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RG31/4/1 - First and Second Congregational Churches of Oberlin
Inventory
An asterisk (*) indicates restricted records.

Subgroup I: First Church

Series 1: Oberlin Society

Box 1-2

Oberlin Society Records, 1834-1914 (4v)

Box 3 (Oversize)

Agreements entered into by the Oberlin Society, 1836-99

Series 2: Minutes

Box 1

Trustee minutes, 1927-60 (8f)

Box 2

Trustee minutes, 1961-67, 1968-79, 1980-85 (10f)

Box 3

Executive Committee minutes, 1913-20 (1v)

Box 4

Executive Council minutes, 1920-40 (7f)

Box 5

Executive Council minutes, 1941-59, 1964-68 (7f)
Executive Council minutes, 1969-79 (3f)
Executive Committee minutes, 1980-85

Box 6

Executive Committee Minutes 1986-91

Box 7

Annual meeting minutes and reports, 1920-46

Series 3: Annual Reports

Box 1

Annual reports, 1908--88, 1992-95 (6f)

Series 4: Legal Documents

Box 1

Legal documents, 1920-30

Series 5: General Correspondence

Box 1

Correspondence, 1836-1900, n.d. (15f)

Box 2

Correspondence

1902-18, 1929-30
Re: Reopening of First Church; E. Oberlin Church, 1928-30
1947-72
Merger, 1956-60

Series 6: Pastors and Other Personnel

Box 1

Charles G. Finney, 1850, 1871, n.d.
James Brand, 1876-99
J.W. Bradshaw, 1899-1908
William H. Spence, 1912
Nicholas Van der Pyl, 1922-43
James Austin Richards, 1928-35 (6f)

Box 2

James Austin Richards, 1936-42 (3f)
Joseph F. King, 1942-62 (6f)
Frederick Schumacher, 1963-73

 

Box 3

John D. Elder, 1973-78 (3f)

 

Box 4

John D. Elder, 1979-89 (2f)

 

Box 5

John D. Elder, 1990-91 (2f)

 

Box 6

Sermons by visiting speakers, 1977-88
Ruth Fish, 1975-76
Anthony Wight, 1976-77
Linda Gates, 1984
Kristen Bredenbeck Mayer, 1987-91, 1998 (2f)
Richard Flood, 1988
Al Buck, 1990
Douglas S. Long, 1992

Correspondence and Sermons, 1992-97 (2f)
Photographs, 1992-98

Series 7: Boards and Committees

Box 1

Board of Christian Work, 1871-99 (1v)
Board of Deacons and Leaders, Secretary's Book, 1900-13 (2v)
Church officers, 1939-88
Building Committee, 1961-69 (2f)
Church Union, Jt. Committee on, n.d.
Fair Committee, 1966
Library Advisory Board, 1988

Box 2

Music Committee, 1961-79
Pastoral Committee, 1962-73
Pastoral Search Committee, 1973, 1998
Pastoral Study Committee, 1967-68
Peacemaking Steering Committee, 1984-86
Public Affairs Committee, 1932
Pulpit Study Committee, 1967
Religious Education Committee, 1960-70
Search Committee for Assistant Minister, 1976
Search Committee for Interim Director of Christian Education, 1978
Search Committee for Minister of Education, 1971
Social Action Committee, 1961-80 (2f)
Social Action Committee, minutes of, 1966-70
Social, Religious, and Educational Needs, Committee on, Report re: Brand House, 1930
Staffing Needs Committee, 1976-82
Stewardship Committee, 1974-81

Series 8: Financial Records

Box 1

Financial reports, 1897-1936
Annual reports, 1933-60, 1988-93 (3f)
Treasurer's miscellaneous files:

Executive Council, 1934-59
Men's Class, 1941-46
Adult Class, 1966-67
Miscellany, 1946-59

Box 2

Budgets, 1963-89
Annual meetings on the budget, 1973-94
Fundraising

Vouchers for certificates of stock in the meeting house, 1841-59
Certificates of stock surrendered, 1848-59
Documents regarding stocks and slip rents, 1848, 1885
Pew rentals, 1898-99
Controversy over rented pews and free seating, 1849, 1885-86
List of persons pledging to procure an organ, 1853-55
First Church Building Fund, 1908-13 [also see below, Box 13 (Oversize)]
Thank Offering, 1928-33
Financial campaigns, 1956-87

Box 3

Fundraising (cont.)

