MMUUS ARCHIVE MATERIALS AT S.U. BIRD LIBRARY
BOX 1 (numbers indicate folders)
1. Scrapbook. Dudley P. Phelps. 1838-1873
Book. Biographies, SERVICE RECORD of members WWI.
3. Register of soldiers. ST. JAMES ARMY CLUB 6/9/19-10/25/17
4. Scrapbook. Amos Padgham, 1880 - 1905.
Nine colored slides. Stained glass windows,
6. Printer's woodcut: Interior of James St. church as built with organ behind pulpit.
7. Photo cut. John Haines Holmes
Photo cut. Interior of
9. Vitaplate. James St. church exterior.
10. Large illustrated Bible with presentation letter to S.J. May from friends. Covers not attached.
Secretaries' minutes of society meetings. Nine books
2. Feb. 1890 - May 1919
BOXES 3, 4, & 5
27 Scrapbooks containing mostly newspaper clippings and also photographs and other memorabilia. Listed under ministers.
1. Concerning S. J. May, 1844-1868
2. Calthrop Era:
3. Applebee: 1910-1935
1942-1945 presented by E. Rosebrugh
April 1941-June 1948 also Canfield
Sept 1942-June 1946
June 1948-Dec 1953
1951-1961 also Canfield
Jan 1954-Dec 1955
Jan 1956-Dec 1959
Jan 1960-Dec 1962 also Fuller
Jan 1963-Dec 1964
Jan 1965-Nov 1966
Dec 1966-0ct 1968
Sept 1973-Aug 1974
Second batch, Transmitted 1998
John Storer. Minister 1839-1844
1. Two copies of letter from church members. 1844
2. Portrait of John Storer, undated
3. Text of memorial plaque, undated
4. Xerox copies of archival material gathered by J. Hoefer and I. Baros-Johnson at On. Hist. Soc., UUA and Harvard libraries
Typed Statements: Origin of the church, covenant of the Unitarian
Congregational Church of Syracuse, Onondaga County Record of meeting to start
Unitarian Congregational Society in
Diagram of Pews,
7. Letter and request to John Townsend for lot to erect a church. 1840.
8. Legal papers re building Church of the Messiah, 1843, 1844.
the Church of the Messiah--Program, copy typed from Christian Register
10. Postcard from Margaret T. Smith re death and burial of John Storer.
11. Portrait Amelia Bradbury, typed quote from Chase
history about her and her school. Four-page historical essay about
12. House of worship subscribers 1838-1841. Mr. Storer's salary subscribers 1839-1842. Sums obtained by Mr. Storer. dated 1845.
13. Newspaper "New York Christian Messenger" 3 copies, 1841-1843
Samuel Joseph May, Minister 1845-1868
Book of Church
Records presented by JPB Storer, leather bound inscribed Alfred Wilkinson,
contains Incorporation of Unitarian Congregational Society in
inscribed Alfred Wilkinson,
4. Photographs of SJM: (a) Original 8 1/2 x 11 1/2. (b) 2 copies 8 x 10 by Charles White of large picture in roller. (c) Copy 5 x 7 SJM and George Emerson. (d) 3 copies: SJM and bridal couple, Post Standard Feb. 13, 1944
correspondence: 17 letters to and from SJM dated over years from 1844 when
7. Written draft statement SJM mission, 1852
8. 4 miscellaneous clippings
9. Bound book: Recollections of the Antislavery Conflict by SJM
10. Xerox copies OHA clippings 1850-1865
11. 10-page typed copy Syracuse Daily Journal, 1846, First annual meeting of Syracuse Orphan Asylum
12. Articles and correspondence re busts of SJM at Onondaga Historical Assoc. (OHA) and MMUUS
13. Leather notebook listing subscriptions for annuity for
14. Text of marble plaque installed in wall of James St. church. Cemetery map (1990) site of SJM grave.
15. 100th anniversary of SJM birthday: Program, description of program, copy of prayer, undated
16. Three copies biography of SJM by Joseph May. From "Heralds of a Liberal Faith Vol III, AUA 1915. 2 Mimeographed pamphlets, one Xerox copy.
17. Heretic in
18. Notes, talks and sermons re SJM, typed copies
19. Written notes (John C. Fuller handwriting?) for 111th Jerry Rescue celebration?
20. Cornell Library Journal 1967 article about SJM by Pease and Pease, "Samuel May: Civil Libertarian."
21. 5 sermons by Joseph May, 2 Xerox copies of one of them. Xerox copy of title page Discourse to Cambridge Theological School Graduating Class, SJM 1847
