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Wheatland-Salem United Methodist Church Records, 1860-1981

Collection Overview

Title: Wheatland-Salem United Methodist Church Records, 1860-1981

ID: RHC/RC/119

Extent: 3.0 Linear Feet

Languages: English [eng], German [ger]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Administrative Information

Accruals: A small addenda was added on April 20, 1999.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection remain with the Wheatland Salem United Methodist Church; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Reverend Scott Field

Acquisition Method: 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).

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1
Folder 1: Historical Materials, 1860-1968
Folder 2: By-Laws, 1954, no date
Folder 3: Subscription List, Copenhagen Church, 1860
Folder 4: Certificate of Election of Trustees, Copenhagen Church, 1861
Folder 5: Certificate of Organization, Immanuel Society of Wheatland, 1870
Folder 6: Minutes Discussing Church Construction (In German), 1870-1894
Folder 7: Church Construction Contracts, 1907
Folder 8-10: Minutes, 1860-1915, 1948-1963
Folder 11-15: Minutes and Records, Quarterly Conference, 1920-1967
Folder 16-17: Conference Reports, 1946-1961
Folder 18: Treasurer's Monthly Report to Conference Treasurer, 1959-1965
Folder 19: Annual Reports, 1973-1975
Folder 20: Resolution, 1959
Folder 21: Committee Lists, 1965-1966
Folder 22: Membership Record, 1920-1948
Folder 23: Correspondence, 1935-1963
Folder 24-28: Treasurer's Account Books, 1931-1947
Box 2
Folder 1-3: Treasurer's Account Books, 1943-1963
Folder 4: Minutes, Finance Board, 1944-1945
Folder 5-6: Burial Records, Salem Church, 1861-1904
Folder 7: Church Bulletins, 1912-1977
Folder 8: Wheatland News Bulletin, 1st edition, no date
Folder 9: The Handclasp, Newsletter, 1949-1955
Folder 10: Building Fund Pledge and Cash Record, 1947
Folder 11-16: Secretary's Records, Sunday School, 1916-1927, 1948-1952
Folder 17-23: Secretary's Records, Ladies' Aid Society, 1908-1948
Folder 24-25: Treasurer's Records, Ladies' Aid Society (L.A.S.), 1920-1953
Box 3
Folder 1: Minutes, Women's Society for World Service, 1959-1969
Folder 2: Reports, Women's Society for World Service (W.S.W.S.), 1959-1975
Folder 3: Annual Reports, Women's Society for World Service (W.S.W.S.), 1971-1973
Folder 4: Correspondence, Women's Society for World Service (W.S.W.S.), 1959-1968
Folder 5: Yearbooks, Women's Society for World Service (W.S.W.S.), 1954-1975
Folder 6: Convention Brochure, Women's Society for World Service (W.S.W.S.), 1965
Box 4
Folder 1-3: Minutes, Young Peoples Alliance/Evangelical League of Christian Endeavor, 1908-1942
Folder 4: Treasurer's Book, Evangelical League of Christian Endeavor (E.L.C.E.), 1931-1949
Box 5
Folder 1: Minutes, Crusaders, 1946-1949
Folder 2: Treasurer's Accounts, Crusaders, 1946-1947
Folder 3-4: Minutes, Philathea Class, 1923-1946
Folder 5: Minutes, Young Men's Bible Class, 1919-1928
Folder 6: Minutes, Salem Brotherhood, 1934-1954
Folder 7: Minutes, Church Choir, 1929-1957
Folder 8: Minutes and Attendance Records, Drama Club, no date
Folder 9: Photograph Album (39 prints), no date
Folder 10: Photographs (4 envelopes, 51 prints), 1864-1978, no date
Folder 11: United Methodist Women Information, 1973-1975
Folder 12: Annual Report, Women's Auxiliary of Edward Hospital in Naperville, 1973-1974
Folder 13: History, The Evangelical Church, no date
Folder 14: Structure and Program of the Local Church, 1966-1967
Addendum 1
Box 5
Folder 15: Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church Archives, 1980-1981
Box 6
Folder 1: Financial Ledger Sheets, 1939-1952
Folder 2: Booklet on Promoting Church Membership, no date
Volume  1-2: Family Membership Roll (2 volumes), 1952-1981