Building Campaign, 1961-69 (Acc. 1995/024)

Box 4

Committee of Equalization, 1839

Box 5

Financial Committee Secretary and Treasurer's Book, 1858-59
Treasurer's Books, 1860-1983 (4v)

Box 6

Account book for weekly offerings, 1873-1914, 1929 (8v) [also see below, Box 12 (Oversize)]

Box 7-9

Cash ledger

Second and United Church, 1914-20 (2v)
United and First Church, 1921-55 (6v)

Treasurer's records, 1916-20
Finance Records, 1908-13

Box 10

Receipts, 1872-94 (7f)

Box 11

Receipts, 1895-1909 (6f)
Time books, 1908
Invoices, 1957-66

Box 12 (Oversize)

Account books for weekly offerings, 1962-67

Box 13 (Oversize)

Building Fund Pledge Payments, 1965-67

Box 14 (Oversize)

Women's Fellowship--Accounts, 1922-44
Women's Fellowship--Pledge Payments, 1922-44 [here]

Series 9: Building and Property Records

Box 1

Brand House, c. 1909-46, 1962 (3 folders, including 1993/17)

Box 2

Building Drive, 1965
Building Fund Project, 1965-66
Contracts, 1962, 1965
Correspondence, 1923-30
Deeds, 1836
Landscape Plan, 1966-67 (Acc. 1995/024)
Maintenance--Boiler, 1978
Maintenance--Painting and Roofing, 1966-76
Maintenance--Water-proofing, 1971, 1974
Mortgage Papers, 1965-67
Oberlin School Rental Agreement, 1966
Organs, 1875-76, 1958-84, 2000 (3f)
Parsonage, 1929
United Church Property, Appraisal and Loan, 1927-28.
West Property Line Papers, 1836-1945

Series 10: District Meeting

Box 1

District Meetings, 1867 (2f)

Series 11: Membership and Stewardship

Box 1

Confessions of faith and covenant (includes the Constitution of First Church), n.d.
List of charter members, n.d.
Membership registers and lists, 1905-36
Membership Lists, 1960-73
Membership Lists, 1987
Memoranda of the clerk, 1869-80
Manuals, 1865-1913
Every Member Canvass, 1921-47
Every Member Canvass--Stewardship, 1967-77
United Church (Congregational) articles of agreement and educational policy, 1920-29
Obituary Notices, 1973-79

Box 2

Membership Registers 1836-91 (1v)
Minutes of Membership Meetings 1834-39

Box 3

2nd Volume of Membership Register 1836-91

Box 4

Membership registers and lists, 1920-57
Membership registers and lists (includes baptism records), 1921-63
Membership registers and lists, 1951-62

Box 5

Membership Trials, 1837-1845 (8f)

Box 6

Membership Trials, 1847-1854 (7f)

Series 12: Sunday School and Library

Box 1 (Oversize)

Library Book, 1879-90 (2v)

Box 2

Library Catalogue, 1893
Sunday School catalogues, 1871-1907
Sunday School register, 1874
Sunday School financial records 1891-98, 1900-01, n.d. (11f)
Roll of Classes, 1905
Sunday School Children's Day programs, 1895-1915
Women's Bible Class, 1921-36
Day Nursery School, 1970-71
Library books, n.d., (2v)

Box 3

Sunday School record, 1888-1906 (16v)

Series 13: Choir

Box 1

Yearbook and Constitution, 1904-09
Secretary's Book, 1883-1911
Choir records, 1879-1919 (2v)
Programs, 1844-67