23. Life of Samuel J. May by George Emerson, Samuel May and Thomas J. Mumford. 2 bound books.
24. SJM letter to Harriet Martineau 1853
25. In Memoriam. Samuel Joseph May, 2 paperbound copies, 1871. Samuel Joseph May: a Memorial Study by Joseph May 1898. 2 paperbound copies
26. The Tailor Boy no author 1865. Inscribed SJM 1864. Rocks and Shoals: Lectures to Young Men by George E Hopkins 1870. Inscribed SJM 1870
27. Letter remembrance of SJM by AF Pease to E. Lewis 1928. Xerox copy and typed copy of same
28. Photo Rev. Luther Lee. List 4 sources SJM history
29. List of Church members, 1845
30. Church of Messiah pew diagrams, 1853; before 1867. Lists of pew holders, 1850 - 1863, some undated. Pew contracts 1849 ++; receipts 1864-1865
31. Original Incorporation Certificate
32. Order of Service Dedication of Church of Messiah, 1853--2 copies
33. Lists of pledges for debt, building, salary
34. Accounts, receipts, pledges, 1848 - 1849. Notice of congregational meeting to hire SJM 1845. Notice of conveyance of land 1848. Quit claim signed by members 1868
35. Letter 1844- Ellsworth Phelps- new organ Letter 1852- Holbrook, receipt for use of bell. Two letters 1852- B.D. Simmons new organ proposed and ordered. 2 letters 1853 from John May re Simmons progress on organ. Letter 1853 C.D. Kellog Cobb-organ for sale
36. Committee report: Plan for "General Committee" of Church of the Messiah. List of 21 men, untitled, undated
37. Letter 1852-Trustees to JG Northrup to repair and pay for damages to house and property
38. Pew releases and subscriptions to finance rebuilding.
40. Note on supply minister Rev. Joseph Angier, 1859
41. "What Do Unitarians Believe?" Samuel J. May.
American Unitarian Association,
Samuel R. Calthrop 1868-1911
1. Five photographs of Calthrop home Primrose Hill
2. Seven Photographs: Annie Agan (later Mrs. Franklin Chase), Mrs. R. G. Stone, Bronson Alcott, Mary E. Bagg (Mrs. James L. Bagg), W. B. Cogswell, Mary Gormer White, Frederick Rowland Hazard and Mrs. Dora Gannett Sedgwick Hazard (1880)
3. Twenty-six photographs: 14 SRC; SRC with two women; John Calthrop brother of SRC; 4 prints together: MMU church, Mrs. Elizabeth Primrose Calthrop, SRC reading, Primfose Hill with SRC on porch; Richard G. Calthrop (son SRC); Large print Mrs. EPC; Elizabeth Calthrop daughter SRC; Henry Cooper reading; Cooper family picnic 1904; MMU church Sunday School, 1897
4. Photo copies of portraits: 1 of SJM and 2 of SRC
SRC letter April
(no year) accepting call to Syracuse. Typed copy of report on SRC installation.
Typed copy of "Liberal Christian"-SRC asked to stay in
8. Thirty-fifth anniversary of SRC installation 1903: 3 programs, 2 soft-cover booklets and one hardcover book of speeches at installation service. 3 Benediction Cards
9. Two paperbound books: Notes on the Families of Calthorpe and Calthrop, includes slip with author's name; copy of "Heirs of John H. Calthrop: Part III: "The Lincolnshire Calthrops."
10. Photocopy of a page of The Weekly Recorder
11. Messenger Boy's Christmas Greeting card with verse by SRC from former boys club member
12. Diagram of streamlined train from Patent #49227. Article by Edith Calthrop Bump, "The Life of Samuel Robert Calthrop" with rejection slip from Reader's Digest 1947
13. Handwritten articles by Helen Collins Megrew: "Dr. Samuel Calthrop, Onondaga Creek, Earlier Syracuse." Undated
14. slide photo SRC bust. Card from Mrs. Tracy re SRC
bust. Page from D. Ashley re SRC bust. Page from Helen Hiscock Eager re chimes
15. Three reprints of "Recollections of the Old Master", Harvard Graduates Magazine, 3. 1923
16. Poems paperbound by Edith Calthrop Bump and" To My Father" by same
17. Typescript and 2 carbons resolution of MMUS trustees
re death of SRC. Envelope for George N. Cheney. Two typed statements
18. Clip from MMUS newsletter "Our Wider Ministry" Space-time saying SRC wrote on cardboard. 3 copies. SRC essay "A Day's Life" mounted on cardboard; Two sayings lettered on cardboard; Cardboard and ribbon-bound poetry by SRC, portrait on front cover, photo Primrose Hill on back
19. The Heaven of the Moon, 2 hardbound copies. Printed
folder Birthday Tribute to Ernst Held...
20. Four-page essay by SRC "Sunspots and Weather", typed. Ms. "The Doleful story-of the Cats and the Clover." Notes of SRC sermon "Let Be Light and Light Was." Ms. and typed copy "The Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Sages: a Tale of Hindustan" by SRC
21. Patent # 49 227 8/8/ 1865 by SRC of Roxbury MA. Note about friends whose sons attended SRC's school
22. Fifteen-page lecture by SRC "The Transvaal,
23. Twenty-two Bible lessons by SRC 1890-1892
24. Ring-attached printed sermons and addresses by SRC: 14 delivered at MMU church 1895-1902. 14 delivered elsewhere 1858-1895. Paper-bound copy of sermon "One Lord and His Name On expanded from original sermon, undated
25. Printed booklet "The Primitive Gospel" by SRC, 1892. 13 printed sermons in ring binder 1903-1913
26. Hardcover book "The Liberal Club",
27. Book by SRC "God and His World" Boston, GH Ellis Co, 1905
28. Book by SRC "The Supreme Reality",
29. Silver dollar and list of other articles in corner
stone MHU church laid
30. Dedication of MMU church: Order of Exercises (1 3/4 copies in very poor condition, 10/20/1885. 30A. Photographs of James St. Church on cardboard and of SRC, both undated
31. Two copies bound record of above dedication (one in poor condition) with historical essay and photographs. Sermon by Joseph May
32. Typed copy "Notes from Secretary's pre 1885
records," (typed in 1960s.) Clipping from Syracuse Herald J.
