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RG4415.AM:  First Central Congregational Church (Omaha, Neb.)



Records:  1856-1980

Omaha, Douglas County, Neb.:  Congregational Church

Size:  45 volumes on 6 reels of microfilm



BACKGROUND NOTE



The Rev. Reuben Gaylord, the “father of Nebraska Congregationalism,” founded the First Congregational Church of Omaha on May 4, 1856. In addition to the Rev. Gaylord, the charter members included his wife Mary, daughter Sarah, Mr. and Mrs. O.D. Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Chapman, James W. Seymour, and a Miss Allen. In 1918 the First Congregational Church and the St. Mary’s Avenue Congregational Church merged to form the First Central Congregational Church. The St. Mary’s Avenue Church had been established in 1883 under the guidance of Rev. William Scott.



In 1971 the First United Church of Christ (formerly the First Evangelical and Reformed Church) merged with the First Central Congregational Church to form the present organization. Additional historical information about the history of the First Central Congregational Church and related churches can be found by consulting records within the collection.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of the Records of the First Central Congregational Church of Omaha, Nebraska, including related churches, arranged in three subgroups on six rolls of microfilm: (1) Records of the First Central Congregational Church, 1856-1977; (2) Records of the St. Mary’s Avenue Congregational Church, 1883-1918; and (3) Records of the First United Church of Christ, 1900-1971.



Subgroup 1 contains records relating to the First Central Congregational Church of Omaha from its establishment in 1856 as the First Congregational Church, through 1977. The bulk of the records in this subgroup consists of minutes of board and congregational meetings, church registers of members, baptisms, deaths, and marriages, and records of various church organizations. Building committee records 1885-1889 are included.



Subgroup 2 includes the Records of the St. Mary’s Avenue Congregational Church, 1883-1918, which relate to its history and activities as a separate church prior to merger with the First Congregational Church in 1918. Church registers containing memberships, board minutes, deaths, and baptisms, make up the bulk of this subgroup.



Subgroup 3, records of the First United Church of Christ, 1900-1970 (formerly the First Evangelical and Reformed Church) comprise the record of church activities up until the merger with the First Central Congregational Church in 1971. The records within this subgroup are largely minutes and church registers which include memberships, marriages, baptisms, and deaths prior to 1971. Documents regarding the merger with the First Central Congregational Church are included.



The records were loaned for microfilming in 1978.



DESCRIPTION



Subgroup 1: First Central Congregational Church (Omaha, Neb.) records, 1856-1977

Series 1 – Minutes of Board of Trustees and Church Meetings, 1874-1975



Reel 1

Volume




  1. Constitution, 1874

    Membership list

    Minutes of 1st Congregational Church Society, 1874-1888

    Constitution, 1888

  2. Minutes of the 1st Congregational Church Society, 1889-1911

  3. Minutes of the Society, Board of Trustees and Church Meetings, 1911-1918

  4. Minutes of Annual and Special Meetings, 1918-1921

  5. Minutes of the Board of Trustees, 1918-1932

  6. Minutes of the Board of Trustees, 1937-1943

  7. Minutes of the Board of Trustees (Including Financial Reports), 1944-1950

  8. Minutes of the Board of Trustees, 1963-1972

  9. Minutes of the Cabinet, 1965-1975



Series 2 – Church Registers, 1856-1968



Reel 2

Volume




  1. Memberships, 1856-1968

    Baptisms, 1875-1901

    Deaths, 1876-1892

  2. Memberships, 1919-1946

  3. Baptismal Record, 1919-1961

  4. Marriages & Funerals, 1938-1957

  5. Baptisms, 1958-1962

    Memberships, 1958-1968

    Marriages, 1958-1961

    Funerals, 1958-1962

    Record of Sermons, 1958-1962



Series 3 – Correspondence, 1889-1912



Volume




  1. Letterpress book, 1st Congregational Society, 1889-1912

  2. Misc. Correspondence



Series 4 – Building Committee records, 1885-1889



Volume




  1. Minutes of the Building Committee, 1885-1888 (19th and Davenport)

  2. Letterpress book, 1885-1888

  3. Building Fund Record, 1886-1889



Series 5 – Fiscal Records, 1886-1954



Volume




  1. Pledge Book, 1886-1889

  2. Cash Book, 1908-1913



Reel 3

Volume




  1. Cash Book, 1914-1918

  2. General Ledger, 1916-1917

  3. Monthly Ledger, 1910-1918

  4. Monthly and annual financial statements, 1919-1941, incomplete (may be duplicated in Board of Trustees minutes)

  5. Misc. Budget pamphlets, 1934, 1953-1954



Series 6 – Records of Church Organizations, 1888-1978



Volume




  1. Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, 1888-1890

    Constitutions, memberships, minutes

  2. Women’s Association, minutes, 1943-1952

    Pamphlets-Women’s Association yearbooks, 1920-1978 (Incomplete)

