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Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity Records

Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity Records

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BIBLE SOCIETY OF SALEM AND VICINITY RECORDS, 1810-1868





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:Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity
Title:Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity Records
Dates:1810/1868
Quantity:0.50 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity records document the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, organization.
Collection Number:MSS 202

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Scope and Content Note

The Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity records document the activities of this Salem, Massachusetts, organization. The collection contains two records books, containing the notes from both the annual meetings of the society and the quarterly meetings of the trustees; an account book, detailing the financial transactions during each year of the society's existence; financial reports; personal correspondence to the society; and transactions regarding the absorption of the Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity by the American Bible Society.


Of particular interest in the record books is an address given by the society to the general public of Salem, stating the purpose of the society, its affiliation with the Massachusetts and American Bible Societies, and an appeal to the public for financial support. The last will and testament of Daniel Lang, a substantial donor to the Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity, is also mentioned in volume 2 of the record books.


Historical Sketch

The Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity was established on August 22, 1810. The purpose of the Society was to solicit voluntary financial contributions with which to purchase Bibles, and consequently to aid in the distribution of Bibles to those who did not have the Scriptures readily available. The Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity was an auxiliary to the Massachusetts Bible Society, which in turn was a branch of the American Bible Society. The Salem branch was officially incorporated on February 25, 1811. After many profitable years, the Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity voted to disband on June 21, 1867. The members remained part of the American Bible Society, and all funds from the Salem society were sent to this parent organization.


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.

Ives, Stephen B.
Bible--Publication and distribution
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

Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity Records, MSS 202, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was deposited by the trustees of the Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity in 1868.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hope Foster, March 1986. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, December 2015.


Related Material

The Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity. The Constitution and Address of the Bible Society of Salem and Vicinity. Charlestown, MA: Printed by Samuel T. Armstrong, 1810.


Discourses by Abiel Abbot, 1817; Thomas Barnard, 1814; Manasseh Cutler, 1813; Brown Emerson, 1819; John Prince, 1816; Benjamin Wadsworth, 1815; and Samuel Worcester, 1818.


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