Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Synod of Louisiana Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Publications records, 1902-1972



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Synod of Louisiana Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Publications
Title: Synod of Louisiana Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Publications records
Dates: 1902-1972
Abstract The Synod of Louisiana created The Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Publications at their initial meeting. Its duties primarily concerned the property and publication interests of the synod, including its first newspaper, The Southwestern Presbyterian. The activities of the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Publications eventually expanded to include providing material and monetary support for Presbyterian projects, organizations, libraries, ministers, and students, both within the synod’s geographic region and across the southern United States. Twelve inches of correspondence, financial and legal documents and committee meeting minutes (1902-1972) record the administrative activities of The Synod of Louisiana’s Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Publications.
Identification: 2010-005
Extent: 12 inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Administrative History

The Synod of Louisiana was founded by the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (PCUS) in 1901 upon the division of the Synod of Mississippi into two separate synods along state lines. Its headquarters were located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and it was comprised of three presbyteries: Louisiana, New Orleans, and Red River. To facilitate the transfer of property from the Synod of Mississippi, the Synod of Louisiana created The Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Publications at their initial meeting, held at the First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans from November 19-21, 1901. The Board of Trustees applied for incorporation shortly thereafter. Its duties primarily concerned the property and publication interests of the synod, including its first newspaper, The Southwestern Presbyterian. The activities of the Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Publications eventually expanded to include providing material and monetary support for Presbyterian projects, organizations, libraries, ministers, and students, both within the synod’s geographic region and across the southern United States. The Board of Trustees of Presbyterian Publications was dissolved in 1972, when the Synod of Louisiana merged with the Synods of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, to form the regional Synod of Red River.


Scope and Content Note

Twelve inches of correspondence, financial and legal documents and committee meeting minutes (1902-1972) record the administrative activities of The Synod of Louisiana’s Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Publications. The material is arranged in five series: Legal Documents (1902, undated), Office of the Treasurer (1959-1972), Office of the Secretary (1947-1972), Projects Committee (1969-1970), and Louisiana Presbyterian (1970, undated).

The Legal Documents Series (1902, undated) contains materials that detail the creation and functions of the Board of Trustees. The documents also offer insights to the Board’s plans and expectations regarding publishing operations. The subsequent Office of the Treasurer (1959-1972) Series and Office of the Secretary (1947-1972) Series contain audits, invoices, correspondence, and meeting minutes that demonstrate how the Board selected and executed payments for projects approved for funding, as well as provide a snapshot of the Board’s operational expenses. It is important to note that several individuals, including George Summey, Albert Dinwiddie, C. Dana Singer, Morgan Shaw, and George H. Ricks, held the offices of Treasurer and Secretary during the periods represented in these two series. Of particular interest in the Office of the Secretary Series is a scrapbook that was passed from office holder to office holder that contains handwritten minutes and notes as well as pasted copies of minutes, reports, and newspaper clippings. The Office of the Secretary Series also includes a small selection of correspondence with personnel at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, including APTS President Dr. Prescott Williams, and Patricia McClurg, who served as chairman of the inauguration committee for Dr. Williams. The remaining series, Projects Committee (1969-1970) and Louisiana Presbyterian (1970), are small, however they showcase the functions of various subcommittees of the Board in relation to funding special projects and publishing the Synod’s newspaper.

The material was received in one complete accession (2010-005) as a donation from former Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary faculty member, Jerry R. Tompkins. The materials were given to Tompkins from Northern Louisiana Presbyterian Church historian, Spencer Murray. They were transferred to the Austin Seminary Archives prior to 2004.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Williams, Prescott H., 1924-
Organizations
Board of Presbyterian Publications--Louisiana.
Subjects
Louisiana Presbyterian.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Synod of Louisiana.
Presbyterian Church--Louisiana--History.
Locations
Louisiana--Church history.
Louisiana--History--20th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The Synod of Louisiana Board of Trustees for Presbyterian Publications records, 1902-1972, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Deal and Abigail Nersesian, University of Texas School of Information Students, December 2, 2010.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Legal documents:

Box
E049 Founding documents,1902 and undated
Box
B076 Contract,undated



Office of the Treasurer:

Box
E049 Financial documents:
1959
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
Box
E050 1967
1968
1969
1970
1972



Office of the Secretary:

Box
E050 Scrapbook, 1946-1959
Correspondence,1955-1972
Administrative documents, 1964-1971
Minutes,1969-1972



Projects committee:

Box
E050 Minutes,1969-1970
Report,1970



Louisiana Presbyterian:

Box
E050 Report,1970
Treasurer’s report summaries,undated