1924
Box: 70 Folder : 1 "M" Miscellaneous
1916-1920
Box: 70 Folder : 2 Merger with Pierrepont Chapel
1926
Box: 70 Folder : 3 Military Census
circa 1917
Box: 70 Folder : 4 Ministers
1886, 1915-1930
Box: 70 Folder : 5 Monday Club
1908-1914
Box: 70 Folder : 6 Mothers' Aid Day Nursery
1911
Box: 70 Folder : 7 "N" Miscellaneous
1918-1924
Box: 70 Folder : 8 "P" Miscellaneous
1919
Box: 70 Folder : 9 Plays
circa 1910s
Box: 70 Folder : 10-11 Programs
1890, 1912-1922
Box: 70 Folder : 12 Refurbishing (Baker Drawings)

General

Moved to Oversize Box 3:

- One sketch of alterations and design for message board, Undated.

- One sketch of turned wood candlestick, Undated.

circa 1915
Box: 70 Folder : 13-14 Reports
1868-1927
Box: 71 Folder : 1-6 Reports to the Trustees
1867-1907
Box: 72 Folder : 1-4 Reports to the Trustees
1908-1926
Box: 72 Folder : 5 Resolution: Unity with First Congregation
1951
Box: 72 Folder : 6 Riverside Improvement Association: Zoning Restrictions

General

Moved to Oversize Box 2:

Two blueprints of proposed cable and box for NY & NJ Telephone Company

1906-1925
Box: 72 Folder : 7 Settlements
1915-1923
Box: 73 Folder : 1 Special Services
1871-1923
Box: 73 Folder : 2 Staff: Paid and Voluntary
1908-1928
Box: 73 Folder : 3 Summer Work
1920-1921
Box: 73 Folder : 4 Sunday School: Curriculum
1920s-1940s
Box: 73 Folder : 5 Sunday School: List of Early Teachers
1916-1926
Box: 73 Folder : 6 Sunday School: Outline of Mission
Undated
Box: 73 Folder : 7 Sunday School: Questionnaires
1920s
Box: 73 Folder : 8 Sunday School: Reports
1905-1923
Box: 73 Folder : 9 Sunday School: Teachers and Pupils Book
1865-1917
Box: 74 Folder : 1 Titles, Deeds, and Leases

General

Moved to Oversize Box 1:

- Two deeds of indenture between the Board of Education and Trustees of the Church, 1875

- Two maps/plans of the area bordered by Columbia Place, State Street, Willow Place, and Joralemon Street, 1875 and 1947

1875-1947
Box: 74 Folder : 2 Treasurer
1918-1920
Box: 74 Folder : 3 Treasurer: Accounts Record Book
1931-1941
Box: 74 Folder : 4 War Correspondence
1918
Box: 74 Folder : 5 War Savings Committee

General

Moved to oversize:

Three War Savings Stamps propaganda posters, c. 1918

1918
Box: 74 Folder : 6 Willow Place Chapel News
1921-1927
Box: 74 Folder : 7 Women's Club
1930s-1940s
Box: 74 Folder : 8 Wonderland
1921-1922
Box: 74 Folder : 9 YMCA
1920
Box: OS 1 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 1
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Box: OS 2 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 2
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Box: OS 3 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 3
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Series 11: Financial Records., 1833-1956. 8 Linear Feet In 12 manuscript boxes and 5 oversize flat boxes.

Arrangement

Files and items are arranged alphabetically by description.

Scope and Contents

The Financial Records series holds many of the Church's records regarding collecting and disbursing funds for its operations as well as for Willow Place Chapel, the Sunday School, Missionary Fund, and other programs. General financial statements of the Congregation are within this series. The series includes records of disbursements from the Charity Fund, Friendship Fund, and Minister's Discretionary Fund (the Charity Fund was used to make payments to congregants in need until 1923 when it was replaced by the Friendship Fund. The Friendship Fund was closed in 1940 and its purpose subsumed into the Minister's Discretionary Fund, which was also used for such payments prior to 1940.) In addition to the records of the Treasurer, budgets, investments, and fund raising, this series also contains ledgers on subscriber dues and pew rentals, including a book of the original deeds to the pews. Records on the receipts of the Church and ledgers of Offerings to the Church are another source of lists of pews renters and subscribers. The Church's investments include mortgages, so there is some information on individual residential mortgages including amounts, debtors, and properties.