33. Loan application 1871. Mortgage 1871. Bond 1871.
Satisfaction of mortgage 1878. Loan application 1872. Envelope Whitman and
34. List of unpaid subscriptions 1881
35. Notice of filing of proposed route of NY, W Shore & Buffalo Railway Co, 2 copies. Copy of agreement to sell church property to NYWS&B 1882. Letter from above RR asking to purchase all or part of U Church property 1882. Letter from U. Soc. Committee to RR requesting proposal for purchase of entire property, original and copy, 1882. Letter from RR "negotiate a price" 1882. Resolved: Committee of MMC empowered to negotiate with RR, undated
36. Pencil copy
37. 1884 list:
38. Four letters and estimate from
39. 1872 form letter to go with subscription card. Also 1876, subscription policy will continue to replace pew rents:. Mailed subscription cards, 1876. December, 1905 treasurer's report May Memorial Sunday school. January 1904: Special appeal for subscriptions
40. 1906 Letter from J.D. Pennock (Mrs. Pass's father) to report on church ventilation. Letter from Clerk A. Padgham to Salem Hyde re implementing church ventilation by committee on repairs. Letter from James Barnes to Salem Hyde re repairs to the ventilation.
41. Folder 41 donated to Onondaga Historical Association, March, 1997
42. Folder 42 donated to Onondaga Historical Association, March, 1997.
43. Undated address book: Members of Unitarian Society of Syracuse. 1883 subscription agreement for site and building, list of names and pledges and subscription list for 1888
44. 1891 congregation list, 1895 church directory including historical sketch, officers, committees, constitution, Women's Alliance, Boy's Evening Home. 1903 church yearbook, 3 copies. Program and menu from banquet honoring Andrew D. White, 1879
45. Two copies of the text of speeches at SJ May Centennial Celebration, Oct. 1898. 1907 church directory
46. List of subscribers undated. List of members undated. 1880-1884 subscribers, pledges, total income and expenses
47. Two pew renter consent forms dated 1897, permission to seat others if pew is unoccupied at time of service. 1884 diagram of pews, annual rent, names of renters. (Recovered from 1884 cornerstone in 1963.) Two copies of 1886 Diagram of pews, annual rent
48. "Miss Ellis' sic
49. Book given to
50. Record of some marriages by SRC 1891-1904 and by WWW Argow 1932-1933. Marriage Record and Certificate, Sept. 1873
51. Orders of Service for ordination of Marie H. Jenney 1898, and Albert W. Clark, 1902
52. 1961 Order of Ordination Service of Estella Elizabeth Padgham, and her Certificate of membership in Unitarian Ministers Association, undated
53. Old and New, Journal of Des Moines Unitarian Church Anniversary 1902 mentions E. Padgham and pictures Marie Jenney, minister
54. Order of Service, Sunday evening,
55. Sunday School Annual Reports, 1902-03. 1903-04
56. “The Unitarian Calendar" monthly pub. by AUA for MMUS. Four issues, 1910 and 1911
57. 1903 preliminary program National Conference Unitarian and Other Churches. 20th meeting. (Includes listing of sermon by SRC.)
58. "Hymn and Tune Book: for the church and the
59. "Hymnal: amore Dei," compiled by Mrs.
Theodore C. Williams,
60. Two stereoscope photos, AW Padgham in
61. Clip from Herald Journal
Box 3 John H. Applebee, Minister 1911-1929.
1. Photographs: JHA portrait: JHA in uniform: Mrs. Alice Applebee: JHA 933 Maryland Ave. Syracuse; JHA & AA at home, April, 1914
2. Program: Service of Installation JHA 1911
3. JHA Journal Jan 1914- Sept 1917
4. Five Christmas cards composed by JHA undated. Typed copy of radio talk by JHA 1934
5. Honor Roll: list of church members in armed services, 1918. Letter, unsigned from MMUS to editor of the Christian Register, 1918. Copy of 1918 letter of recommendation for JHA to Red Cross from MMUS Trustees. 1918 application for passport by JHA
6. 1914 sermon, 3 undated sermons--JHA. "The Wicket Gate" poem by JHA
8. Two Record Books of marriages performed by JHA 1899 - 1936 and 1897-1901
9. Shorthand notes by JHA undated, topic unknown
10. JHA letter of resignation, 1929. Trustees resolution accepting resignation, undated. Proposition to be presented at annual meeting to reconsider JHA resignation. "A Special Fund" for JHA, 3 copies with signed pledges. Copy of letter requesting pledges to Special Fund for JHA
11. Jan. 1938.clippings from Post Standard and Herald Journal on death of JHA. Jan., 1938 JHA memorial service (add date) Remembrance of JHA by Eleanor Rosebrugh (church member) recorded in 1987
12. 30th Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Conference of the Middle States and Canada, Nov. 16, 1914 at May Memorial Church, Syracuse. Order of opening Service and programs for the next two evenings
14. Proposed budgets and canvass letters, 1915-1930
15. Copy of letter dated
16. Memorandum of agreement to build and install new organ
17. Letter to the congregation, July 1923 re Week of
18. Church directory 1911-1912. Xerox copy of seating chart for sanctuary. Envelope containing original of seating chart
19. A card for 100th birthday of Harriet S. Mills (Mrs. C. de B. Mills) 1926. Photos of (l) Mrs. Goodrich, (2) Mrs. Mills, Bigelow and Goodrich
