Fayetteville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Records

MC 1954

Special Collections Department
University of Arkansas Libraries

365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002
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Machine-readable finding aid encoded in EAD by Cody W. Hackett, 2013.

Finding aid is written in English.

Table of Contents

Descriptive Summary

Creator
The First Christian Church of Fayetteville (Disciples of Christ)
Title
Fayetteville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Records
Inclusive Dates
1867-2001
Identification
MC 1954
Extent
.75 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language
Materials are in English.
Repository
Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

Access Information

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email specoll@uark.edu at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Acquisition Information

The First Christian Church of Fayetteville (Disciples of Christ) Records were donated to Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, on July 20, 2012, by Michael T. Morgenthaler, Church Board Chairman.

Processing Information

Processed by Cody W. Hackett; completed in June 2013.

Preferred Form of Citation

Fayetteville First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Records (MC 1954), Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.

See Special Collections Citation Guide for more detailed information on how to cite specific documents from the collection.

Biographical Note

Fayetteville (Washington, County) First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) was borne out of a local revival meeting conducted by Robert Graham and John T. Johnson and held in February 1848. At the close of the revival, the church was organized and boasted a membership of nearly 50 citizens. Robert Graham served as the church's first resident minister (1848-1858). During the 1850s, Graham founded Arkansas College (located where the current First Christian Church now stands), which was the first opened, degree-conferring institution to be chartered by the state. From 1858 through the first half of the Civil War, the church was helmed by Unionist William Baxter. While serving as a military hospital during the war, the church (as well as Arkansas College) was burned, forcing the congregation to worship for several years in a local Masonic Hall. Rebuilt in 1872, the church succumbed to fire once more in December 1912. Because of the numerous fires early in the church's history, many of the earliest congregational records are lost. A new church building was completed and dedicated in May of 1914. Though numerous renovations and enlargements have been added to the church over the course of the century, this structure continues to serve as the Fayetteville First Christian Church. More comprehensive church histories are located in the collection, see Box 1 Files 1-3, as well as in the publication, Fayetteville First Christian Church: Historical Notes from the First 160 Years (published by the First Christian Church, Fayetteville: Arkansas, 2009).

Scope and Content Note

Materials in this collection include church histories, congregational records (attendance, donations, meeting minutes), and legal documents.

Arrangement of the Papers

Materials are arranged by topic.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection

Box 1

Box 1 Folder 1

A History of the First Christian Church, Fayetteville, Arkansas by N.M. Ragland, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 2

The First Christian Church Fayetteville, Arkansas (1848-1945) Preliminary Draft, 1968

Box 1 Folder 3

The First Christian Church Fayetteville, Arkansas: One Hundred and Twenty Five Years of Discipleship, 1848 to 1973 by Roy W. Roberts, 1973

Box 1 Folder 4

Paid in Church Subscription Records, 1881-1882

Box 1 Folder 5

Church Record Book, 1867-1884

Box 1 Folder 6

Contribution Record with Financial Reports, 1904-1915

Box 1 Folder 7

Church Meetings of the Official Board Records, 1917-1931

Box 1 Folder 8

Single Entry Church Ledger (with Meeting Minutes), 1924-1940

Box 2 Folder 1

Fayetteville First Christian Church, Abstract of Title, June 20, 1966

Box 2 Folder 2

Fayetteville First Christian Church, Abstract of Title, August 5, 1981

END OF COLLECTION

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