Congregational Church Collection, 1848-1986  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Congregational Church Collection
Dates
1848-1986 (inclusive)
1880-1920 (bulk)
Quantity
1.5 cubic feet (4 document cases, 1 reel microfilm)
Collection Number
Mss 1018
Summary
Ranging in date from 1848 to 1986, the Congregational Church Collection is an artificial collection of records from Congregational churches and related associations in Oregon. The bulk of the collection consists of printed material from various churches, notably the First Congregational Church of Portland and Oregon City's Atkinson Memorial Church. The collection also includes microfilmed records from the First Congregational Church of The Dalles. A limited amount of correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, and assorted church records forms the remainder of the collection.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Sponsored by the American Board for Foreign Missions, Congregational missionaries arrived in what would become the Oregon Territory during the 1830s. The denomination quickly formed many new churches in the region; Reverend J.S. Griffin established the first Congregational Church near Hillsboro in 1842, and by 1852, churches were established in Oregon City, Milwaukie, Portland, and Salem. In addition to ministering to settlers, the church proved important in the development of the educational system in Oregon; Dr. George Atkinson, the long-time minister of the First Congregational Church in Oregon City, helped establish the public school system and Tualatin Academy (later Pacific University). Oregon's Congregational churches had a combined denomination of over 1,000 by 1880 and grew steadily during the 20th century. The Congregational Church merged with the Evangelical and Reformed Churches to form the United Church of Christ in 1957.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The records of the Congregational Church Collection were gathered by the Oregon Historical Society from various sources. Ranging in date from 1848 until 1986, the collection consists of the print output, correspondence, meeting minutes, and financial records of individual churches and Congregational associations and conferences in Oregon. Additionally, the collection contains one reel of microfilmed records from the First Congregational Church in The Dalles that features early meeting minutes, church histories, church programs, correspondence, and other church records. A final series of assorted church records includes the marriage record book of pastor P.S. Knight, church certifications, and handwritten notes.

Printed material produced by individual churches from 1880 until 1920 constitutes the bulk of the collection and includes pamphlets, annual reports, booklets, church programs, sermons, and member directories, among other materials. The First Congregational Church of Portland and the First Congregational Church of Oregon City (later Atkinson Memorial Church) created the majority of this portion of the collection. Other noteworthy items are handwritten meeting minutes of early meetings of Congregational associations and churches and correspondence penned by Dr. George Atkinson, known as "the father of Oregon public schools," regarding Plymouth Congregational Church.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library before any publication use. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

The Congregational Church Collection, Mss 1018, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series A:  Printed materials, 1854-1986Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Atkinson Memorial Church (First Congregational Church, Oregon City)
Church bulletins, clippings, pamphlet with building plans, pastoral record for Reverend George Rockwood, programs, souvenir booklet, and speech
1884-1930; undated
1/2
Congregational Association of Oregon--programs
1889-1908
1/3
Congregational Club of Oregon--invitation
1895
1/4
Congregational Conference of Oregon--proceedings, programs, and a report
1910-1900
1/5
Congregational Council--souvenir booklet
1898
1/6
East Willamette Association of Congregational Churches--programs
1898-1912
1/7
First Congregational Church, Albany--church bulletin and programs
1901-1910
1/8
First Congregational Church, Corvallis
Annual report, absence letter for members, business card, catalog with member list and clippings, church notice, invitations, letter of dismissal, list of church members, and programs
1886-1889
1/9
First Congregational Church, Eugene--event program
1911
1/10
First Congregational Church, Forest Grove--newsletter and programs
1898-1934
1/11
First Congregational Church, [Lake] Oswego--constitution and bylaws
1890
Box
1
First Congregational Church, Portland
1854-1983; undated
Box/Folder
1/12
Program and ticket
1850-1879
1/13
Assorted printed materials
Annual report and directories, church manual, constitution and bylaws, proceedings, program, and published sermon
1880-1889
1/14
Assorted printed materials
Church directory and annual report, calendars, invitation, manual, newsletter, pamphlets, pastoral letter, and programs
1890-1900
1/15
Assorted printed materials
Annual report and directories, calendar with directory, church membership booklet, event calendars, history of church music, invitation, programs, and bound volume with printed calendars and programs
1900-1905
1/16
Church manual, calendar, directory, invitation, and programs
1906-1909
2/1
Calendar, directory, programs, and quarterly reports
1910-1913
2/2
Budget, newsletters, and programs
1914-1918
2/3
Flyer, manual and directory, membership roll, pamphlet, and programs
1920-1983
2/4
Event calendars, invitation, pamphlets, programs, and published sermon
undated
2/5
First Congregational Church, Salem--church history, programs, and a resolution
1883-1944
2/6
First Congregational Church, The Dalles--pamphlet with building plans and program [1867?]
1936
2/7
First Congregational Church, Walla Walla--program
1986
2/8
Fort Street Church--pastoral letter
1886
2/9
General Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers--programs
1896-1907
2/10
Hassalo Street Congregational Church--annual report, directories, invitation, and program
1893-1910
2/11
Highland Congregational Church--programs
undated
2/12
Mid-Columbia Association of Congregational Churches--programs
1888-1904
2/13
Mississippi Avenue Congregational Church--collection card
undated
2/14
Oregon State Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers--program
1900
2/15
Pacific Coast Congress of Congregational Churches--essay, flyer, history, and programs
1888-1911
2/16
Pendleton Congregational Church--invitation and information card
1889
2/17
Pilgrim Congregational Church
Cast list, invitation, petition, and programs, undated
1909-1937
2/18
Portland Association of Congregational Churches--programs
1897-1915
2/19
Portland Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers--programs
1898-1908
2/20
Riverside Congregational Church--program
1912
2/21
Sunnyside Congregational Church--invitation to event and program
1914; 1932
2/22
West Willamette Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers--constitution and programs
1897-1910
2/23
Willamette Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches--constitution, essay, and programs
1886-1895
2/24
Willsburg Congregational Church--invitation to event
undated
2/25
Women's Board of the Pacific, 1893-1909--programs
undated
2/26
Unidentified churches, 1869-1919--clippings, flyer, and programs
undated
2/27
Unidentified church organizations--church bulletins
1916