20. Typed copy of talk given at Calthrop dinner,
21. Memorial tributes on death of James Barnes. 2 copies. also Capt. Philip Lighthall and Charles W. Snow
22. Playbill for Junior young people presentation of "The Princess Marries the Page" and "The Unseen." May 192?
23. AUA pamphlet "The Layman and the Church" by
Salem Hyde, member of MMC. Also Women’s
24. "Why a Unitarian Believes and What" by H. W. Jordan 1926
25. Sketch of young boy by Ethe1 Blanchard Collver 1921
26. Order of Service for ordination of Wilton Edson Cross 1918. 3 sermons by Wilton Cross, printed pamphlet
27. Typed copy "The Poetic Beauty of the Bible" no date or author
28. Printed sermon "When Half-Gods Go" Elizabeth Padgham 1929
29. Resolution passed by Women's
30. 1911-1912 program of the Unitarian Club, MMC men's group
31. Order of service
32. Copies of information Gabriel Csiki from Unitarian
33. 30 pages partly typed and partly manuscript--history of Unitarianism. No author or-date. Galpin?
34. Press release, letter to congregation, program of conference of Mohawk Valley Unitarian churches April 1923. Held at MMC
35. Announcement of pilgrimage to Barneveld church, June
1926. Publication of
36. Seven programs of free organ recitals at MMC in 1912, 1913, 1914. Dedication program included
37. Two orders of service for First Methodist Episcopal church, Syracuse, Dec. 1913 and Apr. 1914 announcing joint choirs with May Memorial
38. Pastor's 4-page report to Annual meeting by Rev. Wilton E. Cross 1919. Card announcing installation of WE Cross as minister of U. Society of Peterboro, NH. order of Service of Installation of Rev. Cross at Peterboro
39. Announcement of Lawn festival to benefit Orphan's Home June 1921
40. Announcement of next four Sunday services, May 1922, and announcement of joint Thanksgiving service and other future events Nov, 1922
41. Probate notices regarding money left to MMC by HL Snow 1930, WB Cogswell 1919, Cornelia S. Bigelow 1919, Anne H. Chase 1926, Mary E. Wieting Johnson 1927. Agnes A. Morgan, 1923
42. Resolution from congregation to Wm. Howard Taft expressing gratitude for his efforts on behalf of international peace and good will. Copy of accompanying letter, May, 1911
43. Bound book listing names from membership book 1838 to 1931
44. Letters, service records, etc. relating to church members serving in WWI and WWII. (Service records of MM Church members 1917--already sent to Bird Library.)
45. Flier and letter on joint program of Layman’s League and Women’s Alliance "Seeking the Cause of Industrial Harmony" Nov. 3, 1921
46. Weekly Calendars with orders of Sunday services 1911-1919
47. Weekly Calendars with orders of Sunday services 1920-1926
48. Weekly Calendars with orders of Sunday services 1927-1929/30
49. “The Bulletin" vol. 1, no. 2,
Box 4 Waldemar W. W. Argow Era Oct 1930 - Feb 1941
Order of service
Brief sketch of
Service: Argow installation,
Letter from Rev. Argow
accepting call to
Copy of Board of
Trustees resolution Jan 12, 1941 accepting Argow's resignation. Copy of letter
to Henry Wilder Foote,
between WSYR and Rev. Argow concerning broadcasting Sunday services. 1937 to
1940. Letter from Onon. Health Assn.,
8. Copies of sermons and other writings by Rev. Argow 1934-1939
9. Published booklets: An Argosy of Meditations, Victorious Living, Lenten meditations by Rev. Argow. 51 handwritten daily meditations for Lent and Easter, undated
10. Published book of meditations, titled
"Beyond," 1929 Rev. Argow. Christmas poem, "A Thought for
Christmas" from WWW Argow and Elsie Argow in
11. Invitation to 1938 centennial. Card listing program
for centennial week. List of people who sent congratulatory letters or wires.
Letters received from Ellsworth Reamon, Wm. G. Vinal, Dana Greeley, John Haynes
Holmes. Order of service for centennial service, Oct 16, 1938. Photograph of
WWW, Elizabeth Padgham, Judge FH Hiscock who took part in the service. Program
for centennial banquet,
12. "A Backward Glance O'er Traveled Roads" by Helen Saddington and Elizabeth Walsh, a history of MMC 1838-1938. Two copies
13. Photographs of interior of MMC, 1935 Easter decoration. Two small photos of interior, undated. Recollections by Joyce Ball made in 1988 re remodeling of sanctuary in Argow era
14. Photo MMC exterior 1941? Article from AUA magazine
Christian Register on acquisition of Parish house by MMC, undated, (1940?).
Copy of original article sent to Christian Register
15. Canvass brochure Dec. 1935. May 1937, Records of church activities 1933-34 and 1938 -39
16. Papers by William Yerington, 2 typed, 1 printed
18. Copy of condolence letter from MMC Board of Trustees
to Judge Hiscock on Mrs. Hiscock's death April 1937. Sunset Vesper service in
the Hiscock's garden
19. Excerpts from Board of Trustees meetings, Feb 8, 1890, Jan, 1931
20. Program for Mohawk Valley Conference, Oct 24 & 25, 1930, held at MMC. 2 copies
21. Information: annual Pilgrimage to
22. Argow's Statement of Arbitration Decision,
23. Appraisal committee 1939
24. Argow--miscellaneous writings
25. Lists of Bd. Trustee Chairs (Presidents) and Organists
26. Letter re Moravian Candlelight Service Date??
27. Orphan's Home Playground pamphlet by Mrs. James C. Tracy
28. Annual Reports, mostly handwritten, 1934 - 1941
29. Data for Unitarian Year Book, 1933
30. Appraisals of James St. Church, 1927, 1932, 1936.
Letter: Stained glass appraisal, marble busts of May and Calthrop, 1927.
