COLLECTION GUIDES

1816-2018

Guide to the Collection


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the records of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Church, 1816-2018, including administrative records, membership and vital records, service organization and club records, religious education records, financial records, property records, pew records, correspondence, program and event records, church publications, worship materials, church and family histories, and material pertaining to Theophilus Parsons (1797-1882), Cambridge Society of the New Jerusalem, and Brookline Society of the New Jerusalem.

Historical Sketch

The Boston Society of the New Jerusalem (BSNJ) traces its origin to 1784, when two of its founding members attended a lecture by James Glen on the teachings of 18th-century Swedish theologian Emanuel Swedenborg at the Green Dragon Tavern in Boston, Mass. In 1818, the 12 founding members agreed to transition from private to public meetings, and on 15 August 1818, the society was established. Thomas Worcester served as lay leader until he became pastor in 1821. The society was incorporated by the Massachusetts legislature in 1823.

The group worshipped in various places throughout Boston, including a hall on Pond Street (now Bedford Street), Boylston Hall, and Pantheon Hall. In 1844, the society grew too numerous, and a church was built at its present location on Bowdoin Street in Beacon Hill, giving the church its colloquial name, Church on the Hill.

The original Gothic-style building stood from its completion in 1845 to 1964, when the high cost of maintenance and declining membership resulted in the decision to tear down the building and replace it with one that would generate more revenue. The new building would be 18 stories high and house 146 apartments. BostonView Corporation was established (in Delaware) to hold title to and manage this real estate. The church reopened on 18 September 1966. Rev. George McCurdy became the new pastor a year later.

In the early 1980s, members of the BNSJ left to form their own society called the Boston Society of the General Church of the New Jerusalem (now New Church of Concord). In 2003, the society separated from the Massachusetts Association of the New Jerusalem, which meant it also separated from the General Convention of the New Jerusalem. The BSNJ now operates as an independent church.

On 2 May 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided the church, taking many of its records for an investigation into criminal activity occurring within the BSNJ by several members since 2003. In October 2014, church member Edward J. Mackenzie, a member since 2002, pleaded guilty to numerous crimes, including racketeering, mail fraud, and money laundering. He also stole church records, rare books, and artifacts and sold them for profit. The records seized by the FBI for evidence were returned to the BSNJ in November 2017 and are currently being reviewed by a lawyer.

Rev. Kevin Baxter and Rev. Colin Leitch are the current pastors of the BSNJ. The congregation is presently comprised of approximately 65 members.

List of Ministers

  • Thomas Worcester, 1821-1867
  • James Reed, 1867-1921
  • Henry Clinton Hay, 1921-1933
  • Antony Regamey, 1933-1964
  • George McCurdy, 1967-1980
  • Harold Cranch, 1980-1982 (interim)
  • G. Steven Ellis, 1982-2008
  • Ted Klein, 2008-2012
  • Kevin Baxter, 2017-
  • Colin Leitch, 2017-

Sources

Boston Society of the New Jerusalem. A Sketch of the History of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, with a List of Its Members. Boston: John C. Regan, 1873.

Johnson, Akilah. "Federal agents raid Beacon Hill church." Boston Globe, 2 May 2013, https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/05/02/federal-agents-raid-swedenborgian-church-hill/T85UxRY5pf4JTO4gnxjOZO/story.html.

Collection Description

The Boston Society of the New Jerusalem records consist of 95 document boxes, including 156 manuscript and printed volumes; 5 extra-tall cased volumes; and one oversize folder. The collection documents the history, development, members, and daily operations of the BSNJ and is organized into 11 series.

Administrative records (1821-2016) include the by-laws of the church, as well as meeting minutes, reports, and records of the Church Committee, Church Council, BSNJ Corporation, Standing Committee, and Board of Trustees. These groups oversaw the religious, legal, and financial activities of the church.

Membership and vital records (1818-2008) contain member, voting, and suspension lists; directories; church registers; official acts records; and admission, baptism, confirmation, marriage, death, transfer, and application records.

Records for service organizations and clubs (1822-2002) consist mainly of records for the Ladies' Aid Association, Young People's Association, Thimble Club, New-Church Club, Charity Association of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, and Sons of the New Jerusalem. This series also contains records for numerous other organizations and clubs. Material includes member records, meeting minutes, reports, financial records, governance and administrative records, printed material, and ephemera relating to their purpose and operations.

Religious education records consist of Sunday School records (1836-2008) and Church School (1945-1962) records. Included are attendance lists, reference books, correspondence, meeting minutes, and curricula. Correspondence (1821-2015) of the BSNJ consists of letters between pastors and church members and correspondence of employees regarding church operations. Correspondence after 2002 that may contain subject matter relating to the FBI criminal investigation has been retained by the church. Records for programs and events (1863-2013) include material for conventions, retreats, lectures, concerts, youth group events, meals, anniversaries, and holidays. Worship materials (1819-2005) consist of order of service programs, announcement sheets, and sermons and notes from Rev. Henry Clinton Hay, Rev. Antony Regamey, and Rev. G. Steven Ellis.

Financial records (1876-1943) for the BSNJ consist of ledgers, statements, reports, cash books, various bound records, and loose financial records. This series also contains pew records, including deed books, rents, taxes, plans, and ownership records.

Church and family history documents and ephemera (1816-1995) contain records about the history of the BSNJ and various church members and their families. Included are genealogies, a history of the building, and early church records. Unrelated material (1861-1939) consists of material from members associated with the BSNJ and related societies in Cambridge and Brookline. Included are drafts, lectures, essays, articles, book chapters, and notes from Theophilus Parsons; personal copies of the first two books that comprised The Prince of 42nd Street: The Donald Brien Story, published by Bradford Ropes ca. 1932; records for the Cambridge Society of the New Jerusalem; and a record book for the Brookline Society of the New Jerusalem containing member lists, a handmade photograph album, and a sesquicentennial program.

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, June 2018.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative records, 1821-2016

This series contains the by-laws of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem; Church Committee and Church Council records; Corporation, Standing Committee, and Board of Trustees records; member meeting minutes and reports; and other board and committee records. Subseries I.B. and I.C. reflect the separation of the church's religious and legal/financial activities.

A. By-laws, 1821-2016

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains the by-laws of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, including proposed revisions to by-laws, related correspondence, notes, and memoranda. Also included are incorporation documents, as well as records of laws outlining the governance of various aspects of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem.

Box 1Folder 1
Laws and records relating to the external affairs of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, 1821
Box 1Folder 2
Standing spiritual laws, [1821]
Box 1Folder 3
Code not adopted, [1821]
Box 1Folder 4
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem incorporation documents, 1823-1839Fragile.
Box 1Folder 5Vol. 1
By-laws of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem and member signatures, 1878-1958
Box 1Folder 6-13
By-laws of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, 1899-2016
Box 1Folder 14
By-law memoranda, Apr.-July 2008
Box 1Folder 15-16
Proposed by-laws for the Church of the New Jerusalem notes, 1897-1937
Box 1Folder 17
Proposed revisions of by-laws of the New Jerusalem, 1987-1989
Box 1Folder 18
Proposed draft of the language of the meetings, 2012
Box 2Vol. 2
Legal structure: laws, bequests, and gifts, 1936

B. Church Committee and Church Council records, 1821-2015

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains by-laws, meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Church Committee, which was organized into the Church Council in 1952 (though it was called the Church Council in 1937 and 1938). The Church Committee and Council were responsible for the church's religious activities. In 2015, the Church Council and the Board of Trustees merged to become the Board of Governors.

