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SECOND CHURCH (SALEM, MASS.) RECORDS, 1897-1933





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 161 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-948-6012
Creator:Second Church (Salem, Mass.)
Title:Second Church (Salem, Mass.) Records
Dates:1897/1933
Quantity:2 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract:The Second Church of Salem records consist of administrative, financial, pastoral, and social records of this Salem, Massachusetts, church.
Collection Number:EC 60

Series List


SERIES I. Church Administrative Records
SERIES II. Financial Records
SERIES III. Pastoral Activities
SERIES IV. Church Social Activities
SERIES V. Other

Scope and Content Note


The Second Church of Salem records consist of administrative, financial, pastoral, and social records of this Salem, Massachusetts, church. The collection has been arranged chronologically within five series.


Series I. Church Administrative Records consists of by-laws, reports, and records relating to the unification of the East and Barton Square churches.


Series II. Financial contains account books, bank books, bills, cancelled checks, deposit records, records of pew sales and valuations, treasurer’s reports, and other financial records of the church.


Series III. Pastoral contains some papers of Alfred Manchester.


Series IV. Church Social Activities contains the records of various committees and the church Association.


Series V. Other contains an undated list of families of the North Society.


Historical Sketch

In September 1897, members of committees of the East and the Barton Square Societies of Salem, Massachusetts, met to consider forming a united society. On April 24, 1899, the Independent Congregational Church in Barton Square in Salem united with East Church Society and Second Church in one corporation to be called the Second Church in Salem. Services were held in the church at Washington Square (now the Salem Witch Museum) with Alfred Manchester elected Pastor. In 1923, the North Church and Second Church reunited with the First Church of Salem. The East Church reunited with the First Church in 1956, and the former East Church building of 1844-1846 is now being used as the Salem Witch Museum.


Second Church Succession of Ministers


Alfred Manchester 1899-1926


James Luther Adams 1927-1934


Duncan Howlett 1934-1938


Frank B. Crandall 1938-1953


Edmond Ayers 1953-1955


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.

Edwards, Joseph H. M.
Gove, William H. (William Hazeltine), 1817-1876
Manchester, Alfred, 1849-1926
Perkins, Frank S.
Towle, Edward D.
Independent Congregational Church, in Barton Square (Salem, Mass.)
Church buildings--Massachusetts--Salem
Church history
Church records and registers
Churches
Congregationalism
Pews and pew rights
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Request 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

Second Church (Salem, Mass.) Records, EC 60, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The Second Church Alliance daybook was a gift of Robert Craig in December 1989 (accession #89068). The scrapbook was donated by Mrs. Albert R. Plant of Providence, RI, on April 18, 1929. The provenance of the rest of the material is unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tamara Gaydos, August 2018.


Related Material


Barz-Snell, Jeffrey. "The Long History." The First Church in Salem, The First Church in Salem, Unitarian Universalist, http://www.firstchurchinsalem.org/the-long-history/


"Series I: Church Records." New England Hidden Histories | Congregational Library & Archives, Congregational Library and Archives, 2018, www.congregationallibrary.org/nehh/series1


Related Collections


East Church (Salem, Massachusetts) Records, 1717-1910, EC 57


Independent Congregational Church Records, 1824-1907, MSS 302


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