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Guide to the First Unitarian Church of Manchester Papers, 1842-1964

Collection number: MC 171

Size: 5 boxes
(1.66 cu.ft.)


About the First Unitarian Church of Manchester

The first preaching in Manchester, New Hampshire of the doctrine belonging to the
Unitarian faith was given in March 1841 by the Reverend S. Osgood, of Nashua, but
it
wasn’t until July 19, 1842 that an assembly met for the purpose of organizing a
Unitarian church in the city at city hall. The first pastor, Rev. Oliver H.
Wellington, was ordained the same day.

The society’s first place of worship, after it left city hall, was a small wooden
chapel built in 1841 on the corner of Hanover and Chestnut Streets by the Second
Methodist Episcopal society. In 1843, when the Methodists built their brick church
on Elm Street, they leased this chapel to the Unitarians. Rev. Wellington first
preached in it July 2, 1843. That same month, however, the society purchased and
moved it to the corner of Merrimack and Pine Streets, the gift of the Amoskeag
Company, enlarging it in the process.

In 1852, in his will, the Hon. Richard H. Ayer left the society a house on the corner
of Chestnut and Central Streets, which was used as a parsonage and then sold in
1864. In 1859 the society exchanged its house for the one built by the First
Freewill Baptist society on the corner of Chestnut and Merrimack Streets. This they
sold in 1871 and in 1872 they dedicated a new house of worship on the corner of
Beech and Concord Streets.


About the First Unitarian Church of Manchester Papers

The First Unitarian Church of Manchester, N.H. papers include record book ledgers
and
treasurers’ account books documenting the formation of the church, its membership
and finances; a manuscript book on the formation of the Unity Club in 1872 with
signatures of 150 of its members; a cash book of the Unity Club’s transactions in
the 1890s, various other records, publications and programs, 34 photographs related
to the church Sunday school’s activities, and 12 printing blocks.


Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], First Unitarian Church of Manchester Papers, 1842-1964,
MC 171, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire
Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Purchased: Charles Apfelbaum, Feb. 16, 2000 (Accession number: 2000.05)


Collection Contents


Series I: Records, 1842-1947

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Record Book Ledger, 1842-1896
(Approximately 400 pages)

Documents the formation of the church in
1842, its constitution, annual meeting minutes, other business, and
treasurer’s accounts.

Box 1, Folder 2 Record Book Ledger, 1842/1874
(Approximately 100 pages)

Documents the history of the church up until
1874 – its formation in 1842, its business, various orders of services,
pew rentals, and a contract for a new building in 1871. Includes a list
of church members, births, deaths, marriages (1842-1861) and baptisms in
back.

Box 1, Folder 3 Treasurer’s Account Book Ledger, 1902-1939. Tipped in, printed financial reports for the
years ending Oct. 1877, 1879, 1893 and 1915
(400 pages)

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Church membership list ledger with, tipped in, a typed list of
members, 1842-1942,
1842-1947
Box 2, Folder 2 Record Book Ledger, Unity Club, 1892-1896
(55 pages)

Documents the formation of the
Unity Club in Sept. 1892, lists its members, and records its business.
Includes two publications tipped in, Unity Clubs: or Mutual Improvement
Societies in Town and Church by Emma Endicott Marean (Chicago: Charles
H. Kerr and Co., 1886) and Tract 4 of the National Bureau of Unity
Clubs, Suggested Plans of Study and Work For Unity Clubs and Study
Classes (Boston: Geo. H. Ellis, 1891).

Box 2, Folder 3 Treasurer’s account book ledger for the Unity Club, 1892-1896
(33 pages)

Box 2, Folder 4 Treasurer’s account book ledger for the Women’s Alliance formed
in 1906, 1906-1926
(132 pages)

Includes a program for the 1914-1915 season of meetings of the
Women’s Alliance of the First Unitarian Society of Manchester and two
flyers advertising a chicken pie supper and an afternoon tea, all tipped
in.

