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.


Biographical/Historical Note

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 (January 1854), which details his work among Indians in the Minnesota Territory, and that of Gordon S. Johnson (14 January 1846), which gives an account of religious conditions and attitudes in Swanton, Ohio. A receipt (15 December 1852) 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   57, Small Collections Folders   19-31
    Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport Records,  1801, 1828-1854 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Partial Subject Index
    Adoption
    • January 1854
    American Missionary Society
    • January 1854
    Atkinson, George Henry, 1819-1889
    • 15 December 1852
    Conversion
    • 14 January 1846
    Female Seminary (Clackamas County, Ore.)
    • 15 December 1852
    Greenville (Ill.)--Description and travel
    • 16 August 1849
    Home missions
    • 21 August 1828; 3 September 1829; 29 August 1845; 30 July 1846; 8 October 1846; 2 January 1849; 15 December 1852; January 1854; undated
    Home missions--Oregon
    • 15 December 1852
    Indians of North America--Minnesota
    • January 1854
    Indians of North America--Missions
    • January 1854
    Ladies' Gleaning Circle of Newburyport
    • passim
    Massachusetts Missionary Society
    • 21 August 1828; 2 Spetember 1829; 13 August 1833; 11 August 1834; 30 September 1835; 9 August 1837; 17 August 1840; 26 August 1843; 10 December 1844; 14 March 1850; 14 May 1850; 6 December 1852; undated
    Missionaries
    • 29 August 1845; 14 January 1846; 7 July 1846; 30 July 1846; 8 October 1846; 2 August 1847; August 1847; 2 January 1849; 16 August 1849; 14 March 1850; 18 August 1851; 15 January 1852; 15 December 1852; 22 October 1853; January 1854; October 1854; undated
    Newburyport (Mass.)--Description and travel
    • 14 November 1852
    Ohio--Moral conditions
    • 14 January 1846; 15 January 1852; 6 October 1852
    Revivals--Illinois
    • 8 October 1846
    Revivals--Massachusetts
    • 14 October 1801
    Women missionaries
    • 15 December 1852