Box 2Folder 1Vol. 3
Church Committee records, 1821-1841
Box 2Folder 2
Church Committee records, 1825-1939Fragile.
Box 2Folder 3
Church Committee reports, 1877Fragile.
Box 2Folder 4-6
Church Committee reports, 1894-1929, 1950-1951
Box 2Folder 7Vol.4
Church Committee meeting minutes, 1840-1859
Box 3Vol.5
Church Committee meeting minutes, 1873-1882
Box 3Vol.6
Church Committee meeting minutes, 1882-1895
Box 3Folder 1
Church Committee meeting minutes: loose items removed, 1882-1895
Box 3Vol.7
Church Committee meeting minutes, 1892-1902
Box 4Vol.8
Church Committee meeting minutes, 1902-1914
Box 4Folder 1
Church Committee meeting minutes: loose items removed, 1902-1914
Box 4Vol.9
Church Committee meeting minutes, 1914-1932
Box 4Vol.10
Church Committee meeting minutes, 1932-1942
Box 5Vol.11
Church Committee meeting minutes, 1942-1950
Box 5Folder 1-10
Church Committee meeting minutes, 1939-1952
Box 5Folder 11-12
Church Council, et al. meeting minutes, 1954-1968
Box 5Folder 13-14
Church Council meeting minutes, 1937-1952
Box 6
Church Council meeting minutes, 1953-1971
Box 7
Church Council meeting minutes, 1972-1989
Box 8
Church Council meeting minutes, 1990-2015

C. Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation, Standing Committee, and Board of Trustees records, 1823-2015

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains records of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem bodies responsible for the legal and financial activities of the church. Records include those of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation (1823-1957), Standing Committee (1861-1951), and Board of Trustees (1958-2015). In 2015, the Board of Trustees merged with the Church Council to become the Board of Governors. Also included are by-laws, meeting minutes, correspondence, and joint meeting records.

Box 9Folder 1Vol. 12
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation records, 1823-1880
Box 9Folder 2Vol. 13
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation records, 1825-1837
Box 9Folder 3Vol. 14
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation records, 1842-1873
Box 9Vol. 15
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation records, 1845-1898
Box 10Vol. 16
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation records, 1899-1952
Box 10Vol. 17
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation meeting minutes, 1859-1861
Box 10Vol. 18
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation meeting minutes, 1865-1882
Box 11Vol. 19
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation meeting minutes, 1874-1898
Box 11Vol. 20
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation meeting minutes, 1882-1959
Box 11Vol. 21
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation meeting minutes, 1904-1932
Box 12Folder 1
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Corporation meeting minutes, 1951-1957
Box 12Folder 2Vol. 22
Standing Committee meeting minutes, 1861-1890
Box 12Folder 3Vol. 23
Standing Committee meeting minutes, 1890-1899
Box 12Folder 4Vol. 24
Standing Committee meeting minutes, 1899-1903
Box 12Folder 5Vol. 25
Standing Committee meeting minutes, 1903-1910
Box 12Folder 6Vol. 26
Standing Committee meeting minutes, 1910-1919
Box 13Folder 1Vol. 27
Standing Committee meeting minutes, 1919-1927
Box 13Folder 2Vol. 28
Standing Committee meeting minutes, 1927-1933
Box 13Vol. 29
Standing Committee meeting minutes, 1933-1944
Box 13Folder 3-6
Standing Committee meeting minutes, 1945-1958
Box 14Vol. 30
Standing Committee records, 1842-1865
Box 14Folder 1-4
Standing Committee records, 1934-1956
Box 14Folder 5
Standing Committee correspondence, 1946-1954
Box 14Folder 6
Standing Committee reports, ca. 1947
Box 14Folder 7-13
Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1958-1965
Box 15
Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1966-1990
Box 16
Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1991-1996
Box 17Folder 1-9
Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1997-2015
Box 17Folder 10
Board of Trustees meeting minutes original notes, 1958-1964
Box 18Folder 1-2
Board of Trustees requests, 2005, 2009
Box 18Folder 3
Board of Trustees correspondence, 1960-1965
Box 18Folder 4-7
Joint Church Council and Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1958-2012
Box 18Folder 8
Joint BostonView Directors and Board of Trustees meeting minutes, 1989, 1993, 2013

D. Member meeting records, 1932-2016

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains meeting minutes of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem member meetings, as well as the reports submitted by various church committees. Some of the early volumes contain records of various committees, as well as new member admission lists.

Box 18Folder 9-11
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem quarterly meeting minutes, 1932-1954
Box 18Folder 12-16
Member meeting minutes and reports, 1933-1951
Box 19
Member meeting minutes and reports, 1952-1969
Box 20
Member meeting minutes and reports, 1970-1991
Box 21
Member meeting minutes and reports, 1992-2001
Box 22Folder 1-5
Member meeting minutes and reports, 2002-2016

E. Other board and committee records, 1826-2015

Arranged alphabetically by committee name and then chronologically. "Various committee reports" and "Various committee records" arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, financial records, and ephemera related to various Boston Society of the New Jerusalem boards and committees. Files titled "Various committee reports" and "Various committee records" also contain some service organization records.

Box 22Folder 6
Acquaintance Committee report, 1917, undated
Box 22Folder 7
Acquaintance Committee correspondence, 1947
Box 22Folder 8
Ad Hoc Committee records, 1982-1983, 2015
Box 22Folder 9
Book of Worship and Magnificat Committee report, 1936

Building Committee report (7-inch audio reel), 26 Apr. 1960

Stored in MHS AV Archives.
Box 22Folder 10
Calendar Committee records, 1929-1938
Box 22Folder 11
Coffee Hour Committee records, 1982-1986Small metal coil notebooks.
Box 22Folder 12-14
Committee to Raise Funds for Church Purposes records, 1922-1963
Box 22Folder 15
Committee to Raise Funds for Church Purposes appeal letters, 1953-1954
Box 22Folder 16
Community Service Committee reports, 1948
Box 22Folder 17
Compensation Committee records, 2004-2005
Box 23Folder 1
Convention Entertainment Committee records, 1945, 1954
Box 23Folder 2
District Committee group records, 1933-1936
Box 23Folder 3
District Committee Group 1 records, 1933-1935
Box 23Folder 4
District Committee Group 2 records, 1933-1934
Box 23Folder 5
District Committee Group 3 records, 1934
Box 23Folder 6
District Committee Group 4 records, 1934
Box 23Folder 7
District Committee Group 5 records, 1934-1935
Box 23Folder 8
District Committee Group 6 records, 1934-1935
Box 23Folder 9
Flower Committee records, 1946-1954
Box 23Folder 10
Friendly Committee manual of procedure, 1941-1961
Box 23Folder 11
Friendly Committee roster, 1954-1960
Box 23Folder 12
General Convention Committee records, 1936-1937
Box 23Folder 13
Group Committee records, 1933
Box 23Folder 14
Group Committee extension list, undated
Box 23Folder 15
Membership Committee records, 1949-1951
Box 23Folder 16
Merger Committee records, 1957-1958
Box 23Folder 17-18
Misconduct Determination Board records, 2003
Box 23Folder 19Vol. 31
Music Committee records, 1867-1885
Box 23Folder 20-21
Nominating Committee reports, 1982-2006
Box 23Folder 22
Organ Fund Committee report, 1925
Box 23Folder 23
Overseas Relief Committee records, 1946
Box 23Folder 24
Overseas Relief Committee Austria records, 1946-1947 (in German)
Box 23Folder 25
Overseas Relief Committee France records, 1945-1948 (in French)
Box 23Folder 26
Overseas Relief Committee reports, 1946-1950
Box 24Folder 1
Overseas Relief Committee appeals, 1946-1948
Box 24Folder 2
Overseas Relief Committee Othmar Tobisch correspondence, 1946-1947
Box 24Folder 3
Overseas Relief Committee correspondence, 1947-1948
Box 24Folder 4
Overseas Relief Committee CARE order, 1947
Box 24Folder 5
Pastor Search Committee meeting minutes, 20 June 2012
Box 24Vol. 32
Prudential Committee records, 1845-1891
Box 24Folder 6
Prudential Committee records: loose items removed, 1845-1891
Box 24Vol. 33
Prudential Committee records, 1892-1898
Box 24Folder 7
Prudential Committee records: loose items removed, 1892-1898
Box 24Folder 8
Reception Committee records, 1864-1904
Box 24Folder 9-10
Reception Committee reports, 1905-1914, 1934
Box 24Folder 11
Reception Committee rosters, 1953-1957
Box 25Folder 1Vol. 33
Relief Committee meeting minutes, 1906-1931
Box 25Folder 2-6
Relief Committee records, 1917-2002
Box 25Folder 7
Relief Committee office administration manual, 1926
Box 25Folder 8
Relief Committee report, undated
Box 25Folder 9
Relief Committee correspondence, 1930-1932
Box 25Folder 10
Relief Committee Thelma Hawkins correspondence, 1996
Box 25Folder 11Vol. 34
Social Intercourse and Recreation records, 1886-1889
Box 25Folder 12Vol. 35
Social Intercourse and Recreation records, 1903-1916
Box 26Folder 1-2
Social Intercourse and Recreation reports, 1887-1915
Box 26Folder 3
Social Relations Committee records, 1960
Box 26Folder 4
Social Service Committee records, 1951-1961
Box 26Folder 5-7
Various committee reports, 1866-1922
Box 27Folder 1-8
Various committee reports, 1880-2006
Box 27Folder 9
Various pastor reports, 1989, 2004-2006
Box 27Folder 10-21
Various committee records, 1826-1878
Box 28
Various committee records, 1879-1898
Box 29
Various committee records, 1899-1910
Box 30
Various committee records, 1911-1940
Box 31Folder 1-14
Various committee records, 1940-1995

