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Guide to the New-York Historical Society Collection of Certificates
1700-1991
 PR 014

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Kelly McAnnaney (2008). Revised by Marybeth Kavanagh (2018).

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Container List

Series XVIII: Religious, 1809-1929

Scope Note

This series includes certificates of baptism, communion and confirmation, as well as membership to various religious societies. Sunday school attendance and merit certificates are also part of this series.

One certificate from the American Bible Union records contributions made to the group to distribute bibles to "the Freedmen of America." A group of ephemera related to the Domestic Missionary Army of the Young Soldiers of Christ of the Protestant Episcopal Church includes a ribbon printed with the portrait of Jackson Kemper. Temperance certificates include membership to the Boston Temperance Society, the Washington Temperance Society, and several Juvenile Temperance Societies. One particularly interesting certificate is a certificate of membership for the Connecticut Cold Water Army, which includes songs of the Cold Water Army. Early membership certificates for the American Bible Society include those for Mrs. John McComb, Jr. and Gerard Beekman.

Related Materials

N-YHS also holds about 70 marriage (mostly), baptism, confirmation, and death certificates in the Jon Charles Acker collection of religious certificates (PR 360).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Bible and Tract Societies- American Bible Society
1830-1874
Folder: FF51 Bible and Tract Societies- American Bible Society
1856, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Bible and Tract Societies- American Bible Union
1868
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Bible and Tract Societies- American Tract Society
1826
Folder: FF51 Bible and Tract Societies- American Tract Society
1835-1881
Folder: FF51 Bible and Tract Societies- New York Bible Society
1892
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Missionary Societies- American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
1856
Folder: FF52 Missionary Societies- American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
1898
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Missionary Societies- American Home Missionary Society
1828
Folder: FF52 Missionary Societies- American Protestant Society
1848
Folder: FF52 Missionary Societies- American Sunday School Union
1850-1851
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Missionary Societies- Children's Missionary Society
1873-1874
Folder: FF52 Missionary Societies- Diocesan Missionary Society (Protestant Episcopal)
1854
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Missionary Societies- Domestic Missionary Army of the Young Soldiers of Christ
1868
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Missionary Societies- Maine Missionary Society
1863
Folder: FF52 Missionary Societies- Mission of the Immaculate Virgin-St. Joseph's Union
1929
Folder: FF52 Missionary Societies- Presbyterian Church Five Million Memorial Fund
1871
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Missionary Societies- United Foreign Missionary Society
1822, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Missionary Societies- Universalist Missionary Army
1871
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Sacramental Certificates- Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, Marriage
1849-1901
Box: 1 Folder : 6-7 Sunday School Certificates
1809-1838
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Sunday School Certificates
1826-1883
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Temperance Societies- Boston Temperance Societies
1843
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Temperance Societies- Connecticut Cold Water Army
undated
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Temperance Societies- Juvenile Temperance Society
1841
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Temperance Societies- Methodist Episcopal School Temperance Society
1842
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Temperance Societies- Temperance Society of the Sabbath School of Laight St. Church
1836
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Temperance Societies- Washington Temperance Society
1842

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