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First Presbyterian Church Papers, 1878-1990

Overview of the Collection

Creator
First Presbyterian Church (Logan, Utah).
Title
First Presbyterian Church Papers
Dates
1878-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
20 Boxes, (9 Linear Feet)
Collection Number
USU_COLL MSS 368
Summary
This collection contains the historic papers of the First Presbyterian Church in Logan, Utah, spanning the period between 1878 and 1990.
Repository
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
84322-3000
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
scweb@usu.edu
Access Restrictions

The receipt ledgers in Series II, Box 10 are sealed until 2049.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

During the 1860s the Presbyterian Church’s Board of Home Missions sent missionaries into the American West. They placed special emphasis on establishing a Presbyterian presence in the Utah Territory because of its Mormon population. By 1873 over sixty-five Presbyterian missionaries had been sent to the Utah Territory. On December 7, 1874, they organized the Presbytery of Utah at Corrine, Utah.

In July 1878 the Board of Home Missions sent Calvin M. Parks, his daughter Margaret A. Parks, and Mrs. S. V. N. Parks from Washington D.C. to the Utah Territory to proselyte among the Mormons in Logan, Utah. The first Cache Valley congregation met in the upper floor of a furniture store. On December 4, 1878, the church in Logan was officially chartered with eleven members. In 1879 the Parks acquired property on Center Street and Second West in Logan and constructed a regular meetinghouse. In 1925 the church underwent a renovation, and in 1956 the church was remodeled and expanded. The First United Presbyterian Church continues to hold regular meetings in this building.

On September 2, 1878 the Parks' established the Logan Academy (first known as the Cache Valley Seminary, the New Jersey Academy after 1890, and finally the Logan Academy after 1925). The Academy’s purpose was to give boys and girls a "liberal Christian education" (Logan Academy, p. 2). Smaller subsidiary schools later opened in neighboring Cache Valley towns including Franklin (1881), Mendon (1881), Millville (1881), Smithfield (1881), Wellsville (1881), Richmond (1883), Hyrum, and Preston (1900). Most of the smaller schools closed between 1905 and 1915. In 1910 the Logan Academy became a school for high-school aged girls, aiming "to fit them (the girls) for the highest possible usefulness and consequent happiness in life" (Logan Academy, p. 2). The Logan Academy closed in 1934.

Along with the educational efforts the Cache Valley Presbyterian church participated in and organized various societies including the Association of Church Women (ACW), the United Church Women (UCW), the Ladies Missionary Society, and the Harbor Lights Mariners Club (HLMC). The church also published bulletins and a newsletter called The Pulse.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the historic papers of the First Presbyterian Church in Logan, Utah, spanning the period between 1878 and 1990. It contains minute ledgers, legal papers, correspondence, church publications, church bulletins, baptism and marriage records, and essays about the history of the church’s activity in Logan. This collection also contains the Sessional Records of the Emanuel Presbyterian Church, formerly in Hyrum, Utah from 1887 to 1911. It also contains a church record from the "Scandinavian operated" Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church in Logan (1885—1891), which dissolved in 1891 and the membership incorporated into the First Presbyterian Church.

This collection is organized into three parts; ledgers (Series I), church papers (Series II), and church bulletins and The Pulse (Series III). The ledger section, Series I, contains seventeen oversized stand-alone ledgers consisting of church minutes (1878—1985), financial records (1915—1941), a Certificates of Dismission and Reception ledger (1929—1950), guest registers (1927-1989), the Church Record of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, Logan, (1885-1920), and the Sessional Records of the Emanuel Presbyterian Church in Hyrum (1887-1911).

Series II contains ten boxes from the Logan Presbyterian Church. It consists of church financial papers, officers’ correspondence and papers, legal papers, women's organizations papers, publications, Logan Academy documents, newspapers clippings, church renovations papers, and Harbor Lights Mariners Club documents. Several items of interest are the correspondence of Rev. Harris Pillsbury, Rev. William F. Ehmann, Rev. T. Ross Paden, Elder and Church Treasurer Irving L. Brangham, and the Logan Academy Principle Margery E. Frink. Series II, Box 10 contains six ledgers that are sealed for 50 years until 2049.

