Guide to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Microfilmed Records, 1906-1976 AIS.1977.04

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Records
Creator
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1977.04
Date
1906-1976
Extent
7.0 microfilm reels
Abstract
The records of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral contains baptismal record books, 1906-1976; marriage record books, 1906-1976; death record books, 1917-1976; charter, 1906; constitution and by-laws, 1945; census record books; financial record books, 1972-1975; church council minutes, 1956-1975; general assembly attendance, 1960-1976; resolutions from 1951 general assembly; regular Sunday bulletins, 1968-1976; "Ecclesia" 1961-1977 (incomplete); and miscellaneous memorial publications, 1940-1966.

Preferred Citation

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Records, 1906-1976, AIS.1977.04, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral was built in 1923, but the Greek Orthodox faithful has worshipped in temporary quarters since 1906. The three previous sites were the second floor of a building at 512 Court Place in Downtown Pittsburgh, a church building at 95 Fullerton Street, Uptown, and another second floor hall at 645 Sixth Avenue.

After a merger with Annunciation Church in September, 1918, it was agreed that worshipers would unite under the name "The Greek Community of Allegheny County-St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church". The Church was founded to "set firm the foundations for future perpetuation of our faith and heritage by establishing Greek and Sunday schools for teaching Greek Orthodoxy and the Greek language."

St. Nicholas is the oldest and largest parish in the Sixth Archdiocesan District, and as it serves as the heart of Greek Orthodoxy in this area, it assumes a unique responsibility and duty to provide leadership in religious education, youth work, philanthropy, conferences and other worthwhile endeavors.

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Scope and Content Notes

The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral records span the years 1906-1976 with the greatest part of the collection from 1916-1953. The majority of the records are in Greek. The records include: baptismal, marriage, death; census; financial; regular Sunday Bulletins; Church Council Minutes; "Ecclesia" (monthly, bi-monthly) Magazine; charter, and by-laws; General Assembly attendance; Resolutions from 1951 General Assembly; and miscellaneous memorial publications.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 1977

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002  July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

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.

Acquisition Information

Microfilmed by the Archives Service Center, with permission, in February 1977.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in February 1977.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Julie Aher in June 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: 1430479

Existence and Location of Originals

Original records in the possession of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Orthodox Eastern Church.
  • St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Genre(s)

  • Church bulletins
  • Death records
  • Marriage records

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Church history

Subject(s)

  • Baptismal records -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Church buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Churches and Synagogues
  • Ethnic groups
  • Greek Americans -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral Records, 1906-1976, AIS.1977.04, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Baptismal Records 1906-1976 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the baptism records. In volumes 1-3 the records are alphabetically arranged according to the Greek alphabet. The given information includes: name (last name, Christian first name, Christian second name), date of birth, place of birth, place of baptism; parents record - father's name in full, place of birth, religion, address, mother's maiden name, place of birth, religion.; record of marriage - place of marriage/wedding town, church marriage, civil marriage, sponsor's name in full, address, memorandum, priest, witness. Treasurer's Record: date, receipt number, charge, cash received, balance due us. Volumes 4-6 include: date of birth, name of church, date of baptism, father's name, place of birth, mother's maiden name, place of birth, name of baptized, place of birth, residence, sponsors, priest, comments. These volumes are chronologically arranged in Greek. Volume 7 is the last in this series and includes: number in church year, number in Greek Community of Allegheny County; name, date of birth, date of baptism, father's name, place of birth, mother's maiden name, place of birth, sponsors, church, priest, comments. This volume is chronologically arranged in English and Greek. The Baptismal Record Books contain the following dates: (v. 1) A-J, 1906-1953; (v. 2) K-N, 1906-1953; (v. 3) N-Z, 1906-1953; (v. 4) May 15, 1927-September 15, 1929; (v. 5) September 17, 1929-February 9, 1933; (v. 6) May 28, 1933-September 2, 1937; (v. 7) October 2, 1942-June 27, 1976. These dates should be considered when looking at the microfilm.

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerRecord
Baptismal Records, (v. 1) A-J, ; (v. 2) Ka-Ka 1945 1938 221
  Reel
Baptismal Records, (v. 2) K, - Nu, ; (v. 3) I-Lab, 1938 1952 1920 2
  Reel
Baptismal Records, (v. 6) L-W, 1920 3
  Reel
Baptismal Records, (v. 7) 4

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Series  II. Marriage Records 1906-1976 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the marriage records. Volume 1 of these records provide an A-Z listing of marriages and are arranged alphabetically according to the Greek alphabet. The given information includes: our number, Episcopal number, date of wedding, place of wedding, name of groom, address, place of birth, nationality, religion, age; name of bride, address, place of birth, nationality, religion, age; best man - his name and address; priest, witness, memorandum; Treasurer's Record - date, receipt number, charge, cash received, and balance due us. This volume is arranged alphabetically according to the Greek alphabet. Volume 2 contains the marriage records of October 25, 1942-December 1976. The records include: church number, Episcopal number, name of groom, place of birth, residence, age; name of bride, place of birth, residence, age; best man, date of marriage, church, priest, and comments. This volume is arranged chronologically in English and Greek.

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Marriage Records, (v. 1)-(v. 2) 4

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Series  III. Death Records 1917-1976 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains information regarding the death records and has two volumes. Volume 1 has an A-Z listing of death records for 1917-1962 and includes: number, date of death, permit number, date of internment, grave number, section number, division number, cause of death, physician; name in full, address, birth place, age, relatives (names, address), beneficiaries, did he or she have any insurance, undertaker (name, address), priest, witness, memorandum; Treasurer's Record - date, receipt number, charge, cash received, and balance due us. This volume is arranged alphabetically according to the Greek alphabet. Volume 2 contains: number, name, place of birth, age, marital status, residence, date of death, date of burial, place of internment, priest, relative, comments. This volume covers the deaths for November 18, 1942 to October 30, 1976 and is alphabetically arranged according to the Greek alphabet.

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Death Records, (v. 1)-Ko, 1942 4
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Death Records, (v. 1)-Ko, -(v.2) 1942 5

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Series  IV. Charter, Constitution, and By-laws 1906-1945 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the original Charter for St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral which was created in 1906 and revised again in 1962. Also included are the Constitution and By-laws of the Greek Community of Pittsburgh that were established in 1945.

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Charter, 1906  5
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Constitution and By-laws, 1945 5

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Series  V. Census records 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the census records of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The following information is included in the records: name, spouse, address, date of birth, place of birth, occupation, business address, business telephone, ethnic background, converted from, divorced, date of marriage, place of marriage, in Orthodox church. Also information is recorded about children and their schooling, how often is church attended, and membership to organizations. The records are arranged alphabetically in English.

  Reel
(v. 1-4) 6

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Series  VI. Financial records, 1972-1975 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the contribution records. The records include name, address, and donation amount. There are four volumes, one for each year.

  Reel
(v. 1-3) 6
  Reel
(v. 4) 7

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Series  VII. Minutes, 1956-1975 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains the church council minutes. There are a total of five volumes; volume 1 covers 1956-1975, volume covers 1968-1969, volume 3 covers 1970-1971, volume 4 covers 1972-1973, and volume 5 covers 1974-1975. Please note that volume 1 is not available on microfilm.

  Reel
(v. 2-5) 7

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