Guide to the Harrisville United Methodist Church, Harrisville, Butler County, Pa. Records, 1875-1979 AIS.1980.15a

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Harrisville United Methodist Church, Harrisville, Butler County, Pa. Records
Creator
Harrisville United Methodist Church (Harrisville, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1980.15a
Date
1875-1979
Extent
2.0 microfilm reels
Abstract
The Harrisville United Methodist Church (originally named the Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisville) was formed in 1834 by Rev. William Carl. The records span the years 1875-1979. Combined church records make up the largest series and are concentrated around the years 1903-1967.

Preferred Citation

Harrisville United Methodist Church, Harrisville, Butler County, Pa. Records, AIS.1980.15a, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Harrisville United Methodist Church (originally named the Methodist Episcopal Church of Harrisville) was formed in 1834 by Rev. William Carl who established several religion classes in the area. Early church members included John McConnell, Josiah Hardy, Robert Walker, Robert Knowlton, Abner Gill, William H. McGill and their wives. The school house was used for religious services until a meeting house could be erected in 1842. The meeting house stood until 1896 when a new house of worship was erected.

Over the years, Harrisville pastors have frequently served the smaller congregation of the Forestville United Methodist Church (ais 80:15B). Because of this close bond between congregations, there are some overlaps in the records.

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Scope and Content Notes

Records span the years 1875-1979. Combined church records make up the largest series and are concentrated around the years 1903-1967. Other records include: financial records, 1958-1973; board minutes, 1945-1975; conference reports (containing information from both the Harrisville and Forestville Churches) 1956-1970; Sunday school records, 1934-1975; records of Ladies Organizations (Ladies Aid Society, Women's Foreign Missionary Society, Women's Society of Christian Service), 1903-1966.

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).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, November 1980

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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

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

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Susan Himel in November 1980.

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: 1430674

Existence and Location of Originals

Original microfilm negative retained by Slippery Rock State College Archives.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Forestville United Methodist Church, Forestville, Butler County, Pa. Records, AIS.1980.15b, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Harrisville United Methodist Church (Harrisville, Pa.).
  • United Methodist Church (U.S.). -- Pennsylvania -- Harrisville

Genre(s)

  • Church records

Geographic Name(s)

  • Harrisville (Pa.) -- Church history

Subject(s)

  • Church buildings -- Pennsylvania -- Harrisville
  • Churches and Synagogues

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Previous Citation

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

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Combined Church Record, 1875-1979 

Scope and Content Notes

Includes: pastorial and statistical records, official church members, marriages, baptisms, and deaths.

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
v. 1 1893-1903 291
  Reel
v. 2 1895-1931 1
  Reel
v. 3 1875-1945 1
  Reel
v. 4 1967-1976 1
  Reel
v. 5 1903-1979 1
  Reel
v. 6 1909-1967 1
  Reel
v. 7 1949-1970 1
  Reel
v. 8 1960-1967 1

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Series  II. Financial Records, 1958-1973 

  Reel
Account books, 1958-1973 1
  Reel
Minutes of the Committee of finance, 1966-1969 1

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Series  III. Official Board Minutes, October 1945-May 1975 

  Reel
Official Board Minutes, October 1945-May 1975 1

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Series  IV. Conference Reports, 1956-1970 

Scope and Content Notes

Includes information concerning the Forestville United Methodist Church (ais 80:15B Micro).

  Reel
Conference Reports, 1956-1970 2

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Series  V. Sunday School Records, 1934-1975 

  Reel
Sunday School Records, 1934-1975 2

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Series  VI. Ladies Organizations Records, 1903-1966 

Scope and Content Notes

Includes: records of the Ladies Aid Society, Women's Foreign Missionary Society, and Women's Society of Christian Service.

  Reel
Ladies Aid Society, 2
  Reel
Women's Foreign Missionary Society, 2
  Reel
Women's Society of Christian Service, 2

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