Series III contains church bulletins and The Pulse. The church bulletins (programs for weekly worship services) cover 1949 to 1988, with an incomplete run of church bulletins between 1885 and 1931. This series also contains issues of The Pulse, the church’s weekly newsletter, from 1975 to 1990.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the First Presbyterian Church Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: First Presbyterian Church Papers USU_COLL MSS 368, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 368, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I, Bound Records, 1878-1989Return to Top

5 Boxes
Container(s) Description Dates
Minutes
1878-1985
Box book
1 1
Minutes, 1878-1899
1879-1899
1 2
Minutes, 1900-1942
1900-1942
1 3
Minutes, 1942-1952
1942-1952
2 4
Minutes, 1952-1970
1952-1970
2 5
Minutes, 1966-1985
1966-1985
Financial Records and Certificates
1915-1950
Box book
2 6
Financial Record, 1915-1935
1915-1935
3 7
Financial Record, 1939-1941
1939-1941
3 8
Certificates of Dismission and Reception, 1929-1950
1925-1950
Guest Registers and General Records
1927-1989
Box book
4 9
Guest Register, 1927-1951
1927-1951
4 10
Guest Register, 1957-1961
1957-1961
4 11
Guest Register, 1956-1966
1956-1966
4 12
Guest Register, 1966-1970
1966-1970
5 13
Guest Register, 1971-1974
1971-1974
5 14
Guest Register, 1975-1983
1975-1983
5 15
Guest Register, 1983-1989
1983-1989
5 16
Church Record of the Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, Logan, Utah, 1885-1920
1885-1920
5 17
Sessional Records of the Emanuel Presbyterian Church in Hyrum, Utah, 1887-1911
1887-1911

Series II, General Presbyterian Church Papers , 1878-1989Return to Top

11 Boxes
Container(s) Description Dates
General Church Papers
1878-1985
Box Folder
1 1
Church minutes, microfilmed, 1878-1985
1878-1985
1 2
Notes on church occurrences, 1878-1881
1878-1881
1 3
List of ruling church elders, 1878-1953
1878-1953
1 4
Programs concerning the 'UAC Little Theatre' and its presentations at the church, 1926-1927
1926-1927
1 5
Church News, 1931-1932, published in Logan
1931-1932
1 6
Notes, report to the congregational meeting, 1954
1954
1 7
Church birthday and activity calendar, 1955
1955
1 8
Church flyers, seeking funds to continue church construction, 1956
1956
1 9
Papers concerning the dedication of the Logan Presbyterian church house, 1956 and 1966
1956, 1966
1 10
Papers concerning Presbyterian churches in Preston, Idaho, Malad, Idaho, and other papers
1 11
Specification booklet containing Logan church construction/remodeling plans, 1954 (two copies)
1954
1 12
Blueprint of Logan church house, used for remodeling, 1969
1969
1 13
Clemenson, N. E., The Brick Presbyterian Church, Smith, Cummings, and Company, Logan, Utah, circa 1895 (two copies)
1895
1 14
Essay, "Logan and Cache Valley", author unknown, circa 1913
1913
1 15
Essay, "Early Work of the Presbyterian Church in Utah," 1913, and other papers
1913
1 16
Theatrical performance, "Pioneers of Utah," performed on account of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Presbyterian Church in Logan, 1953
1953
1 17
First United Presbyterian Church, 1981 (pictorial history of the Presbyterian Church in Logan)
1981
1 18
Essay, "A History of the Logan Church," by LaVonne Lee, 1985
1985
1 19
Pageant performances, "And God Gave the Increase" and "Praise the Lord" (both pageants depict the story of Presbyterianism in Cache Valley)
1 20
Essay, "The Story by Years"
1 21
Brief Report of the Twenty-fifth Annual Meeting of the Utah Syndoical, 1921
1985
1 22
Papers concerning the history of the Presbyterian Church in Cache Valley
1 23
Boy Scout papers, 1929
1929
1 24
Papers concerning Mr. Belcher
1 25
Presbyterian tracts
1 26
Souvenir Program of the San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1947 (contains penciled notes)
1947
1 27
1993 Church Member Directory
1993
1 28
General church papers, miscellaneous
1 29
Outline of life of William Broughan, 1839-1922
Church Legal papers, 1882-1956
1882-1956
Box Folder
2 1
Legal papers concerning the Presbyterian Church in Logan, 1917-1956
1917-1956
2 2
Legal papers concerning the Presbyterian Church in Hyrum, 1882-1926
1882-1926
2 3
Legal papers concerning the Presbyterian Church in Mendon, 1887-1926
1887-1926
Church Leadership Correspondence and Papers, 1878-1982
1878-1982
Box Folder
3 1
Pillsbury, Rev. Harris, outgoing correspondence, 1921-1931
1921-1931
3 2
Pillsbury, Rev. Harris, incoming correspondence, A-Z
3 3
Pillsbury, Rev. Harris, papers; legal papers, pledge lists, and other
3 4
Ehmann, Rev. William F., outgoing correspondence, 1922-1931
1922-1931
3 5
Ehmann, Rev. William F., incoming correspondence, A-D
3 6
Ehmann, Rev. William F., incoming correspondence, E-G
3 7
Ehmann, Rev. William F., incoming correspondence, H-M
3 8
Ehmann, Rev. William F., incoming correspondence, N-R
3 9
Ehmann, Rev. William F., incoming correspondence, S-Z
3 10
Ehmann, Rev. William F., Certificates of Dismission
3 11
Ehmann, Rev. William F., Certificates of Transfer and Reception, and Notice to Pastor
3 12
Ehmann, Rev. William F., papers, pledge records, California papers, and other
3 13
Ehmann, Rev. William F., biographical papers on Ehmann
3 14
Paden, Jr., Rev. T. Ross, outgoing correspondence, 1930-1943
1930-1943
3 15
General church correspondence, A-O, 1921-1982
1921-1982
3 16
General church correspondence, P-Z, 1878-1954
1921-1982
Church Officials, Treasurer and Elder Irving L. Brangham, 1914-1933
1914-1933
Box Folder
4 1
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, 1914-1925
1914-1925
4 2
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, 1926
1926
4 3
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, 1927
1927
4 4
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, 1928
1928
4 5
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, 1929
1929
4 6
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, 1930
1930
4 7
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, 1931
1931
4 8
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, 1932
1932
4 9
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, 1933
1933
4 10
Brangham, Irving L., outgoing correspondence, undated
4 11
Brangham, Irving L., incoming correspondence, A-E
4 12
Brangham, Irving L., incoming correspondence, Brauer, George, R., 1920-1933
1920-1933
4 13
Brangham, Irving L., incoming correspondence, F-K
4 14
Brangham, Irving L., incoming correspondence, Hare, Rev. David H., 1929-1930
1929-1930
4 15
Brangham, Irving L., incoming correspondence, L-O
4 16
Brangham, Irving L., incoming correspondence, P-R
4 17
Brangham, Irving L., incoming correspondence, Paden, Rev. William M., 1923-1930 (also contains third party incoming correspondence to Paden)
1923-1930
4 18
Brangham, Irving L., incoming correspondence, S-Z
4 19
Brangham, Irving L., papers, Certificates of Dismission and Reception, 1920s
1920s
4 20
Brangham, Irving L., papers, Affidavit of Baptism, contracts, and other papers, 1925-1936
1925-1936
4 21
Brangham, Irving L., payroll records, 1920s
1920s
4 22
Brangham, Irving L., papers, loose receipts and other
4 23
Brangham, Irving L., papers, loose receipts and other
Presbyterian Women, Association Church Women (ACW), United Church Women (UCW), Ladies Missionary Society, and Logan Academy
