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Guide to the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn records ARC.109

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Container List

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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