The Housekeeping Scribe's Chronicle is a record of expenses for club meetings and events and thus doubles as a resource of menus and club member rolls.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 75 Folder : 1 Appraisal of Property and Furnishings
1932, 1939
Box: 75 Folder : 2 Budgets
1916-1954
Box: 75 Folder : 3 Budgets: Correspondence
1924-1935
Box: 75 Folder : 4 Budgets: Correspondence
1936-1942
Box: 75 Folder : 5 Charity Fund: Minutes and Account Book
1871-1902
Box: 75 Folder : 6 Charity Fund / Friendship Fund: Account Book
1902-1940
Box: 75 Folder : 7 Charity Fund: Check Books
1902-1923
Box: 75 Folder : 8 Charity Fund / Friendship Fund: Notes and Correspondence
1918-1940
Box: 76 Folder : 1 Charity Fund: Vouchers (Brackett, Treasurer)
1899-1911
Box: 76 Folder : 2 Charity Fund: Vouchers (White, Treasurer)
1911-1921
Box: 76 Folder : 3 Charity Fund / Friendship Fund: Vouchers (Frothingham, Treasurer)
1921-1940
Box: 76 Folder : 4-6 Collection Plate, Church and Chapel
1940-1947
Box: 76 Folder : 7 Endowment Investments
1911-1941
Box: 76 Folder : 8 Endowment Investments: Mortgages
1890s-1940s
Box: 77 Folder : 1 Fund Raising: Charity and Missionary Committee
1897-1919
Box: 77 Folder : 2 Fund Raising: Easter Offertory
1935
Box: 77 Folder : 3 Fund Raising: Every Member Visitation
1934, 1939
Box: 77 Folder : 4 Fund Raising: Loyalty Week
1934-1935
Box: 77 Folder : 5 Fund Raising: Methods
1931, 1939
Box: 77 Folder : 6 Fund Raising: Pledge Cards
1918-1919
Box: 77 Folder : 7 Fund Raising: Special Appeals
1919
Box: 77 Folder : 8 Fund Raising: Survey Committee: Questionaire and Replies
1938
Box: 77 Folder : 9 Fund Raising: Survey Committee: Survey and Recommendations
1938
Box: 77 Folder : 10 General Finances Journal
1921-1935
Box: 78 Folder : 1-2 General Finances Ledger
1908-1935
Box: 78 Folder : 3 Housekeeping Scribe's Chronicle
1930s
Box: 78 Folder : 4 Housekeeping Scribe's Chronicle Book
1927-1945
Box: 79A Folder : 1 Income for Special Funds
1921-1935
Box: 79A Folder : 2-4 Investments
1895-1928
Box: 79A Folder : 5 Missionary Fund: Collections Ledger
1898-1910
Box: 79B Folder : 1 Minister's Discretionary Fund: Check Books
1932-1935
Box: 79B Folder : 2 Minister's Discretionary Fund: Check Books
1935-1941
Box: 79B Folder : 3 Minister's Discretionary Fund: Check Books
1941-1945
Box: 79B Folder : 4 Minister's Discretionary Fund: Check Book and Correspondence
1945-1949
Box: 79B Folder : 5 Minister's Discretionary Fund: Check Books
1946, 1949-1952
Box: 79B Folder : 6 Minister's Discretionary Fund: Correspondence and Notes
1930-1951
Box: 80 Item : 1-4 Offerings Ledgers
1929-1936
Box: 81 Item : 1 Pews: Original Deeds and Transfers
1844-1901
Box: 81 Item : 2-5 Pews: Rental Ledgers
1840-1886
Box: 82 Item : 1-4 Pews: Rental Ledgers
1886-1921
Box: 83 Item : 1 Pledges Ledger
1922
Box: 84 Folder : 1 Receipts and Distribution Ledger
1911-1921
Box: 84 Folder : 2-4 Receipts and Expenditures Ledger
1914-1921
Box: 85 Folder : 1-4 Receipts and Expenditures Ledger
1921-1927
Box: 86 Item : 1 Receipts and Expenditures Ledger
1929-1935
Box: 87 Folder : 1 Receipts and Expenditures: Balance Sheets
1923-1932
Box: 87 Folder : 2 Receipts and Expenditures: Overview
1893-1913
Box: 87 Folder : 3-7 Reports
1921-1944
Box: 88 Folder : 1-2 Reports
1945-1956
Box: 88 Folder : 3 Subscribers Dues Book
1842-1844
Box: 88 Folder : 4 Sunday School Accounts Ledger
1866-1908
Box: 88 Folder : 5 Treasurer: Bank Account Book
1845-1846
Box: 88 Folder : 6 Treasurer: Correspondence
1910s-1940s
Box: 88 Folder : 7 Treasurer's General Ledger and Cash Book
1833-1840
Box: 89 Folder : 1-2 Treasurer's General Ledger and Cash Book
1842-1859, 1866-1884
Box: 90 Folder : 1-2 Treasurer's General Ledger and Cash Book
1884-1912

