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Wesley United Methodist Church of Salem Records

Wesley United Methodist Church of Salem Records

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WESLEY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF SALEM RECORDS, 1830-1974





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Wesley United Methodist Church (Salem, Mass.)
Title:Wesley United Methodist Church of Salem Records
Dates:1830/1974
Quantity:2.5 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract:The Wesley United Methodist Church of Salem collection includes financial records, membership records, building history, guest books, and scrapbook materials from 1830 until 1974.
Collection Number:MSS 22

Series List


SERIES I. Financial Records
A. Church
B. Clubs/Societies
SERIES II. Membership
A. Church
B. Clubs/Societies
SERIES III. Other Church and Building Records
A. Meeting Minutes and Records
B. Building
C. Other

Scope and Content Note

The Wesley United Methodist Church of Salem collection includes financial records, membership records, building history, guest books, and scrapbook materials from 1830 until 1974. This collection has been divided into three series.


Series I. Financial Records contains financial records and account books from the Wesley United Methodist Church, as well as from Annie E. Folkin's Girls Club, Madora Palton Circle, and the Woman's Society of Christian Service club.


Series II. Membership contains membership records for both the Church and the various clubs that operated out of it, including meeting minutes, and individual club constitutions.


Series III. Other Church and Building Records contains a history of the Methodist Episcopal Church, building history and construction information, Trustee meeting minutes, conference records, and guests books. This series also contains materials that are labeled as "Press files", but appear to be pages taken from scrapbooks. These pages include items such as articles about the Church and its various clubs, news clippings, and event programs.


Historical Sketch

In the winter of 1871/1872, a number of members of the Lafayette Street Methodist Episcopal Church, in Salem, decided to organize a second Methodist church in Salem. A chapel on Sewall Street, which had been built in 1823, as the First Methodist Meeting House, but had not been in use for some time, was bought. On May 24, 1872, this new location was dedicated as the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church. Reverend Joshua Gill was appointed to this new location.


By 1883, the church had 342 members, and had a number of generous supporters for the erection of a new building on an estate on North Street, Salem. During a session of the State Legislature in 1886/1887, steps were taken to change the name of the church to the Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church.


The new building, at 8 North Street in Salem, was built for a capacity of one thousand worshippers. The building was dedicated on July 31, 1888 as the Wesley Episcopal Church, which later became the Wesley United Methodist Church of Salem. The building was designed by Lawrence B. Volk of New York, and cost between $35,000 and $40,000; this was the price without a steeple, which was added at a later date.


In 1994, the Wesley United Methodist Church of Salem merged with the Lafayette Street United Methodist Church. The building, which was completed in 1889, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Lafayette Street United Methodist Church (Salem, Mass.)
Wesley United Methodist Church (Salem, Mass.)
Church buildings--Massachusetts--Salem
Church records and registers
Methodist church buildings
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Wesley United Methodist Church of Salem Records, MSS 22, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated on September 25, 1980 by Rachel C. Lovelace and Catherine E. Briggs. The following items were donated in November 1990, by Irene Norton, (acc #90053): cancelled check, two statements for vases, bookmark, and antependium from 1950.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, September 2014.


Related Material

"History of the Building." Wesley United Methodist Church of Salem, MA. Salem Wesley United Methodist Church, 2013. Web. 23 Sept. 2014. http://www.salemwesley.org/History.html


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