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Bates Family Collection

Identifier: mss-284

Scope and Contents

The Bates family papers include legal documents (estate records and deeds), the sermons and scrapbooks of Samuel L. Bates, and the account books and diary of Mary R. Bates. Sermons are handwritten. Bates appears to have used the sermons over the course of several years as multiple dates and locations can appear as notes on a single document. Additional notes seem to indicate hymn numbers used in services. They are dated relative to when they were first written, not over the course of their noted use. Scrapbooks contain clippings of reports on Congregational conferences, anniversary celebrations, liturgy, especially hymnology, obituaries of ministers, sermons, and or pictures of schools and churches, mostly in Vermont.


  • 1821-1947


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel L. Bates was born in Brookfield, Vermont in 1831. He attended UVM where he was a member of the Delta Psi fraternity. Graduating in 1857, he then taught at Brandon (1857-1858). He was principal of Underhill Academy from 1858 to 1860. He attended Andover Theological Seminary and was ordained a Congregational minister on March 23, 1864. Bates was pastor at Underhill (1863-1871), Newbury (1872-1890), Benson (1891-1893), and Winooski (1893-1897). In 1871, he married Marion E. Walker (1843-1923) and they had two children, Mary R. Bates (1872-1964) and Samuel Walker Bates (1880-1891). He served as Secretary of the Vermont Congregational Convention (1888-1901). Rev. Bates died in 1904. His father, Deacon Samuel Bates (1799-1861) and his father Deacon Thomas Bates (about 1771- 1857) may be represented in the family papers.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



The Bates family papers include legal documents (estate records and deeds), sermons and scrapbooks of Samuel L. Bates, and diaries of Mary R. Bates.

Shelf location

Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Related Materials

Marion "Mary" R. Bates was a 1894 graduate of UVM and member of Kappa Alpha Theta and Phi Beta Kappa. She worked as principal of Shelburne High School (1895-1898) and the assistant librarian of Billings Library, starting in 1898. She was a member of the Klifa Club, Friends in Council, and the American Association of University Women. In 1927, she traveled to Nova Scotia and her travel diary, along with general alumni records can be found in the Alumni Relations records, RG 75, at University of Vermont Special Collections.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
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Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
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