F. Legal records, 1887-1925

This subseries includes a copy of land deed and land parcel descriptions, notes from the clerk's office of Boston, and bequests from wills a various members.

See also Series V.F. for further bequests.

Box 31Folder 15

II. Membership and vital records, 1818-2008

This series consists of member lists and directories, church registers, and official act records.

A. Member lists and directories, 1818-2008

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains Boston Society of the New Jerusalem member lists and address and telephone directories. Some directories include handwritten additions, revisions, and notes.

Box 32Vol. 36
Lists of the members of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, 1818-1852
Box 32Folder 1-8
Lists of the members of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, 1834-1940
Box 33Folder 1
Lists of the members of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, 1988, 2001-2005
Box 33Folder 2
List of voting membership, Oct. 2008
Box 33Folder 3
List of suspended members, undated
Box 33Folder 4-6
Member directories, 1942-1951
Box 33Folder 7Vol. 37
Member directories, 1953-1958
Box 33Folder 8-12
Member directories, 1953-1999

B. Church registers and official act records, 1822-2008

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains vital records, such as birth and death records, and official act records, such as baptism and marriage records. Church record books or parish registers contain birth, baptism, confirmation, marriage, and death records, as well as genealogical information about families. Also included are membership transfer and removal requests and other membership records.

See Series I for reports and meeting minutes regarding official acts.

Box 33Folder 13Vol. 38
Church record book, 1822-1866
Vol. 39 (XT)
Member register, 1827-1846
Vol. 40 (XT)
Member register, 1860-1902
Vol. 41 (XT)
Member register, 1902-1939
Box 34Folder 1-3
Member register, 1937-1987
Box 34Folder 4Vol. 42
Admissions record book, 1860-1916
Box 34Vol. 43
Admissions record book, 1882-1885
Box 34Folder 5Vol. 44
Baptism record book, 1860-1917
Box 34Folder 6
Baptism records, 1911-2011
Box 35Folder 1Vol. 45
Confirmation record book, 1860-1917
Box 35Folder 2
Confirmation records, 1938-1956
Box 35Folder 3Vol. 46
Marriage record book, 1860-1916
Box 35Folder 4
Marriage records, 1940-1961
Box 35Folder 5Vol. 47
Death record book, 1860-1917
Box 35Folder 6
Death records, 1930-1984
Box 35Folder 7-12
Membership transfers, 1885-1986
Box 36Folder 1
Official acts records, 1938-1958
Box 36Folder 2-5
Membership applications, 2003-2008

III. Service organization and club records, 1822-2002

This series consists of Ladies' Aid Association records, Young People's Association records, Thimble Club records, Sons of the New Jerusalem records, New-Church Club records, Charity Association of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem records, and other service organization and club records.

A. Ladies' Aid Association records, 1874-2002

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries consists of the records of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem's Ladies' Aid Association (LAA), which was formed in 1861 when Catherine (Clark) Reed and Selina Cranch (Minot) Clark called upon the governor of Massachusetts, John Albion Andrew, and expressed their desire to help American Civil War relief efforts. The LAA, formed by the women of the church "for the purpose of furnishing articles which are needed for the health and comfort of the soldiers," was officially recognized by the Church Committee on 16 November 1862. After the war, the LAA continued their charitable endeavors. They stopped meeting in 1991 because of "declining membership and health." The Memorial Fund of the Ladies' Aid Association was established soon after.

The subseries contains meeting minutes, reports, member lists, treasurer's books, bank books, receipts, notes, correspondence, photographs, and ephemera. Also included are records of organizations related to the LAA, such as the Boston New Church Sewing Society, or Ladies' Sewing Circle, which was also formed in 1861 (it is unclear if this was the earliest incarnation of the LAA) and whose by-laws were finalized in 1874. The subseries also contains interfiled records of the National Alliance of New Church Women, as well as collected New-Church Messenger articles related to Swedenborgian women's charitable organizations.

Note: Receipts discarded by archivist.

