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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

1. Board of Deacons Minutes

2. Session minutes

3. Joint Board Meeting Minutes

4. Congregational meeting minutes

5. Church Membership

6. Annual Treasurer's reports, Auditor's reports

7. Statistical Reports

8. Women's Organizations

9. "Indexed History"

10. Real Estate & Construction

11. Oral History Transcripts

12. Thomas Talbot Files

13. Maps of foreign missions

14. Probate materials

15. Article 13 materials

16. Church service programs

17. Biographical information

18. Sunday School materials

19. First Presbyterian Church histories

20. Miscellaneous items

21. Scrapbooks

22. First Presbyterian -- Church Newspaper

23. Photographs

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

First Presbyterian Church Collection RG.I.0008



Descriptive Summary

Creator First Presbyterian Church (Houston, Tex.)
Title: First Presbyterian Church Collection
Dates: 1839-1992
Identification: RG.I.0008
Quantity: 35.0 Linear feet, 18 record storage cartons, 8 medium-sized flat boxes, 1 oversized document box, 12 unboxed scrapbooks.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

First Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest churches in Houston. It was organized on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1839. (Christ Church Cathedral Episcopal Church was formed about the same time, though there is some dispute as to which church was first.) The church has been at several locations; currently, it is at 5300 Main Street. Prior to this, it was located in downtown Houston.

Since its founding, First Presbyterian Church has been through its share of hardships as well as prosperous times. Twice, fire has destroyed its buildings. The church has had financial difficulties as well. Throughout its history, First Presbyterian Church has been one of Houston's leading institutions. Its records shed light on various aspects of Houston history, going back to the city's founding.

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Scope and Contents

The materials in this collection were gathered by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center in numerous accessions over a 20-year period. Some of them were obtained after a flood in the church basement, where many of the records had been stored. A number of the records were badly damaged in that incident, and had to be discarded. Those items were photocopied where possible.

Series 1 - 4 consist of minutes of meetings of the church officers and the congregation. These series comprise nearly half of the collection. Also contained in this collection are membership and financial records, records dealing with property the church has owned, and architectural and construction records pertaining to the building of the new church facility. The collection contains records of different churchwomen's organizations. Other miscellaneous items are also included, such as oral history transcripts, reminiscences, a selection of office files, scrapbooks, church newspapers, programs about church services, and information regarding important events in the church's history.

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Organization

Organized into 23 series:
  • Series 1. Board of Deacons minutes
  • Series 2. Session Minutes
  • Series 3. Joint Board Meeting Minutes
  • Series 4. Congregational meeting minutes
  • Series 5. Church Membership
  • Series 6. Annual Treasurer's reports, Auditor's reports
  • Series 7. Statistical Reports
  • Series 8. Women's Organizations
  • Series 9. "Indexed History"
  • Series 10. Real Estate & Construction
  • Series 11. Oral History Transcripts
  • Series 12. Thomas Talbot Files
  • Series 13. Maps of foreign missions
  • Series 14. Probate materials
  • Series 15. Article 13 materials
  • Series 16. Church service programs
  • Series 17. Biographical information
  • Series 18. Sunday School materials
  • Series 19. First Presbyterian Church histories
  • Series 20. Miscellaneous items
  • Series 21. Scrapbooks
  • Series 22. First Presbyterian Church Newspaper
  • Series 23. Photographs

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

The records may not be used for commercial purposes. No item may by photocopied without prior consent of the First Presbyterian Church. All inquiries respecting the use of any of the records in connection with any publication shall be referred to the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church.

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Index Terms

First Presbyterian Church (Houston, Tex.)
Church Correspondence
Churches – Houston (Tex.)
Presbyterian Church--Texas--Houston

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

First Presbyterian Church Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Acquisition Information

Placed on deposit at HMRC by the First Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas, in numerous accessions, the first one in July 1980.