Box 2 (Oversize)

Boston Glee Book, Glees, Madrigals, and Rounds, 1838 [1979/9]

Series 14: Voluntary and Social Organizations

Box 1

Boy Scout Troops

Charters, 1925-60
Troops 101 and 401

Evening Group, 1940-87 (4f)
Evening Group Minutes, 1981-86
Ladies' Aid Society Secretary's book, 1895-1903
Board of Christian Union, 1877, 1906

Box 2

Women's Fellowship
Annual Reports, 1963, 1973-1992
Board Minutes, 1964-92 (2f + 1 bound vol.)
History and Bylaws, 1949-1997
News Notes, 1976-1978, 1981-1982
Program Materials, 1976-1996, n.d.
Women’s Fellowship, correspondence, minutes, and other materials [2003/006] 1980-96

Box 3

Ladies' Aid Society Secretary's book 1886-94
North Coventry Female Fragment Society, Constitution, n.d.

Box 4

Board of Christian Union, 1877,1906, loose items folder
Home Missionary Society Secretary's Book, 1919-29, loose items folder.
Women's Association

Yearbooks, 1921-59
Announcements, programs, 1923-73
Minutes of Board Meetings, 1955-64

Oberlin Seniors, Inc., 1986-87
New Horizons 1959-65

Box 5

Freed Woman's Aid Society, Secretary's book, 1878-86
Home Missionary's Society Secretary's Book, 1875-79
Oberlin Missionary Home Association, 1890-1929 (3v)

Box 6

Woman's Foreign Missionary Society

Minutes, 1869-1914 (8 v)

Box 7

Woman's Foreign Missionary Society (cont.)

Minutes, 1914-31 (2v)
Loose papers interfiled with minutes, 1898-1902

Box 8

Woman's Foreign Missionary Society (cont.)

Treasurer's books, 1874-1908 (5v)

Box 9

Woman's Foreign Missionary Society (cont.)

Treasurer's books, 1908-18 (3v)
Library accession book, n.d.
Printed meeting programs, 1894-1918/19

Box 10

Women's League, Minutes, 1908-19
Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor, 1882-1912
Young Women's Club [related material, see also 19/3/1 Student Organizations: Religious]

Minutes, 1940-41
Notes of Board Meetings, Evening section, 1946-49
Treasurer's books, 1937-59 (3v)

Series 15: Printed Material

Box 1

"Athenian," 1938-45
Brochures, c. 1900-88
Membership directories, 1956-67
Miscellaneous, 1868-1987, n.d. (3f)

Box 2

"News Notes," 1963-83

Box 3

"News Notes,” 1984-01

Box 4

“News Notes,” 2002
Hymn cards, n.d.
Oberlin Cookbook, 1922, 1934
Pilgrim Hymnal, 1935
Yearbooks, 1967-86

Box 5

Orders of Service, 1895-1911

Box 6

Orders of Service, 1912-1929

Box 7

Orders of Service, 1920-1927

Box 8

Orders of Service, 1917-1920, separate set.

Box 9

Orders of Service, 1928-1936

Box 10

Orders of Service 1937-1974

Box 11

Orders of Service 1975-1979

Box 12

Orders of Service 1980-1983

Box 13

Orders of Service 1984-1987

Box 14

Orders of Service, 1988-1989

Series 16: Historical File

Box 1

Miscellaneous, n.d.
Congregational materials, 1872-1982, n.d.
Church papers (R.S. Fletcher typescript), 1836-40
"The Plan of the Union: A History of Presbyterian and Congregational Churches of the Western Reserve," 1856
Histories, c. 1877-1984
Clippings, 1883-1987
"The Men and the Churches," 191?
Ohio Congregational News or "The News Herald," 1928-30
Centennial of First Church Organization, 1934
Congregational Christian Churches General Council, 1948
"Building Changes: Reflections of New Needs," 1970
Underground Railroad Project, 1971
National Register of Historical Places, 1974
Sesquicentennial of First Church, 1983-84 (2f)
Jubilee Memorial Record, 1870

