The City Missionary Society of Boston records

The records of the City Missionary Society (formerly the Boston Society for the Religious and Moral Instruction of the Poor) constitutes two manuscript boxes. The collection consists of City Missionary Society annual reports 1841-1963 (with gaps) and a booklet entitled A Historical Snapshot: City Mi...

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520 |a The records of the City Missionary Society (formerly the Boston Society for the Religious and Moral Instruction of the Poor) constitutes two manuscript boxes. The collection consists of City Missionary Society annual reports 1841-1963 (with gaps) and a booklet entitled A Historical Snapshot: City Mission Society 175 Years, 1816-1991, published in 1991. The annual reports include statistics, reports of the treasurer, reports from the various divisions of charity (camps, vacation church schools, etc.), lists of members, officers, and committees, and lists of missionary districts. Some reports also contain the by-laws and charter of the Society. The annual reports also include a summary of the years' significant events involving missionaries and the numerous charities 
524 |a The City Missionary Society of Boston. Simmons College Archives, Boston, MA. Records, CC 23 
540 |a Requests for permission to pubish should be addressed to the College Archivist 
541 |a Donald Moreland  |c gift  |d 1988, 1989  |f School of Social Work, transferred, 1991  |e 1999.055 
544 |a Additional material: Congregational Library and Archives 
545 |a In 1820 The Society for the Religious and Moral Instruction of the Poor was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with Rev. Joshua Huntington as the first president and the Rev. William Jenks as the first secretary (director). The Society was affiliated with the Evangelical Congregational Church, now known as the United Church of Christ. According to Article 1 of the Society's By-laws, the object of the society was "the religious and moral instruction of the poor in the city of Boston." The Society addressed religious needs of children and families through vacation church schools, Christian youth camps, Sabbath schools, and Chinese Sunday Schools. The Society also handed out clothing, distributed Bibles and religious tracts, comforted the infirm, and visited prisoners. Other programs included an Easter Mission for hospital patients and a Thanksgiving Dinner. To better serve the community, the Society opened its Mission House and established neighborhood centers in 1821. In 1830, the Society divided Boston into missionary districts. In 1841 the society was renamed the City Missionary Society. For over 175 years, the City Missionary Society has been committed to helping the Boston poor and others. Society missionaries were responsible for the establishment of Boston's first primary schools and the founding of the Boston YWCA. One missionary, Armeda Gibbs, was the first female army nurse during the Civil War. Currently CMS operates many social welfare programs, including Camp Meadowcrest for the elderly, and prison programs at Framingham women's prison and Walpole State Prison. Today, the Society's statement of purpose reads "To work with the urban poor to fashion a vision of wholeness of human life against the realities of economic, racial, and social injustice; to hold that vision and its responsibilities before the churches of the U.C.C. and the people of metropolitan Boston; and to work with the urban poor toward the fulfillment of that vision." 
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