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Hempe, June 1999

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

1. Board of Deacons Minutes

Scope and Contents note
The Board of Deacons oversees the operations of the church. It is responsible for managing the church's business affairs, care and maintenance of the church's physical property, preparation of the church's annual budget, advising the elders of the financial condition of the church, receiving and counting the offerings of the congregation, conducting the annual canvass of the church members to secure the budget, and visiting the sick church members and strangers who have visited the church. The Board holds regular monthly meetings as well as special meetings when circumstances warrant them. Deacons serve on committees that oversee various aspects of church operations. This series consists of Diaconate meeting minutes dating from 1886 to 1989.
Box Volume
1 1 Board of Deacons minutes: 1886-1911, includes letters, other materials
2 Board of Deacons minutes: 1912-1923, includes letters, other materials
3 Board of Deacons minutes: 1914-1917
4 Board of Deacons minutes: 1924-1928 includes financial reports, letters, other materials
5 Board of Deacons minutes: 1929-1931
6 Board of Deacons minutes: 1932-1934
7 Board of Deacons minutes: January 7, 1934-March 13, 1939
8 Board of Deacons minutes: April 10, 1939-March 13, 1946
Box Folder
2 1 Diaconate Minutes, April 10, 1946-December 11, 1946
2 Diaconate Minutes, January 15, 1947-December 28, 1947
3 Diaconate Minutes, 1948
4 Diaconate Minutes, 1949
5 Diaconate Minutes, 1950
6 Diaconate Minutes, 1951
7 Diaconate Minutes, 1952
8 Diaconate Minutes, 1953
9 Diaconate Minutes, 1954
10 Diaconate Minutes, 1955
11 Diaconate Minutes, 1956
12 Diaconate Minutes, 1957
13 Diaconate Minutes, 1958
14 Diaconate Minutes, 1959
15 Diaconate Minutes, 1960
16 Diaconate Minutes, 1961
17 Diaconate Minutes, 1962
18 Diaconate Minutes, 1963
19 Diaconate Minutes, 1964
20 Diaconate Minutes, 1965
21 Diaconate Minutes, 1966
22 Diaconate Minutes, 1967
23 Diaconate Minutes, January 1968-May 1968
24 Diaconate Minutes, June 1968-December 1968
25 Diaconate Minutes, January 1969-May 1969
26 Diaconate Minutes, June 1969-December 1969
Box Folder
3 1 Diaconate Minutes, January 1970-May 1970
2 Diaconate Minutes, June 1970-December 1970
3 Diaconate Minutes, 1971
4 Diaconate Members, Committee assignments, 1972
5 Diaconate Minutes, January 1972-May 1972
6 Diaconate Minutes, June 1972-December 1972
7 Diaconate Minutes, January 1973, and list of board members & committee assignments
8 Diaconate Minutes, February 1973
9 Diaconate Minutes, March 1973
10 Diaconate Minutes, April 1973-December 1973
11 Diaconate Minutes, January 1974, and list of board members & bylaws
12 Diaconate Minutes, February 1974-June 1974
13 Diaconate Minutes, September 1974-December 1974
14 Diaconate Minutes, January 1975-May 1975
15 Diaconate Minutes, June 1975-December 1975
16 Diaconate Minutes, January 1976, plus bylaws, list of board members, and committee assignments
17 Diaconate Minutes, February 1976-May 1976
18 Diaconate Minutes, June 1976-December 1976
19 Diaconate Minutes, January 1977, plus bylaws, list of board members, and committee assignments
20 Diaconate Minutes, February 1977-April 1977
21 Diaconate Minutes, May 1977-June 1977
22 Diaconate Minutes, September 1977-December 1977
23 Diaconate Minutes, January 1978, plus list of board members and bylaws
24 Diaconate Minutes, February 1978-May 1978
25 Diaconate Minutes, June 1978-December 1978
26 Diaconate Minutes, January 1979-May 1979
27 Diaconate Minutes, June 1979-December 1979
28 Diaconate Minutes, January 1980-April 1980
29 Diaconate Minutes, May 1980-December 1980
30 Diaconate Minutes, 1981
31 Diaconate Minutes, 1982
32 Diaconate Minutes, January 1983-May 1983
33 Diaconate Minutes, June 1983-December 1983
34 Diaconate Minutes, 1984
35 Diaconate Minutes, 1985
36 Diaconate Minutes, 1986
37 Diaconate materials, supplementary to minutes, 1986
38 Diaconate Minutes, 1987
39 Diaconate materials, supplementary to minutes, 1988
40 Diaconate Minutes, January 1988-May 1988
41 Diaconate Minutes, June 1988-September 1988
42 Diaconate Minutes, October 1988-December 1988
43 Diaconate Minutes, February 1989-May 1989
44 Diaconate Minutes, June 1989-December 1989