Box 2

Scrapbooks, 1920-29 (2)

Box 3

Scrapbooks, 1934-39, 1941-40 (2)

Box 4

Scrapbook, 1934-41

Series 17: Special Subjects

Box 1

Carol Services, 1964-77
Call Groups, 1971
First Church Statistics, 1934-36
Maundy Thursday--Order of Worship, 1966, 1973
Nuclear Free Zone, 1984-85
Oberlin Community Welfare Council, 1955-78
Oberlin-Lorain County Peace Education Project, 1985-86
Orientation Script to Slide Program, 1966
Prayers, 1963-75
Public Education Bicentennial, 1986-87
Refugee Families, 1975-86 (3f)
Religious Intern, 1975-76
Senior High Fellowship, 1977
Sioux Indians, 1974-89 (5f)

Series 18: Non-print Media

Box 1

Metal pew tags, n.d.
Photographs, n.d.
Seating plans of First Church (photostat) 1844, c. 1908-14
Framed seating plans, n.d.

Series 19: Oral History Transcripts and Tape Recordings

Box 1

Margaret Schauffler's Memorial Service, 1994

Subgroup II: Second Congregational Church

Series 1: Minutes

Box 1

Trustees, 1861-1920 (2v, 1f)
Executive Committee/Council, 1897-1916, 1919-20 (3f)

Series 2: Annual Reports

Box 1

Annual reports, 1900-19

Series 3: Legal Documents

Box 1

Organization, 1865
Sale of real estate, 1908

Series 4: Correspondence

Box 1

Correspondence, 1865-1915

Series 5: Financial Records

Box 1

Treasurer's reports, 1894-1897, 1918 (1v, 1f)
Cash book, 1888-1914 (2v)
Ledgers, 1891-1907 (2v)

Box 2

Pew rentals, 1894-1911 (2v)
Financial document, 1920
Offering envelopes, 1909, 1917

Series 6: Membership

Box 1

Applications (alphabetical), 1879-99 (2f)
Manuals and rolls of members, 1860-1919
Lists of foreign missionaries, 1860-1907
Lists of persons joining the church, 1886-1907
Miscellaneous, c. 1890-1900
Membership letters, 1895-1903 (2f)
Women's Bible Class, 1923-26

Box 2 (Oversize)

Charter members, roster, and minutes, 1860-1918

Box 3

Membership Records, 1898-1920

Series 7: Elections

Box 1

Ballots, 1901-20
Record of a vote, 1913

Series 8: Sunday School Library

Box 1

Sunday School Library Catalogs, 1868-1904
Register of Use of Sunday School Books, 1871-88

Series 9: Choir

Box 1

Record book, 1860-1904
Roll book, 1894-1910 (2v)
Yearbooks and biennial reports, 1898-1916

Series 10: Voluntary and Social Organizations

Box 1

Ladies' Society
Records, 1867-1914 (1v, 1f)
Treasurer's Reports, 1868-71
Programs, 1891-1920
Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor, 1891-1907

Series 11: Printed Materials

Box 1

Miscellaneous programs and pamphlets, 1872-1920, n.d. (2f)
Yearbooks, 1873-95
Orders of Service, 1894-1909 (5f)
Seating Chart, n.d.

Box 2

Orders of Service (bound), 1906-1918 (12v)
Orders of Service, 1910-1920

Series 12: Historical Files

Box 1

Historical sketch, 1860-89
List of pastors, n.d.
Organs, n.d.
Photocopied clippings, 1896-1948
Semi centennial Celebration, 1910
Miscellaneous of Henry M. Tenney, n.d.

Box 2

Scrapbook: The Women's Class, 1915

Oversize poster: "Alumni Choir at First Church," May 27, 1990, Located in: [Case I, Drawer 4]

 
 
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