Amherst College Church and Chapel Records
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of records of the Church of Christ in Amherst College and other Christian religious activity on campus from the founding of the college to the mid-twentieth century. Included in the collection are records of Amherst student involvement in Zion Chapel/Hope Church, an African-American church in the town of Amherst. The collection includes manuscript records, correspondence, printed material, and books.
- Creation: 1825-1968
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1865 - 1920
- Church of Christ in Amherst College (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
Attendance records, 1965-1968 are restricted under FERPA regulations. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.
Biographical / Historical
The Church of Christ in Amherst College was organized March 7, 1826. It was a non-sectarian Christian congregation and the church of the College. It did acknowledge, however, strong ties to the Congregational Church. It dissolved in the 1920s. Chapel attendence at Amherst College was mandatory from the College’s beginnings until the 1960s. Other religious organizations on campus are also represented in the collection. One project of the religious community at the College was the establishment of Zion Chapel, an African-American congregation in the Town of Amherst that became known as Hope Community Church.
6 Linear feet (5 records boxes, 1 archives box, 1 flat box)
Language of Materials
Records of the Church of Christ in Amherst College and other Christian religious activity on campus, including Amherst student involvement in Zion Chapel/Hope Church, from the founding of the college to the mid-twentieth century. Includes manuscript records, correspondence, printed material, and books.
- Mariah Leavitt
- 2014 November
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