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2. Session minutes

Scope and Contents note
Ruling elders in the Presbyterian Church are lay persons elected to govern the congregation. The Presbyterian Church recognizes three offices in the church: that of deacon, ruling elder and teaching elder. A teaching elder is a minister. Each office requires ordination.
Box Volume
4 1 Session Minutes, March 31, 1839-March 16, 1850
2 Session Minutes, February 22, 1850-October 29, 1864
3 Session Minutes and Church Register, March 31, 1839-May 6, 1877
4 Session Minutes and Church Register, April 8, 1877-April 21, 1892
5 Session Minutes, June 12, 1892-August 2, 1892
6 Session Minutes, May 22, 1892-April 12, 1897
7 Session Minutes, April 18, 1897-April 15, 1907
8 Session Minutes, February 11, 1907-April 20, 1913
9 Session Minutes, April 1, 1913-March 31, 1917
10 Session Minutes, April 1, 1917-March 31, 1922
11 Session Minutes, April 1, 1921-March 31, 1927
Box Volume
5 1 Session Minutes, April 4, 1927-April 15, 1932
2 Session Minutes, March 1, 1933-March 31, 1937; includes Congregational meeting minutes and baptism records
3 Summary of Session meeting, 1931-1956
1 Session Minutes, April 4, 1937-December 26, 1937
2 Session Minutes, January 3, 1938-December 25, 1938
3 Session Minutes, January 8, 1939-July 28, 1939
4 Session Minutes, July 2, 1939-March 31, 1940
5 Session Minutes, April 4, 1940-March 30, 1941
6 Session Minutes, April 6, 1941-March 29, 1942
7 Session Minutes, April 5, 1942-March 28, 1943
8 Session Minutes, April 4, 1943-December 19, 1943
9 Session Minutes, January 10, 1944-July 23, 1944
10 Session Minutes, July 30, 1944-April 11, 1945
11 Session Minutes, April 15, 1945-December 30, 1945
12 Session Minutes, January 6, 1946-May 26, 1946
13 Session Minutes, June 2, 1946-March 30, 1947
14 Session Minutes, April 6, 1947-December 28, 1947
15 Session Minutes, January 4, 1948-July 25, 1948
16 Session Minutes, August 1, 1948-April 10, 1949
17 Session Minutes, April 13, 1949-December 25, 1949
18 Session Minutes, January 1, 1950-May 28, 1950
19 Session Minutes, June 4, 1950-December 31, 1950
Box Folder
6 1 Session Minutes, January 7, 1951-May 13, 1951
2 Session Minutes, May 20, 1951-December 30, 1951
3 Session Minutes, January 6, 1952-August 17, 1952
4 Session Minutes, August 24, 1952-March 29, 1952
5 Session Minutes, April 5, 1953-December 27, 1953
6 Session Minutes, January 3, 1954-May 30, 1954
7 Session Minutes, June 6, 1954-December 26, 1954
8 Session Minutes, January 2, 1955-May 29, 1955
9 Session Minutes, June 5, 1955-December 25, 1955
10 Session Minutes, January 1, 1956-May 27, 1956
11 Session Minutes, June 3, 1956-December 30, 1956
12 Session Minutes, January 6, 1957-June 12, 1957
13 Session Minutes, June 16, 1957-December 29, 1957
14 Session Minutes, January 5, 1958-February 23, 1958
15 Session Minutes, March 2, 1958-August 10, 1958
16 Session Minutes, August 17, 1958-December 28, 1958
17 Session Minutes, January 4, 1959-May 31, 1959
18 Session Minutes, June 7, 1959-December 27, 1959
19 Session Minutes, January 3, 1960-May 29, 1960
20 Session Minutes, June 5, 1960-December 25, 1960
21 Session Minutes, January 1, 1961-July 9, 1961
22 Session Minutes, July 16, 1961-December 31, 1961
23 Session Minutes, January 7, 1962-June 24, 1962
24 Session Minutes, July 1, 1962-December 30, 1962
25 Session Minutes, January 6, 1963-May 12, 1963
26 Session Minutes, May 19, 1963-December 29, 1963
27 Session Minutes, January 5, 1964-May 31, 1964
28 Session Minutes, June 7, 1964-December 27, 1964
Box Folder
7 1 Session Minutes, January 3, 1965-June 27, 1965
2 Session Minutes, July 4, 1965-December 26, 1965
3 Session Minutes, January 2, 1966-June 26, 1966
4 Session Minutes, July 3, 1966-December 25, 1966
5 Session Minutes, January 1, 1967-June 25, 1967
6 Session Minutes, July 2, 1967-December 31, 1967
8 Session Minutes, June 2, 1968-December 29, 1968
7 Session Minutes, January 7, 1968-May 26, 1968
9 Session Minutes, January 5, 1969-June 11, 1969
10 Session Minutes, June 15, 1969-December 28, 1969
11 Session Minutes, January 4, 1970-June 28, 1970
12 Session Minutes, July 5, 1970-December 27, 1970
13 Session Minutes, January 3, 1971-June 2, 1971
14 Session Minutes, June 6, 1971-December 26, 1971
15 Session Minutes, January 2, 1972-July 30, 1972
16 Session Minutes, August 6, 1972-October 11, 1972
17 Session Minutes, October 15, 1972-January 7, 1973
18 Session Minutes, January 7, 1973-July 1, 1973
19 Session Minutes, July 8, 1973-December 30, 1973
20 Session Minutes, January 6, 1974-July 7, 1974
21 Session Minutes, July 14, 1974-December 29, 1974
22 Session Minutes, 1975
23 Session Minutes, January 4, 1976-May 30, 1976
24 Session Minutes, June 2, 1976-December 12, 1976
25 Session Minutes, January 2, 1977-June 26, 1977
26 Session Minutes, July 3, 1977-December 25, 1977
27 Session Minutes, January 1, 1978-June 25, 1978
28 Session Minutes, July 2, 1978-December 31, 1978
29 Session Minutes, January 3, 1979-July 13, 1979
30 Session Minutes, July 15, 1979-December 30, 1979
31 Session Minutes, January 6, 1980-June 29, 1980
32 Session Minutes, July 6, 1980-November 11, 1980