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Series 12: Scrapbooks., circa 1860s-1945. 2.25 Linear Feet In 3 manuscript boxes and 2 oversize flat boxes.

Arrangement

The scrapbooks in this series are arranged alphabetically by topic and chronologically by earliest date within topic. Loose items that were falling out of scrapbooks were placed into folders which can be found alongside the scrapbook that the items came from.

Scope and Contents

The books in the Scrapbooks series contain clippings and ephemeral items related to the Church. The scrapbooks collect articles on the church's ministers and on religious and ecumenical matters. They also collect some published images, poems, hymns, and local news items. Several of the scrapbooks include clippings related to Plymouth Church and Henry Ward Beecher. Most of the scrapbooks seem to have been made by members of the church. The scrapbooks of items on the ministers Alfred E. Goodnough, H. Price Collier, and Samuel A. Eliot and the scrapbooks collecting the sermons of Collier were assembled and donated to the church by Maud Willard Bartlett. One other scrapbook ("Religion and Theology, 1866-1875") included a note that it came from the home of Mary E. Butterick in 1942.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 91 Folder : 1 Ministers: A. E. Goodnough
1887-1888
Box: 91 Folder : 2 Ministers: H. Price Collier
1888-1892
Box: 91 Folder : 3 Ministers: H. Price Collier and Samuel A. Eliot
1892-1893
Box: 91 Folder : 4 Ministers: H. Price Collier and Samuel A. Eliot
1893-1896
Box: 91 Folder : 5 Ministers: Samuel A. Eliot
1897-1917
Box: 92 Item : 1-2 Ministers Sermons: H. Price Collier
1888-1913
Box: 93 Item : 1 Miscellaneous Articles and Items
1860s-1870s
Box: 94 Item : 1-2 Miscellaneous Articles and Items
1870s-1880s, 1937-1945
Box: 95 Item : 1-2 Religion and Theology Articles and Items
1866-1875, 1880s-1900s

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Series 13: Photographs., circa 1870s-1958. 0.25 Linear Feet In 1 manuscript box.

Arrangement

The photographs are arranged according to their digital Object ID # in PastPerfect.

Scope and Contents

The Photographs series contains photographs from two separate photo accessions related to the Church. Most of the folders in this series contain images that were originally part of the First Unitarian Congregational Society records. These photos were initially removed from the collection and entered into the library's image database under a V1989.20 accession number. The photos include church buildings, like Willow Place Chapel and the Third Unitarian Congregation's Unity Church, and church activities such as a picnic, fairs, plays, and some minstrel shows. Also included are photos of ministers from the First, Second, and Third Unitarian Congregations including John Lathrop, John White Chadwick, Alfred P. Putnam and Stephen H. Camp. The last folder in the series contains photos from a later accession, V1990.46, and consists of four print reproductions of photographs of Willow Place Chapel, Columbia House, and the school at the chapel.