  3. Women’s Association Scrapbook, 1945-1951



Reel 4

Volume




  1. Bell Choir scrapbook, 1959-1965



Series 7 – Annual Reports, 1942, 1952-1978, 1980



Mimeographed Annual Reports, 1942, 1952, 1954-1959, 1961-1978



Series 8 – Membership Lists and Directories, 1885-1977



Pre. 1885, 1923, 1928, 1954, 1960, 1966, 1977



Series 9 – Programs and Bulletins, 1877-1967



Folder




  1. Installation and ordination of ministers and missionaries, 1951-1967

  2. Anniversary and Dedication programs



Series 10 – Miscellany



Folder




  1. Rev. Frank Smith File, 1918-1937

  2. Rev. John Phillips File, ca. 1937

  3. Various historical documents and data

  4. Printed pamphlets

  5. Data on the Church organ and music

  6. Mortuary Slips and newspaper death notices, random dates



Subgroup 2: St. Mary’s Avenue Congregational Church (Omaha, Neb.) records, 1883-1918

Series 1 – Church Record Books, 1883-1918



Reel 5

Volume




  1. Church Record, 1883-1903

    Constitution, 1883

    Members, 1883-1900

    Minutes, Board of Trustees, 1883-1903

    Dismissals and Deaths, 1884-1898

    Minutes of Church meetings, 1883-1899

    Minutes of Advisory Board 1883-1900

  2. Church Record, 1900-1918

    Pastors

    Officers

    Baptisms, 1900-1905

    Members, 1900-1918

  3. Church Record, 1900-1918

    Constitution, 1908

    Minutes of the Church, 1900-1918 (Includes Minutes of the Advisory Board)

  4. Minutes of the Council, 1908-1918

  5. Minutes of the Society of St. Mary’s Avenue Congregational Church, 1896-1918

  6. Constitution and Minutes of the Young People’s Society, 1916-1917

  7. Cash book, 1916-1917



Series 2 – Records of the Women’s Fellowship (Ladies Society), 1895-1918



Folder




  1. Yearbooks, 1895-1918 (Incomplete)



Series 3 – Membership Lists and Directories, 1884-1900 (Incomplete)



Reel 6



Membership lists and directories, 1884, 1886, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1893, 1900



Series 4 – Miscellany



Folder




  1. Misc. printed pamphlets and programs

  2. File regarding Rev. G.A. Hulbert, 1914-1916 and Rev. Lucius Baird, 1905-1910

  3. Various reports and documents relating to merger with 1st Congregational Church



Subgroup 3: First United Church of Christ (Omaha, Neb.) [Formerly First Evangelical and Reformed Church], 1900-1970

Series 1 – Church Records, 1900-1970



Volume




  1. Minutes of the Trustees and Church Meetings, 1934-1938

  2. Minutes of the Council and Church Meetings, 1953-1955

  3. Minutes of the Consistory and Church Meetings, 1955-1960, 1969

  4. Constitution, 1936 and Membership Book, 1942-1955

  5. Church Record – St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church, 1900-1955 (In German)

  6. Church Record, 1954-1960 (Includes members, baptisms, marriages, deaths)

  7. Account Ledger, 1961-1970



Series 2 – Miscellany



Folder




  1. List of Sunday School pupils and teachers, 1950s-1960s

    Documents regarding merger of First UCC with First Central Congregational Church, 1971

  2. Annual Reports, 1980 (unfilmed)



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Congregational Church in Nebraska

Douglas County (Neb.) — Churches

Evangelical and Reformed Church in Nebraska

First Central Congregational Church (Omaha, Neb.)

First Congregational Church (Omaha, Neb.)

First Evangelical and Reformed Church (Omaha, Neb.)

First United Church of Christ (Omaha, Neb.)

Omaha (Neb.) — Churches

St. John’s Evangelical and Reformed Church (Omaha, Neb.)

St. Mary’s Avenue Congregational Church (Omaha, Neb.)

United Church of Christ in Nebraska



 



Revised 09-24-2008   TMM