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3. Joint Board Meeting Minutes

Scope and Contents note
The Deacons and Elders periodically hold meetings together. The records for many of the meetings held prior to 1946 can be found with the Board of Deacons' minutes.
Box Folder
8 1 Minutes to Joint Board meeting held March 12, 1931, to discuss resignation of Dr. Jacobs. Includes Dr. Jacob's resignation and other related materials.
2 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1946
3 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1947
4 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1948
5 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1949
6 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1950
7 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1951
8 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1952
9 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1953
10 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1954
11 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1955
12 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1956
13 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1957
14 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1958
15 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1959
16 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1960
17 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1961
18 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1962
19 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1963
20 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1964
21 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1965
22 Joint Board meeting minutes, 1966

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4. Congregational meeting minutes

Box Volume
8 Volume Congregational meeting minutes, January 14, 1850-April 21, 1870
(microfilm roll 7, item 3)
Volume Congregational meeting minutes, November 6, 1871-May 20, 1871
23 Congregational meeting minutes, 1905
24 Congregational meeting minutes, 1906
25 Congregational meeting minutes, 1907-1913
26 Congregational meeting minutes, 1914-1920
27 Congregational meeting minutes, 1921-1938
28 Congregational meeting minutes, 1944
29 Congregational meeting minutes, 1945
30 Congregational meeting minutes, 1946
31 Congregational meeting minutes, 1947
32 Congregational meeting minutes, 1948
33 Congregational meeting minutes, 1949
34 Congregational meeting minutes, 1950
35 Congregational meeting minutes, 1951
36 Congregational meeting minutes, 1952
37 Congregational meeting minutes, 1954-1955
38 Congregational meeting minutes, 1956-1957
39 Congregational meeting minutes, 1958
40 Congregational meeting minutes, 1959
41 Congregational meeting minutes, 1960
42 Congregational meeting minutes, 1961
43 Congregational meeting minutes, 1962
44 Congregational meeting minutes, 1963-1964
45 Congregational meeting minutes, 1965-1969

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5. Church Membership

Scope and Contents note
This series contains church membership information. It includes registers which cover a span of years, in which names were entered alphabetically, and membership lists and directories, which give a picture of the membership at a particular point in time. Also included in this series are lists of members who have died or been dismissed to other churches, as well as lists of baptisms, weddings, and funerals.
Box Folder
9 Volume Church Register [1839-1891?]
Volume Church Register [1890's-1903?]
1 Church Directories, 1887, 1889, 1891, 1893
2 Church Register, ca. 1903-1940's
3 Church Register, opened 1903;
General note
includes baptism record
4 Membership list, 1950
5 Membership list, A-J, 1960
6 Membership list, K-Z, 1960
7 Membership list, A-G, 1970
8 Membership list, H-N, 1970
9 Membership list, O-Z, 1970
10 Family Directory, 1980
11 Membership list, A-L, 1983
12 Membership list, M-Z, 1983
13 Membership list, A-K, 1990
14 Membership list, L-Z, 1990
Box Folder
9 15 Deaths, dismissals, retired, 1934-1954
16 Joining by confession, 1932-1961
17 Joining by letter, 1932-1950
18 Joining by letter, 1951-1961
Box Folder
10 1 Joining by reaffirmation, 1932-1961
2 Joining by baptism, 1932-1961
3 Retired roll, dismissals, deaths, 1948-1953
4 Baptisms, 1932-1961
5 Weddings, 1932-1961
6 Funerals, 1932-1961

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6. Annual Treasurer's reports, Auditor's reports