Item level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 96 Folder : 1 John Lathrop, Parishioners
circa 1910-1958
Box: 96 Folder : 2 Chapel and Church, Picnic, Parishioners, Reverend Hewlett, and John Manning
circa 1890s-1940s
Box: 96 Folder : 3 Parishioners, Picnic
circa 1890s-1938
Box: 96 Folder : 4 Ministers (Chadwick, Lathrop, Putnam, Camp), Unity Church, Unity Chapel, Unity Sunday School
circa 1870s-1930s
Box: 96 Folder : 5 Windows, for Christian Register article
circa 1950
Box: 96 Folder : 6 Willow Place Chapel and Willow Place Chapel Sewing School
circa 1890s
Box: 96 Folder : 7 Columbia House Children
1935
Box: 96 Folder : 8 Minstrel Shows
1943, 1945
Box: 96 Folder : 9 Christmas Mystery Play, Streets of Wonderland Pageant
1913, 1921
Box: 96 Folder : 10 Columbia House Player's Club and Columbia House Summer Girl Minstrels
1919
Box: 96 Folder : 11 Lathrop Photo Album
circa 1890s-1910s
Box: 96 Folder : 12 Church of the Saviour interior illustration
circa 1919
Box: 96 Folder : 13 Bible Study Prints
circa 1920s
Box: 96 Folder : 14 Willow Place Chapel, Kindergarten, Columbia House Fair
circa 1900, 1917

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Series 14: Second Unitarian Congregation., 1837-1967. 4.75 Linear Feet In 10 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize flat box.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically according to description.

Scope and Contents

The Second Unitarian Congregation first split from the First Congregation in 1840 over dissatisfaction with Minister Fredrick Holland. The congregations united in 1842 (after Holland's resignation) but split again in 1851. The Second Unitarian Congregation series represents the records of the Second Unitarian Congregation during both of these splits.

The Congregation's first permanent minister was Samuel Longfellow, installed in 1853. The Second Unitarian Congregation took a progressive stance under Longfellow who occasionally preached against slavery and delivered an infamous sermon in praise of John Brown. Some of Longfellow's sermons can be found in the file on him. A parishioner's complaint and resignation of his pew in reaction to Longfellow's John Brown sermon can be found in the "Finances: Pew Rentals" folder. Longfellow's tenure was followed by Nahor A. Staples who also included abolitionist views in his sermons. The Second Congregation's influential minister John White Chadwick (installed 1864) is also well represented in this series through his correspondence, sermons and articles written by and about him, particularly memorials after his death.