31. Argow letter,
32. 3 letters regarding portraits of Samuel Joseph May
33. Brief summary of church work, 1935, by Helen MacKnight and brief history of the Society prepared by Dr. Applebee
34. Sermon by H. W. Foote, interim minister,
35. Proposed budgets 1931-1932
36. Laymen's League: Program 1928-1929, 1933-1934. Minutes
of executive committee
37. Orders of Service, some Volumes incomplete, from Vol. 1 1930 through Vol. 11 1940-Feb. 1941
38. Chart by A. W. Towne, "Facts Concerning Men’s
Clubs in Certain
church carnival, dated Apr 30, no year. notice that Temple Adath Yeshurin will
award a certificate of merit to
Mr. Romig on
Script of skit portraying Dr. Calthrop
starting the Syracuse Boy's Club, undated. Order of service
· Brief biography and references for Mr. Romig, undated
for reception for Rev. and Mrs. Romig on Sunday, Oct. 5, no year. Order of service for installation of Rev.
· Two photographs of Mr. Romig
Letter to church
members from Mr. Romig announcing his resignation, dated
· Eight sermons by Rev. Romig, 1941-43
· Meditation cards by Rev. Romig, 1941-45
· Two letters regarding purchase of new chairs from Mottville Chair Works, Jan 1941
Description of church property
· Outline history of May Memorial, one page
· Biographic sketch of Romig 1944-46. Two items from UUA Archives, hand written notes on church improvement 1942-44
· Chart showing location of stained glass windows in sanctuary 472 James St. Description of people to whom the windows were dedicated
Order of Worship
for service held at
· MMC constitution in force in 1944 and proposed revision. Announcement of formation of revision committee
· Correspondence with Syracuse Consumer/Farmer Milk Cooperative about sale of milk to neighborhood families, 1942-1943
Elizabeth Padgham declining to serve on Board of Trustees,
· Correspondence on broadcasts of Sunday sermons on station WSYR, July 1943
Letter from W. W.
· Orders of Service 1941-1943
· Orders of Service 1943-1946
Glenn O. Canfield, Minister 1946-1952
Canfield to Carl Ashley inquiring about his arrival and possible housing
Order of Service:
Installation of Rev. Canfield,
3. 2 photographs and a negative of Rev. Canfield, undated
4. Radio sermons by Rev. Canfield, 1950-1951
5. 2 pamphlets by Canfield, one dated May 1946
conception of the facade of church of the Messiah (State and Burnet Sts.) with
letter from artist Thomas J. McCormick, Jr.,
"Religion and the
"Christian Register" Jan. 1949, "Inside UUA: II - The
9. 2 photos of group at grave of Samuel J. May, dated May, 1949
10. Letter from Richard Greene to MMUS Board President: the Layman's League requests use of a room for a Boy Scout Troop they will sponsor. Copies of letters from Carl Ashley to (a) Scoutmaster about damage done boys to building and furnishings, Dec. 6, 1947; (b) local BSA Executive re discontinuing use of church for scout meetings, Jan 27, 1949
12. Half-page print of
13. Leather bound book of signatures: people attending 50th anniversary celebration of ordination of Rev. Elizabeth Padgham
14. Stereoscope slide of Padgham home,
15. 8 x 10 photo of Rev. Elizabeth Padgham at dinner with
Gladys Timmerman (server), Rev. Dale Dewitt, Rev. Canfield,
16. Copy of letter from Canfield inviting Rev. Keubler to
dinner honoring E. Manwell and J. Gould on
17. 5-page lecture: "How Can We Improve Our
Schools?" by Dr. W. D. Sheldon, given
18. Sermon by William Yerington given at MMC, Layman's
19. Church mailing list (copy) March, 1948
20. Budget passed at annual Meeting,
21. Committee reports for annual Meeting. June 1947. Final
22. Letter to members from Glenn and Betty Canfield
23. Ballot form for Pulpit Committee election on
24. Announcement to congregation of intention to enlarge
25. Reports of president and committee chairs, Annual Meeting 1952
26. Charter and by laws of MMC branch of Unitarian Service
Committee. Announcements of meeting to be held
27. Letter dated
28. Review of church activities in 1946-1947 church year
by finance committee,
29. Letter from Syracuse Public Library Director
acknowledging gift of books (not listed) from MMUS
30. Steering committee members and Social Action Committee
31. Orders of Service Sept 1946-June 1949
32. Orders of Service Sept 1949-March 16-1952
Third batch, Transmitted 2008
Robert L. Zoerheide, Minister 1952-1961
1. Invitation to reception for Zoerheides, Oct. 2, 1952. Four photos, 1 large, 3 small, taken after installation of Mr. Zoerheide.