Box Folder
10 7 Annual Treasurer's Report, 1907
8 Annual Treasurer's Reports, 1909-1911
9 Church Finances, 1913
10 Annual Financial Statement, 1916
11 Annual Treasurer's Reports, 1918-1920
12 Annual Treasurer's Reports, 1921
13 Financial Statement, Annual Report, 1923
14 Financial Statement, Annual Report, 1924
15 Annual Auditor's Report, 1925
16 Annual Auditor's Report, 1926
17 Annual Auditor's Report, 1927
18 Annual Auditor's Report, 1928
19 Annual Auditor's Report, 1929
20 Annual Auditor's Report, January 1, 1930 - March 31, 1931
21 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1931-March 31, 1932
22 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1932-March 31, 1933
23 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1933-March 31, 1934
24 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1934-March 31, 1935
25 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1935-March 31, 1936
26 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1936-March 31, 1937
27 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1937-March 31, 1938
28 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1938-March 31, 1939
29 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1939-March 31, 1940
30 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1940-March 31, 1941
31 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1941-March 31, 1942
32 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1942-March 31, 1943
33 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1943-March 31, 1944
34 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1944-March 31, 1945
35 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1945-March 31, 1946
36 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1947-March 31, 1948
37 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1948-March 31, 1949
38 Annual Auditor's Report, April 1, 1949-March 31, 1950
39 Annual Accountant's Report, 1953
40 Annual Accountant's Report, 1954
41 Annual Accountant's Report, 1955
42 Annual Accountant's Report, 1956
43 Annual Accountant's Report, 1958
44 Annual Accountant's Report, 1972

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7. Statistical Reports

Box Folder
10 45 Statistical Report, 1946
46 Statistical Report, 1947
47 Statistical Report, 1948
48 Statistical Report, 1949
49 Statistical Report, 1950
50 Statistical Report, 1951
51 Statistical Report, 1953
52 Statistical Report, 1954
53 Statistical Report, 1955
54 Statistical Report, 1956
55 Statistical Report materials, 1957
56 Statistical Report materials, 1958-1959
57 Statistical Report materials, 1960
58 Statistical Report materials, 1961
59 Statistical Report materials, 1962
60 Statistical Report materials, 1963
61 Statistical Report materials, 1964
62 Statistical Report materials, 1965
63 Statistical Report materials, 1966
64 Statistical Report materials, 1967
65 Statistical Report materials, 1969

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8. Women's Organizations

Box Folder
11 1 Women's Auxiliary, 1932-1934
2 Women's Auxiliary, 1931-1932
3 Women's Auxiliary, 1932-1933
4 Women's Auxiliary, 1933-1934
5 Women's Auxiliary, 1934-1935
6 Women's Auxiliary, 1935-1936
7 Women's Auxiliary, 1936-1937
8 Women's Auxiliary, 1937-1938
9 Women's Auxiliary, 1938-1939
10 Women's Auxiliary, 1939-1940
11 Women's Auxiliary, 1940-1941
12 Women's Auxiliary, 1941-1942
13 Women's Auxiliary, 1942-1943
14 Women's Auxiliary, 1943-1944
15 Women's Auxiliary, 1945-1946
16 Women's Auxiliary, 1946-1947
17 Women's Auxiliary, 1947-1948
18 Women's Auxiliary, 1948-1949
19 Women of the Church, 1949-1950
20 Women of the Church, 1950-1951
21 Women of the Church, 1951-1952
22 Women of the Church, 1952-1953
23 Women of the Church, 1953
24 Women of the Church, 1954
25 Women of the Church, 1955
26 Women of the Church, 1956
27 Women of the Church, 1957
28 Women of the Church, 1958
29 Women of the Church, 1959
30 Women of the Church, January-September, 1960
31 Women of the Church, October 1960-September 1961
32 Women of the Church, October 1961-September 1962
33 Women of the Church, October 1962-September 1963
34 Women of the Church, October 1963-September 1964
35 Women of the Church, October 1964-January 1966
36 Women of the Church, January 1966-January 1967
37 Minutes of 29th annual meeting of Woman's Auxiliary of Synod of Texas, Presbyterian Church, U.S, 1933
38 Minutes of 47th annual meeting, Women of the Church, Presbytery of Brazos, Synod of Texas, 1949
39 "Brief Histories of the Ladies Association, The Young Ladies Association, The Westminster Guild"

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9. "Indexed History"