Series B:  Correspondence, 1856-1945Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/28
Congregational Association of Oregon
1894
2/29
Congregational Conference of Oregon
1945
2/30
Congregational Home Missionary Society
undated
2/31
First Congregational Church, Portland
1856
2/32
Plymouth Congregational Church
1887
2/33
Portland Association of Congregational Churches
1899
2/34
Portland Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers
1897-1898
2/35
Unidentified churches
1887-1901

Series C:  Meeting minutes, 1848-1921Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
3/1
Congregational Conference of Oregon
1921
3/2
Congregational Missionary Society of Portland and Vicinity--bound volume; includes handwritten history of Oregon and the Congregational Church
1894
3/3-4
First Congregational Church, Portland--two bound volumes
1851-1888
3/5
Oregon Association of the Congregational and Presbyterian Brethren--bound volume
1848-1857
3/6
Oregon Home Missionary Society
1872
3/7
Pilgrim Congregational Church
1911
4/1
Portland Local Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers--bound volume; includes Constitution
1897-1899

Series D:  Financial records, 1879-1901Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/2
Congregational Home Missionary Society--cancelled checks
1893-1894
4/3
First Congregational Church, Corvallis--train fare receipt
1885
4/4
General Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers--receipt
1879
4/5
Oregon Home Missionary Society--receipts
1893-1895
4/6
Portland Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers--receipt
1901
4/7
Plymouth Congregational Church--receipts
1894; undated

Series E:  Microfilm, 1867-1961Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel
1
First Congregational Church, The Dalles
Pastor list, programs, church histories, baptismal covenant, biographies of William Tenney and E.S. Joslyn, essays by William Tenney and E.S. Joslyn, articles of governance, clippings, meeting minutes, leaflets, annual reports, member and officer lists, and correspondence
1867-1961

Series F:  Assorted materials, 1850-1914Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/8
First Congregational Church, Portland--subscription pledge record and bound volume of church records
1850-1884
4/9
First Congregational Church, Salem--bound volume with marriage records of P.S. Knight
1865-1914
4/10
Oregon State Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers--Congregational College resolutions
undated
4/11
Portland Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers-- certifications
1897-1899
4/12
Tualatin Academy (Pacific University)--handwritten notes
undated
4/13
Unidentified churches--library catalog
undated
4/14
Unidentified church organizations--certification, resolution, and handwritten notes
1896; undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Church history--Oregon
  • Congregational churches--Education--Oregon
  • Congregational churches--Oregon--Biography
  • Congregational Church--Oregon
  • Congregational Church--Oregon--Portland
  • Congregational Church--Oregon--Salem
  • Congregationalists--Oregon
  • Personal Names :
  • Atkinson, G.H. (George Henry), 1819-1889
  • Himes, George H., 1844-1940
  • Joslyn, Erastus S.
  • Knight, Plutarch Stewart
  • Tenney, William Alfred, 1827-1914
  • Corporate Names :
  • Atkinson Memorial Church (Oregon City, Or.)
  • Congregational Missionary Society of Portland and Vicinity (Or.)
  • First Congregational Church (Corvallis, Or.)
  • First Congregational Church (Oregon City, Or.)
  • First Congregational Church (Salem, Or.)
  • First Congregational Church (The Dalles, Or.)
  • First Congregational Church of Portland (Or.) (creator)
  • Hassalo Street Congregational Church (Portland, Or.)
  • Oregon Association of the Congregational and Presbyterian Brethren (Or.)
  • Oregon Home Missionary Society (Or.)
  • Pacific Coast Congress of Congregational Churches
  • Pacific University
  • Plymouth Congregational Church (Portland, Or.)
  • Portland Local Association of Congregational Churches and Ministers (Portland, Or.)
  • Tualatin Academy
  • Willamette Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches (Or.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Corvallis (Or.)--History
  • Dalles (Or.)--History
  • Eugene (Or.)--History
  • Forest Grove (Or.)--History
  • Lake Oswego (Or.)--History
  • Oregon City (Or.)--History
  • Portland (Or.)--History
  • Salem (Or.)--History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Annual reports
  • Booklets
  • Business cards
  • Church bulletins
  • Clippings
  • Constitutions
  • Financial records
  • Invitations
  • Leaflets
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Microfilm
  • Newsletters
  • Pamphlets
  • Proceedings
  • Programs
  • Resolutions
  • Sermons
  • Speeches