Box 36Folder 6
Boston New Church Sewing Society records, 1874-1880
Box 36Folder 7
Ladies' Sewing Society reports, 1884, 1889
Box 36Folder 8Vol. 48
Ladies' Sewing Society treasurer's book, 1881-1907
Box 36Folder 9-10
Ladies Aid Association records, 1892-1907
Box 36Folder 11Vol. 49
Ladies Aid Association records, 1909-1921
Box 36Folder 12-17
Ladies Aid Association records, 1909-1934
Box 37Folder 1-6
Records, 1935-1991
Box 37Folder 7-9
Financial records, 1892-1972
Box 37Folder 10-12
Reports, 1903-1964
Box 37Folder 13Vol. 50
Treasurer's book, 1907-1925
Box 38Folder 1Vol. 51
Treasurer's book, 1925-1935
Box 38Folder 2Vol. 52
Treasurer's book, 1935-1941
Box 38Folder 3Vol. 53
Treasurer's book, 1944-1946
Box 38Folder 4Vol. 54
Treasurer's book, 1946-1952
Box 38Folder 5Vol. 55
Treasurer's book, 1952-1959
Box 38Folder 6Vol. 56
Treasurer's book, 1959-1972
Box 38Folder 7
Treasurer's book, 1972
Box 39Folder 1Vol. 57
Treasurer's book, 1972-1991
Box 39Folder 2Vol. 58
Meeting minutes, 1901-1909
Box 39Folder 3Vol. 59
Meeting minutes, 1931-1938
Box 39Folder 4
Meeting minutes: loose items removed, 1931-1938
Box 39Folder 5
Meeting minutes, 1933-1935
Box 39Folder 6
Meeting minutes, 1942, 1964
Box 39Folder 7
Executive Board meeting minutes, 1933-1937
Box 39Folder 8Vol. 60
Executive Board meeting minutes, 1935-1944
Box 40Folder 1Vol. 61
Executive Board meeting minutes, 1944-1966
Box 40Folder 2
Executive Board meeting minutes, 1961-1964
Box 40Folder 3Vol. 62
Executive Board meeting minutes, 1966-1967
Box 40Folder 4
House Committee records, 1933-1937
Box 40Folder 5-6
Friendly Committee records, 1933-1947
Box 40Folder 7
Emergency Committee records, 1935-1936
Box 40Folder 8Vol. 63
Business meeting minutes, 1935-1942
Box 40Folder 9
Business meeting minutes, 1936-1937
Box 41Vol. 64
Business meeting minutes, 1942-1952
Box 41Vol. 65
Business meeting minutes, 1953-1967
Box 41Folder 1
Business meeting minutes, 1961-1964
Box 41Folder 2
Alice in Moneyland records, 1942
Box 41Folder 3
Sanctuary Fund correspondence, 1957
Box 41Folder 4
April Tea records, 1984
Box 41Folder 5
Memorial Fund of Ladies' Aid Association records, 1993-2002
Box 41Folder 6-7
Membership lists, 1933-1962
Box 41Folder 8
Correspondence, 1942-1943
Box 41Folder 9
History of the Ladies' Aid Association, 1934, 1945
Box 41Folder 10
Collected New Church Messenger articles, 1945-1946
Box 41Folder 11
Poems, 1942

B. Young People's Association records, 1885-1960

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains records related to the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Young People's Association (YPA), also called the Young People's League, which was created in October 1876 after Rev. James Reed expressed his desire for the young people of the society to form a club "to be useful to the New Church." Included are meeting minutes, reports, programs, by-laws, correspondence, sheet music, a scrapbook, and newsletters. Also included are letters (primarily addressed to secretary Adelaide Toombs) and reports of the YPA-associated American New-Church League, Boston League, as well as the American New-Church League Co-operative Committee, which was comprised of the Boston, Cambridge, Newtonville, and Roxbury Leagues.

Box 42Folder 1-2
Scrapbook, 1885-1934
Box 42Folder 3-6
Newsletters: The Atom, 1887-1898
Box 42Folder 7
Newsletters: The Beanstalk, 1934-1935
Box 42Folder 8
Second annual joint reports of the Young People's Societies of the New Church of America, 1887-1888
Box 42Folder 9-12
Reports, 1899-1938
Box 44Vol. 66
Constitution and by-laws, 1876-1916
Box 42Folder 13-14
Constitution and by-laws, 1895-1934
Box 42Folder 15
Member lists, 1897-1944
Box 42Folder 16
Programs, 1897-1944
Box 44Vol. 67
Records, 1893-1906
Box 42Folder 17-18
Records, 1906, 1946-1959
Box 44Vol. 68
Records, 1908-1913
Box 42Folder 19
Designs for league pin, 1912
Box 42Folder 20
Various committee records, ca. 1921
Box 43Folder 1
History, 1925
Box 44Vol. 69
Meeting minutes, 1876-1893
Box 43Folder 2-5
Meeting minutes, 1925-1952
Box 43Folder 6Vol. 70
Meeting minutes, 1957-1965
Box 43Folder 7
Meeting minutes, 1959-1960
Box 43Folder 8Vol. 71
Account book, 1929-1957
Box 43Folder 9
Young People's Association song by Velma Bates, 1934
Box 43Folder 10
Collected brochures, 1947-1948
Box 43Folder 11
American New-Church League Co-operative Committee records, 1919-1924
Box 43Folder 12-13
American New-Church League, Boston League records, 1928-1938
Box 43Folder 14
American New-Church League constitution and by-laws, 1934-1935

C. Thimble Club records, 1903-1992

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains meeting minutes, treasurer's books, member lists, and other records related to the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem's Thimble Club. The Thimble Club disbanded in 1968.

Box 45Folder 1Vol. 72
Records, 1903-1906
Box 45Folder 2Vol. 73
Records, 1906-1911
Box 45Folder 3Vol. 74
Records, 1911-1920
Box 45Folder 4Vol. 75
Records, 1920-1933
Box 45Folder 5
Records, 1934-1935
Box 45Folder 6Vol. 76
Records, 1971-1980
Box 45Folder 7Vol. 77
Treasurer's books, 1903-1930
Box 45Folder 7Vol. 78
Treasurer's books, 1933-1937
Box 46Folder 1Vol. 79
Treasurer's books, 1937-1954
Box 46Folder 2Vol. 80
Treasurer's books, 1937-1954
Box 46Folder 3
By-laws, 1938
Box 46Folder 4
Trust Fund records, 1986-1992

D. New-Church Club records, 1893-1953

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains records related to the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem New-Church Club, which was formed 31 January 1877 as the Magazine Club. Renamed the New-Church Club on 14 October 1885, its purpose was to facilitate the study and discussion of Emanuel Swedenborg's works. Included are by-laws and member lists, calendars, reports, and notices of upcoming events and activities. In the records dated 1951-1953, the New-Church Club was interchangeably called the New-Church Men's Club.

Box 46Folder 5
Constitution and by-laws, undated
Box 46Folder 6
By-laws and membership lists, 1893-1906
Box 46Folder 7-8
By-laws and membership lists, 1913-1921
Box 46Folder 9
Records, 1951-1953

E. Charity Association of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem records, 1869-1872

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains the records of the Charity Association of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, which distributed donated clothing to the less fortunate. Included are by-laws, meeting minutes, and reports.

Box 46Folder 10Vol. 81
Record book, 1869-1873Water-damaged.
Box 46Folder 11Vol. 82
Record book, 1871-1872
Box 47Folder 1Vol. 83
Meeting minutes, 1869-1873
Box 47Folder 2Vol. 84
Constitution and by-laws, 1870
Box 47Folder 3
Reports, ca. 1870

F. Sons of the New Jerusalem records, 1902-1936

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains meeting minutes, reports, programs, and treasurer's books and other records of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem group, Sons of the New Jerusalem (Gamma Chapter). The chapter, whose first meeting appears to have been held on 15 November 1902, was open to male members of the church (enrolled in Sunday School) who were at least ten years of age, and its purpose was the "cultivation and promotion of loyalty to [the] church and to [the] country."

Box 47Folder 4Vol. 85
Secretary's reports, 1902-1904
Box 47Folder 5
Secretary's reports, 1917-1923
Box 47Folder 6
Records, 1902-1966
Box 47Folder 7Vol. 86
Treasurer's book, 1902-1904
Box 47Folder 8
Constitution and by-laws, ca. 1904-1911
Box 47Folder 9
Programs, ca. 1904-1936
Box 47Folder 10
Meeting minutes, 1930
Box 47Folder 11Vol. 87
Ritual of initiation, 1923-1932
Box 47Folder 12Vol. 88
Ritual of initiation, 1923-1932
Box 47Folder 12Vol. 89
Ritual of initiation, 1923-1932

G. Other service organization and club records, 1822-1962

Arranged alphabetically.

This subseries contains the records of other Boston Society of the New Jerusalem service organizations and clubs. Included are meeting minutes, membership lists, correspondence, and ephemera.

