Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kensington Congregational Church Records, 1895-2005

Collection Information
Title:

Kensington Congregational Church (Philadelphia, PA) records

Creator(s):

Kensington Congregational Church (Philadelphia, PA)

Dates:

1895-2005

Extent:

3.3 linear feet, 8 boxes

Collection ID #:

RG 4835

Conditions Governing Access:

None

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Kensington Congregational Church (Philadelphia, PA) records, RG 4835. The Congregational Library and Archive, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Steytler, December 2007

Revision History:

Material added in 2011

Acquisition Information:

This collection was given to the Congregational Library in 2007 by the Pennsylvania Southeast Conference.

Introduction

The Kensington Congregational Church grew out of a Danish Mission which began November 8, 1891, under the direction of the Rev. Niels N. Bormose, in Enterprise Hall, Kensington Avenue and Huntington Street. On the first of October, 1893, the Mission moved to a building at Kensington Avenue and C Street… On June 20, 1895, Mr. Bormose called his workers together for the purpose of organizing as a regular church, twenty-two individuals agreeing to associate as the Kensington Congregational Church.

The last entry for Kensington in the United Church of Christ Yearbook statistics list is 2005.

 

Scope and Content

Series 1: Church Records, 1895-2003

Includes Constitution, Meetings, Committees, Annual Reports, Correspondence; the majority of this series are monthly meeting minutes. The early ledgers have some vital statistics mixed in, as is the nature of ledgers.

The first box includes the oldest ledgers as well as the oversize material within the series. The last part of the final box includes the remainder of the correspondence, some Membership material, and the only dedicated building-related material.

Series 2: Financial Ledgers 1940s-50s [bulk]

All but one folder of this series are ledgers. Most of those range from 1944-1956. The final book is 1967-1977. Further financial information is integrated into monthly and annual meetings

Series 3: Church Groups and Activities, 1913-2005

The Sunday School and the Ladies Aid / Women's Fellowship make up the majority of this series. Be aware that the Sunday School ledger that covers the 1920s and '30s was wet at some point and there's a major concern regarding mold/mildew.

The latter half of the series includes worship service programs, anniversary pamphlets, and a church history dated back to the 1940s.

 

Box List

Series 1: Church Records: Includes Constitution, Meetings, Committees, Annual Reports, Correspondence

Box 1
  Oversize Material: Church Records
1   Church Ledger: list members, dues paid very acidic; binding broken 1895-1898
2   Church Ledger: History, Constitution, Articles of Faith, Form of Admission or Confession, and Record (Meetings) 1895-1905
3   Church Ledger: Meeting Minutes (unbound) 1906-1918
4   Ministers - Hissey, Marion - Ecclesiastical Council 1911
5   Building: Blueprints, floor plan 1961
Box 2
1 Constitutions  
2 Board of Trustees 1910, 1923-1932
3 Minutes and Correspondence 1928-1930
4 Search Committee 1931
5 Meeting Minutes, monthly business reports, related correspondence 1931-1933
6 Church Ledger: (bound) 1931-1941
    List of Ministers  
    Baptisms  
    Membership  
    Marriages 1934-1941
    Business Meetings 1935-1941
Box 3
1 Meeting Minutes and Correspondence 1934-1937; 1944-1954
2-3 Board of Trustees 1943-1959; 1951-1971
4-5 Annual Reports 1966-1970, 1979;
1984-1989
6-7 Correspondence 1964-1981; 1987-1992
8 Meetings 1986-1989
Box 4
1-2 Annual Reports 1990-2005
3-5 Meetings 1992-1999
6 Financial 1997-1999; 2005
7 Correspondence 1999-2005
8 Dissolution Forms, unsigned, undated  
9 Membership Lists  
Box 5
1 Admission / Dismission Certificates  
2 Cradle Rolls  
3 Membership Correspondence
  very incomplete
1922-1981
4 Correspondence, Resignations  
5 Correspondence  
6 Building - Roof fund 1976-1977
7 Building - Legal Documents, Financial Correspondence  
     

Series 2: Financial Ledgers

Box 6
6-10 Ledgers 1944; 1945; 1947
Box 7
  Ledgers 1949; 1951; 1952;
1954; 1955; 1957
Box 8 -- Legal sized items
  Ledgers 1958; 1959; 1967-1977
  Memorial Fund 1963-1990
     

Series 3: Church Groups and Activities

  Sunday School Records  
    Reports 1913-1917; 1929-1936; 1966-1969; 1971
 
 
Ledger
  Major mold concern
1922-1936
    Ledger 1942-1961
  Church Groups, Ladies Aid / Women's Fellowship
Box 9
1-2 Ledgers 1929-1940; 1941-1948
3-4 Meetings 1949-1965; 1967-1973
5 Correspondence 1956; 1957; 1968; 1969
6 Activities 1950s-1970s
  Activities  
7   Order of Worship / Weekly Calendar
includes 12/17/1969, 1/5/70, 12/2/71, 4/2/72, 4/19/73, 3/73
1996-1999
8   Church's History 1940
9   Minister's List 1934-1972
10   Programs: Activities, Dedications, Anniversaries  
11   Commendations  

 

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