Guide to the Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church Records, 1872-1933 AIS.1997.39

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church Records
Creator
Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
Collection Number
AIS.1997.39
Date
1872-1933
Extent
1.0 microfilm reel
Abstract
The Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church was an active church in Pittsburgh's East End from 1878-1934. The Church eventually merged and is known currently as the First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh. The records consist of six books, which have been microfilmed, that contain the records of members, pastors, baptisms, marriages, probationers, including the Church's history for the years 1872-1933.

Preferred Citation

Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church Records, AIS.1997.39, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

The Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church began in 1869 or 1870 as a Sabbath School held in the Bellefield Public School Building on Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh. The organizer of the gatherings was William B. Evans. The Church as a congregation was organized by D.L. Dempsey, presiding elder of the Pittsburgh District, and Reverend J.C. High, City Missionary, on January 10, 1872. In 1873 the Church purchased property at Forbes Avenue and Bouquet Street from Edward W. H. Schenley and prepared for construction. The Church was finished and dedicated in September, 1878.

In the early 1900s the Church became a Wesley Foundation Church and functioned as a social and religious center for students of the University of Pittsburgh. At one time the Church had a membership of 350 full members and 250 Sunday school members or probationers. The Great Depression of the 1930s affected the Church by decreasing its. High budget deficits caused the Methodist Official Board's recommendation to consolidate Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church with the Christ Methodist Episcopal Church in 1934. In 1968 Christ Methodist Episcopal Church merged with Evangelical United Brethren to become the First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh which still functions today.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of six books, which have been microfilmed, and contain the records of members, pastors, baptisms, marriages, probationers, and include the church's history for the years 1872-1933. Individuals in the membership records are listed alphabetically. Names in the marriage, baptismal, and pastoral records are listed in chronological order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, 1997

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 the permission of the First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh, PA in 1997.

Processing Information

This collection was inventoried by Archives Staff in 1997 and then encoded by Andy Newman in August 2004.

Revision for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Andy Newman in August, 2004. 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: 4396937

Existence and Location of Copies

The originals are located in the archives of the First United Methodist Church.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • First United Methodist Church of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pa.).
  • Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church (Pittsburgh, Pa.). -- Archives

Geographic Name(s)

  • Oakland (Pittsburgh, Pa.) -- History

Subject(s)

  • Churches and Synagogues

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Previous Citation

Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church Records, AIS.1997.39, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

Oakland Methodist Episcopal Church, ais 97:39, Records, 1872-1933, Archives of Industrial Society, Hillman Library, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Volume I, 1872-1885 

Scope and Content Notes

Volume I contains a history of the church written in 1888, and lists of the church's probationers, classes, full members, pastors, statistics, baptisms, and marriages. All names are listed in chronological order except for the membership records which are arranged alphbetically. Probationer records contain the information of the individual's status, residence, member date, and gender. Class records are lists containing names of individuals enrolled in specific church classes. Pastoral records contain the name of the paster and dates served. Baptism and marriage records contain name, date, date of birth, parent names, residence, and place of birth.

  Microfilm-cabinetReel
Historical Record, 1872-1888 31
Probationers, 1872-1884 
Class Records, 
Full Members, 1872-1885 
Pastoral Statistical Records, 1872-1877 
Baptism Records, 1872-1885 
Marriage Records, 1872-1885 

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Series  II. Volume II, 1885-1900 

Scope and Content Notes

Volume II contains lists of full members, probationers, marriages, and baptisms.

Full Members, 1885-1900 
Probationers, 1886-1900 
Marriage Records, 1886-1900 
Baptism Records, 1885-1900 

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Series  III. Volume III, 1900-1904 

Scope and Content Notes

Volume III contains lists of full members, probationers, marriages, and baptisms.

Probationers, 1901-1904 
Full Members, 1900-1904 
Baptism Records, 1901-1904 
Marriage Records, 1900-1904 

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Series  IV. Volume IV, 1904-1909 

Scope and Content Notes

Volume IV contains lists of full members, probationers, marriages, and baptisms.

Probationers, 1905-1909 
Full Members, 1905-1909 
Baptism Records, 1905-1909 
Marriage Records, 1904-1909 

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Series  V. Volume V, 1909-1919 

Scope and Content Notes

Volume V contains lists of full members, probationers, marriages, and baptisms.

Full Members, 1909-1918 
Probationers, 1910-1919 
Marriage Records, 1909-1918 
Baptism Records, 1909-1919 

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Series  VI. Volume VI, 1872-1933 

Scope and Content Notes

Volume VI contains a history of the church written in 1918 or 1919 and lists of full members, pastors, probationers, marriages, baptisms, and funeral records. The pastoral records contain names listed in chronological order.

Historical Record 
Pastoral Records, 1872-1930 
Records of Official Members, 1918 
Probationers, 1919-1932 
Baptized Children, 1919 
Records of Full Members, 1876-1932 
Baptism Records, 1904-1931 
Marriage Records, 1919-1933 
Funeral Records, 1919-1932 

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