Indiana-Kentucky Conference records, 1857-1947.

Collection Information
Title:

Indiana-Kentucky Conference records, 1857-1947.

Creator(s):

Eel River Christian Conference

Western Indiana Christian Conference

Eastern Indiana Christian Conference

Indiana State Christian Conference

Dates:

1857-1947

Extent:

14 volumes (unboxed), 1 document box. 3.3 linear feet.

Collection ID #:

RG 4961

Conditions Governing Access:

None.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Indiana-Kentucky Conference records, RG 4961. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.

Language:

Records chiefly in English

Processing information:

Collection processed by Sari Mauro, January 2012.

Abstract:

This collection contains records from five conferences of the Kentucky-Indiana Conference (Christian Church [Denomination]). The records document the proceedings, officers, and annual meetings of the Eel River Christian Conference, the Western Indiana Christian Conference, the Eastern Indiana Christian Conference, and the Indiana State Conference.

Acquisition Information:

The Indiana-Kentucky Conference Records were given to the Congregational Library and Archive by the Indiana-Kentucky Conference, United Church of Christ, in August of 2010.

Organizational History

The Christian Denomination traces its roots back to three separate and distinct branches which spontaneously arose in various portions of the country and from various denominational heritages. Each of these three branches eschewed denominational hierarchy. They claimed the Bible as their only creed and rejected any descriptive title other than "Christian". To avoid the appearance of denominationalism, they most often referred to themselves as the "Christian Connection" rather than "Christian denomination". As with many self-governing bodies, the Christians formed regional conferences. The regional conferences formed in Indiana are represented in this collection. More individualized Histories and Scope Notes accompany each series listing below.

 

Scope of Collection

The collection contains material from various conferences within the Kentucky-Indiana Conference. Records document the officers, proceedings, meetings, and statistics of the five conferences and their committees. Included are ledger books and loose material, including certificates, publications, pamphlets, correspondence, and accounting records, removed from the bound volumes.

 

Arrangement

The records of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference are arranged in 4 series. The records are listed here in as close to original order as possible, with material from the same volumes listed together despite their physical arrangement. Physically, volumes are arranged in order of volume number, un-boxed, while folders can be found in Box 1.

 

Series I: Eel River Christian Conference

Series II: Western Indiana Christian Conference

Series III: Eastern Indiana Christian Conference

Series IV: Indiana State Christian Conference

 

Related Material

Constitution and by-laws of Eel River Christian Conference 16.7.5.82

History of the Eel River Christian Conference from its organization to the present time – August 15, 1902 – also history of all the churches of the Conference from their organization to present time, together with biographical sketches of ministers and laymen, and much other important matter 16.7.5.58 1902

 

Access Terms

Christian Church (Denomination)

Eel River Christian Conference

 

Detailed Description and Container List

Series I: Eel River Christian Conference, 1880-1934

The Eel River Christian Conference was incorporated in 1876 and covered the following Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Elkhart, Kosciusko, Huntington, LeGrange, Noble, Stuben, Wells, Wabash, and Whitley. Loose items found in volumes have been removed to folders and are located in Box 1.
Volume 1 Record Book 1880-1892
  Folder 1 Certificate of Ordination 1873
Volume 2 Record Book 1893-1899
Volume 3 Record Book 1900-1908
  Folder 2 Sunday school statistics
"Prospectus of the Eel River Conference"
Meeting Announcement
1906
n.d.
n.d.
Volume 4 Record Book 1909-1912
  Folder 3 "Prospectus of the Eel River Christian Conference"
Letter
n.d.
1918
Volume 5 Minutes, Eel River Christian Conference 1913-1915
  Folder 4 Minutes 1915
Folder 5 Volume 6 (disbound) – Ministerial Institute of the Eel River Christian Conference 1930-1934
Volume 7 Record of the Trustees of the Eel River Christian Conference 1875-1923
   

Series II: Western Indiana Christian Conference (1874-1932)

The Western Indiana Christian Conference was organized in 1830 and incorporated in 1874. Loose items found in volumes have been removed to folders and are located in Box 1.
Volume 8 Western Indiana Christian Conference Minutes 1874-1895
  Folder 6 Certificate of Ordination (1902), Program for Annual Meeting
Clipping
1912
n.d.
Volume 9 Conference Record 1896-1911
  Folder 7 Statement of Conference Name Change
Agreement between Western Indiana Christian Conference and The Congregational Board of Ministerial Relief
Church Report form (blank)
1932
1932
n.d.
Volume 10 Conference Record 1912-1932
  Folder 8 Agreement between Western Indiana Christian Conference and The Congregational Board of Ministerial Relief
Receipts
Minutes and Yearbook
Loose pages from Yearbooks
Letter
Clergyman's License
1932
1913, 1921
1935
1928, 1934-1935
n.d.
n.d.
   

Series III: Eastern Indiana Christian Conference (1857-1947)

The Eastern Indiana Christian Conference started as Antioch Christian Conference. In 1865 Antioch Christian Conference joined Bluffton Christian Conference and was known by that name until a new constitution as passed in August of 1875 renaming the organization Eastern Indiana Christian Conference. Loose items found in volumes have been removed to folders and are located in Box 1.
Volume 11 Minutes of the Eastern Indiana Christian Conference 1857-1896
Volume 12 Record Book, Eastern Indiana Christian Conference 1914-1931
  Folder 9 "Report of the Eastern Indiana Christian Conference" – Listing of Officers
Annual Membership Certificate for J.D. Scarborough
Motion by A. E. Cortuer
Receipt from United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company
Funeral Announcement for Rev. Fred Stovenour
"Conference Course"
1921

1926
n.d.
1925
1923
n.d.
Volume 13 Book III Conference Minutes 1925-1947
  Folder 10 Programs for Quarterly Conference Sessions 1931-1934
   

Series IV: Indiana State Christian Conference (1877-1917)

The concept of the Indiana State Christian Conference was first explored in 1867. The Conference was founded a year later. Loose items found in volumes have been removed to folders and are located in Box 1.
Volume 14 Indiana State Christian Conference 1877-1894
Volume 15 Indiana State Christian Conference, Records Volume B 1878-1917
  Folder 11 Statements swearing in Conference Officers John T. Stanley Jr. and Joel B Henderson
Expense Sheet
Indiana State Christian Conference Report (blank)
1906, 1910

n.d.
n.d.
Folder 12 Volume 16 (disbound) – Indiana State Missionary Board & Northwestern Indiana Christian Conference Minutes, Folder 1 of 2 1896-1911
Folder 13 Volume 16 (disbound) - Indiana State Missionary Board & Northwestern Indiana Christian Conference Minutes, Folder 2 of 2 1896-1911

 

 

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