Subgroup I: First Church, 1834-2002 (21.9
Records of First Church include records of the Oberlin Society,
First Church of Christ in Oberlin, First Congregational Church,
and United Church (Congregational). Among the materials in this
subgroup are minutes, reports, correspondence, financial and legal
documents, membership records, and records of women's voluntary
and social organizations, the Sunday School, and the choir. Subgroup
I is arranged in seventeen series: 1. Oberlin Society. 2. Minutes
of the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, and Executive Council.
3. Annual Reports. 4. Legal Documents. 5. General Correspondence.
6. Pastors and Other Personnel. 7. Boards and Committees. 8. Financial
Records. 9. Building and Property Records. 10. District Meeting,
1867. 11. Membership. 12. Sunday School and Library. 13. Choir.
14. Voluntary and Social Organizations. 15. Printed Material. 16.
Historical File. 17. Non-print media.
Series 1: Oberlin Society, 1834-1914 (.4 l.f.)
Constitution, articles of incorporation, and minutes of the Oberlin
Presbyterian Society, known primarily as the Oberlin Society, the
original governing body of the colony and church. Also includes
contracts and other types of agreements entered into by the Society.
Series 2: Minutes of the Board of Trustees,
Executive Committee, and Executive Council, 1913-1991 (2.0 l.f.)
Minutes of the three principal governing bodies of the church.
Board minutes cover primarily matters relating to the budget, church-owned
properties, and church personnel. Also includes correspondence
carried out in behalf of the Board. Executive Committee/Council
minutes cover similar territory, but focus more on church education,
programs, pulpit-supply, and social activities. (Please note: includes
minutes of the Annual Congregational Meeting, plus Special Meetings.)
Arranged chronologically within each section.
Series 3: Annual Reports, 1908-88, 1992-95
Annual reports include statements of receipts and expenditures,
reports of the Board of Trustees, the minister, the Board of Deacons,
and various clubs and committees. Arranged chronologically.
Series 4: Legal Documents, 1920-30 (.2 l.f.)
Legal records regarding the union of the First and Second Congregational
Churches to form the United Church (Congregational), including
articles of agreement, minutes of the first United Church meeting
and results of an election of officers, certificate of incorporation,
and deeds of property. Arranged chronologically.
Series 5: General Correspondence, 1836-1972,
incl. (.6 l.f.)
Letters received by the church making charges against its members,
letters transferring or requesting transfer of membership, letters
from various groups (i.e., Oberlin Bible Society, Home Missionary
Society, Women's League, Board of Deacons) discussing their ministries,
letters of appointment, acceptance, and resignation from church
officers, and correspondence with accompanying documentation regarding
the merger of the Congregational Christian Churches with the Evangelical
and Reformed Church to form the United Church of Christ. Arranged
Series 6: Pastors and Other Personnel, 1850,
1871, 1876-1998, n.d. (1.4 l.f.)
Sermons, writings, and correspondence of pastors of First Church,
and lessons and sermons prepared by visiting speakers and interns.
Series 7: Boards and Committees, 1871-1913,
1930, 1932, 1946-1998 (.4 l.f.)
Minutes of the Board of Christian Work (1871-99) and the Board
of Deacons and Leaders (1900-13), a list of all church officers
and committee members (1946-88), and rosters, reports, minutes,
and correspondence of several committees, including the Building
Committee and the Religious Education Committee. Records of the
Board of Christian Work and Board of Deacons are filed first, followed
by the list of church officers and then lesser committees in alphabetical
Series 8: Financial Records, 1839, 1853-55,
1858-89, 1897- 1994 (4.1 l.f.)
Annual financial reports, records maintained by the church treasurer,
information on fundraising, especially the sale of stock and pew
rentals, and ledgers and cash books showing income and expenditures.
Annual financial reports and treasurer's records are filed first,
followed by files on fundraising, oversized bound volumes, and
receipts and invoices. Each section is arranged in chronological
Series 9: Building and Property Records,
1836-45, 1875-76, c. 1909-46, 1927-28, 1958-2000 (.4 l.f.)
Deeds, correspondence, reports, and drawings regarding property
owned by First Church, including land, buildings, and church organs.
Includes records regarding the James Brand House.
Series 10: District Meeting, 1867 (.2 l.f.)
Reports of prayer meetings held in individual "districts" of
the community that the church had designated. Lists numbers and
names of people present and absent and gives a general report.
Arranged in no particular order.
Series 11: Membership, 1834-1947, 1987, n.d.
