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Pullman Community Congregational Church Records, 1886-1974

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Pullman Community Congregational Church
Title
Pullman Community Congregational Church Records
Dates
1886-1974 (inclusive)
Quantity
7 containers., (36 volumes.), (6 linear feet of shelf space.), (1280 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 314
Summary
Correspondence, membership lists, organizational documents, minutes, financial records, printed materials, reports, records of the acts of the church, records of auxiliary women and young peoples societies, and photographs of buildings of the Community Congregational Church of Pullman, 1886-1913, and the Federated Church of Pullman, 1913-1937.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions
This collection is open for research use.
Languages
English

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The Pullman Community Congregational Church was originally incorporated in 1886 as the First Congregational Church of Pullman. It was the first church formally organized in Pullman, although a loosely-organized Methodist congregation preceded it by four years. The Congregationalists located their church building at the corner of High and Paradise Streets on Pullman's Pioneer Hill, rebuilding at the same location when their structure burned in the fire which destroyed much of the town in 1890.

The church entered into a federation with a Pullman Baptist congregation in 1913, after which a new building was constructed on the outskirts of the Washington State University campus. The federation, however, tended to be heavily dominated by the Congregationalist element; consequently the Baptist congregation lost the recognition of the Baptist conventions. This resulted in the creation of a new and separate Baptist congregation and virtual nullification of the federation. Recognizing that the Federated Church was in reality but another manifestation of the First Congregational Church, the pastor and officers reincorporated the organization as the Community Congregational Church in 1937.

The Community Congregational Church continued to use the Federated Church buildings and facilities after 1937. In 1954, the old Federated Church building was converted to meeting rooms and a new church building was constructed in an adjacent location. In 1961, the church entered into the United Church of Christ, a national denomination encompassing Congregational and Reformed churches.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Community Congregational Church records consist of thirty-six volumes in which have been entered membership rolls, minutes of meetings, financial records, and the acts of the church; and approximately 1280 items of correspondence, membership lists, financial records, minutes, resolutions, printed materials and photographs. Although the earliest records date from 1886, these appear to have been transcribed in 1891, possibly because of the loss of the earlier records in a fire which destroyed the church edifice in 1890. The earlier records--those in bound form--are principally concerned with recording formal acts of the church, such as minutes of meetings and lists of officers and members. Later records include some correspondence, memoranda and fuller documentation of activities of the church and of the persons who served as pastors and officers. Significant correspondents, other than pastors, include Edward F. Gaines, Carl Milton Brewster and Otho West.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 314, Pullman Community Congregational Church Records . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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 1: Record BooksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
SubSeries 1.1: General Records
Volume
1
Pastors
1886-1918
1
Deacons
1886-1908
1
Finance Board
1901-1904
1
Trustees
1886-1907
1
Clerks
1886-1903
1
Treasurers
1886-1903
1
Sunday School Superintendents
1886-1903
1
Organists
1891-1898
1
Choir Leaders
1891
1
Ushers
1892-1904
1
Infant Baptisms
1892-1903
1
Members received
1886-1903
1
Members removed
1887-1902
1
Marriages
1891-1906
1
Charities and expenses
1891-1894
1
Annual Church Statistics
1891-1897
1
Annual Sunday School Statistics
1891-1903
1
Minutes
1886; 1891-1903
1
Principals of Organization.
2
Pastors
1886-1971
2
Deacons
1910-1919
2
Deaconesses
1910-1919
2
Trustees
1910-1919
2
Finance Board
1902-1905
2
Clerks
1903-1917
2
Treasurers
1903-1913
2
Sunday School Superintendents
1895-1913
2
Organists
1897-1913
2
Church Board
1903-1913
2
Ushers
1903-1914
2
Delegates
1905-1911
2
Baptisms
1903-1915
2
Members received
1886-1928
2
Marriages
1905
SubSeries 1.2: Minutes
Volume
3
General meeting
1903-1926
4
General meeting and committees
1917-1921; ca 1950
5
General meeting
1922-1926
6
Minutes, documents and "history", relative to Federation
1913-1914
7
Executive Board, Federated Church
1913-1917
8
Executive Board, Federated Church
1923-1933
9
Board of Trustees
1936-1941
10
Executive Board
1941-1952
11
Executive Board
1945-1952
12
Executive Board
1953-1955
13
Board of Trustees
Oct 1955-Sept 1956
14
Board of Trustees
Oct 1956-Sept 1957
14b
Board of Trustees
Oct 1957 – Sept 1958
14c
Board of Trustees
Oct 1958 – Sept 1959
14d
Board of Trustees
Oct 1959 – Oct 1960
SubSeries 1.3: Financial Records
Volume
15
Pledges and payments
1899-1904
16
Pledges and receipts
1907-1908
17
Pledges and receipts
1909
18
Treasurer's accounts
1903-1912
19
Pledges and receipts
1944-1948
20
Receipts and expenses
1947-1954
21
Reciepts and expenses
1954-1961
22
Receipts and expenses
1959-1964
SubSeries 1.4: Sunday School
Volume
23
Attendence and financial records
1939-1940
SubSeries 1.5: Women's Society
Volume
24
Minutes
1902-1913
25
Minutes
1917-1923
26
Minutes
1923-1931
27
Minutes
1936-1942
28
Treasurer's records
1919-1924
SubSeries 1.6: Young People's Society
Volume
29
Membership, minutes
1900-1907; 1915
30
Minutes
1913-1914
31
Pilgrim Club, membership
1958
31b
Pilgrim Club, minutes
1959-1970
SubSeries 1.7: Scrapbook
Volume
32
Summer camp at Lake Coeur d'Alene
ca 1955

Series 2: RecordsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
SubSeries 2.1: Articles of incorporation
Box Folder
1 1
Articles of incorporation, by-laws, articles of federation and other constitutional documents
15
1886-1970
SubSeries 2.2: Reports
Box Folder
1 2
Reports to the Congregational Year Book
15
1918-1963
1 3
Annual report to congregation
25
1949-1974
Box Folder
SubSeries 2.3: Correspondence
300
Box Folder
2 4
1894-1919
2 5
1920-1936
2 6
1937-1948
2 7
1949-1961
2 8
1962-1963
2 9
1964-1973
SubSeries 2.4: Resolutions, minutes, ballots, committee reports
Box Folder
3 10
20
1921-1952
3 11
30
1952-1954
3 12
30
1960-1962
3 13
30
1962-1973
3 14
20
undated
SubSeries 2.5: Membership Lists
Box Folder
3 15
Lists and rosters
50
1920-ca.1970
3 16
Applications for memberships, transfers
65
1949-1965
SubSeries 2.6: Financial Records
Box Folder
4 17
50
1907-1939
4 18
50
1940-1949
4 19
10
1950
4 20-28
80
1951-1959
5 29-42
140
1960-1973
5 43
10
undated
SubSeries 2.7: Printed Materials and Photographs
Box Folder
6 44
Weekly service bulletins
50
1891-1964
Newsletters
50
Box Folder
6 45
Congregational Way
1944-1945
6 45
Communicator
1956-1969
6 46
Offering envelopes
20
1891-1894
6 47
Publicity materials
10
ca 1940-1960
7 48
Brochures relative to union with United Church of Christ
50
1961
7 49
Photographs, descriptive materials
15
ca 1950-1970.
SubSeries 2.8: Additional Records
Box Folder
7 50
Correspondence, minutes and resolutions, financial records
125
1961-1965