Medford, Massachusetts. Mystic Congregational Church. Records, 1847-1978.

Collection Information

The Congregational Library & Archives' collection of Medford, Mass. Mystic Congregational Church records, 1847-1978.


Mystic Congregational Church (Medford, Mass.)




1 record carton (1 cubic foot)

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Conditions Governing Access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Congregational Library & Archives' collection of Mystic Congregational Church (Medford, Mass.) records, RG4933. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.



Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Steytler, April 2015, using DACS Second Edition.


The Mystic Congregational Church as well as the Mystic Society was formed in 1847 and closed in 1978. The collection consists primarily of bound ledgers of annual and regular meeting minutes, membership for the church.

Acquisition Information:

A gift of the West Medford Congregational Church in September 2014.

Upon the church closing, the West Medford Congregational Church acted as custodian to the remaining records, primarily ledgers. That material was donated along with West Medford Church's records in September 2014.


Historical Note

The Mystic Congregational Church as well as the Mystic Society was formed in 1847. In 1874, Mystic and First Trinitarian, also called the Orthodox Church, merged and the meeting house was rededicated in 1876. The congregation closed in 1978. While several members of the Mystic Church joined West Medford and provided significant financial support, there is no record in the West Medford annual reports of a merger between the two churches.

List of Ministers

Abner B. Warner 1847-1853   George M. Butler 1904-1917
Jacob M. Manning 1854-1857   Cyrus Richardson 1917-1918
Elias Nason 1858-1860   Thomas C. Richards 1918-1928
E. P. Hooker 1861-1869   Geroge W. Hylton 1929-1939
Solon Cobb 1869-1874   Albert A. Madsen 1940-1945
Charles H. Baldwin 1875-1881   Charles L. Atkins 1945-1950
Theophilus P. Sawin 1881-1886   James E. Hawkins 1950-1956
James. L. Hill 1886-1894   Ward A. Knights, Jr. 1956-1959
John Barstow 1894-1900   Harold L. Arends 1959-1978
Elijah Hoar 1900-1903      


Scope of Collection

This collection is contains meeting minutes; Sunday bulletins and programs; correspondence; histories; clippings; photographs. There is a comprehensive run of records from 1847-1962 in bound ledgers, which contain annual and regular meeting minutes, membership for the church. In the history folder, there is a script that accompanied lantern slides, but the slides were not included when the collections were donated. However, the script was retained since it relates to the history of the church.


Further Searches

Subject Headings

Mystic Congregational Church (Medford, Mass.)

Orthodox Church (Medford, Mass.)

First Trinitarian Church (Medford, Mass.)

Church records and registers - Massachusetts- Medford.

Church societies.

Covenant (Church polity) - Congregational churches.

Medford (Mass.) - Church history.

Installation (clergy).

Business meetings.

Church membership.

Church anniversaries.


Related Materials

Medford, Mass. Mystic Congregational Church local history file, 17.11.1 M46.73 MYSC



The collection is arranged in chronological order.



  Date Box 1
Society records 1847-1907 B1/V1
Church records 1847-1890 B1/V2
Church records 1891-1931 B1/V3
Church records 1932-1962 B1/V4
Church ledger 1912-1956 B1/F1
Correspondence 1919-1978 B1/F2
Histories of the church 1922, 1927, 1978 B1/F3
Newspaper clippings 1922, 1940s-1960s B1/F4
Photographs 1874-1960s B1/F5
Programs and events 1909-1962 B1/F6
Sunday bulletins and newsletters 1895-1962 B1/F7


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