Stevens, Frederick L. and Mary E. Gridley. Papers, 1868-1890.

Collection Information

Frederick L. Stevens and Mary E. Gridley Stevens papers, 1868-1890.


Stevens, Frederick Lorenzo

Stevens, Mary E. Gridley




1 document case (0.3 cubic feet)

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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 Frederick L. Stevens and Mary E. Gridley Stevens papers, MS5098. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.



Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Steytler, May 2014, using DACS Second Edition.


Frederick Stevens attended Yale and served the Southington Connecticut Congregational Church. Mary Gridley lived in Southington and attended the Lewis Academy. She married Frederick Stevens in 1887. The collection consists of essays, sermons, pastor diaries, clippings, and commencement programs.

Acquisition Information:

Gifted to the Library & Archives in December 2011.


Historical Note

Frederick Lorenzo Stevens grew up in Winona, Minnesota, attended Olivet College, where he graduated in 1882 with a bachelor of arts degree. In 1886-1887 class, he graduated from Yale Divinity School in the Graduate 4th year, and listed as a Hooker Fellowship recipient. The Congregational Yearbook lists him as ordained in 1885, and served as pastor to the Southington Connecticut Congregational Church from 1885 to 1888. On October 7, 1887, he married Mary E. Gridley of Southington, Connecticut. In 1888, Stevens was dismissed from the denomination.

Mary Gridley attended the Lewis Academy (years including 1868-1874). The Lewis Academy was the forerunner of the public high school in Southington.


Scope of Collection

The collection consists of essays, sermons, pastor diaries, clippings, commencement programs, 1 photograph, 1 etching, and a copy of a 1912 Sea Breeze, published by the Boston Seafarer's Friend. Mary Gridley's compositions from classes at Lewis Academy. Many of the essays are unattributed. They could have been written by Mary or by Frederick. There is a section of clippings dedicated to Frederick's career. The bulk of the time frame is from 1868 with Mary's essays through 1890, but several items do not have dates.


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Subject Headings

Stevens, Frederick Lorenzo.

Stevens, Mary E. Gridley.



Sermons, American - 19th century.

First Congregational Church (Southington, Conn.)

Congregational churches - Connecticut - Southington.



Folders are sorted by type of material: essays, sermons, and diary in approximate chronological order.



  Date Box
Mary Gridley Compositions 1868-1874 F1
Essays 1872, undated F2
Sermons 1887-1888 F3
Sermons 1886-1887 F4
Pastor Diaries 1887-1888, 1887-1890 F5
Clippings undated F6
Yale Class of 1885 Photograph and unrelated etching undated F7
Graduation Programs, Olivet and Yale 1882, 1886 F8
Sea Breeze 1912 October F9


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