Guide to the Records of Philadelphia Baptist Association 1755-1828 MG 259

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

Container List

Correspondence


Guide to the Records of Philadelphia Baptist Association
1755-1828
MG 259
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Althea Bernheim 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. March 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: Philadelphia Baptist Association
Title: Philadelphia Baptist Association Records
Dates: 1755-1828
Abstract: Consists of correspondence between the Philadelphia Baptist Association and associated Baptist churches in New Jersey, as well as a few in Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Quantity: 0.23 linear feet (143 items)
Collection Number: MG 259

Historical Note

Organized in 1707, the Philadelphia Baptist Association was comprised of churches chiefly in New Jersey and Philadelphia, as well as elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington D.C.

The primary purpose of this Association was to support local churches by providing collective meetings where churches would exchange information and work collaboratively. Prior to the Association’s rise there were general meetings, sometimes referred to as yearly meetings, held at various locations dating back to 1688. However, the Association deviated from the general meetings, instead of sending all members of the congregation to the meeting, each church sent delegates as representatives. The Philadelphia Association was believed to have been a dominant force in influencing Baptist ways of thinking.

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Scope and Content Note

These records consist of correspondence between the Philadelphia Baptist Association and associated Baptist churches in New Jersey, as well as a few in Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania. The letters deal with business issues such as the nomination of delegates, dues, and pertinent religious and political issues.

Of special note are many letters written between 1760 and 1790 by Reverend Isaac Eaton, a minister who founded the Public Grammar School in Hopewell, New Jersey in 1756. In addition, there is also a resolution from a Baptist convention concerning the John Quincy Adams-Andrew Jackson Presidential race of 1828.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged chronologically with the oversized materials listed at the end.

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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:
Eaton, Isaac, fl. 1725-1772.
Subject Organizations:
Philadelphia Baptist Association.
Subject Topics:
Baptist associations–United States.
Baptists–United States.
Elections–United States.
Presidents–United States–Election.
Religion and politics–United States.
Schools–New Jersey–Hopewell.
Document Types:
Letters (correspondence)

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Related Material

For materials related to other Baptist churches and organizations, see:

Manuscript Group 700, Northfield Baptist Church Records

Manuscript Group 968, The Baptist Church of Scotch Plains Records

Manuscript Group 1236, Baptist Church, Middle Precinct (Cape May, N. J.) Minute Books

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The source of this collection is unknown.

Other Formats

This collection is available on microfilm; please consult the microfilm first before requesting to review the originals.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 259, Philadelphia Baptist Association Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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Container List

Correspondence

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Correspondence (10) 1755-1764
1 2 Correspondence (11) 1776-1779
1 3 Correspondence (14) 1782-1782
1 4 Correspondence (14) 1784-1784
1 5 Correspondence (24) 1785-1785
1 6 Correspondence (18) 1786-1787
1 7 Correspondence (16) 1790-1790
1 8 Correspondence (14) 1791-1794
1 9 Correspondence (10) 1798-1828
1 10 Correspondence (10) undated
Box Folder Title Date
DOS 1 Correspondence (2) 1779, 1790

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