Back in 1999, The Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ, deposited some of their records with us for safe-keeping. The bulk of that collection is 20th-21st century administrative files, documenting their minutes and reports. However, they also sent us some legacy material.
First, the Massachusetts Missionary Society. I did not realize there's a direct connection between the two, but they have a blended past. The earliest iteration of the Conference, the General Association of Massachusetts, was established in 1802. As the Congregational denomination evolved over the 19th century, the conference followed suit. Similarly, the Missionary Society was established in 1799 and as the mission movement evolved, the society refined its purpose for state-level and home mission work. The two groups joined forces in 1927. The Conference sent the founding documents to us for safe-keeping.
The second part of the legacy material comes from the Franklin Association, which is a sub-set of the Massachusetts Conference and represents the Western Massachusetts county. There are 19th and 20th century administrative records, some of their women's mission group records, and a photo album that's probably from the 1860s-1890s. What's stunning and noteworthy about the album is the impressive design: