Baptist Church collection, 1827-1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon Historical Society
Title
Baptist Church collection
Dates
1827-1970 (inclusive)
Quantity
6 cubic feet, (12 document cases, 1 flat box, 22 reels of microfilm)
Collection Number
Mss 1560
Summary
Materials assembled by the Oregon Historical Society and related to the Baptist Church in Oregon, the First Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon, various Baptist churches throughout Oregon, and general Baptist matters. Most materials date from the early 20th century and include newsletters, periodicals, programs for services, by-laws, ephemera, and a small amount of correspondence. Also included are scrapbooks related to the First Baptist Church of Portland, kept by Kate Failing.
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

In 1844 a Baptist church was established in a log cabin in West Union, Washington County, Oregon Territory. Baptist missionaries Ezara Fisher and Hezekiah Johnson came to the territory the following year. Throughout the 1840s Baptist congregations were formed at McMinnville, Oregon City, Clatsom Plains, Sodaville, Abiqua, and Turner. A church governing body, the Willamette Baptist Association, began in West Union in 1848. In Portland, the First Baptist Church was established in 1855 and the Mount Olivet Baptist Church was incorporated in 1929. Prominent figures in the early Oregon Baptist church were the preacher Joab Powell, and Dr. George C. Chandler, who became president of McMinville College.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of materials assembled by the Oregon Historical Society and related to the Baptist Church in Oregon, the First Baptist Church of Portland, Oregon, various Baptist churches throughout Oregon, and general Baptist matters. Most materials date from the early 20th century and include newsletters, periodicals, programs for services, by-laws, ephemera, and a small amount of correspondence. Also included are: materials related to the career of Rev. James Whitcomb Brougher, the American Baptist Convention, the Oregon Baptist Convention, and the Chinese Baptist Church of Portland. Scrapbooks concerning the First Baptist Church of Portland, kept by Kate Failing, include clippings, programs, invitations, and general ephemera.

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 prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Baptist Church collection, Mss 1560, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  First Baptist Church, Portland, Oregon, 1893-1970Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Periodicals
The Trumpeter
Box/Folder
1/1
Missing 1942
1940-1943
1/2
1944
1/3
1945
1/4
1946
1/5
1947
1/6
1948
1/7
1949
1/8
1950
1/9
1951
1/10
1952
1/11
1953
1/12
1954
1/13
1955
2/1
1956
2/2
1957
2/3
1958
2/4
1959
2/5
1960
2/6
1961
2/7
1962
2/8
1963
2/9
1964
2/10
1969-1971
The Oregon Baptist
Box/Folder
2/11
1943-1946
2/12
1947-1949
2/13
1950-1951
2/14
1953-1954
2/15
1955-1956
3/1
1957-1960
3/2
1961-1968
General Files
Annual reports
Box/Folder
3/3
1950-1960
3/4
1960-1962
3/5
1962-1964
3/6
1964-1966
3/7
1966-1968
Box/Folder
3/8
Board of Christian Education--Annual reports
1947-1950
3/9
Brougher, James Whitcomb, Reverend
1913-1914; undated
3/10
By-laws
1946-1959; undated
3/11
Committees
1944-1958
3/12
Dedication and history
1893-1950
3/13
Financial statements (incomplete run)
1936-1963
Programs for services
Box/Folder
3/14
1902-1904
3/15
1905-1908
4/1
1912
4/2
1913 January-June
4/3
1913 July-December
4/4
1914
4/5
1915
4/6
Only program for 1918 is July 14th.
1916-1918
4/7
circa 1930-1939
Box/Folder
4/8
Proposed budgets
1947-1970
4/9
Women's Baptist Mission Society--Yearbook
1958-1967
4/10
Women's Missionary Society
1955-1965
4/11
Women's Society
1947-1967
5/1
Women's Society--Yearbooks
1938-1957
5/2-3
General ephemera
circa 1900-1963

Series B:  Other Oregon Baptist Churches, 1872-1969Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
5/4
Chinese Baptist Church, Portland--Ephemera (3 items)
1875; undated
Mount Olivet Baptist Church (Portland, Or.)
Box/Folder
5/5
Baptist Association
1935-1947
5/6
Church officers (including articles of incorporation and budget)
1945-1963
5/7
Correspondence
1945-1948
5/8
Statistics
1941-1968
5/9
Death lists
1936-1963
5/10
Gains--Baptism (baptism lists)
1936-1964
5/11
Gains by letter
1938-1965
5/12
Gains--Christian experiences
1936-1964
5/13
Programs
1942-1945
5/14
Reports
1935-1946
Box/Folder
5/15
Salem First Baptist Church--Programs (incomplete)
1914-1950
5/16
Various Oregon Baptist Churches
1872-1969; undated

Series C:  Baptist Churches, General, 1901-1964Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
6/1
American Baptist Convention--Reports
1956; 1959
6/2
American Baptist Missionary Union
1909-1910; undated
6/3
Baptist Young People's Union--Ephemera
1908; 1915; undated
6/4
Conventions, general
1951-1958
6/5
Northern Baptist Convention--Bulletins, programs, "Campus directory"
1907-1909; 1945
Oregon Baptist Convention
Box/Folder
6/6
Annual meetings
1908-1963
6/7
Annual reports (incomplete)
1944-1962
6/8
Budgets
1958-1963
6/9
Constitution and by-laws
1950; undated
Box/Folder
6/10
Willamette Baptist Association
1901-1954
6/11
Women's Baptist Mission Society
1942-1964
6/12
The worker (newsletter)
1952-1953
6/13
General materials and ephemera
1908-1960; undated

