Guide to the Record Book of Newark Young Men’s Society 1833-1838 MG 188

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Descriptive Summary
Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Restrictions
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information


Guide to the Record Book of Newark Young Men’s Society
1833-1838
MG 188
The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
(973) 596-8500 x249
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. February 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Newark Young Men’s Society (N.J.)
Title: Newark Young Men’s Society Record Book
Dates: 1833-1838
Abstract: Consists of a record book belonging to the Newark Young Men’s Society covering the years 1833 to 1838. Included in the record book are the constitution, bylaws, membership lists, and minutes of the meetings of the society.
Quantity: 1 volume
Collection Number: MG 188

Historical Note

The Newark Young Men’s Society was formed on May 13, 1833, the result of a merger of two young men’s associations in the City of Newark. The purpose of the society was for the “moral and intellectual improvement of the young men in the Town of Newark.” The cornerstones of the organization were to devote time to Christian prayer, and to foster civic responsibility through debate and discussion of political issues in a formal setting. Lectures and other activities were also sponsored by the group to achieve these goals. Meetings were held on a regular basis until late 1838, and the last known membership list of the society dates from 1839, when apparently the organization was dissolved.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a record book belonging to the Newark Young Men’s Society covering the years 1833 to 1838. Included in the record book are the constitution, bylaws, membership lists, and minutes of the meetings of the society. Amongst the members listed are James Congar, Charles H. Halsey, Aaron S. Ogden, Marcus L. Ward, and William Wheeler.

As the minutes indicate, the society met with the purpose of building the character of the young men who belonged to it. Most often, a prayer was recited at the beginning and end of each meeting. On one occasion, the Vice President of the society was quoted proposing the question, “Should the Governor of New Jersey be elected by the people?” After lengthy debate, it was concluded, “the weight of the argument was on the affirmative.”

The last entry is dated November 21, 1838, recording the meeting held that day. The bylaws and standing rules appear at the end of the volume.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Congar, James, fl. 1833-1838.
Halsey, Charles H., 1810-1855.
Ogden, Aaron S., fl. 1833-1838.
Ward, Marcus L. (Marcus Lawrence), 1812-1884.
Wheeler, William, fl. 1833-1838.
Subject Organizations:
Newark Young Men’s Society (N.J.)
Subject Topics:
Clubs–New Jersey.
Subject Places:
Newark (N.J.)–History.
Document Types:
Bylaws.
Constitutions.
Membership lists.
Minutes.

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Related Material

For related collections pertaining to members of the Newark Young Men’s Society, see:

Manuscript Group 12, Congar Family Papers

Manuscript Group 386, Ogden Family Papers

Manuscript Group 954, Charles H. Halsey Papers

Manuscript Group 981, Newark Young Men’s Society Membership Roster

For related collections pertaining to other clubs and associations in Newark, New Jersey, see:

Manuscript Group 886, Harmonic Society of Newark Records

Manuscript Group 922, Newark Clay Club Records

Manuscript Group 1018, Daughters of the American Revolution, Nova Caesarea Chapter Manuscript Collection

Manuscript Group 1533, A.J. Smith Council Account Book

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The source of this collection is unknown.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 188, Newark Young Men’s Society Record Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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