Guide to the Birmingham United Church of Christ Records, 1843-1977 AIS.1977.30

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Birmingham United Church of Christ Records
Creator
Birmingham United Church of Christ (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1977.30
Date
1843-1977
Extent
10.0 microfilm reels
Abstract
The Birmingham United Church of Christ, originally chartered in June of 1846 as a United Evangelical Protestant Church, arose from the efforts of German-speaking residents living in the borough of Birmingham (now the South Side of Pittsburgh) who had worshipped at the Smithfield Street United Evangelical Protestant Church. The collection consists of ten reels of microfilm containing a constitution and journal, history, minute books, lists of members, memorial publications, baptismal, marriage, burial, and financial records from 1843-1977. Digital reproductions of the microfilm are available online.

Preferred Citation

Birmingham United Church of Christ Records, 1843-1977, AIS.1977.30, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Birmingham United Church of Christ, originally chartered in June of 1846 as a United Evangelical Protestant Church, arose from the efforts of German-speaking residents living in the borough of Birmingham (now the South Side of Pittsburgh) who had worshipped at the Smithfield Street United Evangelical Protestant Church. Throughout its history, the word 'Birmingham' has been retained in identifying this church. In 1924, the Birmingham church joined other United Evangelical Protestant Churches in the General Council of Congregational Churches. In 1964, the churches affiliated with the United Church of Christ.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Birmingham United Church of Christ Records consists of ten reels of microfilm containing a constitution and journal, history, minute books, lists of members, memorial publications, baptismal, marriage, burial, and financial records from 1843-1977. Also contained in the collection is a burial register that spans from 1902-1975 and cemetary deeds from 1896-1975. The church constitution and journal are in German and span from 1846-1889. The "official" church history dates from 1846-1926; there is also mention of an "unofficial" church history. The collection also has a 50th Year Jubilee Booklet, in German, that is dated 1896. The finanical records span from 1889-1967.

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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
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

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

These records were microfilmed, with permission, by the Archives Service Center in 1977.

Processing Information

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

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Jessica L. Marshall and Michael O'Malley on June 26, 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:1405398

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original records retained by Birmingham United Church of Christ, 25 Carrick Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15210.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Birmingham United Church of Christ (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • United Church of Christ. -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

Genre(s)

  • Burial records
  • Church records
  • Financial records
  • Marriage records
  • Minute books

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Church history

Subject(s)

  • Baptismal records -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Church buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Churches and Synagogues
  • Confirmation records -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Previous Citation

Birmingham United Church of Christ Records, 1843-1977, AIS.1977.30, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Previously cited as two separate collections: Birmingham United Church of Christ, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1845-1976, AIS Micro 77:30a, Archives of Industrial Society, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh; and, Birmingham United Church of Christ, Pittsburgh, Pa., Records, 1843-1977, AIS Micro 77:30b, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh Libraries

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. General Record Books 

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
General Records, 1845-1865 231
 Part 1. Baptisms, 1845-1856 Online
 Part 2. Confirmations, 1846-1861 Online
 Part 3. Marriage & Death Records, 1846-1849 Online
 Part 4. Deaths, 1850-1862 Online
 Part 5. Baptisms, 1854-1858 Online
 Part 6. Marriage Records, 1854-1862 Online
 Part 7. Baptisms, 1858-1862 Online
  Reel
General Records, 1862-1898 1
 Part 1. Index, Online
 Part 2. Baptisms, 1862-1869 Online
 Part 3. Marriage Records, 1862-1869 Online
 Part 4. Death/Burial Records, 1862-1869 Online
 Part 5. Confirmation/Membership Statistics, 1870-1898 Online
 Part 6. Confirmations, 1863-1871 Online
  Reel
General Records, 1869-1909 4
 Part 1. Death Records, 1869-1909 Online
 Part 2. Confirmations, 1886-1887 Online
 Part 3. Confirmations, 1872-1875 Online
  Reel
General Records, 1910-1973 4
 Part 1. Index, Online
 Part 2. Marriages, 1910-1973 Online
 Part 3. Burials/Funerals, 1950-1973 Online

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Series  II. Baptismal Record Books 

  Reel
Baptismal Records, 1869-1882 2
 Part 1. Baptisms, 1869-1882 Online
 Part 2. Register, Online
  Reel
Baptismal Records, 1883-1894 2
Online
  Reel
Baptismal Records, 1895-1916 3
Online
  Reel
Baptismal Records, 1917-1973 3
 Part 1. Index, Online
 Part 2. Baptisms, 1917-1973 Online

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Series  III. Burial/Death Record Books 

  Reel
Burial/Death Records, 1869-1895 4
Online
  Reel
Burial/Death Records, 1896-1950 5
Online

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Series  IV. Confirmation Record Books 

  Reel
Confirmation Records, 1876-1972 5
Online

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Series  V. Zimmerman Cemetery/Birmingham Church Cemetery Records 

  Reel
Burial Register, 1902-1924 6
Online
  Reel
Burial Register, 1924-1945 6
Online
  Reel
Burial Register, 1946-1968 6
Online
  Reel
Burial Register, 1969-1975 6
Online
  Reel
Lot Owners/Deed Book, 1874-1901 6
 Part 1. Index, Online
 Part 2. Deed Register with Payment Ledger, Online
  Reel
Lot Owners/Deed Book, 1874-1901 6
Online
  Reel
Lot Owners/Deed Book, 1874-c1920 7
 Part 1. Index, Online
 Part 2. Lot Owners, 1874-c1920 Online
  Reel
Lot Owners/Deed Book, Section #2, 1958-1969 7
 Part 1. Index, Online
 Part 2. Lot Owners, 1958-1969 Online
  Reel
Lot Owners/Deed Book, Section #3, 1955-1974 7
 Part 1. Index, Online
 Part 2. Lot Owners, 1955-1974 Online
  Reel
Lot Owners/Deed Book, Section #4, 1949-1970 7
 Part 1. Index, Online
 Part 2. Lot Owners, 1949-1970 Online
  Reel
Lot Owners/Deed Book, Section #5, 1929-1950 7
 Part 1. Index, Online
 Part 2. Lot Owners, 1929-1950 Online
  Reel
Interment Book, c1880-1900 6
Online

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Series  VI. Minute Books (including Church Constitution) 

  Reel
Constitution and Minutes, 1846-1869 8
Online
  Reel
Minutes, 1869-1889 8
Online
  Reel
Minutes, 1889-1915 8-9
Part 1, Online
Part 2, Online
  Reel
Minutes, 1915-1925 9
Online

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Series  VII. Congregational Histories 

  Reel
50th Jubilee Booklet, 1896 8
Online
80th Anniversary Booklet, 1926 Online
Paper, c1977 Online
Early Membership Lists, 1846-1869 Online

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Series  VIII. Financial Record Books 

  Reel
Financial Records, 1912-1923 9
Online
  Reel
Financial Records, 1936-1941 9
Online
  Reel
Financial Records, 1939-1945 9
Online
  Reel
Financial Records, 1941-1947 9
Online
  Reel
Financial Records, 1945-1953 9
Online
  Reel
Financial Records, 1948-1958 9
Online
  Reel
Disbursements, 1954-1958 9
Online
  Reel
Disbursements, 1958-1962 9
Online
  Reel
Receipts, 1954-1959 9
Online
  Reel
Financial Records, 1967 9-10
Part 1, Online
Part 2, Online
Part 3, Online

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