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Bustleton United Methodist Church records

1830-2010, 5.33 linear feet

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This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church
Creator:
Bustleton United Methodist Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Title:
Bustleton United Methodist Church records
Date [inclusive]:
1830-2010
Call Number:
08
Extent:
5.33 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
14 boxes, 1 folder
Language:
English
Abstract:
Methodists began meeting for worship in the Bustleton neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1827, although Bustleton Methodist Episcopal Church was not officially chartered until 1833. Bustleton United Methodist Church was discontinued around 2010. The Bustleton United Methodist Church records, 1830-2010, include membership and vital records, official board minutes, administrative board minutes, Quarterly Conference minutes, reports to Quarterly Conference, trustee minutes, bequests, building-related documents, newsletters, worship bulletins, anniversary and historical material, newspaper clippings, photographs, and various other documents.
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Biography/History

Methodism is a protestant Christian faith based in the teachings of John Wesley (1703-1791), who preached "practical divinity," emphasis on Christian living, and putting faith and love into action. The Methodist Episcopal Church was organized in 1784 in Baltimore, Maryland with Francis Asbury and Thomas Coke as its first bishops and held its first general conference in 1792. In May of 1939, the Methodist Episcopal Church; the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and the Methodist Protestant Church united to form the Methodist Church (U.S.). In 1946 the Church of the United Brethren in Christ (New constitution) and the Evangelical Church united to form the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1968 the Methodist Church (U.S.) and the Evangelical United Brethren Church united, forming the United Methodist Church (U.S.).

In 1827, a group of Methodists began meeting for worship at the home of Daniel and Jane Starkey in the Bustleton neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Soon after, in 1833, a church building was erected at Bustleton Avenue and Welsh Road and Bustleton Methodist Episcopal Church was officially organized. After a fire destroyed the church building in 1866, a new structure was constructed. In 1944, this building was also destroyed by fire and a new church cornerstone was laid soon after between Lott and Fulmer Streets. Bustleton United Methodist Church was discontinued around 2010.

Bibliography:

"BUMC History," October 7, 1998. Document found in collection.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes: membership and vital records (baptisms, marriages, funerals, probationers, students), 1859-2010; official board minutes, 1898-1969; administrative board minutes, 1970-2010; Quarterly Conference minutes, 1859-2009; reports to Quarterly Conference, 1935-1960; trustee minutes, 1956-1996; bequests, 1954-2001; building-related documents; cemetery-related documents; newsletters, worship bulletins, anniversary and historical material, newspaper clippings, photographs, and various other documents. A folder-level inventory for the collection is available.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by the Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

The Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church is the repository for records of member churches when they close.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2012-2014 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church directly for more information.

Existence and Location of Copies

Some church records at the Historical Society of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church, particularly membership and vital records, are available in digital form through Ancestry.com or on microfilm at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and/or the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Bustleton United Methodist Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • United Methodist Church (U.S.)
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bustleton (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Church buildings
  • City churches
  • Methodism
  • Methodists

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Membership Record Book, 1859-1893: Historical Record, 1831-1883; Probationers' Record, 1859-1893; Class Records, n.d., 1869, 1875, 1878, 1887; Alphabetical Record of Members in Full Connection, 1836-1898; Chronological Record of Official Members, 1800-1893; Pastoral and Statistical Record, 1863-1883; Record of Baptisms, 1863-1893; Marriage Record, 1863-1892.

1 1

Membership Record Book, 1893-1942: Chronological Record of Official Members, 1893-1899; Probationers' Record, 1893-1941; Alphabetical Record of Members in Full Connection, 1854-1942; Record of Baptisms, 1893-1942; Marriage Record, 1893-1942.

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Membership Record Book, 1935-1960: Alphabetical Record of Members in Full Connection, 1881-1960; Record of Preparatory Members, 1935-1952; Record of Marriages, 1942-1960; Record of Baptisms, 1942-1960; Record of Funerals, 1942-1960.

2 1

Membership Record Book, 1953-1990: Record of Baptisms, 1967-1990; Record of Preparatory Membership, 1953-1985; Record of Full Membership, 1967-1988.

2 2

Membership Roll, 1981-2010.

2 3

Baptisms, 1993-2010.

2 4

Marriages, 1999-2006.

2 5

Deaths, 1993-2009.

2 6

Membership Record Book, 1952-1968: Record of Baptisms, 1952-1959; Record of Preparatory Membership, 1952-1959; Record of Full Membership, 1881-1959; Record of Marriages, 1952-1960; Record of Deaths, 1952-1960; Annual Summary, 1953-1968.

3 1

Membership Record Book, 1959-1967: Record of Baptisms, 1959-1967; Record of Preparatory Membership, 1960-1966; Record of Full Membership, 1959-1967; Record of Marriages, 1959-1967; Record of Deaths, 1959-1967.

4 1

Official Board Minutes, 1898-1908.

5 1

Official Board Minutes, 1949-1950.

5 2

Official Board Minutes, 1951-1955.

5 3

Official Board Minutes, 1955-1957.

5 4

Official Board Minutes, 1958-1962.

5 5

Official Board Minutes, 1963-1964.

5 6

Official Board Minutes, 1965-1967.

6 1

Official Board Minutes, 1968-1969.

6 2

Administrative Board Minutes, 1970-1978.

6 3

Administrative Board Minutes, 1979-1987.

6 4

Administrative Board Minutes, 1988-1991.

6 5

Administrative Board Minutes, 1991-1995.

