Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Missionary Society of Gettysburg Minutes, 1865-1877

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, January 2013

Summary Information
Title: Missionary Society of Gettysburg minutes
Creator: Gettysburg Sunday School Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church (Gettysburg, Pa.)
Inclusive dates: 1865-1877
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
Between March 1865 and May 1877, officers of the Gettysburg Sunday School Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church recorded 120 pages of minutes from the society's monthly meetings in this volume. The society collected donations, heard addresses from ministers and other speakers, and participated in collective worship.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1996. M-3295.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown.

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Missionary Society of Gettysburg Minutes, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The Gettysburg Sunday School Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church first convened on April 8, 1847, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and met regularly until at least mid-1877. In the intervening years, members founded numerous auxiliary societies. The Gettysburg Sunday School Missionary Society was affiliated with the Central Pennsylvania Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


Collection Scope and Content Note

Between March 1865 and May 1877, officers of the Gettysburg Sunday School Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church recorded 120 pages of minutes from the society's monthly meetings in this volume. The society collected donations, heard addresses from ministers and other speakers, and participated in collective worship.

Each set of minutes records the proceedings at one of the society's monthly meetings, held within the first two weeks of the month. Most meetings included an address by a minister or other speaker, collection of donations, prayers, singing, and reports from affiliated auxiliary societies. Occasionally, new auxiliary societies were announced, such as the Eva Society, Goodwill Society, and Rough and Ready Society. Minutes regularly report the amount of money collected each month, and on February 6, 1869, one of the leaders proposed giving a pocket Bible to the child who raised the most money for missionaries. During its meeting of October 1871, the society discussed an upcoming mission trip to India; the minutes from this meeting include a poem dedicated to those missionaries. The minutes of May 5, 1867, suggest the possibility of purchasing a half dime found during the Battle of Gettysburg, and the February 4, 1872, entry has a 3-page report on the society's history from its president and a 5-page list of its former officers. Both men and women contributed and belonged to the society.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Gettysburg (Pa.)
    • Methodist Episcopal Church. Missionary Society.
    • Pennsylvania--Religious life and customs.
    Genre Terms:
    • Minute books.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1
    Missionary Society of Gettysburg minutes,  March 1865-May 1877 [series]