1893-1985
Box Folder
5 1
Minutes of Presbyterian Women, 1900-1910
1900-1910
5 2
Minutes of Presbyterian Women, 1910-1914
1910-1914
5 3
Minutes of Presbyterian Women, 1928-1930
1928-1930
5 4
Minutes of Presbyterian Women, 1942-1946
1942-1946
5 5
Minutes of Presbyterian Women, 1946-1953
1900-1910
5 6
Minutes of Presbyterian Women, 1954-1959
1900-1910
5 7
Minutes of Presbyterian Women, 1959-1970
1959-1970
5 8
General UCW Correspondence, 1893-1927
1893-1927
5 9
Presidents of the ACW list, 1942-1975
1942-1975
5 10
Papers of Presbyterian Women, financial, 1961-1965
1961-1965
5 11
Women's meeting programs, 1930-1931
1930-1931
5 12
ACW catalogues, 1950-1952, 1955, 1957-1960, 1964-1966, 1975, and 1985
1950-1952, 1955, 1957-1960, 1964-1966, 1975, and 1985
5 13
Ladies Missionary Society meeting minutes, 1921-1922 (incomplete)
1921-1922
5 14
Annual report of the WBHM, 1913
1913
5 15
Woman's Board, annual report of the Secretary of Literature, 1921
1921
5 16
"From Out Church to the World," circa 1930, for Pastor use
1930
5 17
Papers and note concerning the church missionary program
5 18
Officers Hand Books, 1929-1931
1929-1931
5 19
Approved Books for Missionary Reading Campaign, undated
5 20
Church tracts concerning the ACW/UCW
5 21
Booklet, "Woman's Missionary Society, Logan, Utah," 1921
1921
5 22
Ladies Night programs, 1948-1960 (incomplete)
1948-1960
5 23
List of committees and members, undated
5 24
Crowell, K. R., "Sheldon Jackson: Prospector and Pioneer," Presbyterian Pioneers, circa 1912
1912
5 25
Women's originations papers, miscellaneous
5 26
ACW constitution and bylaws, 1960s
1960s
5 27
ACW, suggested bylaws, 1965
1965
New Jersey Academy Papers, Logan, Utah
1878-1959
Box Folder
6 1
"History of the New Jersey-Logan Academy: 1878-1934," by H. Loo
1878-1934
6 2
Logan Academy: A High School for Girls, 1925-1926 yearbook
1925-1926
6 3
"With Little Sons," presented by the senior Bible class of the Logan Academy, undated
6 4
Paper discussing the New Jersey Academy, 1896 (photocopy)
1896
6 5
New Jersey Academy papers, miscellaneous
6 6
Presbyterian mission study class enrollment cards, circa 1930s
1930s
6 7
Essay, "Our Schools in Utah"
6 8
Flyer produced by the LDS Brigham Young College mentioning the New Jersey Academy, circa 1920s
1920s
6 9
Frink, Margery E., Principal of the New Jersey Academy, outgoing correspondence, 1928-1929
1928-1929
6 10
Frink, Margery E., outgoing correspondence, 1930
1930
6 11
Frink, Margery E., outgoing correspondence, 1931
1931
6 12
Frink, Margery E., outgoing correspondence, 1952
1952
6 13
Frink, Margery E., incoming correspondence, A-O
6 14
Frink, Margery E., incoming correspondence, P-Z
6 15
Frink, Margery E., papers concerning the school and missionary program
6 16
Loo, Harold Y. S., outgoing correspondence (1957) and incoming correspondence, A-Z (1952)
1952,1957
6 17
Papers and correspondence concerning Emma Laub and her "This is Your Life," 1959
1959
6 18
"The Ariel: Official Publication of Logan Academy," 1928
1928
Harbor Lights Mariners Club (HLMC) Papers
1946-1989
Box Folder
7 1
Secretary's Records, including meeting minutes, 1946-1952
1946-1952
7 2
HLMC minutes, 1968-1970
1968-1970
7 3
HLMC minutes, 1971-1972, Statements of OPS and Net Worth
1971-1972
7 4
Executive meeting of the Mariner Fleet, 1986
1986
7 5
HLMC constitution, 1986
1986
7 6
General HLMC correspondence, A-Z, 1970-1989
1986
7 7
"Salient Facts in Mariner's Club History"
7 8
The Mariner's song and psalm
7 9
HLMC directory, 1981
1981
7 10
Booklet, "The Good Ship Mariner's Club of Logan, Utah," 1949
1949
7 11
Glossary of Mariner terms
7 12
HLMC newsletters, "The Poop Sheet," 1968-1986
1968-1986
7 13
HLMC papers, miscellaneous
8 1
HLMC yearbooks, 1969, 1970, 1974-1981, 1983, and 1987
1969,1970,1974-1981,1983,1987
8 2
Mariner's Catalog of Resources and Supplies, 1987
1987
8 3
Mariner's Catalog of Resources and Supplies, 1987
1987
8 4
HLMC financial records, "cargo expenses," 1975-1978
1975-1978
8 5
HLMC checking account registers, 1981-1990
1981-1990
8 6
HLMC record ledger, 1982-1984
1982-1984
8 7
HLMC financial records, 1980s, removed from a binder
1980s
8 8
HLMC financial records, 1983-1986
1983-1986
8 9
HLMC financial records, 1987
1987
8 10
HLMC financial papers; miscellaneous, 1970-1980s
1970-1980s
Logan Presbyterian Church Newspaper Clippings
Box Folder
9 1
Newspaper clippings
9 2
Newspaper clippings
General Financial Papers, 1895-1958
1895-1958
Box Folder
10 1
"Minimum budget per month family," 1895
1895
10 2
List of church donors and amount given for the purchase of a church table, 1914
1914
10 3
Ekonomik check and deposit register, 1921-1926
1921-1926
10 4
Ekonomik check and deposit register, 1930-1934
1930-1934
10 5
Check stubs, 1939
1939
10 6
Papers and financial plans for missionary education, 1930s
1930s
10 7
"Book A: Alphabetical list of pledges, church building fund," 1950s
1950s
10 8
"Book No. 1: Record of payment of pledges on Presbyterian Church annex building fund," 1950s
1950s
10 9
Church building fund record ledger and loose papers, 1954-1957
1954-1957
10 10
Receipt ledger, 1954, sealed until 2049
1954
10 11
Receipt ledger, 1954, sealed until 2049
1954
10 12
Receipt ledger, 1955, sealed until 2049
1955
10 13
Receipt ledger, 1955-1956, sealed until 2049
1955-1956
10 14
Receipt ledger, 1956-1957, sealed until 2049
1956-1957
10 15
Receipt ledger, 1957-1958, sealed until 2049
1957-1958
Presbyterian Church Microfilmed Ledgers, 1878-1966
1878-1966
Box Folder
11 1
Ledgers, 1878-1966
1878-1966
11 2
Ledgers, 1878-1966
1878-1966
11 3
General Ledger
11 4
General Ledger

