Hidden Collections

Bethlehem Home Mission Society


Archival Description

Creator: Bethlehem Home Mission Society; 2011/20
Title: Bethlehem Home Mission Society
Dates: August 27, 1849 - 1947 [1950]
Quantity: 4 boxes + 1 flat box
Identification: BHMS
Language of Material: German
Location: Moravian Church Archives
Alternate View: View Moravian Archives Finding Aid

Scope/Contents

The majority of the collection is made up of minute and account books. The collection includes five minute books, ten account and bank books, and a book of copied letters, as well as a volume containing letters, receipts, and collection books. Also part of the collection are treasurers' reports, receipts, checks and check books, assorted accounting papers, pamphlets, notes taken during Society meetings, letters, a board membership list and vote tallies, and plans for a chapel. The minute books detail the organization and proceedings of the Home Mission Society at Bethlehem, PA, from its founding through its [81st] annual meeting in 1932. Expenses and donations to the Society and the Moravian Church are well-documented, as is the construction of the Moravian Chapel on Locust Street. Most of the collection is in English, but there are some letters and prayers written in German.


Biography/History

The Bethlehem Home Mission Society was founded in 1849 for the purpose of establishing Moravian missions within the United States. In addition to funding distant missions through optional donations of the members of the Moravian Church, the Society oversaw the conception and construction of an additional branch of the Church in Bethlehem itself.


Restrictions

no restrictions


Custodial History

The papers were arranged by Olivia Sardo (CLIR project) during September and October of 2011.