Box 47Folder 13Vol. 90
Society of Merchant Traders of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, 1822-1830
Box 48Folder 1Vol. 91
Swedenborgian Club records, 1836-1841
Box 48Folder 2
Swedenborgian Club records transcriptions, 1836
Box 48Folder 3Vol. 92
Harmonic Society records, 1836-1857
Box 48Folder 4
Boston New Church Choral Society records, 1860-1867
Box 48Vol. 93
Boston New Church Choral Society records, 1860-1867
Box 48Folder 5
New Church Friendly Aid Association records, 1888-1894
Box 48Vol. 94
Boston New Church Choral Society records, 1892-1894
Box 48Folder 6Vol. 95
Reading Class meeting minutes, 1890-1893
Box 49Folder 1Vol. 96
New Church Women's Union membership list and treasurer's book, 1894-1907
Box 49Folder 2Vol. 97
First Boston Society of the New Jerusalem meeting minutes, 1896
Box 49Folder 3
Men's Meeting report, 1897
Box 49Folder 4Vol. 98
National Alliance of the New Church Women membership, 1907-1936
Box 49Folder 5Vol. 99
National Alliance of the New Church Women treasurer's book, 1907-1946
Box 49Folder 6Vol. 100
National Alliance of the New Church Women treasurer's book, 1946-1962
Box 49Folder 7
Reading Circle for the Blind records, 1927-1938
Box 49Folder 8
Swedenborg Historical Society of New England records, 1931-1935
Box 49Folder 9
Neighborhood House Association records, 1932-1937
Box 49Folder 10
Daughters of the New Jerusalem records, 1933-1939
Box 49Folder 11Vol. 101
Daughters of the New Jerusalem records, 1933-1939
Box 49Folder 12
Swedenborg Science Club meeting minutes, 1939

IV. Religious education records, 1836-2008

This series consists of records related to Boston Society of the New Jerusalem religious education, including records of the Sunday School and the Church School, which both started in 1836.

A. Sunday School records, 1836-2008

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains records related to the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Sunday School (also Sabbath School), including meeting minutes, attendance lists, collected reference books, and correspondence.

Box 50Vol. 102
Pupil list, 1836-1870
Box 50Folder 1
Pupil list, 1899-1962
Box 50Folder 2Vol. 103
Scrapbook, 1870-1905
Box 50Folder 3
Scrapbook: loose items removed, 1870-1905
Box 50Folder 4
Sunday school reports, 1899-1948
Box 50Folder 5
Children's plays, circa 1932
Box 51Folder 1Vol. 104
Sunday school records, 1867-1870
Box 51Folder 2Vol. 105
Sunday school records, 1897-1898
Box 51Folder 3Vol. 106
Sunday school records, 1898-1890
Box 51Folder 4Vol. 107
Sunday school records, 1890-1900
Box 51Folder 5Vol. 108
Sunday school records, 1890-1900
Box 51Folder 6Vol. 109
Sunday school records, 1901-1902
Box 52Folder 1-7
Sunday school records, 1933-1993
Box 52Folder 8-9
Advisory Board meeting minutes, 1933-1950
Box 52Folder 10
Curricula, 1954-1962

B. Church School records, 1945-1962

This subseries contains records related to the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Church School, including meeting minutes, lessons charts, and correspondence.

Box 52Folder 11-12
Correspondence, 1945-1953, 2008
Box 52Folder 13Vol. 110
Staff meeting minutes, 1870-1872
Box 52Folder 14-16
Staff meeting minutes, 1949-1969
Box 52Folder 17Vol. 111
Theological School: Miscellaneous Observations Connected with the Physical Sciences by Emanuel Swedenborg, 1847
Box 52Folder 18
Theological School: The Order in Which the Works of Swedenborg Follow Each Other, 1874
Box 52Folder 19
Theological School: Curricula, 1937-1980

V. Financial records, 1823-2014

This series consists of bound financial ledgers, financial statements and auditor reports, bound pew records, bound cash books, various bound financial records, and loose financial records.

Note: Receipts discarded by archivist. Records of individual transactions discarded by archivist if summarizing records available.

A. Bound financial ledgers, 1839-1965

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains bound ledgers with the following information recorded by the church treasurer: accounts and transactions related to Boston Society of the New Jerusalem committee spending, bonds, stocks, real estate, mortgages, employee salaries, pew rentals, weekly offerings, utilities, and more.

Box 53Folder 1Vol. 112
1839-1860
Box 53Folder 2Vol. 113
1860-1876
Box 53Folder 3Vol. 114
1875-1880
Box 53Vol. 115
1881-1892
Box 53Folder 4
Loose items removed, 1875-1880
Box 54Vol. 116
1892-1903
Box 54Folder 1
Loose items removed, 1892-1903
Box 54Vol. 117
1892-1902
Box 54Folder 2
Loose items removed, 1892-1902
Box 55Folder 1Vol. 118
1893-1903
Box 55Vol. 119
1903-1922
Box 55Folder 2
Loose items removed, 1903-1922
Box 55Folder 3Vol. 120
1904-1931
Box 56Folder 1Vol. 121
1922-1929
Box 56Folder 2Vol. 122
1930-1933
Box 56Vol. 123
1932-1936
Box 57Vol. 124
1935-1937
Box 57Vol. 125
1937-1942
Box 57Vol. 126
1938-1940
Box 58Vol. 127
1941-1942
Box 58Folder 1
Loose items removed, 1941-1942
Box 58Folder 2-3
1942-1954
Box 58Vol. 128
1943-1951
Box 59Vol. 129
1951-1965

B. Financial statements and reports, 1975-2007

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains booklets of Boston Society of the New Jerusalem financial statements and auditor reports for the fiscal year.

Box 60Folder 1-6
Financial statements and auditor's reports, 1975-2000
Box 60Folder 7-8
Quarterly reports, 2004-2005
Box 61Folder 1-5
Quarterly reports, 2005-2007
Box 61Folder 6
Expenses by vendor, 2005
Box 61Folder 7
Expenses by account, 2005

C. Pew records, 1876-1943

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains pew rent and ownership records. Some books include lists of subscriptions for support of worship.

Box 61Vol. 130
Deed book, 1876-1905 (mostly blank)
Box 62Folder 1
Deed book: loose items removed, 1876-1905
Box 62Vol. 131
Deed book, 1896-1909
Box 62Folder 2
Deed book: loose items removed, 1896-1909
Box 62Folder 3Vol. 132
Rents and taxes for collection, 1884-1889
Box 63Folder 1Vol. 133
Rents and taxes for collection, 1885-1893
Box 63Folder 2Vol. 134
Rents and taxes for collection, 1894-1895
Vol. 135 (XT)
Record book, 1886-1889
Box 63Folder 3Vol. 136
Record book, 1889-1892
Box 63Folder 4
Record book: loose items removed, 1889-1892
Box 63Folder 5
Record book, 1921-1943
Vol. 137 (XT)
Ledger, 1896-1898
Box 63Folder 6-9
Pew ownership records, 1849-1898, 1913
Box 63Folder 10
Pew plans, 1845-1862

D. Cash books, 1845-1960

Arranged chronologically.

Note: Cash books dated after 1931 kept by the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem.

Box 64Folder 1Vol. 138
1845-1896
Box 64Folder 2Vol. 139
1900-1902
Box 64Folder 3Vol. 140
1903-1909
Box 64Folder 4
Loose items removed, 1903-1909
Box 64Folder 5Vol. 141
1909-1916
Box 65Folder 1Vol. 142
1916-1923
Box 65Folder 2Vol. 143
1923-1931
Box 65Folder 3Vol. 144
1926-1931

E. Various bound financial records, 1823-1964

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains various bound financial records, including records related to tithes and offerings, subscriptions for worship support, real estate, and bonds and stocks.

