Merrill, Charles Clarkson. Papers, 1891-1960.

Collection Information
Title:

Charles Clarkson Merrill papers, 1891-1960.

Creator(s):

Merrill, Charles Clarkson, 1872-1961

Dates:

1891-1961

Extent:

4 record storage cartons (4 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

MS0769

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Charles Clarkson Merrill papers, MS0769. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Re-described by Nick Ver Steegh, November 2014, using DACS Second Edition.

Abstract:

Charles Merrill was a member of the Commission on Ministry from 1927-1934, and the Board of Pastoral Supply from 1934-1943. The collection contains material produced and collected by Charles Merrill during his career in the Congregational church, including his work as a pastor and his advocacy of the United Church of Christ merger.

Description

Historical Note

Charles Clarkson Merrill was born in Marlboro, New Hampshire on March 3rd 1872, attended Yale Divinity School, and was ordained through the Congregational Church of Stubenville, Ohio in 1897. He was pastor there until 1902, then at North Church in Winchendon, Massachusetts from 1902-1911. He became secretary of the Vermont Conference in 1917, of the Illinois Conference in 1922, of the Commission on Missions in 1927, and finally the Congregational Board of Pastoral Supply in 1934, a position he held until his retirement in 1943. He convened, chaired, and was a member of the Committee on Interchurch Relations and Christian Unity from 1946-1958, and a member of the Committee on Denominational History from 1947-1958. He died on April 1st 1961.

 

Scope of Collection

The Merrill collection contains material produced and collected by Charles Merrill during his career in the Congregational church, including his work as a pastor, his time on the Commission on the Ministry, and his advocacy of the United Church of Christ merger.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

Merrill, Charles Clarkson, 1872-1961

Worcester North Conference of Congregational Churches

Evangelical and Reformed Church.

United Church of Christ

Burton, Malcolm K.

World Council of Churches.

United Church of Canada

International Congregational Council

United Church of Christ. Uniting General Synod

General Council of the Congregational and Christian Churches of the United States. Commission on the Ministry

Church committees.

20th-century America -- Correspondence.

Congregational churches -- Sermons.

United Church of Christ -- Litigation

 

Related Materials

American Congregationalism in the 20th century : two outstanding developments by Charles Merrill (9.3 2067)

The fulfillment of Congregationalism by Charles C. Merrill (9.7.48)

Prayer by Charles C. Merrill (30.4 1002)

The state conference : a major development in Congregational history by Charles C. Merrill (30.9 MER 1946)

Congregational Christian Churches. Commission on the Missions/Missions Council. Records, 1928-1943, 1956-1962 (RG 0056)

Congregational Board of Pastoral Supply records, 1893-1975. (RG 0693)

Congregational Christian Historical Society records, 1953-2008. (RG 1187)

 

Items removed from the collection, held at Congregational Library & Archives

Christian unity; its relevance to the community by Joseph Quinter Miller et al. (18.5.3.50)

 

Arrangement

The collection is divided into five series: the first contains his sermons and early pastoral work; the second, material related to the Commission on the Ministry; the third, material related to the denominational merger; the fourth, material on the new United Church of Christ; and the fifth, material related to other denominations. Subseries reflect divisions contained in original finding aid, and may or may not be some representation of an original order.

 

Contents

Series I: Sermons, Publications, Letters to Editors

Date: 1891-1960
Extent: 1 record storage carton
Scope of Series: This series mainly contains work and records from Merrill's early years as a pastor, but includes writings from his entire career. It collects Merrill's sermons, addresses, classes and letters to the editor as well as pamphlets, newsletters, newspapers and newspaper clippings. The folders and their contents are arranged by genre, then primarily chronologically.
      Date Box/Folder
Sermons 1891-1892 B1/F1
Sermons 1892-1896 B1/F2
Sermons 1897-1901 B1/F3
Sermons 1902 B1/F4
Sermons 1903-1905 B1/F5
Sermons 1906-1908 B1/F6
Sermons 1909-1939 B1/F7
Sermons 1940-1949 B1/F8
Sermons 1950-1955 B1/F9
Sermons 1956-1961 B1/F10
Papers read at Worcester North Association 1899-1909 B1/F11
Papers read at Worcester North Association 1899-1909 B1/F12
Studies 1898-1900 B1/F13
Studies 1901-1930 B1/F14
Studies 1931-1940 B1/F15
Studies 1941-1950 B1/F16
Studies 1951-1960 B1/F17
History of Congregational Christian State conferences 1944-1945 B1/F18
History of Congregationalism 1957-1959 B1/F19
Letters to the Boston Herald and the New York Times 1936-1960 B1/F20
The Vermont Missionary 1917-1918 B1/F21
The Vermont Missionary 1919 B1/F22
The Vermont Missionary 1920-1922 B1/F23
The Pilgrim Outlook 1923-1926 B1/F24
   

Series II: Commission on the Ministry

Date: 1932-1958
Extent: 2 record storage cartons
Scope of Series: This series contains records related to Merrill work on the Commission on the Ministry. These are primarily correspondence, but also include minutes, memos, studies, handbooks, reports, directories, pamphlets and reports. The correspondence is arranged by correspondent, with some consolidated into alphabetically-arranged folders.
 

