1.   Historical note

2.   Scope and content

3.   Provenance

4.   Processing note

5.   Subjects

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 Oscar O. Hyden Scrapbook

 Pawtucket, R.I. minister

 Scrapbook, 1917-1927

 Size: 0.25 lin. ft. (1 volume)

 Catalog number: MSS 949

 Processed by: Rick Stattler, April 1994

©Rhode Island Historical Society

Manuscripts Division


Historical note:

            Oscar O. Hyden was born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1895. He graduated from the Schuylkill Seminary in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1918, where he was a star football quarterback. The same year, he was hired as the pastor of the Broadway Evangelical Church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he remained until his removal to Pennsylvania circa 1928. He retired at the Lewisburg United Methodist Homes in Pennsylvania in 1972, and died there on August 5, 1975.

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Scope and content:

            The scrapbook contains mostly newspaper clippings, with some manuscripts and photographs. It covers 1917 through 1927 in Hyden's life, including his later days at the Schuylkill Seminary, but mostly his years at the Broadway Evangelical Church. The full span of his professional life is documented, including children's athletic organizations he coached, ecclesiastical organizations he was involved with, and a wide variety of church activities. His support of the prohibition of alcohol is also shown by several clippings, and a petition that he apparently gathered signatures for.

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            Upon Hyden's death at the Lewisburg Homes, the scrapbook was given to the Slifer House Museum, located on the grounds of the Homes. It was deaccessioned by the museum in 1995, and sent here.

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Processing note:

            Loose items were removed from the scrapbook and placed in folders.

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Broadway Evangelical Church, Pawtucket, R.I.

Football - Pawtucket, R.I.

Pawtucket, R.I. - Religion

Prohibition - Pawtucket, R.I.

Religion - Pawtucket, R.I.

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