2. Letter of Resignation from Mr. Zoerheide.
a. Letter to BOT from President John Chamberlain regarding probable resignation of Rev. Zoerheide, December 24, 1960.
b. Letter from President John Chamberlain to congregation regarding Rev. Zoerheide’s resignation, Jan 25, 1961.
c. Letter to congregation from Rev. Zoerheide announcing his resignation.
d. Invitation from John Chamberlain to a reception for the Zoerheide family and regarding possible contributions toward gift for the Zoerheides.
3. Letter from Rev. Argow to Rev. Zoerheide, dated Mar. 22, 1960 acknowledging receipt of letter from Zoerheide regarding Argow's retirement.
4. Two photos of Mr. Zoerheide:
a. In pulpit (large)
b. Seated at desk (small).
5. Sermons by Mr. Zoerheide.
a. New Dimensions of Unitarianism, circa, 1956
b. Unitarianism: An Opportunity, circa, 1959.
6. Letter from BOT to church members opposing California loyalty oath – signed by Rev. Zoerheide – June 10, 1958.
7. A Brief History of MMC, unsigned, dated December, 1964.
8. Yearbooks and related information
a. Yearbooks for MMC - 1952-53 through 1955-56.
b. Officers and trustees listed for 1960-1961.
c. Officers of affiliated organizations, undated.
9. Church mailing list, Sept., 1957.
10. "The Congregation Studied Its Needs" by Eleanor Rosebrugh, May, 1952
a. A report for congregations from AUA.
b. Report of the Survey Follow-up Committee, May 20, 1954.
11. Citizens committee of the Onondaga County children’s court
a. Letter dated October 27, 1953, regarding a workshop held at MMC parish house by the Citizens Committee.
b. Letter to BOT thanking MMUS for the use of church space.
12. Letter to Mr. Zoerheide from chair of Elm crest Board of Managers dated Mar. 16, 1956, concerning representatives from MMC.
13. Two Memorial tributes to Rev. Elizabeth Padgham, Dec. 1952.
14. Programs for Spring Banquet and Annual Meeting, 1956-1961. Text of award citations, 1957.
15. Syracuse choral concert program May 11, 1954, held to acknowledge use of MMC parish house for rehearsals.
16. Order of Service held in 1954 at the Fifth Regional Convention of Middle Atlantic U-U Churches.
17. Miscellaneous President's and Committee Annual Reports, 1952-58, incomplete.
18. Unitarian and Universalist merger material
a. Carlyle Ashley letter – 2-10-53
b. Reasons for favoring U – U Union
c. Before We Go To Andover
d. Eleanor Rosebrugh letter
e. Denominational Affairs Committee letter
f. News of the Unitarian World article – 5-59
g. Merger Needs True Majority article – mid-summer 1959
h. Specific Merger Plan is Prepared – mid-summer 1959
i. Condensed version of plan to consolidate the two denominations.
j. Order of morning worship – 11-1-59
k. Proposed constitution of UUA – October 1959
l. Final program of 1959 General Conference, Oct 27- Nov 1 held in Syracuse
m. Statement of purpose from proposed constitution and from constitution of MMC
n. U – U Merger Fact Sheet
o. Program of concert, Oct. 28, 1959, at Unitarian Assembly
p. A note on what was not scanned
q. Photo Prof Ralph Kharas, MMC member, who chaired merger conference
r. Photo: Dorothy Wertheimer and John Chamberlain who organized volunteers for the conference
19. Letter to congregation from Rev. Zoerheide welcoming new church year, Sept 7, 1960.
20. Program for UUA May Meetings, May, 1961 in Boston. Rev. Zoerheide speaker at minister's meeting.
21. Certificate of Appreciation from USC to MMC 1956. USC Annual Meeting program, Syracuse branch, April 19, 1959. Farewell citation to William Sheldon leaving for USC project in Cambodia.
22. Certificate of Appreciation to UU Society in Syracuse for 1956-57 from Director of United Unitarian Appeal.
23. Letter to congregation from Finance committee, May 1960 with summary of church budget for coming year.
24. Letter from RLZ to Syracuse U. students promoting Campus Club. Flier for LRY Spring Conference held at MMC, April 1957.
25. Copy of Post Standard Article, May 30, 1955 by MMC member Ernest Bowden. Typed copy of poem by Bowden.
26. Long Range Planning Committee Reports, March-April, 1961.
27. Cathy Covert papers on Samuel May
a. "The Remarkable Mr. May" Feb. 13, 1972, talk by Cathy Covert.
b. "Heretic in Syracuse" by Cathy Covert Stepanek, undated, Circa 1970.
28. MMC constitution as amended on May 15, 1958.
29. Membership brochures. Undated.
30. Memorial tribute to Felix Frank by Rev. Zoerheide.
31. Yearbook, newsletters, RE material
a. 1955-56 yearbook
b. Church newsletters, 1955-57
c. Miscellaneous RE material – 1956-57.
32. Letter opposing removal of May and Calthrop busts from front of sanctuary.
33. Reprint from Redbook magazine of article titled “A Miracle Grew out of Their Heart," November, 1953.
34. "Welcome to May Memorial" a 6-page pamphlet for new-comers including church history and programs.
35. Two graphs showing changes in church membership 1935-1960.
36. Three letters related to completion of payments of loan dated Aug., Sept., and Nov. 1953.
37. Faith Service Freedom of Belief brochure with photo of expansion drive committee and related letter, 1956.
38. Long Range Planning Committee report, undated.
39. Pulpit Committee procedures, 1961
a. Procedure for the selection of a new minister – 3-13-61
b. Results of congregational questionnaire.
c. Letter to congregation on Rev. Fuller’s arrival and Rev. Zoerheide's farewell letter.
