Eva Jessye Collection: 1927-1992 (bulk 1935-1980)
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Church Administration [series]

The Church Administration series (6.3 linear feet) is divided into seven subseries: Administrative Records, Board of Directors, Church Council, Church Trust, Congregational Meetings, Church History, and The Unitarian-Universalist Church at the National Level.

 
Administrative Records [subseries]

The first subseries contains records pertaining to church administration at the highest level, which include church constitutions and bylaws, mortgages and other property records, financial records, and administrative correspondence.

 
Constitution and bylaws
Box   3  
1919
Box   3  
1950s-1960s
Box   3  
1970s-1980s
Box   3  
1990s, 2006
Box   3  
Articles of association 1921, 1934, 1948 undated
Box   3  
Mission and vision statements undated
 
Property records
Box   3  
Mortgages and other property records 1852, 1861, 1905, 1921, 1933-1935
Box   3  
Records of indenture 1933-1934
Box   3  
Miscellaneous property records 1934-1935, 1963-1964
 
Financial records
Box   3  
Financial policies and procedures 1991
 
Treasurer's reports and other financial documents
Box   3  
1870-1872
Box   3  
1893-1903, undated
Box   3  
Ledger book 1922-1941
Box   3  
Development campaigns 1959, 1963, 1966
Box   3  
Canvass brochures 1978, 1979, 1992
Box   3  
Miscellaneous financial records 1859, 1870s, 1900, 1903, 1917, 1933-1935
Box   3  
Staff lists and organizational charts 1960s, 1980s undated
Box   3  
Church "dictionary," undated
Box   3  
Assorted administrative correspondence 1873, 1891, 1899-1912, 1921, 1934, 1956, 1966
 
Board of Directors [subseries]

The second subseries contains the records of the church's governing body, which has been known alternately as the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, and the Governing Board. This subseries predominantly consists of meeting minutes, reports to the Board, policy documents, and correspondence.

 
Board policies
Box   4  
1993
Box   4  
2010
Box   4  
Policy manual 2005-2006
Box   4  
Miscellaneous reports 1919, 1934-1935
 
Minutes
Box   4  
1870s, 1895, 1904, 1910
Box   4  
1880-1900

(bound)

Box   4  
1900-1910

(bound)

Box   4  
1901-1923

(bound)

Box   4  
1913-1920

(bound)

Box   4  
1931-1934

(bound)

Box   4  
1932-1937
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1938-1944
Box   4  
1946-1949
Box   4  
1950
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1951
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1952
Box   4  
1953-1954
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1955-1956
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1957-1958
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1959
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1960
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1961
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1962
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1963
Box   4  
1964
Box   4  
1965
Box   5  
1966
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1967
Box   5  
1968-1969
Box   5  
1970-1972
Box   5  
1975-1976
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1977-1978
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1979
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1980
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1981
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1982
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1983
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1984
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1985
Box   5  
1986
Box   5  
1987
Box   5  
1988 (3 folders)
Box   5  
1989 (3 folders)
Box   5  
1990 (3 folders)
Box   6  
1991 (2 folders)
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1992 (2 folders)
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1993
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1994
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1995 (2 folders)
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1996
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1997
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1998
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1999-2003
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2004
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2005
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2006-2008
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2009
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2010 (2 folders)
Box   6  
2011-2012
 
Miscellaneous correspondence
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1877, 1902-1905, 1920, 1930s, 1953
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1914-1916
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1917
Box   6  
Assorted board records 1980s-2000s
Box   6  
Board members, photographs 1993 undated
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Leadership retreat, photographs 1990s
 
Church Council [subseries]

The third subseries contains meeting minutes and annual reports of the Church Council.

Box   6  
Annual reports 1960s-1970s, 1989, 1997-2000s
Box   7  
Annual meetings, minutes and reports 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, 1966
 
Minutes
Box   7  
1923-1931
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1934-1945

(bound)

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1945-1951

(bound)

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1951-1952
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1953-1954
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1955-1957
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1958
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1959
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1960
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1961
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1962
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1963
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1964
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1965
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1966
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1967
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1968
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1969
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1975-1977
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1978-1979
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Church Council retreat, photographs 1972
 
Church Trust [subseries]

The fourth subseries consists of Church Trust meeting minutes, declarations of trust, assorted financial records, and correspondence.