Box 65Folder 4Vol. 145
Tithes and offerings book, 1823-1833
Box 65Folder 5Vol. 146
Real estate conveyances book, 1840-1896
Box 66Folder 1
Real estate conveyances book: loose items removed, 1840-1896
Box 66Folder 2
Subscriptions, ca. 1855
Box 66Folder 3Vol. 147
Weekly offerings book, 1917-1942
Box 66Folder 4Vol. 148
Weekly offerings book, 1935-1937
Box 66Folder 5Vol. 149
Bonds and stock book, 1958-1964
Box 66Folder 6
Bonds and stock book: loose items removed, 1958-1964

F. Loose financial records, 1845-2014

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains loose financial records, including treasurer's reports, budgets, insurance policies, and pew records.

Box 67Folder 1
Mortgage documents, 1845-1847
Box 67Folder 2-10
Loose financial records, 1854-1955
Box 68Folder 1-4
Loose financial records, 1950-2006

Bequests

Box 68Folder 5
Abraham Lowe will, 1888
Box 68Folder 6
William Gardiner will, 1889
Box 68Folder 7
Helen B. Holden legacy, 1893-1897
Box 68Folder 8
Various wills, 1935-1942
Box 68Folder 9
Abbie F. Haggett, 1947
Box 68Folder 10
Financial statements, 1914-1936
Box 68Folder 11
Insurance report, 1932
Box 68Folder 12
Use of funds list, 1933

Property records

Box 68Folder 13
132-134 Bowdoin Street, 1940-1957
Box 68Folder 14
Real estate correspondence, 2008-2010
Box 68Folder 15
140 Bowdoin Street, 2013
Box 68Folder 16
Plans, undated
Box 69Folder 1
Financial reports and budgets, 1940-1961
Box 69Folder 2
Financial reports, 1958-1964
Box 69Folder 3-5
Budgets, 1961-1986

Building maintenance

Box 69Folder 6
Church decorations and repairs, 1945-1949
Box 69Folder 7
Sound system installation, 1993
Box 69Folder 8-9
Trustees of the New Church Building Fund correspondence, 1946-1951
Box 69Folder 10-13
Treasurer's reports, 1950-1960
Box 70Folder 1-15
Treasurer's reports, 1961-1976
Box 70Folder 16
Treasurer's correspondence, 1960-1961
Box 70Folder 17
Weekly offerings, 1955-1966
Box 70Folder 18
Communion inventory, 1960
Box 70Folder 19
Financial correspondence, 1961-1963
Box 71Folder 1
Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Company correspondence, 1961-1965
Box 71Folder 2
Perpetual care of Pansy Wady plot records, 1984
Box 71Folder 3
Fryeburg cabin construction records, 1985-1997
Box 71Folder 4
Education grant terms and conditions, 2006-2010
Box 71Folder 5
Employee handbook, 2008
Box 71Folder 6
Indexes of funds, undated

VI. Correspondence, 1821-2015

Arranged chronologically.

This series contains handwritten, typed, and emailed correspondence to and from members of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem. Included is correspondence between pastors and church members, as well as correspondence between various church employees regarding church operations.

Note: The Boston Society of the New Jerusalem retained the correspondence after 2002 for reference until documents seized by the FBI, which are in the possession of a lawyer, are returned.

Box 71Folder 7
Rev. Thomas Worcester, [1821], 1965
Box 71Folder 8
Rev. James Reed, 1858-1901
Box 71Folder 9-16
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1865-1991
Box 71Folder 17
Rev. Henry Clinton Hay, 1931-1936
Box 72Folder 1
Warren W. Towle correspondence, 1919-1921Fragile.
Box 72Folder 2
Tract distribution records, 1919-1921
Box 72Folder 3
Correspondence about publicity, 1927-1934
Box 72Folder 4
Horace Blackmer church handbook correspondence, 1932-1934
Box 72Folder 5
Horace Blackmer 250th anniversary of the birth of Emanuel Swedenborg correspondence, 1937-1938
Box 72Folder 6
Correspondence indices, 1933-1935
Box 72Folder 7-11
Rev. Antony Regamey correspondence, 1933-1964
Box 72Folder 12
Correspondence about mimeographed sermons, 1933-1937
Box 72Folder 13
Fryeburg Assembly, 1933-1937
Box 72Folder 14
Periodical subscriptions, 1934-1937
Box 72Folder 15
The New Christianity subscription correspondence, 1935-1937
Box 73Folder 1
Correspondence about Union Services, 1937-1963
Box 73Folder 2
Grava family correspondence, 1949-1950
Box 73Folder 3-4
William E. Weeks correspondence, 1956-1958
Box 73Folder 5-11
Rev. G. Steven Ellis correspondence, 1981-1999
Box 74Folder 1-3
Rev. G. Steven Ellis correspondence, 2000-2009
Box 74Folder 4
Family history inquiries, 1982-1990
Box 74Folder 5
Larry and Dorothy Young correspondence, 1984-1988
Box 74Folder 6
Rev. Donna J. Sloan correspondence, 1987-1990
Box 74Folder 7-8
Advertising correspondence, 1989-1991
Box 74Folder 9
Stephen White correspondence, 1999-2005

VII. Program and event records, 1863-2013

Arranged chronologically.

This series contains records related to Boston Society of the New Jerusalem programs and events, which include conventions, spiritual retreats, lectures, concerts, youth group events, picnics, and fundraising dinners. Included are promotional posters and programs, event planning correspondence, financial records, sign-up sheets, and notes.

Note: Receipts discarded by archivist.

Box 74Folder 10
Social meetings leaflet, 1863
Box 74Folder 11
Tea party notes, 1925-1926
Box 74Folder 12
Nativity pageant, 1933, 1938
Box 74Folder 13
Suggested program correspondence, 1934-1936
Box 74Folder 14
Church exhibit records, 1936-1937
Box 74Folder 15
Church exhibit receipts, 1936-1937
Box 74Folder 16
"Blairhaven" sheet music, [1962]
Box 74Folder 17
Coffee Hour records, 1980-1989
Box 74Folder 18
Various program and event records, 1982-1989
Box 75Folder 1-5
Various program and event records, 1990-2006
Box 75Folder 6
Christmas Eve service records, 1982-1990
Box 75Folder 7
Church summer outing records, 1983-1987
Box 75Folder 8
Family Reunion Day records, 1983-1989
Box 75Folder 9-13
Convention of the Swedenborgian Church records, 1921-1993
Box 76Folder 1-2
Convention of the Swedenborgian Church records, 1994, 2000