Records

Bethlehem Home Mission Society
1. Minutes
2. Home Mission Society, Bethlehem Pa. Constitution and General Meetings
Date: 1849 - 1854
Physical Description: 1 volume
Scope/Content: Includes: an early copy of the preamble and constitution of the BHMS, with corrections; a list of subscribers names, copied from the original text; minutes of the first five anniversary meetings
3. Minutes of the Home Mission Society, Bethlehem Pa.
Date: 1849 - 1854
Physical Description: 1 volume
Scope/Content: Includes: minutes of the first through 115th meetings of the BHMS
Note: Records of some meetings begin with dedications in German
4. Minutes of the Home Mission Society, Bethlehem, Pa.
Date: 1855 - 1871
Physical Description: rotting leather binding, loose papers
Scope/Content: Includes: minutes of the 116th through 252nd sessions of the BHMS; establishment of a committee to build a church on the south side of Bethlehem (page 123); records of slated meetings
5. Minutes of the Home Mission Society, Bethlehem, Pa.
Date: 1872 - 1886
Physical Description: 1 volume
Scope/Content: Includes: minutes of the Board of Directors slated meetings; list of 1879 members of the Board; 1879 calendar; 1881 list of officers; attendence records 1879, 1882-3; 1885 calendar in envelop on back cover
6. Minutes of the Annual Meetings of the Bethlehem Home Miss. Soc.
Date: 1886 - 1932
Physical Description: fragile spine
Scope/Content: Includes: minutes of the 37th through [81st] annual meetings of the BHMS
Note: "No meeting was called in 1931, Bro. Meilieke being away at Synod in Germany"
22. Minutes and Meeting Notes
Date: 1868 - 1870
Physical Description: 4 papers
Scope/Content: Includes: Resolutions adopted in March 1869; notes taken during March, an unknown month, August, July, October 1868; minutes of the Slated Meeting of May 1868 and Anniversary Celebration of June 1868; notes on meetings of January and February 1869; notes on meetings of January 1869 and January 1870
Note: many drawings in the margins and spaces of the notes, [possibly by Brickenstein, as several parts of his name are illuminated]
2. Organization
20. Constitution Papers
Date: 1837 - 1869
Physical Description: 5 papers
Scope/Content: Includes: two 1850 copies of the constitution of the Moravian Society; a Synod government report; an 1855 copy of the constution of the BHMS; "An Address, ... of the United Brethren's Home Mission Society of orth Carolina," delivered 1837
Note: The 1855 constitution refers to the Society as the "Moravian Home Mission Society."
3. Personnel
21. Personnel
Date: without date
Physical Description: 4 papers
Scope/Content: Includes: a list of officers of an unknown year; absentee note from Wolle; two sheets of vote tallies for unknown years
4. Correspondence
1. Correspondence: "for the Home Missionary Society at Bethlehem"
Date: 1849 - 1850
Physical Description: 1 volume
Scope/Content: Includes: Copies of letters with corrections; list by correspondant of letters sent and received
Note: Contains loose papers
24. Scrapbook Containing Assorted Papers of Simon Rau, Treasurer
Date: 1887 - 1901
Physical Description: fragile binding, pages loose
Scope/Content:
Includes:
Annual financial reports from 1887 to 1901;
Correspondence to Rau in English and German;
Letters on the subject of missionary practices abroad;
Paperwork and accounting for building the Moravian Chapel on Laurel Street, receipts for labor, materials, etc.;
Collection records: schedules, donations, list of churches taking collections;
Pamphlets concerning the cornerstone-laying (October 9, 1887) and dedication (December 11, 1887) of the Church on Laurel Street;
Newspaper clippings on the Chapel;
Minutes of the Building Committee of the BHMS, with a copy of its directive;
Letters on relevant letterhead: "The Provincal Synod of 1888," "Building Committee of the New Theological Seminary";
Note:
Contains four booklets:
Minutes of the Building Committee of the BHMS July 12, 1887- April 2, 1888;
Contributions for the bell for the Moravian Laurel Street Chapel, 1887;
Collection for the Laurel Street Chapel, with names of benefactors;
Receipts for donations for the Laurel Street Chapel, bound together;
5. Financial Records
7. Cash Book of the Bethlehem Home Mission Society
Date: 1849 - 1865
Physical Description: 1 volume
Scope/Content: Includes: Receipts and expenses of the BHMS
8. Treasurers Book of the Bethlehem Home Miss. Soc.
Date: 1867 - 1897
Physical Description: 1 volume
Scope/Content: Includes: Records of expenses of the BHMS; includes records for 1898
Note: 1855 copy of Constitution pasted in; notes on charter
9. Treasurers' Book
Date: 1873 - 1932
Physical Description: fragile spine
Scope/Content: Includes: Donation funds and bank records of the BHMS through 1904; a list [of benefactors] through 1932
10. Treasurers' Book "Ledger"
Date: 1898 - 1919
Physical Description: 1 volume
Scope/Content: Includes: Receipts and disbursements of the BHMS, 1898-1915; a list of treasurers; a list of collections
11. Record of the Pew Collections in the Central Church and Chapels
Date: 1914 - 1928
Physical Description: fragile spine, binding
Scope/Content: Includes: Donation records and some bank records of the BHMS
12. Treasurers' Book
Date: 1917 - 1951
Physical Description: peeling spine
Scope/Content: Includes: Records of expenses of the BHMS
13. Cash book of the Bethlehem Home Mission Society
Date: 1945 - 1947
Physical Description: pages removed, begins with page 37
Scope/Content: Includes: Records of expenses of BHMS
14. Treasurer's Reports - J. Rauch, Treasurer
Date: 1850 - 1858
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes:
1. The annual expenses of the BHMS, May 6, 1850
2. The annual expenses of the BHMS, May 14, 1851
3. The annual expenses of the BHMS, May 12, 1852
4. The annual expenses of the BHMS, May 11, 1853
5. The annual expenses of the BHMS, May 10, 1854
6. The annual expenses of the BHMS, August 7, 1855
7. The annual expenses of the BHMS, May 7, 1856
8. The annual expenses of the BHMS, August 13, 1856
9. The annual expenses of the BHMS, May 21, 1857
10. The annual expenses of the BHMS, June 12, 1858
15. Accounting
Date: 1851 - [1950]
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: Annual balance worksheets
Note: years: 1851, 1868-1870, 1916, 1917, 1931-1932, [1950, 1951]
16. Bank and Check Books
Date: May 25, 1904 - February 1, 1915
Physical Description: 2 small volumes, 3 check books
Scope/Content: Includes:
Account balances, deposits, and withdrawls of the BHMS
Bank Book: Henry A. Jacobson, Treasurer
Bank Book: Henry A. Krause, Treasurer
17. Checks and Bank Slips
Date: 1897 - 1916
Physical Description: stuck together with old rubber bands
Scope/Content: Includes: Checks and bank slips written on behalf of the BHMS by Rau, Jacobson, Krause, and Laubach
18. Receipt Book: Bethlehem Home Miss. Soc.
Date: 1850 - 1888
Physical Description: 1 volume
Scope/Content: Includes: Receipts for the expenses of the BHMS
19. Receipts
Date: 1850 - 1930
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: receipts of purchaces: Seidel, Clauder, Barstow, Grace Church; a bond between Rauch and Goepp with notes on received payments from 1853-1856; notes from benefactors: to BHMS, Cunningham; call for 1859 donations by Rauch
Note: years: 1850-1853, [1855-1856], 1858, 1864-1867, 1930
6. Plans for the Laurel Street Chapel
23. Chapel Plans
Date: without date
Physical Description: 3 papers
Scope/Content: Includes: a drawing of the building's facade, with measurements for components; a detailed drawing of the builiding's facade; site plan