Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport Records, 1801-1854

Finding aid created by
Rob S. Cox, July 1997

Summary Information
Title: Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport records
Creator: Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport
Inclusive dates: 1801-1854
Bulk dates: 1828-1854
Extent: 39 items
Abstract:
The Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport, Mass., was a missionary aid society with close ties to the Massachusetts Missionary Society, one of the earliest and most influential of the nineteenth-century home missionary societies. The bulk of the Ladies' Gleaning Society Records consists of receipts for donations made by the Circle, mostly to the Massachusetts Missionary Society, and letters from grateful missionaries who have received parcels of clothing, books, or other supplies.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1983. M-2080.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open to research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport records, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.


History

The Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport, Mass., was a missionary aid society with close ties to the Massachusetts Missionary Society, one of the earliest and most influential of the nineteenth-century home missionary societies. The principal activities of the Ladies' Gleaning Circle consisted of gathering donations of money, clothing, and various items -- especially books -- and sending these to worthy missionaries and their families in the West. The Circle chose their missionaries based upon recommendations received from the West.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the Ladies' Gleaning Society records consists of receipts for donations made by the Circle, mostly to the Massachusetts Missionary Society, and letters from grateful missionaries who have received parcels of clothing, books, or other supplies. The latter letters are especially fascinating because many of the missionaries freely discuss the tribulations and successes of their daily lives and evangelical work. Interestingly, the missionaries seem most appreciative of the books sent them. The collection also includes several lists enumerating the articles sent to missionaries.

Of special interest is a letter of Frederick Ayer (34), which details his work among Indians in the Minnesota Territory, and that of Gordon S. Johnson (13), which gives an account of religious conditions and attitudes in Swanton, Ohio. A receipt (32) from noted missionary George Henry Atkinson (1819-1889) for a donation to his female seminary in Oregon is also included among the Circle's papers.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Home missions.
    • Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport.
    • Massachusetts Missionary Society.
    • Missionaries.
    Genre Terms:
    • Receipts (financial records)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   1  
    Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport Records,  1801, 1828-1854 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Partial Subject Index
    Adoption
    • 34
    American Missionary Society
    • 34
    Atkinson, George Henry, 1819-1889
    • 32
    Conversion
    • 13
    Female Seminary (Clackamas County, Ore.)
    • 32
    Greenville (Ill.)--Description and travel
    • 21
    Home missions
    • 2, 3, 11, 15, 16, 20, 32, 34, 38
    Home missions--Oregon
    • 32
    Indians of North America--Minnesota
    • 34
    Indians of North America--Missions
    • 34
    Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport
    • passim
    Massachusetts Missionary Society
    • 2-10, 24, 25, 31, 37
    Missionaries
    • 11, 13-18, 20, 21, 24, 26, 28, 32-35, 38
    Newburyport (Mass.)--Description and travel
    • 30
    Ohio--Moral conditions
    • 13, 28, 29
    Revivals--Illinois
    • 16
    Revivals--Massachusetts
    • 1
    Women missionaries
    • 32