Central Baptist Church – MS020

Central Baptist Church – MS020

Provenance: Placed on deposit by the Central Baptist Church (now Spruce Creek Church) in 1990.

Citation: Central Baptist Church Papers ( MS020), Portsmouth Athenaeum

Size: 16 Hollinger boxes (8 linear feet)

Access: No restrictions

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Summary

Deeds, building records, record books, meeting notes, general correspondence, bills, receipts, and miscellaneous records.

Historical Timeline

1802 Christian Church was organized with Elias Smith as its leader

1803-1805 Meeting house was built on Chestnut Street, known as the Temple

1806 Incorporated as First Baptist Society of Portsmouth

1840 Became Pleasant Street Christian Society

1844 Returned to the Temple on Chestnut Street

1856 Vacate Temple which they have rented for services

1857 Move to a Chapel on Hanover Street

1858 Returned to the Temple on Chestnut Street

1861 Chapel on Hanover Street

1862 Purchased Broadhead Methodist Episcopal Church on Court Street

1891 Lifted Court Street Building and built vestry underneath

1919 Becomes Court Street Church

1954 Moved to Central Baptist Church brick building at corner of Middle and State Street

Series Listing

I. Record Books
II. General Records
III. Correspondence
IV. Pew Records
V. Financial Records
VI. Sunday School Records
VII. Societies

 

I. Record Books

Box 1

Folder 1 Record Book, with Pleasant Street Church, 1826-1878

Folder 2 Record Book, with Chestnut Street Church, 1826-1842

Folder 3-5 Record Book, 1859-1942

Box 2

Folder 1 Record Book, 1942-1945

Folder 2-3 Christian Society Record Books, 1856-1918

 

II. General Records

Box 2

Folder 4 By-Laws, 1925-1953

Folder 5 Meeting Notes, 1832-1883

Folder 6 Meeting Notices, 1832-1858

Folder 7 Committee Reports, 1842-1865

Folder 8-9 Pulpit Committee, Records and Correspondence, 1952-1953

Folder 10 Deed to Pleasant Street Church and Vestry, 1839-1843

Folder 11-12 Changing Incorporation Name, 1840, 1853

Folder 13 Lists of Church Members, ca. 1840

Folder 14 Miscellaneous Records, 1807-1945

Folder 15 Service Programs and Announcements, ca. 1930-1954

Folder 16-17 Miscellaneous Printed Materials, ca. 1870-1950

Box 3

Folder 1 Newspaper Clippings and Historical Notes, 1935-1953

Folder 2 Building Records, 1875-1952

Folder 3 Parsonage Building Records, 1907, 1928

Folder 4 Organ Records, 1915, 1954

Folder 5 Insurance Policies, 1834-1835, 1913

Folder 6 Sunday School Building Plans, no date

OV Folder 5.9

1-2 Meeting Notices, 1839

3-5 Insurance Policies, 1876-1877, 1915

6 Building Plan, ca. 1850

 

III. Correspondence

Box 3

Folder 7-12 General Correspondence, 1837-1940

Folder 13-17 Transfers and Membership Correspondence, 1808, 1841-1946

 

IV. Pew Records

Box 3

Folder 18 Deed Book, 1840-1853

Box 4

Folder 1 Deed Book, 1863-1865

Folder 2 Record Books, ca. 1860s

Folder 3 Deeds, 1833-1853

Folder 4 Records, ca. 1803, 1839

OV Folder 5.9

7 Pew Ownership Chart, 1841-1844

 

V. Financial Records

Box 4

Folder 5-8 Account Books, 1843-1928

Folder 9-11 Christian Society Account Books, 1864-1882

Box 5

Folder 1-2 Collections and Account Books, 1923-1929

Folder 3-6 Collections Book, 1929-1948

Box 6

Folder 1-2 Collections Book, 1949-1956

Folder 3-4 Victory Fund Account Book and Ledger Sheets, 1946-1958

Folder 5-8 Financial Statements and Memorandum, 1818-1924

Folder 9 Financial Reports, 1957-1959

Folder 10-13 Bills and Receipts, 1803-1834

Box 7

Folder 1-19 Bills and Receipts, 1835-1889

Box 8

Folder 1-17 Bills and Receipts, 1890-1898
Box 9

Folder 1-12 Bills and Receipts, 1899-1913

Box 10

Folder 1-6 Bills and Receipts, 1914-1925

OV 5.10

1-21 Financial Statements and Memorandum, 1834-1841

OV 5.11

1-12 Financial Statements and Memorandum, 1842-1845

OV 5.12

1-15 Financial Statements and Memorandum, 1851-1858, 1891

OV 5.13

1-7 Bills and Receipts, 1890-1891

 

VI. Sunday School Records

Box 10

Folder 7 Meeting Memorandum, 1844-1864

Folder 8-9 Records Books, 1877-1910

Folder 10 General Records and Correspondence, 1843-1882

Folder 11 Portsmouth Sabbath School Teachers Association, Constitution, 1848

Folder 12 Female Students List, 1870

Folder 13 Inventory of Books, no date, ca. 1850

Folder 14 Miscellaneous Records, 1923-1926

Folder 15 Attendance, Collections, and Comments Book, 1840-1844

Box 11

Folder 1-5 Attendance, Collections, and Comments Book, 1844-1852, 1857-1861, 1871

Folder 6-7 Collection Books, 1880-1887

Folder 8 Attendance Book, 1887-1889

Folder 9-10 Attendance and Finance Book, 1891-1892

Box 12

Folder 1-3 Attendance and Finance Books, 1893-1895

Folder 4 Attendance and Finance Book, 1896, 1907

Folder 5 Attendance and Finance Book, 1897, 1905

Folder 6-12 Attendance and Finance Books, 1898-1899, 1901, 1904, 1906, 1917-1920

Box 13

Folder 1-7 Attendance and Finance Books, 1922-1929

Folder 8-12 Class Attendance Books, 1865-1868, 1870, ca. 1880, 1887

Box 14

Folder 1-2 Class Attendance Books, 1920-1922

Folder 3 Account Book, 1919-1922

Folder 4 Financial Statements and Memorandum, 1849-1889

Folder 5-15 Bills and receipts, 1843-1897, 1904-1906

VII. Societies

Box 14

Folder 16 Christian Crusaders: By-Laws and Membership, 1952 and no date

Folder 17 Christian Endeavor Society: Account Book and Bills, 1918-1928

Box 15

Folder 1 Four Leaf Clover Society: Account Book and Bills, 1913-1919

Folder 2 Four Leaf Clover Society: Record Book, 1920-1921

Folder 3 Junior Christian Endeavor Society: Record Book, ca. 1923

Folder 4 Junior Christian Endeavor Society: Account Book, 1922-1923

Folder 5 Junior Christian Endeavor Society: Address Book, ca. 1925

Folder 6 Ladies Guild: Meeting Minutes and Records, 1943-1951

Folder 7 Ladies Guild: Dues Book, 1935-1951

Folder 8 Minute Men: Meeting Minutes, 1935-1937

Folder 9-10 Smith Pioneers: Record Books, 1926-1928

Folder 11 Smith Pioneers: Letters and Miscellaneous, 1925-1928

Folder 12 Smith Pioneers: Reunion, 1941

Box 16

Folder 1-2 Women’s Missionary Fellowship: Meeting Minutes, 1955-1968

Folder 3 Women’s Missionary Fellowship: Bibles for Submarines, Records and Acknowledgement Letters, 1942-1945

Folder 4 Women’s Missionary Fellowship: Miscellaneous Records, 1954-1968

Folder 5-6 Women’s Missionary Fellowship: Account Books, 1940-1953