Series III, Church bulletins and The Pulse, 1885-1990Return to Top

5 Boxes
Container(s) Description Dates
Church Bulletins
1885-1988
Box Folder
1 1
Bulletins, 1885, 1896, 1903, 1925, 1928, 1930, and 1931
1885, 1896, 1903, 1925, 1928, 1930, 1931
1 2
Bulletins, 1947
1947
1 3
Bulletins, 1948
1948
1 4
Bulletins, 1949
1949
1 5
Bulletins, 1950
1950
1 6
Bulletins, 1951
1951
1 7
Bulletins, 1952
1952
1 8
Bulletins, 1953
1953
1 9
Bulletins, 1954
1954
1 10
Bulletins, 1955
1955
1 11
Bulletins, 1956
1956
1 12
Bulletins, 1957
1957
1 13
Bulletins, 1958
1958
1 14
Bulletins, 1959
1959
2 1
Bulletins, 1960
1960
2 2
Bulletins, 1961
1961
2 3
Bulletins, 1962
1962
2 4
Bulletins, 1963
1963
2 5
Bulletins, 1964
1964
2 6
Bulletins, 1965
1965
2 7
Bulletins, 1966
1966
2 8
Bulletins, 1967
1967
2 9
Bulletins, 1968
1968
2 10
Bulletins, 1969
1969
2 11
Bulletins, 1970
1970
3 1
Bulletins, 1971
1971
3 2
Bulletins, 1972
1972
3 3
Bulletins, 1973
1973
3 4
Bulletins, 1974
1974
3 5
Bulletins, 1975
1975
3 6
Bulletins, 1976
1976
3 7
Bulletins, 1977
1977
3 8
Bulletins, 1978
1978
3 9
Bulletins, 1979
1979
3 10
Bulletins, 1980
1980
4 1
Bulletins, 1981
1981
4 2
Bulletins, 1982
1982
4 3
Bulletins, 1983
1983
4 4
Bulletins, 1984
1984
4 5
Bulletins, 1985
1985
4 6
Bulletins, 1986
1986
4 7
Bulletins, 1987
1987
4 8
Bulletins, 1988
1988
The Pulse
1975-1990
Box Folder
5 1
The Pulse, 1975-1976
1975-1976
5 2
The Pulse, 1977-1978
1977-1978
5 3
The Pulse, 1979-1980
1979-1980
5 4
The Pulse, 1981-1982
1981-1982
5 5
The Pulse, 1983-1984
1983-1984
5 6
The Pulse, 1985-1986
1985-1986
5 7
The Pulse, 1987-1988
1987-1988
5 8
The Pulse, 1989-1990
1989-1990