Box   7  
Declarations of trust 1964, 1983 undated
 
Minutes
Box   7  
1905-1909
Box   7  
1935-1939
Box   7  
1940-1944
Box   7  
1945-1965

(bound)

Box   8  
Minutes and financial records 1997-1999
Box   8  
Correspondence 1969
 
Assorted documents
Box   8  
1910, 1934-1935, 1943, 1950-1963
Box   8  
1964-1969
Box   8  
1970-1974
 
Congregational Meetings [subseries]

The fifth subseries contains minutes, reports, and other documentation of the proceedings of annual congregational meetings.

 
Minutes
Box   8  
1951-1962
Box   8  
1963-1969
Box   8  
1970-1974
Box   8  
1975-1981
Box   8  
1982-1988, 1990s
Box   8  
2000-2011
Box   8  
Photographs 1969, 2000
Box   8  
Parish meetings, minutes and reports 1929-1935
 
Church History [subseries]

The sixth subseries contains some of the earliest extant documentation of the church, including the founding documents and records of the First Congregational Unitarian Society of Detroit, and other materials related to the church's formation. This subseries also contains historical overviews and records pertaining to the history of church buildings and property, including the McAdow House and Ernest M. Skinner Organ.

 
First Congregational Unitarian Society of Detroit
Box   8  
Founding documents 1850
Box   8  
Bylaws 1868, 1879, 1921
Box   8  
Assorted records 1858-1890s, 1900-1902, 1925
 
Merger of the First Congregational Unitarian Society of Detroit and the First Universalist Church of Detroit
Box   8  
Articles of association/federation 1930s
Box   8  
Correspondence 1932-1934
Box   8  
Assorted documents 1933-1935, 1940, 1941
 
First Unitarian-Universalist Church histories
Box   8  
Historical overviews undated
Box   8  
Anecdotal histories 1916, 1920 undated
 
Archival materials
Box   8  
Document inventory 1849-1993, undated
Box   8  
Archives of the First Unitarian-Universalist Church, correspondence 1990
Box   8  
Resources for preserving congregational archives undated
 
Church buildings
Box   8  
Building policies undated
Box   8  
State Registry of Historic Sites, correspondence 1976-1977
Box   8  
Historic district, proposals and correspondence 1980, 1981
Box   8  
New church buildings, planning 1914-1915
 
Architectural drawings
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1915, 1947, 1983
Box   8  
Undated
 
Photographs
Box   8  
1870s-1900
Box   8  
Undated
Box   8  
Stained glass windows, records and correspondence 1950s, 1991
Box   8  
Miscellaneous architectural records 1934, 1970s-1980s, 2000s undated
 
McAdow House
Box   8  
Original owner's papers 1892, 1980s undated
Box   8  
Assorted documents 1969, 1982 undated
Box   8  
Historic houses of worship tours 1981, 1988, 2011
Box   9  
Skinner Organ
Box   9  
Histories 1901, 1986, 1994, 2009
Box   9  
Repair and restoration records 1974-1984
Box   9  
Church music histories 1988 undated
 
The Unitarian-Universalist Church at the National Level [subseries]

The seventh and last subseries concerns the Unitarian-Universalist Church as a national organization, and contains records of the national Unitarian-Universalist merger, conference photographs, and assorted records from other Unitarian-Universalist churches, mainly in Michigan.

 
Unitarian-Universalist Merger
Box   9  
Merger and alternatives (manual) 1958
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Consolidation plan 1959
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Report of the coordinating committee on consolidation 1961
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Assorted documents 1960-1961
 
Conferences
 
Center City Church Conference (Philadelphia)
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Program 1972
Box   9  
Preparatory documents 1972
Box   9  
Photographs 1972
Box   9  
Columbus General Assembly, photographs 1984
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Denver General Assembly, photographs 1967
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Indianapolis General Assembly, photographs 1996
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Lake Geneva Unitarian Summer Assembly, photographs 1941, 1942
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The Universalist Convention (Tufts College), photographs 1941
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Unspecified assemblies, photographs 1950s
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Committees and associations, assorted documents 1950s-1960s
 
Other Unitarian-Universalist Churches
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Birmingham Unitarian Church (Bloomfield Hills, MI), records 1957-1959
 
Unitarian-Universalist Church of East Liberty (Clark Lake, MI)
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Sermons and services 1986
Box   9  
Orders of service 1966, 1980s
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Newsletters and events programs 1985-1986
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Photographs 1980s
Box   9  
First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Lyons, OH, orders of service 1980s
Box   9  
Community Church of New York, newsletters 1981-1987 (2 folders)
Box   9  
Assorted Unitarian-Universalist churches, sermons and essays 1980s-1990s
Box   9  
Assorted Unitarian-Universalist churches, pamphlets and orders of service 1928, 1950s-1980s