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Charitable society for the education of indigent pious young men for the ministry of the Gospel records

Call Number: MS 1242

Scope and Contents

The Charitable Society for the Education of Indigent Pious Young Men for the Ministry of the Gospel, otherwise denominated "The Connecticut Education Society," was organized in 1814 "to furnish pecuniary assistance to indigent young men of Piety and promising talents, intended for the Ministry of the Gospel, in obtaining an education at Yale College." Members of the society paid an annual sum of at least one dollar, and payments were used to create a permanent fund whose interest was employed for the support of said "objects of charity." "The Treasurer of Yale College shall, ex officio, be Treasurer of this Society." A meeting of the society was held annually to elect officers and discuss the constitution. The last annual meeting was held in 1872, and the last recorded meeting of the committee of appropriations was held in 1877. After that the Bureau of Self Help in Yale's Academical Department assumed responsibility for awarding grants from the society's income to worthy candidates. In 1908 a permanent fund was established in the Academical Department, which was to conform to the original wishes of the society as given in its papers.

The records included here contain the minutes, financial accounts, and correspondence of the society. The records were removed from the Yale Treasurer's Records YRG5-B. Since the Yale Treasurer served as the treasurer of the society and kept the records of all appropriations made, presumably when the society ceased to function the records were left in the keeping of the treasurer.

Some additional records of the society, particularly those of early subscription drives and of scholarships awarded will be found in the Treasurer's Records YRG5-B (Series IV and II), merged with records of several other contemporary funds.


  • 1814-1909


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown, though much of the material in this collection is likely in the public domain. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Yale University Treasurer's Records.


0.75 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The records include a copy of a constitution, minutes of annual meetings, financial accounts, and correspondence. These papers are also known as the Connecticut Education Society Records.

Biographical / Historical

A charitable society founded in 1814 to provide financial aid to needy divinity students at Yale College. The Treasurer of Yale College was exofficio Treasurer of the society. The society held its last meeting in 1877.

Guide to the Connecticut Education Society Records
Under Revision
compiled by Lynne Farrington
May 1981
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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