Scope and Contents note
Around 1980, church staff members searched the minutes of the church officer meetings and the Congregational meetings from about 1910-1950, and organized the material topically. Photocopies of pages of meeting minutes dealing with similar topics were placed together. Some of this information is duplicated elsewhere in the collection; however, the topical organization as it exists here is unique. For this reason, these materials were kept with the rest of the collection.
Box Folder
12 1 Session Records, April 1913-April 1927
2 Session Records, October 1927-March 1940
3 Membership Information, April 1913-April 1917
4 Membership Information, April 1917-March 1921
5 Membership Information, April 1921-March 1927
6 Membership Information, April 1927-April 1932
7 Membership Information, April 1932-March 1940
8 Baptisms, April 1913-January 1940
9 Dismissals, April 1913-March 1940
10 City Missions, April 1913-March 1921
11 City Missions, April 1921-January 1940
12 Sunday School Information, April 1913-March 1939
13 Foreign Missions, April 1913-January 1935
14 Deaths, April 1913-March 1940
15 Boy Scouts, 1915-1930
16 Finances, October 1913-February 1940
17 Real Estate Information, December 1917-February 1940
18 Library, April 1913-April 1939
19 Presbytery, 1924
Box Folder
13 1 Young People, May 1914-October 1934
2 Music, 1922-1937
3 Other topics, April 1913-March 1940
4 Finances, 1909-1912
5 Finances, 1913-1926
6 Finances, 1927-1937
7 Finances, 1938-1943
8 Finances, 1944-1949
9 Church Property, 1909-1929
10 Church Property, 1930-1937
11 Church Property, 1938-1943
12 Church Property, 1944-1951
13 Reception Committee, Usher Committee, 1914-1949
14 Music, 1910-1946
15 Mission Churches, 1910-1949
16 Institutions, 1910-1949
17 Missions - Home, Foreign, 1914-1947
18 Ladies Association, 1926-1942

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10. Real Estate & Construction

Scope and Contents note
First Presbyterian Church has owned a fair amount of property since its inception. Included are sites of their own church, the manses, and sites of various missions throughout the city. This series consists of property abstracts, building specifications, and other material related to First Presbyterian Church's real estate holdings.
Box Folder
14 1 General specifications
2 Plumbing specifications
3 Electrical specifications
4 Air conditioning specifications
5 Architectural & construction contracts
6 Materials regarding construction of new church, 1941-1942
7 Advice on design of new church
8 Construction of new church
9 Charles L. King correspondence regarding Building Fund campaign
10 Building Fund campaign brochures
11 Hermann Hospital Estate deed
12 Abstracts of Title, Turner Addition
13 Abstract of Title, Turner Addition, Blocks 74, 75, 78, 79
14 Partial Abstract of Title, Hermann Estate
15 Hermann Hospital Estate, other materials
16 Hermann Hospital Estate, 1961 materials
17 Tuberculosis Hospital
18 Colby Court: Correspondence regarding property
19 Ormond Place: Deed & Title policy
20 Ormond Place deed
21 Ormond Place: Abstracts of Title
22 Ormond Place: Abstracts of Title
23 Glenwood Cemetery
24 Homesite 31, LaPorte: Deed
25 Option to purchase property at Main & McKinney
26 Woodcrest Presbyterian Church (West End Church) Deeds
27 Central Park Church
28 Sale of property at McKinney & Travis to Houston Public Library, 1901
29 Sale of property at McKinney & Travis to First Presbyterian Church, 1924-1926
30 Interactions with Rice Institute regarding property at McKinney Av. & Travis St.
31 Minutes of Board of Directors meetings of Jesse H. Jones & Co., and Austin & Rusk Realty Co. regarding property at McKinney & Travis, 1929
32 Quit-Claim of Austin & Rusk Realty Co. on property at McKinney & Travis, 1929
33 First Presbyterian Church vs. John Austin, et al
34 Sale of property at McKinney & Travis, 1937
35 Sale of property at McKinney & Travis, 1939
36 Plat showing location of property owned by First Presbyterian Church, May 19, 1932
37 Luke Moore League property
38 Mexican Presbyterian Church, 1923-1925
39 Mexican Presbyterian Church, 1926-1927
40 Mexican Presbyterian Church, 1933-1940
41 Abstract of Title, Lot 7, Block 290, Baker Addition: #1410
42 Abstracts of Title, Block 290, Lot 7, Baker Addition: #12100, #12709
43 Abstracts of Title, Block 290, Lot 7, Baker Addition: #64371, #64513
44 Abstracts of Title, Block 443, Lot 13, Baker Addition
45 Bellfort Avenue property materials

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11. Oral History Transcripts