Subseries 1: Commissions on the Ministry

  Date Box/Folder
Commission on the ministry 1936-1945, 1953, 1958 B1/F25
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, miscellaneous 1938-1940 B1/F26
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, Frederick L. Fagley 1938-1940 B1/F27
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, Fred L. Hall 1938-1940 B1/F28
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, Hugh Hartshorne 1938-1940 B2/F1
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, Douglas Horton 1938-1940 B2/F2
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, Harold G. Jones 1938-1940 B2/F3
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, expenses 1938-1940 B2/F4
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, placement 1938-1940 B2/F5
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, sources committee 1938-1940 B2/F6
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, salaries 1938-1940 B2/F7
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, standards 1938-1940 B2/F8
Commission on the ministry, correspondence A-F 1938-1940 B2/F9
Commission on the ministry, correspondence G-Q 1938-1940 B2/F10
Commission on the ministry, correspondence R-W 1938-1940 B2/F11
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, general 1938-1943 B2/F12
Commission on the ministry, correspondence, bills 1940-1943 B2/F13
Commission on the ministry, correspondence A-F 1940-1943 B2/F14
Commission on the ministry, correspondence G, H and I 1940-1943 B2/F15
Commission on the ministry, correspondence J, K, L and M-Z 1940-1943 B2/F16
   
 

Subseries 2: Missions

  Date Box/Folder
Layman's foreign mission inquiry meeting proceedings 1932 B2/F17
Commission on missions and the layman's foreign mission inquiry 1933-1934 B2/F18
   

Series III: Merger

Date: 1938-1961
Extent: 3 record storage cartons
Scope of Series: This series contains records relating to Merrill's role in the 1957 merger between the Evangelical and Reformed denomination and the Congregational Christian denomination. It includes correspondence, minutes, newspaper clippings, plans, notes, memos, programs, pamphlets, reports, newsletters, telegraphs, magazines, court decisions, bylaws, constitutions, maps and booklets. It is organized into 14 subseries, usually relating to Merrill's work with a specific Congregational committee or conference.
 

Subseries 1: Interim Committee on Church Unity

  Date Box/Folder
Interim committee on church unity 1952-1954 B2/F19
   
 

Subseries 2: Conference on Church Union

  Date Box/Folder
Conference on church union 1950-1953 B2/F20
Conference on church union, including minutes 1951-1953 B2/F21
Conference on church union 1951-1955 B2/F22
   
 

Subseries 3: Association for a United Church

  Date Box/Folder
Association for a united church 1947-1953 B2/F23
   
 

Subseries 4: Faith and Order Conference

  Date Box/Folder
Faith and order conference 1957 B2/F24
   
 

Subseries 5: Greenwich Plan

  Date Box/Folder
Greenwich plan, correspondence 1953-1959 B2/F25
Greenwich plan, documents 1958-1959 B2/F26
Church union, articles and reports 1938, 1940, 1952 B2/F27
Church union, articles and reports 1940, 1956-1957 B2/F28
   
 

Subseries 6: Congregational and Christian Union

  Date Box/Folder
Congregational church and Christian church union of 1931, Southworth lecture 1951 B2/F29
   
 

Subseries 7: Congregational Christian Church and Evangelical and Reformed Church Union Proponents' Correspondence

  Date Box/Folder
Merger correspondence, Minton, Reed, Lampé to Bradshow, Walton and Pope 1945-1949 B2/F30
   
 

Subseries 8: Congregational Christian Church and Evangelical and Reformed Church Union Proponents' Documents

  Date Box/Folder
Merger correspondence and documents, Harold S. Davis 1946-1948 B2/F31
Merger correspondence 1946-1952 B2/F32
Merger correspondence 1948-1949, 1952 B2/F33
Merger correspondence and literature 1948-1949 B2/F34
Merger correspondence 1948-1956 B2/F35
Merger correspondence 1953-1955 B2/F36
Plan of union drafts 1950-1954 B2/F37
   
 

Subseries 9: Congregational Christian Church and Evangelical and Reformed Church Union Opponents' Documents

  Date Box/Folder
Malcolm K. Burton's book 1952-1953 B3/F1
Malcolm K. Burton 1946-1956 B3/F2
Malcolm K. Burton 1945-1949 B3/F3
Merger opponents' documents 1947-1949 B3/F4
Merger opponents' documents 1948, 1953-1956 B3/F5
Merger opponents' documents, J. Francis Peck 1955-1956 B3/F6
Merger opponents' documents 1954-1956 B3/F7
Merger opponents' documents 1956-1961 B3/F8
The Free Lance 1951-1956 B3/F9
   
