Guide to the Record Book of Newark Young Men’s Society 1833-1838 MG 188
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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.
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.
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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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 188, Newark Young Men’s Society Record Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.