Scope and Contents note
These oral histories, most of which were conducted in the fall of 1987, were used by Judy King in her book Except the Lord Build: The Sesquicentennial History of First Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas, 1839-1989.
Box Folder
15 1 Mrs. James Lester Jones interview, May 1988
2 Charlotte Darby Interview, September 10, 1987
3 Durrell M. Carothers Interview, August 26, 1987
4 Don Berry Interview, August 6, 1987
5 Julia Dabney Interview, September 26, 1987
6 David Hannah, Jr. Interview, December 7, 1987
7 Emmamae Horn Interview, August 31, 1987
8 Sarah Elizabeth Boyers Tracy Interview, September 21, 1987
9 Suzanne Haden Interview, August 25, 1987
10 Ann King Interview, October 7, 1987
11 Mildred Rouse Interview, October 28, 1987
12 Eugene Benton "Pappy" Jones Interview, September 1, 1987
13 Matthew Lynn Interview, July 21, 1987
14 Warren S. Bellows Interview, October 6, 1987
15 Mr. & Mrs. S. Oden Interview, November 10, 1987
16 Scott Red Interview, September 5, 1987
17 Scott Red Interview, October 10, 1987
18 Harriett Marie Joekel Interview, August 13, 1987
19 Bill Berleth Interview, August, 28, 1987
20 Fred Hodson Interview, October 31, 1987
21 Junius F. Estill, Jr. Interview, September 28, 1987
22 Bob Parish Interview, December 12, 1987
23 Robert Moffat Interview, September 28, 1987
24 Margaret Young Interview, December 19, 1987
25 Allen & Ethel Carruth Interview, September 29, 1987
26 Mary Jean McFadyen Reminiscences
27 Mary Ruth McMorris Interview
28 Katherine Gregg Belton Interview, September 24, 1987
29 Dr. Jack Lancaster Interview, October 9, 1987
30 Alberta Williams Interview, September 11, 1987
31 J. T. Mackay Interview, Autumn 1987
32 Mrs. Frances Green McCown, August 18, 1987
33 Martha Backlund Interview, July 13, 1987
34 Charles W. Pabor Reminiscences, July 1979
35 Charles Pabor Interview, October 24, 1987
36 Marion Alexander, David Red, & Ellen Red Interview, September 7, 1987
37 Clara Gribble Interview, November 28 & December 9, 1987
38 Virginia Lawhon Interview, September 21, 1987
39 Bob Strange Interview, October 23, 1987
40 M. Douglas Harper Reminiscences of Charles King, February 1983
41 Gustena Schuler Interview, August 4, 1987
42 Helen Lancaster Interview, August 18, 1987
43 Jack Lancaster comments regarding research questions
44 Miss Boyles Interview, 1970
45 Ruth Pilkenton Red Reminiscences
46 Estelle Sheppard Interview, October 9, 1987
47 Oral History Interview Agreements

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12. Thomas Talbot Files

Scope and Contents note
Thomas Talbot was Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church from 1962 to 1978. This series consists of a sample of his office files. Primarily correspondence, it gives a picture of the various activities that pastors at First Presbyterian Church are involved in.
Box Folder
15 48 Thomas Talbot correspondence, January-March 1968
49 Thomas Talbot correspondence, April-July, 1968
50 Thomas Talbot correspondence, August-October, 1968
51 Thomas Talbot correspondence, November-December, 1968
52 Thomas Talbot correspondence, 1969
53 Thomas Talbot correspondence, 1970
54 Thomas Talbot correspondence, 1971
55 Interoffice correspondence, January-April 1970
56 Interoffice correspondence, May-August, 1970
57 Interoffice correspondence, September 1970-January 1971
58 Session: Witness Committee, 1967-1970
59 Session: Commitment Committee, 1967-1970
60 Presbytery Information
61 Session: Service Committee, 1969
62 Session: Committee on Research & Planning
63 Session: Subcommittee on Reception & Assimilation of New Members, 1967
64 Session: Communicant Classes Committee
65 Visitation Prospects
66 Session committee reports, 1972
67 Leadership Committee, 1970-1971

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13. Maps of foreign missions

Box Folder
16 1 Map: Foreign Mission Fields of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.
2 Map: Our Six Foreign Fields
3 Map: China Missions
4 Map: Mexico Missions
5 Map: Brazilian Missions
6 Map: Korea Mission
7 Map: Congo Mission

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14. Probate materials

Box Folder
16 8 Oliver Ewing will
9 Correspondence: April-August 1957
10 Correspondence: September-December 1957
11 Correspondence, financial records: January-February 1959
12 Correspondence: March-October, 1959
13 Correspondence, financial records: 1960
14 Correspondence. financial records: 1961
Box Folder
16 15 Thornwell Fay, Jr. will