Emanuel Swedenborg

Box 76Folder 3
Birthday celebration records, 1983-1991
Box 76Folder 4
Various celebration records, 1988
Box 76Folder 5
"Emanuel Swedenborg, 18th Century Scientist" exhibit records, 1989
Box 76Folder 6
Music correspondence, 1984-1991
Box 76Folder 7
Spring Fling and Spaghetti Dinner posters and sign-up sheets, 1984-1991
Box 76Folder 8
Social Action Ministries of Greater Boston, 1984-1991
Box 76Folder 9
Black History Month materials, 1987-1991
Box 76Folder 10-11
Community outreach records, 1987-1993
Box 76Folder 12
Catering records, 1988-1990
Box 76Folder 13
Spiritual Renewal Retreat records, 1988-1991
Box 77Folder 1
"Oratio" promotional materials, 1989
Box 77Folder 2
Halloween party posters, 1989
Box 77Folder 3
Thanksgiving dinner posters and attendee list, 1989
Box 77Folder 4
Lectures and workshops promotional materials, 1989-1990
Box 77Folder 5
Wednesday evening concert series promotional materials, 1989-1990
Box 77Folder 6
Harvest Fair records, 1989-1990
Box 77Folder 7-8
Janus Opera Productions poster and programs, 1989-2001
Box 77Folder 9-10
Facility use applications, 1989-1996
Box 77Folder 11-12
First Night records, 1989-2001
Box 77Folder 13
Clergy breakfast records, 1990-1996
Box 77Folder 14
Fundraising party records, 1990
Box 77Folder 15
Midday concert evaluations, 1990-1991
Box 77Folder 16
Senior luncheon posters, 1990-1993
Box 77Folder 17
25th anniversary of building dedication at 140 Bowdoin St. records, 1991
Box 77Folder 18
Clambake sign-up sheets, 1991
Box 78Folder 1
Fryeburg Assembly records, 1991-1994
Box 78Folder 2-10
Various program and event posters, 1988-2009
Box 78Folder 11
Boston Music Festival records, 1994-1995
Box 78Folder 12
150th anniversary celebration records, 1995-1996
Box 78Folder 13-15
Coffee House records, 1996-2000
Box 78Folder 16
Endometriosis benefit records, 1997
Box 78Folder 17
Boston Clergy and Religious Leaders Group for Interfaith Dialogue posters, 1998-2000
Box 78Folder 18
Positive Directions benefit records, 2000
Box 78Folder 19
United Religions Initiative records, 2000
Box 79Folder 1
Thursday social program records, 2001
Box 79Folder 2-3
Theater on the Hill records, 2001-2003
Box 79Folder 4
Gilbert and Sullivan event records, 2001-2003
Box 79Folder 5
Social group records, 2003
Box 79Folder 6-9
Notices of food services, 2004-2007
Box 79Folder 10-11
Homeless memorial service records, 2008-2013
Box 79Folder 12
Elderly Project memorandum, 2009
Box 79Folder 13
Young People Initiative brochure, 2011-2012
Box 79Folder 14
Max Reager concert series promotional materials, 2012
Box 79Folder 15
Six Flags trip records, 2013

VIII. Church publications, 1883-2018

This series consists of church manuals and newsletters, pastoral letters, church calendars, and information pamphlets and guides.

A. Church manuals and newsletters, 1883-2018

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains Boston Society of the New Jerusalem manuals and newsletters, which generally include personalia, pastoral letters, notices of upcoming church events and activities, brief updates from committees and service organizations, and photographs. Manuals and newsletters were usually issued monthly, with the exception of a single issue for the church's summer hiatus (June, July, and August). From 1934 to 1938, manuals were issued weekly and included orders of Sunday service. In 1939, the manual was briefly titled "Beacon Hill Chimes." The manual was referred to as the newsletter beginning in 1992. In 2018, "manual" was again adopted to celebrate the church's bicentennial. Some manuals contain handwritten notes and corrections.

Box 79Folder 16-19
Church manuals, 1883-1934
Box 80Folder 1-8
Church manuals, 1935-1947
Box 80Folder 9Vol. 150
Church manuals, 1935-1947
Box 80Folder 10-17
Church manuals, 1948-1956
Box 81Folder 1-3
Church manuals, 1957-1961
Box 81Folder 4Vol. 151
Church manuals, 1963-1964
Box 81Folder 5Vol. 152
Church manuals, 1964-1966
Box 81Folder 6Vol. 153
Church manuals, 1966-1967
Box 81Folder 7Vol. 154
Church manuals, 1968
Box 81Folder 8Vol. 155
Church manuals, 1969
Box 81Folder 9Vol. 156
Church manuals, 1970-1971
Box 81Folder 10-11
Church manuals, 1972-1973
Box 82
Church manuals, 1974-1986
Box 83
Church manuals, 1987-1991
Box 84Folder 1
Church manuals, 2018
Box 84Folder 2-8
Church newsletters, 1992-1999
Box 85
Church newsletters, 2000-2007
Box 86Folder 1-5
Church newsletters, 2008-2013
Box 86Folder 6
Beacon Hill Chimes, Jan. 1939

B. Pastoral letters, 1887-2005

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains letters written by the pastor in order to convey well wishes to Boston Society of the New Jerusalem members, as well as provide general church updates and communicate important information. Letters were usually disseminated at Easter and Christmas, though letters were also issued at other times throughout the year. The subseries contains letters that were issued separately, as letters were usually included in church manuals and newsletters.

Box 86Folder 7-11

C. Church calendars, 1934-1938

This subseries contains Boston Society of the New Jerusalem yearly (September-June) calendars of church activities, meetings, and historically significant dates. Calendars also include lists of church officers and committees.

Box 86Folder 12

D. Information pamphlets and guides, 1967-2017

This subseries contains brochures, primarily for visitors, of general information about the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, as well as Swedenborgianism. The subseries also contains an introduction to the church community by Rev. Ted Klein.

Box 86Folder 13
Information pamphlets, after 1967-2017
Box 86Folder 14
"An introduction to our church community, Swedenborg, and Swedenborgian beliefs," by Rev. Ted Klein, [2008-2012]

IX. Worship materials, 1819-2015

This series consists of orders of service, announcement sheets, and sermons and notes.

A. Orders of service, 1891-2015

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains orders of Sunday worship service (church bulletins) and orders of service for special events such as weddings and funerals.

Note: Sheet music inserts discarded by archivist.

Box 86Folder 15-21
1891-1982
Box 87
1983-1990
Box 88
1991-2013
Box 89Folder 1-5
2013-2015

B. Announcement sheets, 1978-2003

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries contains announcement sheets for Sunday worship service. Announcements generally include Bible verses, selected hymns, reminders for upcoming church activities and meetings, and announcements regarding church members. Orders of worship are sometimes included on verso.

Box 89Folder 6-20
1978-2001
Box 90Folder 1-3
2002-2003

C. Sermons and notes, 1819-2005; bulk: 1982-2005

Arranged chronologically.

This subseries consists of handwritten and typed sermons by pastors, as well as addresses by other church leaders. Some sermons of Rev. G. Steven Ellis were sent as emails to church members and friends.

Box 90Folder 4
"Discourse delivered before the New Jerusalem Church in Boston on Christmas Day, December 25, 1818, by H. G. Foster," 1819
Box 90Folder 5
Church dedication service, 11 June 1845 (copy)
Box 90Folder 6
Rev. Clinton Hay "The Temple Rebuilt" sermon, 1929
Box 90Folder 7
Rev. Antony Regamey sermons, 1928-1929, 1962
Box 90Folder 8-18
Rev. G. Steven Ellis sermons and notes, 1982-2004
Box 90Folder 19
Edward Mackenzie youth service messages, Jan.-Oct. 2005
Box 90Folder 20
Unknown sermons and notes, 1940, 1968

X. Church and family history documentation and ephemera, 1816-1995

Arranged chronologically.

This series contains records concerning the history of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, various church members and their families, and related societies, such as the Cambridge Society. Also included are early church records collected for historical purposes by church members. Much of the early church history documentation was possibly created by Horace Blackmer.