Series D:  Kate Failing Scrapbooks, 1899-1948Return to Top

Scrapbooks contain news clippings, programs, ephemera, invitations, a small number of letters, and a few photographs. Most materials pertain to the First Baptist Church in Portland, but also to other Baptist activities, friends, and local events.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
7/1
Old volume 106
1899-1904
7/2
Old volume 92
1904 February-1905 January
7/3
Old volume 93
1905 January-June
8/1
Old volume 94
1905 June-December
8/2
Old volume 95
1905 December-1906 April
8/3
Old volume 96
1906 April-1906 December
9/1
Old volume 97
1907 January-1907 December
9/2
Old volume 98
1907 December-1908 November
9/3
Old volume 99
1908 December-1909 June
10/1
Old volume 100
1909 June
10/2
Old volume 101
1909 June-1909 September
10/3
Old volume 102
1909 September-1910 May
11/1
Old volume 103
1910 June-1911 April
11/2
Old volume 104
1911 April-1911 November
11/3
Old volume 105
1911 November-1912 August
12/1
Old volume 17
Contains letters, momentos, ephemera, and photographs from Kate Failing's Sunday school students, given to her on her departure for India.
1919
13/1
Old volume 16
1916
13/2
Old volume 18
1945-1948

Series E:  Microfilmed records, 1827-1964Return to Top

All records are for Oregon churches unless otherwise specified.

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel
1
Various Oregon churches and Baptist organizations
  • Yamhill Baptist Church, 1846-1897
  • Clackamas Baptist Church, 1853-1876
  • Oregon City Baptist Church, 1827-1868, 1889-1904
  • Women's Baptist Foreign Missionary Society of Oregon, 1894-1912
  • Women's Baptist Missionary Union of Oregon, 1902-1910
1846-1939
2
Mt. Olivet Baptist Church (Portland, Or.?)
1935-1963
3
First Baptist Church of Albany--Records, volume 3-4
1906 July 1-1926 Decemember 19
4
Bethany Baptist Church (Washington County, Or.)--Records
1876-1934
5
Hillsboro Baptist Church--Records
1847-1856
6
First Baptist Church of Portland--Minutes
1854-1906
7
First Baptist Church of Goose Valley and Pine Creek, Siskyou County, California
undated
8
First Baptist Church, (Lacomb, Linn County, Oregon)--Register
1896-1948
9
First Baptist Church of La Grande, Or.--Minutes
1901 May-1915 December; 1925 April-1940 April
10
Mispah Primitive Baptist Church of Touchet, Washington--Records
1913-1952
11
McMinnville First Baptist Church
1867-1951
12
University Park Baptist Church, Portland (including records of Peninsula Baptist Church, 1923-1925)
1905 May 17-1940 April 24
13
First Baptist Church of Eugene--Records
1852-1881; 1889-1937
14
Central Baptist Association--Abstracts of letters and correspondence
1857-1888
15
Various Oregon churches
  • First Baptist Church of Albany, 1889-1926
  • First Baptist Church of Portland, 1913-1923
  • Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland, 1887-1912
  • Chinese Mission School, Portland, 1873-1885
1873-1926
16
First Baptist Church, Salem
1859-1937
17
West Union Baptist Church
1844 May 25-1879 March; 1903 December-1904 May; 1913 October
18
Third Baptist Church, Portland--Minutes and records (name changed from Albina Baptist Church in 1894)
1890 September-1922 February; 1927 October-1942 February
19
Pleasant Butte Baptist Church (name changed to Baptist Church of Brownsville)
1865 November-1883 January; 1883 February-1949 April
20
First Baptist Church of St. John's, Portland (includes Peninsula Baptist)
1905 July-1964 January
21
Various Oregon churches
  • Providence Baptist Church, Linn County, 1853 May-1886 August
  • Fairway Baptist Church, Suver, Polk County, 1913-1925
  • Swedish Baptist Church of Powell Valley, Clackamas County, 1909-1929
1853-1929
22
Prineville Union Church Associaion, First Baptist Church of Prineville
1889-1936
23
Various Oregon churches
  • North Palestine Baptist Church, 1856-1945
  • Scio Baptist Church, 1859-1933
  • Independence First Baptist Church, 1889-1936
1856-1945

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Baptists--Oregon
  • Churches--Oregon--History
  • Personal Names :
  • Failing, Kate Whittlesey
  • Corporate Names :
  • Chinese Baptist Church (Portland, Or.)
  • First Baptist Church (Portland, Or.)
  • American Baptist Convention
  • Oregon Baptist Convention
  • Family Names :
  • Failing family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Portland (Or.)--History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Newsletters
  • Photographs
  • Programs
  • Scrapbooks
  • Titles within the Collection :
  • The Oregon Baptist
  • Trumpeter (Portland, Or.)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Brougher, James Whitcomb (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Mount Olivet Baptist Church (Portland, Or.) (creator)