6 6

Administrative Council Minutes, 1996-1999.

7 1

Administrative Council Minutes, 2000-2003.

7 2

Administrative Council Minutes, 2004-2006.

7 3

Administrative Council Minutes, 2007-2010.

7 4

Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1859-1878.

8 1

Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1878-1916.

8 2

Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1935-1939.

8 3

Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1940-1960.

8 4

Quarterly Conference Minutes and Reports, 1961-1964.

8 5

Quarterly Conference Minutes, 1971-1987.

8 6

Quarterly Conference Minutes, 2007-2009.

8 7

Treasurer's Reports to Quarterly Conference, 1935-1959.

9 1

Quarterly Conference Roll and Attendance, 1943-1960.

9 2

Temperance Reports to Quarterly Conference, 1947-1951.

9 3

Choir Reports to Quarterly Conference, 1947-1952.

9 4

Lay Leader's Reports to Quarterly Conference, 1948-1960.

9 5

Reports to Quarterly Conference on Education, 1949-1960.

9 6

Financial Reports to Quarterly Conference, 1951-1960.

9 7

Membership Reports to Quarterly Conference, 1951-1960.

9 8

Pastor's Reports to Quarterly Conference, 1932-1960.

9 9

Reports to Quarterly Conference, 1952-1956.

9 10

Missions Reports to Quarterly Conference, 1957-1960.

9 11

W.S.C.S. Report to Quarterly Conference, 1960.

9 12

Trustee's Reports to Charge Conference, 1979-1991.

9 13

Charter, 1833; Trustee Minutes, 1833-1881.

10 1

Amended Charter, 1879; Trustee Minutes, 1881-1942.

10 2

Trustee Minutes, 1956-1964.

10 3

Trustee Minutes, 1965-1984.

10 4

Trustee Minutes, 1985-1991.

11 1

Trustee Minutes, 1992-1996.

11 2

Charter and Amendments, 1834-1969.

11 3

Miscellaneous Bequests, 1954, 1963, 1978, 1984, 1996, 2000.

11 4

Reading Brooks Bequest, 1957.

11 5

Charles J. Catanach Bequest, 1958.

11 6

Ethel D. deKalb Bequest, 1967.

11 7

Wenker Memorial Trust, 1977.

11 8

Mary A. Maugel Bequest, 1981.

11 9

Elsie C. Lowe Bequest, 1982.

11 10

Caroline Fry Bequest, 1986.

11 11

Mary A. Maugel Bequest, 1988.

11 12

Helen S. Beck Bequest, 1996.

11 13

Robert Kelso Bequest, 1996.

11 14

Roy Them Bequest, 1996.

11 15

Doris E. Erb Bequest, 2000.

11 16

Russel C. Pinker Bequest, 2001.

11 17

Deeds, 1830, 1834.

12 1

Bond and Warrant, Benjamin M. Dungan, 1868.

12 2

Bond and Warrant, Joseph Byers, 1876.

12 3

Meetings and plans for rebuilding, 1944-1949.

12 4

Permitting process for rebuilding, 1946.

12 5

Construction Documents, 1946-1949.

12 6

Cornerstone Laying, 1947.

12 7

Dedication of new church, 1947.

12 8

Blueprints, 1945-1995.

12 9

Parsonage Dedication, 1948.

12 10

Mortgage, 1949.

12 11

Church School Building dedication, 1950.

12 12

Mortgage, 1966.

12 13

Cemetery Deeds, 1832-1865.

12 14

Cemetery Plan and blueprint, 1946.

12 15

Cemetery Removal, 1961.

12 16

Record of Burial Plots, 1833-1960.

12 17

Sale of Cemetery Grounds, 1961.

12 18

9701 Bustleton Avenue, Purchase, 1966.

13 1

9701 Bustleton Avenue, Lease Agreement, 1973.

13 2

Northeast Pastoral Counseling Center, 1991-1993.

13 3

9701 Bustleton Avenue, Sale, 1993-1994.

13 4

Special Programs, 1947, 1948, c. 1984.

13 5

Worship Bulletins, 1947-2010 (Selected).

13 6

Newsletters, 1957-2010 (Selected).

13 7

George Washington High School, Lease, 1995.

13 8

Deeds, Investment Properties, 1932, 1934.

13 9

Annual Financial Statements, 1899, 1935-1958.

13 10

Membership Directories, 1919, 1928, 1932, 1952, 1959.

13 11

Membership Directories, 1978, 1983, c. 1985, 1993.

13 12

Brief Histories, 1998, 2010.

14 1

History, 1827-1967.

14 2

Newspaper Clippings, 1944-1947.

14 3

100th Anniversary, 1933.

14 4

Anniversaries, 1923-1958.

14 5

Photographs, 1867 Church Building.

14 6

Photographs, Church Construction, 1946-1947.

14 7

Photographs, Parsonage Construction, 1947.

14 8

Photographs, Church School Building Construction, 1950.

14 9

Photographs, 1958-2010.

14 10

Photographs of Clergy, 1946-1990.

14 11

Photographs, oversize, 1946-1983.

15 1
File
History file.
History File Scope and Contents note

Essay - "Faith and Determination" (undated); Request for Info; History of Methodism in Bustleton; History of the Christian Church and The Origin of Methodism; (Calendar and Diary 1934); A Brief History 1932; Church School-Family Picnic 1967 Listing; Correspondence Re: Report Presentation; May 1967-Service bulletin; Dedication of Church Building 1947 bulletin; 1952 directory; April 1930 directory; July 1931

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