40. Selected Orders of Service 1952-1954.
41. Selected Orders of Service 1954-1961.
42. Selected Unitarian Newsletters Sept. 1953-Dec. 1954.
43. Selected Unitarian Newsletters Sept. 1955-May 1961.
44. Multiple letters, reports, fact sheets, etc. regard expansion and eventual building plans – 1956-1961
45. Paul Rudolph correspondence and plans April through Dec. 1960 – the initial architect for the new church but later rejected.
46. Four letters relating to map of 3800 E. Genesee St. property; 1957 map.
47. Subsurface investigation report 1957. Soil test report, 1963.
48. Program, Space, Site Studies Jan-June 1961.
49. New church building bills and contracts, 1957-1960.
50. Legal descriptions of James Street and parsonage property.
51. Committee Report and legal description of East Genesee St. property.
52. 1961 Committee to consider renovation of the James St. church and parish.
53. Congregational meetings, April 16 and April 30, 1961 considering a vote to move to Genesee St. site.
John Fuller, Minister 1961-1973
1. Pulpit committee prepares for new minister search
a. Vacant pulpit notice to the Dept. of Ministry - 8-1-61
b. Introduction to the church and the community by the pulpit committee, March, 1961
c. Summary of replies to pulpit committee questionnaire, 1961
d. Report of pulpit committee, May, 1961
e. Letters to John Fuller offering terms of employment, June 18, 1961
f. Letter to congregation from Board chair, John Chamberlain date June 22, 1961, announcing John Fuller's acceptance of call to May Memorial; farewell letter from Robert Zoerheide
g. Letter from John Fuller accepting the call, June 18, 1961
h. Letter from John Fuller giving permission to notify congregation of acceptance, June 20, 1961
2. Pulpit Committee report to trustees, February 23, 1962
a. Special committee to study the role and responsibilities of the ministry
b. Special committee on minister's jog -report to BOT - 2-28-62
c. Pulpit Committee (members) - 1961
3. BOT material related to Rev. Fuller's installation
a. Letter inviting members and friends to Rev. Fuller's installation
b. Program - installation service for John Fuller, March 25, 1962
4. Photo of John Fuller taken September 4, 1963
5. Letters and other material related to John Fuller's health 1969-1973
a. Letter from John Fuller to BOT regarding taking time off because of his
health - 3-3-64
b. John Fuller reporting on his health, April 23, 1964
c. Church newsletter with message about Rev. Fuller's health - 5-5-68
d. Proposal by Bob Burdick, undated, about helping with ministerial duties
e. Letter from John J. Duggan, MD, dated February 2, 1973, reporting on
JF's health Note: The following on a farewell service at the James St.
church are separated out into Folder 5a
f. Program for farewell service - 9-2-64
g. Address by Elizabeth Manwell - 9-20-64
h. Notes for Rev. Fuller's sermon, "The Heritage We Take With Us"
September 20, 1964
i. Personal letter from E. Manwell typed - 9-24
j. Personal letter from E. Manwell hand-written - 9-24 Note: The following
is on school integration in Syracuse and the material is separated out into
k. Public Affairs committee motion in support of Syracuse Board of
l. Plans for the achievement of racial integration in the Syracuse schools
m. Explanation of the background leading to the call for a special meeting
n. Notice of the special congregational meeting
o. President's report noting passage of the resolution on school integration Note: The following is related to architectural drawings of the East Genesee Street church and are separated out into Folder 5c
p. Front end of interior of sanctuary
q. Exterior view
6. Minister' s annual reports
7. Constitution change, related congregational meeting, May, 19, 1968
a. Constitution of MMUUS
b. Summary of discussion on constitutional revision meeting
c. Letter of concern regarding RE
8. Outline - MMUS history, programs , minister, staff, etc.
9. Pulpit committee -1967-68
a. Basic structure plan of RE
b. Report of committee to study administrator for RE program
c. Background information about Syracuse and our church
d. Letter from President V. Johnson to Ron Clark informing him of
congregation ' s vote to call him as assistant minister
e. Program for the ordination and installation of Ron Clark
f. Notice of settlement to the Department of Ministry
10. Correspondence between Robert Newman and Ron Clark dated March 13, 1968,
March 29, 1968 , and April 29, 1968
a. Letter from Ron Clark expressing interest
b. Letter from Robert Newman to Ron Clark 3-29-68
c. Letter from Ron Clark concerning visit to Syracuse
d. List of references for Ron Clark
e. Letters from R. Manwell on RE issues and philosophy - 1968-69
11. Photographs of Ron Clark family
a. Ron Clark
b. His wife, Sharon
c. Daughter Kristen
d. Son Kevin
e. Ron Clark with church school in sanctuary
12. Sermons delivered at MMUS by Ron Clark
a. "The Unconditioned" and "Symbols for the Unconditioned"
b. "The Morality of Flower Power"
c. "Rite of Passage"
d. "Some Thoughts on Religious Education"
e. "Don't Rain on My Parade"
f. "The Jack Armstrong Syndrome -Revisited"
13. Correspondence about Rev. Clark's resignation
a. Letter from Rev. Clark submitting his resignation - 11-16-70
b. Letter from President J. Pia to congregation informing them of Ron Clark' s resignation - 12-1-70
14. Evaluation of Ron Clark's ministry at MMUS by President David Koberness to Ministerial Fellowship, UUA, 1969
15. Photographs of G. Abbott and W. McLennan opening the box from the cornerstone of the MMUC at 472 James St., October 1965
16. Contents of cornerstone box - 12 newspapers from July and August, 1884,
including 1 from Boston, and 2 by Syracuse papers in German
17. Orders of Service, June 7, 1964; children's Sunday; cover drawing of Parish
House done by Joanne Ashley; drawing of James St. church by Joanne Ashley use
for farewell service cover, September 20, 1964; drawing of MMUS Genesee St.