Confession of faith and covenant (n.d.), Constitution of First
Church (1988), manuals for members (1865-1913), registers and directories
of members (1839-1936, 1987), minutes of meetings of the church
body (1834-39, 1965-67), and records of trials of members for violating
the church covenant or to settle disputes between members (1837-64).
Arranged chronologically within each document type. Includes baptisms
(1921-1963) and the Every Member Canvass (1921-47; Stewardship,
Series 12: Sunday School and Library, 1871-1915,
1921-36, 1970-71, n.d. (1.25 l.f.)
Rolls of members of Sunday School and Day School classes, record
of the Women's Bible Class, and catalogs of books in the Sunday
School Library. Arranged chronologically.
Series 13: Choir, 1838-67, 1879-1919 (.6
Constitution, lists of members, rolls of attendance, and concert
programs. Chronological within each document type.
Series 14: Voluntary and Social Organizations,
1874-1997 (1.25 l.f.)
Constitution, minutes, programs, financial records, and reports
of groups formed for purposes of Christian service and fellowship.
Primarily women's organizations, but also includes records of Boy
Scout troops. Notable are the records (1869-1931) of the Woman's
Foreign Missionary Society of Oberlin and its successor bodies:
minutes, treasurers' books, one library accession book, and printed
programs of Society meetings. See historical sketch attached to
preceding "Administrative History." Arranged alphabetically
by name of organization.
Series 15: Printed Material, 1868-2002 (5
Newsletters, brochures, cookbooks, yearbooks, and orders of service
(complete set from 1898 through February 1989). Arranged chronologically.
Series 16: Historical File, 1836-1984 (1.25
Historical sketches, scrapbooks, clippings, and a typescript
transcription of "church papers, 1836-40" prepared by
Robert S. Fletcher, probably in the late 1930's or early 1940's.
Series 17: Special Subjects, 1934-89 (.4
Series 18: Non-print Media, 1844, c. 1908-14,
n.d. (.2 l.f.)
Photographs, seating plans, and metal pew tags. No particular
Series 19: Oral History Transcripts and Tape
Recordings, 1994 (.2 l.f.)
Subgroup II: Second Congregational Church,
1860-1990 (5.25 l.f.)
Minutes, reports, correspondence, financial records, and documents
regarding church membership comprise the bulk of this subgroup.
Arranged in twelve series: 1. Minutes. 2. Annual Reports. 3. Legal
Documents. 4. Correspondence. 5. Financial Records. 6. Membership.
7. Elections. 8. Sunday School. 9. Choir. 10. Voluntary and Social
Organizations. 11. Printed Materials. 12. Historical file.
Series 1: Minutes, 1861-1916, 1919-20 (.2
Minutes of Trustee and Council meetings. Arranged chronologically.
Series 2: Annual reports, 1900-19 (.2 l.f.)
Statements of income and expenditures, reports of the pastor,
trustees, deacons, and various committees on the year's activities
and accomplishments. Arranged chronologically.
Series 3: Legal documents, 1865, 1908 (.2
Records regarding the organization of Second Congregational Church
in 1860 and the sale of real estate in 1908. Arranged chronologically.
Series 4: Correspondence, 1865-1915 (.2 l.f.)
Miscellaneous correspondence carried out in behalf of the church.
Series 5: Financial Records, 1888-1920 (.75
Consists of Treasurer’s reports, income and expenditure
records, pew rentals, and offering envelopes (sample for 1909,
Series 6: Membership, 1860-1926 (.75 l.f.)
Applications, rosters of members and affiliated missionaries,
manuals for members, and one large volume that records names of
members and their dates of acceptance and dismissal, lists charter
members, provides a statistical summary of membership, and records
minutes of meetings of the church body. Arranged chronologically.
Series 7: Elections, 1901-20 (.2 l.f.)
Ballots for election of officers, 1901-20, and a record of a
vote, 1913. Arranged chronologically.
Series 8: Sunday School Library, 1868-1904
Catalogs and register of use of the Sunday School Library. Arranged
Series 9: Choir, 1860-1916 (.2 l.f.)
Constitution, minutes, list of members, roll book, year book,
and biennial reports of activities. Arranged chronologically.
Series 10: Voluntary and Social Organizations,
1867-1920 (.4 l.t.)
Records of the Ladies' Society and the Young People's Society
of Christian Endeavor. Arranged chronologically within each group.
Series 11: Printed Materials, 1872-1920,
n.d., incl. (1.25 l.f.)
Orders of service, year books, seating chart, and miscellaneous
programs and pamphlets. Arranged chronologically.
Series 12: Historical file, 1860-1990, n.d.
Clippings, scrapbook of the Women's Class, historical sketches,
list of pastors, and information regarding organs. Arranged chronologically.