The series contains records related to the regular functions and activities of the Second Congregation including trustee records, financial records of pew renters and subscribers, committee reports and record books kept by the Sunday School. The series also contains many records of the Second Congregation's Branch Alliance, a women's group that did charity work and eventually folded into the First Congregation's Samaritan Alliance when the Congregations reunited in 1924.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 97 Folder : 1 Address Book
circa 1860s-1890s
Box: 97 Folder : 2 Anniversaries Book
1876, 1884-1885
Box: 97 Folder : 3 Annual Meetings
1900-1925
Box: 97 Folder : 4 Bequests, Gifts, and Memorials
1896-1925
Box: 97 Folder : 5 Branch Alliance: Cash Book
1887-1907
Box: 97 Folder : 6 Branch Alliance: History
Undated
Box: 97 Folder : 7-8 Branch Alliance: Meeting Minutes
1887-1896
Box: 98 Folder : 1-5 Branch Alliance: Meeting Minutes
1896-1920
Box: 98 Folder : 6 Branch Alliance: Post Office Mission
1888-1906
Box: 98 Folder : 7 Branch Alliance: Reports and Petitions to the Trustees
1862-1921
Box: 99 Folder : 1 Branch Alliance: Reports of the Beneficence Committee
1911-1917
Box: 99 Folder : 2 Buildings: Alterations and Repairs
1867-1896
Box: 99 Folder : 3 Buildings: Building Fund Subscriber Signatures
1857
Box: 99 Folder : 4 Buildings: Deeds, Leases, and Insurance
1837-1921
Box: 99 Folder : 5 Buildings: Roofing Samples
1918
Box: 99 Folder : 6 Buildings: Sale and Lease of Property to Syrian Protestant Church
1925
Box: 99 Folder : 7 By-Laws
1855-1908
Box: 99 Folder : 8 Calendars
1914-1924
Box: 99 Folder : 9 Church Home Book (Membership)
1908-1923
Box: 99 Folder : 10 Committee Reports
1842-1920
Box: 99 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1891-1919, 1925, 1943
Box: 100 Folder : 1 Correspondence: First Unitarian Congregation
1913, 1921-1925
Box: 100 Folder : 2 Correspondence: Other Churches
1853-1914
Box: 100 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Welfare Organizations
1858-1897
Box: 100 Folder : 4 Finances: Bills and Operating Costs
1877-1896
Box: 100 Folder : 5-9 Finances: Cash Book
1858-1917
Box: 101 Folder : 1 Finances: Cash Book
1918-1924
Box: 101 Folder : 2 Finances: General
1857-1873
Box: 101 Folder : 3 Finances: Ledger of Accounts
1903-1924
Box: 101 Folder : 4 Finances: Pew Rentals
1850s-1873
Box: 102 Item : 1 Finances: Pew Rentals Ledger
1897-1904
Box: 102 Item : 2 Finances: Pew Rentals and Subscribers Ledger
1911-1916
Box: 102 Item : 3 Finances: Subscribers Ledger
1852-1859
Box: 103 Folder : 1 Finances: Subscribers
1851-1873
Box: 103 Folder : 2 Finances: Treasurer's Records
1843-1873, 1917-1918
Box: 103 Folder : 3-6 Finances: Treasurer's Reports
1851-1914
Box: 103 Folder : 7 History
circa 1900s-1920s
Box: 104 Folder : 1 Incorporation
1841
Box: 104 Folder : 2 In Memoriam
1896-1950
Box: 104 Folder : 3 Mailing Lists
circa 1840s-1890s, 1917, 1925
Box: 104 Folder : 4-5 Ministers: Chadwick, John White
1860s-1944
Box: 104 Folder : 6 Ministers: Dutton, Caleb Samuel
1906-1907, 1913
Box: 104 Folder : 7 Ministers: Longfellow, Samuel
1852-1905
Box: 104 Folder : 8 Ministers: Lyttle, Charles H.
1914-1925
Box: 104 Folder : 9 Ministers: Pulpit Supply
1851-1853
Box: 104 Folder : 10 Ministers: Staples, Nahor A.
1861-1864
Box: 104 Folder : 11 Music
1858-1896
Box: 104 Folder : 12 The Radical, articles by Samuel Longfellow and John White Chadwick
1870
Box: 104 Folder : 13 Register
1919
Box: 104 Folder : 14 Resolutions
1910, 1918
Box: 105 Folder : 1 Sermons from other churches
1900-1929
Box: 105 Folder : 2 Special Services
1876-1924
Box: 105 Folder : 3-5 Society Meeting Minutes
1840-1899
Box: 105 Folder : 6-7 Sunday School: Attendance Ledger
1868-1882
Box: 106 Folder : 1 Sunday School: Attendance Ledger
1893-1923
Box: 106 Folder : 2 Sunday School: Lessons and Exercises
1873, 1880
Box: 106 Folder : 3-4 Sunday School: Library Ledger
1866-1885
Box: 106 Folder : 5 Sunday School: Report
1921
Box: 106 Folder : 6 Taxes
1915
Box: 106 Folder : 7 Trustees: Chairman John F. Thompson
1919-1967
Box: 106 Folder : 8 Trustees: Correspondence
1854-1917
Box: 107 Folder : 1 Trustees: Elections
1852-1909
Box: 107 Folder : 2 Trustees: Meetings and Reports
1851-1865
Box: 107 Folder : 3-5 Trustees: Meetings Minutes Book
1851-1926
Box: 107 Folder : 6 Trustees: Rents
1853-1879
Box: 107 Folder : 7 Unity, articles featuring John White Chadwick
1905-1911

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Series 15: Third Unitarian Congregation., 1867-1958. 2.25 Linear Feet In 5 manuscript boxes.

Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically according to description.

Scope and Contents

The Third Unitarian Congregation was established in 1867 in order to accommodate parishioners of the First Unitarian Congregation who had been travelling from the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill neighborhoods to attend services at the Church of the Saviour in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood. Frederick A. Farley assisted in duties as a minister until the Third Congregation installed Stephen H. Camp as minister in 1869. Camp became the Third Congregation's most prominent minister and in addition to encouraging organized charitable works and teaching within the Congregation's Sunday School he also shepherded the Congregation from their first space in Unity Chapel (built in 1868 with the assistance of the First Congregation) to Unity Church (built in 1886). The Third Congregation sold its church and united with the First Congregation in 1925.

