Guide to the Pullman Community Congregational Church Records
1886-1974

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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

Pullman, WA 99164-5610 USA
(509) 335-6691
http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc/
mascref@wsu.edu

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

Biographical Note

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 Description

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 Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

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

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The arrangement of the records is based on the different practices of record keeping used by the church. These practices result in the records being ordered in two series, one series of record books and a second series of other. Generally, the church's early records are found in the bound volumes, while foldered items record later events. A considerable chronological overlap exists, nevertheless. Within each series are found several subseries, the most important of which consists of membership records, minutes, correspondence, financial records and church publications. Material within the various subseries is generally arranged in a chronological sequence.

Acquisition Information :  

The records of the Community Congregational Church of Pullman were donated to the Washington State University Library in April and May 1975 through the office of the church historian, Mr. Leonard Young. Additional records were received in Sept. 1975.

Bibliography :  

    For a history of the Community Congregational Church see Otho West, I Remember, and The Congregationalists (Pullman: Community Congregational Church, 1970.

Related Materials :  

Further church records have been received and processed as Cage 448. Related records are also located in Cage 480.


Detailed Description of the Collection

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

Series 1: Record Books
Container(s)
Description
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

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

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Corporate Names :
  • Pullman Community Congregational Church--Archives  ( creator)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Congregational churches--Washington (State)--Pullman--Records and correspondence

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