University Baptist Church sanctuary movement records, 1982-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
University Baptist Church (Seattle, Wash.)
Title
University Baptist Church sanctuary movement records
Dates
1982-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.69 cubic feet (3 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
5346 (Accession No. 5346-001)
Summary
Records of the University Baptist Church, Seattle, concerning its 1980s sanctuary program for Central American refugees.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users.

Languages
English, Spanish
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The University Baptist Church (UBC) is located in the Seattle near the University of Washington.

UBC declared itself a sanctuary for Central American refugees on December 5, 1982, becoming the first publicly declared sanctuary in the Northwest, the first American Baptist sanctuary in the U.S., and the seventh publicly declared church sanctuary in the nation. UBC successfully petitioned the city of Seattle to declare itself a Sanctuary City, sent relief workers and supplies to El Salvador, and toured the Northwest advocating the sanctuary program's implementation in those areas. Members of UBC also founded Amparo, a newsletter about the sanctuary movement in the Puget Sound area. In addition, UBC was an active local voice in opposition to U.S. foreign policy.

The controversy over Central America and UBC's activism frequently brought the UBC into conflicts with government agencies and, as a result, into the newspaper headlines. Beginning in 1985, the federal government began to indict sanctuary workers for harboring and assisting illegal immigrants. In order to facilitate these prosecutions, immigration officials arrested refugees to provide testimonies. On January 14, 1985, the same day that 16 indictments were made against Tucson sanctuary workers, seven UBC refugees were arrested in Seattle. In July 1985, the UBC was burglarized. Similar crimes were committed nationally against sanctuary churches, causing many to attribute the crime to the FBI. These concerns, and perceived attacks against the sanctuary movement, further fanned the accusations of governmental abuse and violation of religious freedom, in turn inspiring greater determination on the part of the congregation. UBC and its members posted bail for the numerous refugees and aided in the many legal battles that ensued while continuing to provide a haven for those escaping persecution in Central America.

Donovan Cook was pastor of the congregation during the 1980s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

These University Baptist Church records primarily reflect the congregation's involvement in the Central American sanctuary movement during the 1980s. Because of the church's interest and activity in a national movement, many of the records were collected from other organizations or individuals. Many writings and speeches, both by those associated with the church and those involved with the national movement, defend providing sanctuary and include firsthand accounts of violence and injustice in Central America. Community support for the church's activities is represented by various letters and resolutions.

UBC's records include a transcript of the congressional testimony submitted by Rev. Donovan Cook, several sermons related to sanctuary, and personal accounts of the movement's impact on the Seattle congregation. A description of the 1985 burglary is located in the subject series Sanctuary Break-ins. Another subject series contains documents on UBC refugee Pilar Martinez, who was targeted by federal investigators and eventually granted political asylum after her arrest and prosecution. The minutes of the Sanctuary Task Force also include the financial statements for the church sanctuary, as well as national correspondence and minutes of the National Sanctuary Communications Council.

The bulk of the records consist of newspaper clippings relating to Central American foreign policy and the sanctuary movement. Most are arranged chronologically, but several specific subjects have been highlighted.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

University Baptist Church Sanctuary Movement Records, 1982-1990. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Historical information, 1982-1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/1

Incoming letters, 1982-1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/2-3

Outgoing letters, 1983-1985Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/4

Minutes: Sanctuary Task Force, 1987-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/5

Monthly financial statements for the UBC are among this material. Also located within the task force minutes are a recount of the National Sanctuary Communications Council, a press release issued by the NSCC, and invitations and minutes from regional and national sanctuary organizations.

Resolutions, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/6

Resolutions: other organizations, 1983-1985Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1/7

Newsletters, 1982-1989Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/8
Amparo: The Puget Sound Sanctuary News
1985-1989
1/9
Ground Zero
1984-1985
1/10
University Baptist Church
1982-1985
2/1
Miscellaneous
1983-1985

Subject series, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/2
American Baptist churches
1985-1987
2/3
Anniversary
1987
2/4
Break-ins
1985-1987
2/5
Citizens Commission on Central America
1985-1986
2/6
Contacts
undated
2/7
Immigration and Naturalization Service asylum statistics
1985
box:oversize
Miscellaneous oversize box 9
Martinez, Pilar
Includes drawings by Pilar's children following their encounter with INS officials.
undated
Box/Folder
2/8
Media packet
1985
2/9
Public opinion poll
1984
2/10
Speaking engagements
undated
2/11
Tucson trial
1985-1986
2/12
Vigil
1986

Speeches and writings , 1983-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/13

Speeches and writings: other organizations, 1982-1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/14

Notes, 1983, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/15

News releases, 1983-1986Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/16

News releases: other organizations, 1983-1986Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/17

Conference: "The Central American Question: A Conference Presenting All Perspectives" (Renton, Wash.), 1983Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/18

Statistics, 1983-1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/19

Order of church service, 1983-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/1

Order of church service: other congregations, 1983-1985Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/2

Testimonies of refugees, 1983-1988Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/3

Monitor log, 1983-1984Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/4-7

The monitor log contains the guidelines, procedures, and log entries of attendants stationed to secure the apartments of the refugees.

Publications: other organizations, 1983-1984Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 3/8

Ephemera, 1985-1990Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/9

Ephemera: other organizations, 1983-1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/10

Plaque, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 3/11

A wooden plaque decorated with a hand-painted tribute to El Salvador.

Miscellany, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Folder 3/12

Clippings, 1982-1989Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/13
Jennifer Casolo
1989
3/14
Ben Linder
1985-1987
3/15
Judge Nail
undated
3/16
Donald Reno
1987
3/17
Sanctuary cities
1985-1986
3/18
Seattle Initiative 30
1986
3/19
Tucson papers
1985-1986
3/20
Tucson trial indictments
1985
3/20-58
Miscellaneous clippings
1982-1989

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Church work with refugees--United States
  • Church work with refugees--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Political refugees--Central America
  • Sanctuary movement--United States
  • Sanctuary movement--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Corporate Names :
  • University Baptist Church (Seattle, Wash.)--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • United States--Foreign relations--Central America
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • Amparo

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)