Box 2, Folder 5 By-Laws of the Unitarian Society, 1894-1897
Box 2, Folder 6 Mortgage deed for a sum of $2500 needed for repair of the church
steeple. The First Unitarian Society mortgaged land to the American
Unitarian Association in Boston. Nov. 27, 1929
Box 2, Folder 7 Programs for various installations of ministers, 1905-1937
Box 2, Folder 8 Receipts and notes, 1860-1883
Box 2, Folder 9 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1861-1942
(8 letters)

Box 2, Folder 10 Miscellaneous manuscripts, including an address by Ella Hope
before the Alliance in 1932, reporting on Alliance Week at the Isles of
Shoals; an historical address by Lauretta B. Sawtelle, Parish Historian,
at the centennial meeting at Grace Church, Dec 2, 1941; notes on early
religious education in the First Unitarian Society, n.d. (but ca. 1930);
and various notes toward a history of the church, including a list of
members on the original church roll, 1932-1941
Box 2, Folder 11 Miscellaneous printed items, including program for the dedication
of the “new church edifice of the First Unitarian Church of Manchester,
N.H.”, May 1, 1872; program for the fiftieth anniversary of the church,
April 27, 1892; program of the “exercises in commemoration of the
seventy-fifth anniversary,” Sept. 20-22, 1908; booklet containing
services conducted for the fiftieth anniversary of the church building
in 1922, historical addresses, constitution and by-laws, list of origin
members, and other historical information; various programs of services;
a typed report for the annual parish meeting, Jan. 12, 1933, and a
program for the “Festival of the Arts,” Nov. 13-15, 1941, 1872-1941
Box 2, Folder 12 Various printed items concerning the exposition of the faith of
Unitarians, undated, including cards and one-page sheets of the Creed,
the scriptural belief, and cornerstones of the faith, probably for use
in the Sunday school; Unitarian Catechism by M.J. Savage, 1890; a
completed questionnaire from 1881; and a folio sized double-fold
picturing the three hundred delegates to the convention that formed the
Unitarian Layman’s League, April 11-12, 1919, with a list of names,
1881-1919
Box 2, Folder 13 Pen and ink drawing of the
First Unitarian Church, Manchester by Margarete Gravas,
undated (See this item)


Series II: Publications 1848-1964

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Unitarian publications: Unitarian Annual
Illustrated
, 1894-1895, The Unitarian Club, Boston; The Unitarian, Vol. XII Number 11, Nov.
1897; Services and Hymns for Alliance
Meetings
, The Alliance of Unitarian and Other Liberal
Christian Women, Boston, 1914; Star Island
Chronicles (Unitarian)
, Summer 1916. First issue; Unitarian News Letter, (headline: “When Star
Island Calls”), May 1932; The Fulfilment of
Citizenship
, Boston: American Unitarian Association, n.d.,
1922-1931
Box 3, Folder 2 Sermons: A Discourse in Vindication of
Unitarianism From Popular Charges Against It
by Rev. Arthur
B. Fuller, delivered in the First Unitarian Church in Manchester, N.H.,
May 14, 1848; Discourse Occasioned By The Death
of Hon. Richard Hazen Ayer
, Rev. Arthur B. Fuller, delivered
in the First Unitarian Church in Manchester, N.H., Feb. 13, 1853; The Spirit of Human Liberty As One Among The
Democratic Issues of Christianity
and Another Sermon by William Leonard Gage, First Unitarian
Church in Manchester, N.H., Nov. 2, 1856; A
Discourse Occasioned By The Death of Dr. Warren F. Chamberlin,
Pastor of the Unitarian Society
, Manchester, Nov. 30, 1856;
An Easter Sermon by Rev. C.W. Heizer,
First Unitarian Church in Manchester, N.H., April 17, 1892; The Simplification of Life by Samuel McChord
Crothers, Minister of the First Parish and First Church in Cambridge
(Cambridge: The Co-operative Press, 1900); William Makepeace Thackeray by Rev. Chas. J. Staples,
Lecture delivered before Section E of the Manchester Institute of Arts
and Sciences, January 15, 1901′ A Sermon: The
Divineness of Christ, The Divineness of Manhood
by Rev.
Chas. J. Staples, First Unitarian Church in Manchester, May 12, 1901;
The Spiritual Vision of Human Life: A
Sermon
by Frank Abram Powell, Delivered in the Pulpit of the
First Unitarian Church, Helena, Mont., Oct. 29, 1912, 1937-1953
Box 3, Folder 3 Miscellaneous: “The London of Dickens,” fold-out flyer, n.d.;
“The Old March Meeting Day,” poem by John Foster, read by John Foster at
the Amoskeag Old Home Day, Aug. 26, 1905; Eric
Alton Dyer Presents…
, publicity flyer; “Centennial Hymn,”
words by Herman Christophe, music by Blanche Hayes Cornell, part of the
One Hundredth Anniversary of the Founding of the First Unitarian Society
celebrations, April 24, 1942 1905-1942 and undated
Box 3, Folder 4 Newsclippings, 1850-1942
Box 3, Folder 5 New Hampshire Book Fair publicity flyers and posters (held at the
First Unitarian Church), 1939-1942
Box 3, Folder 6 Programs for the Branch Alliance, First Unitarian Society,
1916/17-1921/22

