Summary Information
Title: Forestville United Methodist Church, Forestville, Butler County, Pa. Records
Collection Number: AIS.1980.15b
Creator: Forestville United Methodist Church (Forestville, Pa.).

Collection Dates: 1895-1979
Extent: 4.0 microfilm reels

Language: English

Abstract:
The Forestville United Methodist Church is affiliated with the Harrisville United Methodist Church, Butler County, Pa. Harrisville pastors often served the smaller congregation of Forestville located in Mercer Township, Butler County. The records span the years 1895-1979. They include combined church records, financial records, official board minutes, Sunday school records, and ladies organizations records.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

November 1980
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Susan Himel and Katie Kirwan. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process on August 12, 2003.
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

History

The Forestville United Methodist Church is affiliated with the Harrisville United Methodist Church, Butler County, Pa.(AIS.1980.15a), which was formed in 1834 by Rev. William Carl. Harrisville pastors often served the smaller congregation of Forestville located in Mercer Township, Butler County. Because of this close bond between congregations, there are some overlaps in the records. Some church members may appear in the various records of the Harrisville Church (AIS.1980.15a).


Collection Scope and Content Notes

The records span the years 1895-1979. They include combined church records (1909-1976), financial records (1947-1977), official board minutes (1949-1968), Sunday school records (1929-1971), and ladies organizations records (1954-1975). Furthermore, conference reports, 1956-1970 (Series IV) pertain to both Harrisville and Forestville Churches.

Records for both churches were filmed contiguously on four reels. Not all reels are full and the last of which is only one quarter full. Quality of microfilming is uneven; some segments are overexposed, others are slightly out of focus.

A very detailed preliminary inventory, prepared by Susan Himsl, can be found in the case file. It breaks down contents further than this inventory (example: baptisms; list date, name of subject, adult or infant, name of parents, date of birth, and officiating minister).


Subject Terms

Topics
  • Church buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Harrisville

Corporate Names
  • Forestville United Methodist Church (Forestville, Pa.).
  • United Methodist Church (U.S.). -- Pennsylvania -- Forestville

Locations
  • Harrisville (Pa.) -- Church history

Genres/Forms
  • Church records

Category
  • Churches and Synagogues

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Originally microfilmed by Slippery Rock State College Archives in June 1979. Positive copy of microfilm made by the Archives of Industrial Society in 1980.

Preferred Citation:

Forestville United Methodist Church, Forestville, Butler County, Pa. Records, AIS.1980.15b, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Susan Himel in November 1980.

Processing Information:

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jamie Shriver on August 12, 2003. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1364239

Copyright:

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Location of Original Documents:

Original microfilm negative retained by Slippery Rock State College Archives.

Related Material:

Harrisville United Methodist Church, Harrisville, Butler County, Pa. Records, AIS.1980.15a, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh


Collection Inventory

Series I. Combined Church Record, 1909-1976


Microfilm-cabinet 2
Drawer
Reel 2 Record of full membership, 1909-1976
Reel 2 Preparatory memberships, 1950-1976
Reel 2 Marriages, 1969-1975
Reel 2 Baptisms, 1943-1976
Reel 2 Deaths, 1967-1976

Series II. Financial Records, 1947-1977

Reel 3 Church treasurer's records, 1947-1977
Reel 3 Financial secretary's record, 1965-1976

Series III. Official Board Minutes, September 1949-1968

Reel 3 Official Board Minutes, September 1949-1968

Series IV. Sunday School Records, 1929-1971

Reel 3 General records, 1929-1968
Reel 3 Treasurer's Records, 1945-1962
Reel 3 Secretary-treasurer's records, 1969-1971

Series V. Ladies Organizations, 1954-1975

Reel 4 Combined record, 1954-1975
Reel 4 Women's Society of Christian Service, 1961-1969
Reel 4 Ladies Society, Methodist Church, 1974-1975