 

Subseries 10: Congregational Christian Church and Evangelical and Reformed Church Union Miscellaneous Correspondence and Documents

  Date Box/Folder
Merger miscellaneous, various historical documents 1943-1949 B3/F10
Merger miscellaneous documents, including "Basis of Union" 1943-1956 B3/F11
Merger miscellaneous, mostly correspondence 1943-1957 B3/F12
Merger miscellaneous, mostly correspondence 1957-1960 B3/F13
Merger miscellaneous 1947-1956 B3/F14
Merger miscellaneous, documents and comments 1947-1955 B3/F15
Merger miscellaneous, data and documents 1949, 1954-1955 B3/F16
Merger miscellaneous, Charles C. Merrill's notes 1953-1954 B3/F17
   
 

Subseries 11: Congregational Christian Church and Evangelical and Reformed Church Union Committees

  Date Box/Folder
Commission on interchurch relations and Christian unity, minutes, etc. 1948-1958 B3/F18
Commission on interchurch relations and Christian unity, correspondence 1951-1959 B3/F19
Commission on interchurch relations and Christian unity, Ms. Robert Reneker 1957-1958 B3/F20
Commission on interchurch relations and Christian unity, J. Hall Kellogg 1957-1958 B3/F21
Committee on free church polity and unity, minutes, etc. 1950-1954 B3/F22
Committee on free church polity and unity, studies, etc. 1950-1954 B3/F23
Committee on free church polity and unity, mostly correspondence 1954 B3/F24
Information committee of the executive committee of the general council 1955-1956 B3/F25
Information committee of the Massachusetts conference 1945-1957 B3/F26
Information committee of the Massachusetts conference 1957-1961 B3/F27
Committee on free church polity and unity, correspondence 1951-1953 B3/F28
Committee on free church polity and unity, correspondence 1953-1955 B3/F29
Committee for the continuation of Congregational Christian churches of the United States 1949-1951, 1955-1956 B3/F30
The Congregational Christian Churches 1949-1955 B3/F31
Constitution committee 1957-1961 B3/F32
   
 

Subseries 12: Congregational Christian Church and Evangelical and Reformed Church Union Court Papers and Legal Matters

  Date Box/Folder
Steinbrink decision and court's decision of December 3, 1953 1949-1951, 1953 B4/F1
Steinbrink decision and court's decision of December 3, 1953 undated B4/F2
Massachusetts conference appeal fund 1948-1952 B4/F3
Information consulting group 1954-1956 B4/F4
Loren T. Wood and Loren N. Wood 1954, 1958 B4/F5
   
 

Subseries 13: Congregational Christian Church and Evangelical and Reformed Church Union General Council Meetings

  Date Box/Folder
General council meeting, Oberlin 1948 B4/F6
General council meeting, Cleveland 1950 B4/F7
General council meeting, Omaha 1956 B4/F8
General council meetings, Cleveland, uniting synod 1957 B4/F9
   
 

Subseries 14: Evangelical and Reformed Church

  Date Box/Folder
Evangelical and reformed 1944-1958 B4/F10
Evangelical and reformed, minutes 1946-1951 B4/F11
Evangelical and reformed, correspondence 1955-1960 B4/F12
   

Series IV: United Church of Christ

Date: 1948-1960
Extent: 1 record storage carton
Scope of Series: This series contains Merrill's documents relating to the then newly-formed United Church of Christ. These include minutes, correspondence, memos, proposals, notes, programs, pamphlets, brochures, bylaws, reports and booklets. They are organized chronologically.
  Date Box/Folder
United Church of Christ 1948-1960 B4/F13
United Church of Christ 1960 B4/F14
United Church of Christ, uniting general synod, Cleveland 1957 B4/F15
United Church of Christ, second general synod, Oberlin 1959 B4/F16
United Church of Christ, general synod 1960 B4/F17
United Church of Christ, general synod 1960 B4/F18
United Church of Christ, constitution 1959-1960 B4/F19
   

Series V: Other Religious Groups

Date: 1922-1961
Extent: 1 record storage carton
Scope of Series: This series contains information collected by Merrill on denominations outside the United States, as well as relevant correspondence. It includes booklets, newspapers, correspondence and maps. It is organized by subject.
  Date Box/Folder
International Congregational council 1938, 1953 B4/F20
Congregational church in England 1922, 1944, 1950-1951 B4/F21
World Council of Churches, advisory commission 1954 B4/F22
World Council of Churches, faith and order commission 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958 B4/F23
World Council of Churches, miscellaneous 1951-1952, 1961 B4/F24
United Church of Canada 1950, 1953 B4/F25
United Church of South India 1942, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953 B4/F26
Disciples of Christ 1948, 1952, 1954, 1957, 1959 B4/F27

 

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