The Third Unitarian Congregation series contains the records of the Third Congregation's organization and operation including its by-laws, society and trustee minutes, resolutions, and financial records. The series also contains records of the Congregation's charitable work such as through the Branch Alliance, the Charitable Fund, the Ladies Benevolent and Social Society, and other clubs and groups organized by the Church. Correspondence regarding the merger of the Third Congregation's merger with the First Congregation can also be found here.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 108 Folder : 1 Accounts Book
1871-1877
Box: 108 Folder : 2-3 Annual Meeting Minutes
1889-1910, 1919-1931, 1936
Box: 108 Folder : 4 Bequests
1927, 1934, 1939
Box: 108 Folder : 5 Branch Alliance
1909-1935
Box: 108 Folder : 6 Branch Alliance: Accounts Books
1897-1910, 1917-1934
Box: 108 Folder : 7-8 Branch Alliance: Meeting Minutes
1897-1898, 1905-1906
Box: 109 Folder : 1 Branch Alliance: Meeting Minutes
1911-1917
Box: 109 Folder : 2 Branch Alliance: Reports
1920-1934
Box: 109 Folder : 3 Branch Alliance: Reports Book
1920-1934
Box: 109 Folder : 4 Branch Alliance: Treasurer's Record Book
1909-1918
Box: 109 Folder : 5 Branch Alliance and Friendly Aid Society: Accounts Book
1919-1933
Box: 109 Folder : 6 Brooklyn Broadcasting Corp. (WBBC)
1934-1935
Box: 109 Folder : 7 By-Laws
1905, 1924
Box: 109 Folder : 8 Charitable Fund
1928, 1932
Box: 109 Folder : 9 Clubs
1900-1903
Box: 109 Folder : 10 Correspondence
1897, 1926-1958
Box: 109 Folder : 11 Directory
1925
Box: 109 Folder : 12 Entertainments
1895, 1900-1903, 1935
Box: 109 Folder : 13 Guild of St. Christopher
1890
Box: 110 Folder : 1 History
1869-1890s, 1924
Box: 110 Folder : 2 Inventories
circa 1920s
Box: 110 Folder : 3 Investments
1928-1929
Box: 110 Folder : 4 [Lend?] a Hand Committee: Reports Book
1890-1893
Box: 110 Folder : 5 Ladies Benevolent and Social Society: Accounts Book
1873-1935
Box: 110 Folder : 6 Manuals
1874, 1888
Box: 110 Folder : 7 Ministers
circa 1910s, 1925
Box: 110 Folder : 8 Ministers: Stephen H. Camp
1869-1897, 1943
Box: 110 Folder : 9 Membership Book
1922-1929
Box: 110 Folder : 10 Memorials
circa 1890s, 1926, 1935
Box: 110 Folder : 11 Memorials Books
circa 1910s
Box: 110 Folder : 12 Merger with First Unitarian Congregation
1935
Box: 110 Folder : 13 Mortgages
1926-1931
Box: 111 Folder : 1 Parish Register
circa 1880s
Box: 111 Folder : 2 Resolutions
1924-1931
Box: 111 Folder : 3 Secretary's Book (Correspondence)
1897-1901
Box: 111 Folder : 4 Services
1886-1917
Box: 111 Folder : 5 Sunday School
1894, ,1899
Box: 111 Folder : 6-9 Society Meeting Minutes
1867-1925
Box: 112 Folder : 1 Treasurer's Reports
1896, 1898, 1926-1929
Box: 112 Folder : 2 Trustee Meetings and Elections
1918-1935
Box: 112 Folder : 3-4 Trustee's Meeting Minutes
1894-1917
Box: 112 Folder : 5 Unity Church Building Deed, Insurance, Property Blueprint
1872-1886, 1907, 1927-1928
Box: 112 Folder : 6 Unity Church Building Fund
1868-1890
Box: 112 Folder : 7 Windows and Memorial Tablets

General

Moved to Oversize Box 1:

Sketch of memorial tablet for Caroline R. Whitney

1867, 1926-1927
Box: OS 1 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 1
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