by J. Ashley shown in Folder 17a
18. St. Lawrence Beacon, November, 1964, containing memorial to Elizabeth
19. Material relating to stain glass windows at 472 James Street
a. Folder -"Windows -Stained Glass;" photos of 10 windows
b. Letters from several people related to the windows
c. Various descriptions of windows, families that gave them, the people to whom they are dedicated, and where they were
20. Distribution of various objects from James St. church, 1973
a. Location of Samuel Joseph May plaque and other plaques
b. Distribution of various objects
21. Notes on MMUUS history
a. Notes and information regarding MMUS tradition, heritage, and memories
b. Note - The following is in a separate folder, shown as 21a: Various individual letters about history
c. Note - The following is in a separate folder, shown as 21b: Lecture byJohn Fuller delivered to the Women's Alliance, January, 1962, "Traditional and Heritage of MMUS"
22. Letter to congregation from V. Johnson, president, regarding Jo Gould's resignation, October 11, 1967
a. In a separate folder shown as 22a are reports from Jo Gould and RE committee , 1965-1973
b. In a separate folder shown as 22b are various religious education reports, 1968-70
23. Various meetings and letters on church fiscal crises, 1969-1970; in a separate folder shown as 23a is a report of the Vanguard Committee on the future health of the church, 1969-70
24. Correspondence related to John Fuller's resignation, 1973
25. List of services for 1972-73 with statistics on presenters; in a separate folder shown as 25a is a preliminary report of consensus meetings, April 1, 1973
26. Statement by John Fuller regarding plans to seek another church, April, 10, 1973; statement of the board in response to this, April 11, 1973; letter from JCF to congregation announcing acceptance of call to Scituate, MA, June 15, 1973; invitation to farewell party for JCF on July 28, 1973
27. Correspondence about microfilming May letters at Cornell, 1963-1966
28. Memorial services for JCF on December 15, 1974; newspaper clippings regarding his death
29. Photo of Ric Masten and congregation in back yard of the church, November 5, 1997
30. Canvass materials 1968, 1971
31. Sermons and addresses b other ministers and friends 1960s and 70s
32. Typed copy of "Samuel Joseph May: Abolitionist" by Charles D'Arriello, undated
33. Sermon by Isabel Aird, September 10, 1967 "Beyond the Ego"
34. Sermon by Cathy Covert February 13, 1972 "The Remarkable Mr. May"
35. Publications from UUA authored by Elizabeth Manwell
a. "The First of Life," 52 pages, 1964
b. "Always Growing," 8 pages, undated
36. Material related to Jo Gould:
a. UUA publication, "A Guide to the Use of Conversations with Children,"
by Josephine Gould, 16 pages, undated
b. 8 x 10b & w photo of Jo Gould presenting flowers to children
c. Science Series "What is Real," by Jo and Lawrence Gould, 30 pages, 1964
d. 3 x 5 color print of Elizabeth Walsh, Jo Gould, and Doug Temple
37. Text and Film Strip "A Child Grows in the Church," by Jo Gould and Bob
38. Membership folder for 1962
39. Reports on Babyfold Study, 1961-1962
40. Committee reports on an organ at the Genessee St. building, 1962-1963
41. Analysis of DRE job, May, 1962
42. Commission study groups 1962
43. Fundraising events, 1962, 1970-71
44. MMC James St. - 3 photos, 1963; snapshots of razing, 1965
45. Letter from Program Council regarding Civil Rights groups holding meetings at
MMUS, October 1, 1963
46. Downtown Thanksgiving service, November 26, 1964 - order of service;
newsclip and photos of JCF
47. Annual meeting programs and reports, 1962-1965
48. Membership activities, 1963-1967
49. Finance concerns 1964-1969
50. New Hymnal 1965
a. Introductory letter, 2-1-65
b. Sample hymns
51. Petition and vote - teenaged board member, 1969
52. Annual meeting programs and reports 1966-1972
53. Statement by JCF to NYS constitutional convention, 1967
54. Papers on JCF work with conscientious objectors, 1967-1969
55. Summer church programs 1967
56. Operating manual - committees 1968
57. Letter to Board of Education, Syracuse, endorsing campus plan
58. Summary by E. Rosebrugh - "Religion and the Tax-Supported School" - undated
(shown earlier as 1949)
59. Fuller vs. IRS, letter, 1970
60. Charman art exhibit, May, 1971
61. Public Affairs Committee activities, 1961-1965
62. Scattered Site Public Housing Committee, 1965
63. Letters -D. Kobemess/WSYR, 1969
64. Church council , 1966-1968
65. Memorial service for Elizabeth Lewis - 4-20-69
66. Pledge letter to congregation -1-29-73
67. Selected Fuller Sermons -1964-65
October 20, 2008