Wheatland-Salem United Methodist Church Records, 1860-1981
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Brief Description:

A church fire in November 1927 destroyed a portion of this organization’s historical manuscripts.  Nevertheless, the remaining records provide sufficient documentation for a thorough study of the Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church’s history.  Of primary importance are the church minutes dating from 1860 to 1963 (1916-1947 are missing.) describing organizational changes, building or expansion problems, and general church business.  In addition, quarterly conference records (1920-1967) detail administration, financial, and inter-organizational policies.  The treasurer’s account books furnish a wealth of information on the church’s financial development through the Depression years to the early 1960’s (1931-1963).  Supplementary records, including membership records (1920-1948), burial records (1861-1904), and bulletins and newsletters complete the general church record series.  The remaining materials partially document the Sunday School (1916-1952), Ladies’ Aid Society (1908-1948), Women’s Society for World Service (1959-1975), Young Peoples Alliance (later the Evangelical League of Christian Endeavor, 1908-1942), Crusaders (1946-1949), Philathea Class (1923-1946), Young Men’s Bible Class (1919-1928), Salem Brotherhood (1934-1954), and the church choir and drama club.  Finally, a small series of photographs depict church construction and some of the congregation.  The addenda added at a later date consists of information on the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church archives, a family membership roll, and a church register that includes a record of pastors, members, marriages, baptisms, deaths, and statistics.

Researchers should note that one minute book discussing church construction is in German.  In addition, the historical file (Box 1, Folder 1) contains a detailed historical sketch as well as anniversary booklets.

Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at] niu.edu
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/119
Volume: 3.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: A small addenda was added on April 20, 1999.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.
Subject Index
Copenhagen Church
German Americans
Religious Institutions- Illinois- Naperville
Salem Church
Sunday schools
Wheatland-Salem United Methodist Church
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
German [ger]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection remain with the Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Reverend Scott Field  Reverend Scott Field, Naperville, Illinois, deposited the historical records of the Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church with the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on November 19, 1980.
Related Materials: Researchers also are encouraged to consult other church collections held by the Regional History Center for complementary information:  Unitarian Fellowship (RC 13); DeKalb First Congregational Church (RC 17); DeKalb First United Methodist Church (RC 24); St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, DeKalb (RC 55); Rockford First Lutheran Church (RC 83); Salem Lutheran Church, Sandwich (RC 84); and Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris (RC 104).