Fonds UC001 - Plymouth United Church (Sherbrooke) fonds

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Plymouth United Church (Sherbrooke) fonds

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  • 1837-1972 (Creation)

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2,17 m of textual records. - 2 engineering and technical drawings. - 2 postcards. - 21 architectural drawings. - 29 photographs.

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Plymouth United Church in Sherbrooke was established by Congregationalists from Sherbrooke and Lennoxville in 1835. When formed, it was called the Plymouth Congregational Church. In 1925, Plymouth Congregational Church entered into the Dominion-wide union of the Congregational, Presbyterian, and Methodist Churches to form the United Church. Plymouth Congregational Church then became known as Plymouth United Church. In 1971, Plymouth United Church amalgamated with Trinity United Church, forming Plymouth-Trinity United Church. Prior to the formation of Plymouth Congregational Church in 1835, the pastoral oversight of the region had been carried out by Reverend Ammi J. Parker, pastor of the Congregational Church in Danville. In the early years, the Church was governed in keeping with Congregationalist doctrine. The congregation maintained administrative control over the building and property and was responsible for choosing the Pastor. Congregational meetings were held weekly, after the service. As the congregation grew, members formed church boards (Board of Trustees, Official Board, Joint Board, Session, Board of Stewards and Congregation) and committees to oversee church affairs. The Church also had societies and organizations for women (Ladies' Guild Women's Association, Women's Missionary Society, United Church Women), for children (Sunday School), and for adults and couples (Choir, Double or Nothing Club). Plymouth United Church was part of the Quebec and Sherbrooke Presbytery of the Montreal and Ottawa Conference of the United Church of Canada.

Custodial history

The Plymouth Congregational Church records remained in the custody of Plymouth United Church and subsequently Plymouth-Trinity United Church. Between 1989 and 1991, the records were transferred in many accessions to the Montreal and Ottawa Conference Archives, then located at Bishop's University. In 1993, the archives of the Conference moved to Montreal, but the records of the Quebec and Sherbrooke Presbytery and its local churches remained at Bishop's University under the management of the Eastern Townships Research Centre. The registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, and some other documents were transferred by Plymouth-Trinity United Church to the archives in 1994.

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The fonds contains source material on Church management, congregation's affairs, and the activities of Church organizations and societies for the Plymouth United Church in Sherbrooke from 1837 to 1972. It consists of minutes, correspondence, newsletters, reports, financial statements, accounting records, legal documents, bequests, building blueprints, plans and property diagrams, insurance policies, registers of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, membership lists, historic rolls, press clippings, church histories and photographs. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Church Boards (1870-1972) Legal (1855-1971), Buildings and Property (1922-1971), Financial (1885-1971), Annual Reports (1885-1971), Baptisms, Marriages and Burials (1837-1965), Bulletins (1885-1971), Membership (1861-1971), Historical (1890-1955), Organizations (1909-1972), Committees (1907-1958), and Photographs ([189-?]-1969).

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The registers of baptisms, marriages and burials may be restricted at the discretion of the Archivist.

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The following finding aid is available: Catalogue of the Plymouth United Church fonds (UC001), compiled by Eric Lemieux, 1995.

Associated materials

The last register of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials of Plymouth United Church is kept with the records of Plymouth-Trinity United Church (UC004) because the latter church continued to use it after amalgamation in 1971.

Researchers may also consult the Trinity United Church (Sherbrooke) fonds (UC002), Sangster Memorial United Church (Sherbrooke) fonds (UC003), and Plymouth-Trinity United Church (Sherbrooke) fonds (UC004).


No further accruals are expected.

General note

The records were kept with the records of Plymouth-Trinity United Church and identified as 10/SHR (see Guide to the Local Church Records. Montreal and Ottawa Conference, United Church of Canada, 1986, p. 1001-1010).
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Some very fragile documents have been put in polyester sleeves.
The archives of the Quebec and Sherbrooke Presbytery local churches are all arranged according to a common classification system established by Susan Stanley, Montreal and Ottawa Conference Archivist. Some series and subseries of the common system do not occur in this fonds.
Most of the documents are in English, some in French.

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1 février, 2016

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