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15. Article 13 materials

Scope and Contents note
Upon the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, the northern and southern branches of the Presbyterian Church in the United States split into separate denominations. They existed as such for over 120 years, until they reunited in 1984. The northern denomination had been known as the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., and the southern denomination as the Presbyterian Church in the United States; the reunited denomination was known as the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). As part of the unification agreement, an "escape clause," known as Article 13 of the agreement, allowed churches that had formerly been in the southern denomination to leave the union within 7 years if a majority of the members of their congregations voted to do so. In 1990, a group of First Presbyterian Church members wished to exercise Article 13. These members preferred to ally First Presbyterian Church with one of two small Presbyterian denominations: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church or the Presbyterian Church of America.
Box Folder
16 16 Photocopy of article 13
17 April-June 1990
18 "Concerned Members' Position on Article 13"
19 Correspondence, August 1990
20 PCUSA & Article 13: The facts are on file
21 Evangelical Presbyterian Church
22 Correspondence, September-October 1990
23 Correspondence, November 1990-March 1991
24 Undated correspondence
25 Proposed resolutions
26 Concerned Members of First Presbyterian Church newsletters
27 Loyal Presbyterians newsletter
28 Newspaper clippings
29 Other Article 13 items

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16. Church service programs

Box Folder
16 30 1890-1899
31 1901-1903
32 1906
33 1916-1922
34 1923-1931
35 1934-1939
36 1940-1950
37 1954-1961
38 1973-1984
39 1992

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17. Biographical information

Scope and Contents note
This series contains biographical material and reminiscences of various people involved with First Presbyterian Church throughout its history.
Box Folder
16 40 E. D. Junkin biographical material
41 W. Y. Allen reminiscences
42 William Hayne Leavell reminiscences
43 Alexander Adolf Szabo reminiscences
44 J. C. Kidd reminiscences

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18. Sunday School materials

Box Folder
16 45 Sunday School Constitution, 1849
46 Shorter Catechisms
47 Church School materials, 1870's
48 Sunday School materials, 1880's
49 Sunday School materials, 1890's
50 Sunday School materials, 1900's
51 Sunday School materials, undated
52 Vacation Church School materials, 1940's
53 Communicants class, ca. 1945
54 Sunday School material, ca. 1947
55 Parent Cooperation - Sunday School, 1940's
56 Adult Education, ca. 1940's
57 Religious education conferences, 1939-1940
58 "Workers' Conference" materials - for Sunday school teachers

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19. First Presbyterian Church histories

Box Folder
16 59 "History of the Erection of the Church"
60 1894 History
61 Centennial Celebration materials, 1939
62 A Brief History of First Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas, 1839-1939
63 Except the Lord Build: The Sesquicentennial History of First Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas 1839 - 1939, by Judy King
64 "A Brief History of the Second Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas"

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20. Miscellaneous items

Box Folder
16 65 Comity dispute with Central Presbyterian Church
66 Article from March 31, 1901
67 Copy of church charter, ca. 1880
68 Usher's Manual, 1963
69 Sketches of former First Presbyterian Church buildings
70 Men of the Church material, 1943-1946
71 Community Church Session minutes, February 1921-January 1926
72 Miscellaneous news clippings

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21. Scrapbooks

Box
17 1957-1958
Box
18 1959
Box
19 1960
Box
20 October 1960-September 1964
Box
21 1964-1967
Box
22 1967
1977-1978
Box
23 1886 - 1944: Photocopy of scrapbook
1947 - 1951: Photocopy of scrapbook
1952 - 1956: Photocopy of scrapbook
Box
24 Chapel Bible Class #1: 1940-1961
Chapel Bible Class #2 - Collection of Dr. Charles L. King's sermons: 1969
Chapel Bible Class #3: ca. 1970-1974
Chapel Bible Class #4: 1975-1977
Chapel Bible Class #5: 1970, 1973-1975, 1976-1978
Box
25 Chapel Bible Class #6: 1981-1982
Chapel Bible Class #7: 1958, 1975-1978
Chapel Bible Class #8: 1980
Chapel Bible Class #9: 1960-1970, 1978-1979
Chapel Bible Class #10: 1964, 1974-1980
Chapel Bible Class #11: 1976-1977
Chapel Bible Class #12: 1969-1974
Box
26 Chapel Bible Class #13: ca. 1959-1970
Chapel Bible Class #14: Easter scrapbook ca. 1970

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22. First Presbyterian -- Church Newspaper

General note
Bound copies, loose on shelf
1969-1970
1971
1972
1973
1974-1975
1976
1977
1979
1980-1982
1983-1984
1985-1986
1987-1988

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23. Photographs

Box
27 Photographs - This box contains all photographs not kept in scrapbooks: RG I 8.105-158, 174-259

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