Box 91Folder 1
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem music organization historical documentation and ephemera, 1816-1934Fragile.
Box 94Vol. 157
Church building construction book, 1844Water-damaged.
Box 91Folder 2-5
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem historical documentation, 1845-1966
Box 91Folder 6
Boston Society of the New Jerusalem historical documentation, 1845-1966

Church histories, 1873-1928

Box 91Folder 6Vol. 158
A Sketch of the History of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem, with a List of Members, 1873
Box 91Folder 7
Old Recollections by A. Faxon, 1928
Box 91Folder 8
Dorothy de B. Young, undated
Box 91Folder 9
Sunday School historical documentation, 1892-1933
Box 94Vol. 159
Copies of important documents, 1898
Box 91Folder 10
Collected Helen Keller materials, 1921-1949
Box 91Folder 11
Collected Rev. Clinton Hay materials, 1922-1936

Tributes, 1926-1988

Box 91Folder 12
William Bartlett Arnold, [1926]
Box 91Folder 13
William Loring Worcester, 1939
Box 91Folder 14
Stanley Barbour Hildreth, 1941
Box 92Folder 1
Rev. Antony Regamey, 1976
Box 92Folder 2
Oland Fulmer Huntley, 1983
Box 92Folder 3
Edward McTeague, 1986
Box 92Folder 4
Douglas Young, 1988
Box 92Folder 5
O. B. Brown, undated

Family histories, 1934-1995

Box 92Folder 6
Chandler-Worcester, 1934
Box 92Folder 7
Blackmer-Bates, 1988-1989
Box 92Folder 8
Bone-Minot-Cranch, 1989-1995
Box 92Folder 9
Church, undated
Box 92Folder 10
Loring-Freeman, undated
Box 92Folder 11
Reed-Johnson, undated
Box 92Folder 12
Vose-Bates, undated
Box 92Folder 13
Collected and photocopied newspaper and magazine clippings, 1934-1986
Folder OS
Disbound scrapbook, 1938Located on the 6th floor.

Dedications, 1936-1967

Box 92Folder 14
Rev. Thomas Worcester portrait, [1936]
Box 92Folder 15
New Building, 9 Oct. 1966
Box 92Folder 16-18
New building, 1966-1967
Box 92Folder 19
Collected letters about new church building, 1960-1995
Box 92Folder 20
Check list of materials removed from the church, Aug. 1964
Box 92Folder 21
Building plans, 1990
Box 92Folder 22
Ephemera, undated
Box 93Folder 1
Sketch of early proceedings of the General Convention, undated
Box 93Folder 2
William Schlatter transcribed letters for 1814-1825, undated
Box 93Folder 3
Photo album indices, undated

XI. Unrelated material, 1861-1939

A. Theophilus Parsons papers, 1861-1872

Arranged chronologically.

The series contains the papers of Theophilus Parsons (1797-1882), a professor of law at Harvard University and a member of the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem. Included are drafts of lectures, essays, magazine articles, book chapters, notes, and a Fourth of July address. Topics mostly pertain to his faith and religious beliefs.

Box 93Folder 4
Fourth of July address, 4 July 1861
Box 93Folder 5
Notes, 1862
Box 93Folder 6
The Little Messenger Vol. IV No. 15, 15 March 1872
Box 93Folder 7
Biography of Rev. Thomas Worcester, undated
Box 93Folder 8
Letters on religious topics, undated
Box 93Folder 9
Miscellaneous writings and drafts, undated

New Jerusalem Magazine articles, undated

Box 93Folder 10
"Thy Will Be Done," undated
Box 93Folder 11
"Lead Us Not Into Temptation," undated
Box 93Folder 12
"The Blessing of Belief," undated
Box 93Folder 13
Peter Melville communication for New Jerusalem Magazine, undated

New Jerusalem Children's Magazine articles, undated

Box 93Folder 14
"Fables," undated
Box 93Folder 15
"Charlie," undated
Box 93Folder 16
"The Legend of St. Christopher," undated
Box 93Folder 17
"A Very Old Woman," undated

Essays, undated

Box 94Folder 1
"The Brazen Serpent," undated
Box 94Folder 2
"The Church in the Wilderness," undated
Box 94Folder 3
"The Clouds," undated
Box 94Folder 4
"Faith," undated
Box 94Folder 5
"Humility," undated
Box 94Folder 6
Miscellaneous, undated
Box 94Folder 7
"The Ministry of Sorrow," undated
Box 94Folder 8
"The Mystery of Life," undated
Box 94Folder 9
"On the Perpetuity of Hell," undated
Box 94Folder 10
"Sacrifice," undated
Box 94Folder 11
"Sensuality," undated
Box 94Folder 12
"A Supposed Mistake of Swedenborg," undated
Box 94Folder 13
"Temptation," undated
Box 94Folder 14
"Trust," undated

Book drafts, undated

Box 94Folder 15
Chapter III: Creation, undated
Box 94Folder 16
Chapter IX: Correspondence, undated
Box 94Folder 17
Chapter X: Of Heaven and Hell, undated
Box 94Folder 18
Appendix: Agnostics, undated
Box 94Folder 19
Index, undated
Box 94Folder 20
Notes for suggested chapter on the Lord, undated
Box 94Folder 21
Notes for lecture on stars, undated
Box 94Folder 22
Spiritual meaning of the tribes of Israel, undated
Box 94Folder 23
Proposal to revise the translations of Swedenborg, undated

B. Bradford Ropes papers, ca. 1932

This subseries contains the author's home copies of the first two books that comprised The Prince of 42nd Street: The Donald Brien Story by Bradford Ropes. The work was published in 1932 as 42nd Street and was adapted into a 1933 movie directed by Busby Berkeley. Also included is a letter from Ropes discussing his approach and research of Donald Brien.

Box 95Vol. 159
The Prince of 42nd Street: The Donald Brien Story, "Book 1: Coronation March-Music by Franz Lehar," ca. 1932
Box 95Vol. 160
The Prince of 42nd Street: The Donald Brien Story, "Book 2: Love Song," ca. 1932
Box 95Folder 1
Letter from Bradford Ropes, undated

C. Cambridge Society of the New Jerusalem records, undated

This subseries consists of a card listing times of Sunday service held at the New Church Theological School on the corner of Quincy and Kirkland Streets led by Rev. Theodore F. Wright, a pamphlet on the architectural history of the building, and a copy of an extract from an 1889 Boston Society of the New Jerusalem Church Committee report discussing the establishment of a movement in Cambridge.

Box 95Folder 2

D. Brookline Society of the New Jerusalem record book, 1919-1939

This record book contains the by-laws and membership lists for the Brookline Society of the New Jerusalem. Included are members from the start of the church in 1857 to 1939 with, in some cases, their date of death or date of withdrawal. Attached to the record book is a handmade photograph album listing pastors of the church from 1857-1923, photographs of pastors from 1896-1923, photographs of the exterior and interior of the church, and a brief history of the building. Also attached to the record book is the sesquicentennial celebration program marking the first proclamation of the New Church in New England by James Glen, as well as various other letters documenting the Brookline Society of the New Jerusalem's history.

Box 95Folder 3Vol. 161

Preferred Citation

Boston Society of the New Jerusalem records, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Hay, Henry Clinton, 1853-1936.
Parsons, Theophilus, 1797-1882.
Reed, James, 1834-1921.
Regamey, Antony, 1899-1976.
Ropes, Bradford.
Swedenborg, Emmanuel, 1688-1772.
Worcester, Thomas, 1768-1831.

Organizations:

Brookline Society of the New Jerusalem (Mass.).
Brookline Society of the New Jerusalem (Mass.)--Photographs.
Cambridge Society of the New Jerusalem (Mass.).
New Jerusalem Church (Boston, Mass.).
New Jerusalem Church (Mass.)--Clergy.
New Jerusalem Church (Mass.)--Clergy--Photographs.

Subjects:

Boston (Mass.)--Church history.
Boston (Mass.)--Statistics, Vital.
Church buildings--Massachusetts--Boston.
Church buildings--Photographs.
Pews and pew rights--Massachusetts--Boston.
Scrapbooks--1939.
Sunday schools--Massachusetts--Boston.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Photograph albums.
Sermons.

Materials Removed from the Collection

Photographs from this collection have been removed to the Boston Society of the New Jerusalem photographs (Photo. Coll. 394).