Box 3, Folder 7 Programs for the Branch Alliance, First Unitarian Society, ,
1923/24-1932/33
Box 3, Folder 8 Programs for the Branch Alliance, First Unitarian Society,
1934/35-1938/39
Box 3, Folder 9 Programs for the Branch Alliance, First Unitarian Society,
1939/40-1954/55
Box 3, Folder 10 Programs for the Branch Alliance, First Unitarian Society,
1955/56-1963/64


Series III: Photographs, 1942

Box 4
Box 4, Envelope 1 Altar at Christmas, undated
Box 4, Envelope 2 Church organ decorated for Harvest Festival, undated
Box 4, Envelope 3 Interior view of church showing aisle, altar, church organ and
arches, undated
Box 4, Envelope 4 Interior shot of church, undated
Box 4, Envelope 5 Church door in winter, undated
Box 4, Envelope 6 Interior view of church showing aisle, altar and church organ
(close-up), undated
Box 4, Envelope 7 New Hampshire Book Fair display in the vestry of the church. The
dining room at the back was called “The Christmas Tea Shoppe” in which
The Women’s Allaince served tea and a light supper, undated
Box 4, Envelope 8 Children who attended one of the children’s sessions at the New
Hampshire Book Fairs, undated
Box 4, Envelope 9 Reverend George E. Hathaway, undated
Box 4, Envelope 10 Chapel, Star Island, Isles of Shoals (glued on board); closer
view (3×5), both undated
Box 4, Envelope 11 Group of boys outside church, undated
Box 4, Envelope 12 Group pictured outside church door in winter, undated
Box 4, Envelope 13 Older woman pictured on church steps, undated
Box 4, Envelope 14 Unidentified trio inside church, undated
Box 4, Envelope 15 Mrs. Copadis, a Greek lady who spoke to the church school about
her native land, undated
Box 4, Envelope 16 Pageant: The Spirit of Truth, six of the virtues and three of the
pages who participated in the Easter Pageant, “The Consecration of Sir
Galahad”, undated
Box 4, Envelope 17 Pageant: Three photos: The Spirit of Truth, “Love,” and Love and
Sir Galahad, undated
Box 4, Envelope 18 Pageant: The Spirit of Truth, four boys, undated
Box 4, Envelope 19 Pageant: The Spirit of Truth, girls and young women,
undated
Box 4, Envelope 20 Pageant: Knights at “The Consecration of Sir Galahad”,
undated
Box 4, Envelope 21 Pageant: “The Consecration of Sir Galahad” (played by Lloyd
Kendall), undated
Box 4, Envelope 22 Pageant group photo outside church, undated
Box 4, Envelope 23 Pageant group photo inside church, undated
Box 4, Envelope 24 Five children with perfect attendance at Sunday school: Willard
Huntress, Phyllis Daniels, Wendel Walton, Jr., Barbara Daniels, and
Romola Huntress, undated
Box 4, Envelope 25 Group of older women, undated
Box 4, Envelope 26 Women and children eating at picnic table, undated
Box 4, Envelope 27 Children at lakeside picnic table, undated
Box 4, Envelope 28 Women and children posing at picnic table, undated
Box 4, Envelope 29 Group photo at picnic, undated
Box 4, Envelope 30 Five boys in Miss Ayer’s Sunday school class standing next to a
Temple of Goodwill, undated
Box 4, Envelope 31 Children with Santa Claus in front of Christmas tree,
undated
Box 4, Envelope 32 Children seated on sofa, undated
Box 4, Envelope 33 Schoolchildren with their guest, Miss Rachel Hefterman, young
daughter of the local Rabbi, who had just given a talk on her trip to
Palestine, undated
Box 4, Envelope 34 Women’s Alliance at home of Grace and Margaret Wallace, Nubble
Light, York Beach, Maine, summer 1942 1942 (b and
w, 3×5)


Series IV: Printing Blocks

Box 4
Printing block, 6×7″
Box 5
Printing blocks: four 5×7″, one 6×6″, six smaller
blocks