University Baptist Church sanctuary movement records, 1982-1990 PDF
- University Baptist Church (Seattle, Wash.)
- University Baptist Church sanctuary movement records
- 1982-1990 (inclusive)19821990
- 1.69 cubic feet (3 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
- Collection Number
- 5346 (Accession No. 5346-001)
- Records of the University Baptist Church, Seattle, concerning its 1980s sanctuary program for Central American refugees.
- University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Open to all users.
- English, Spanish
- 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
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
Amparo: The Puget Sound Sanctuary News
University Baptist Church
Subject series, undatedReturn to Top
American Baptist churches
Citizens Commission on Central America
Immigration and Naturalization Service asylum statistics
|Miscellaneous oversize box 9||
Includes drawings by Pilar's children following their encounter with INS officials.
Public opinion poll
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
Seattle Initiative 30
Tucson trial indictments
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 :
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)