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St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records (DeKalb)


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Box 1

Canonical Record

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records (DeKalb), 1911+ | Northern Illinois University

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Collection Overview

Title: St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records (DeKalb), 1911+

ID: RHC/RC/055

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1978. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: DeKalb (Ill.), Episcopalians, Religious Institutions-- DeKalb, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains baptismal, communicant, burial, marriage, and family listings (1911-1948); records helpful for local and genealogical research.  A register of church services (1915-1973) and programs (1917-1975) complete the collection.  Many of the records needed to document the early history of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church remain with the congregation.

The addendum consists of seven series: Church Records, Episcopal Church Women, Newspaper Clippings, Photographs, The Mars Hill Proclaimer, Service Bulletins, and Scrapbooks.  Included in Series I is financial records, baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial information of church members, membership directories, and organizational documents.  Series II contains meeting minutes, financial records, and correspondence for the Episcopal Church Women.  Contained in Series III are newspaper clippings on activities and members.  Series IV includes photographs of individuals and the church building.  A newsletter, the Mars Hill Proclaimer, service bulletins, and scrapbooks make up the final three series.

The second and third addendums consist of five pre-established series: (I) Church Records; (III) Newspaper Clippings; (IV) Photographs; (V) The Mars Hill Proclaimer; and (VI) Service Bulletins. Most of the added material falls between the dates of 2010 and 2016, with a couple of records dating back to 1943. The annual parish meeting minutes from 1963-1988 were part of the later donations and can be found under addendum three.

Collection Historical Note

Founded in 1876 under the leadership Rev. William E. Tall, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church constructed its first church building on South Second Street in 1878.  The congregation dedicated the building in 1881.  The church moved into a new brick building constructed on the same site in 1917.  In 1966, St. Paul’s moved to a location on Annie Glidden Road to be closer to the students of Northern Illinois University.  Their most recent move, in 1977, remains the present facility at 900 Normal Road.

With the arrival of the Normal School in DeKalb, St. Paul’s began an effort to include the students in its church.  The congregation inaugurated the First Canterbury program for college students in 1951 and established a student center at 328 Augusta in 1953.

St. Paul’s greatest attribute has always been its congregation with Episcopal Church Women remaining at the forefront of fund-raising and community activities.  The group has organized and run numerous events, the most important being the Annual Lobster Boil.  Started in 1976 by the ECW, the Lobster Boil has, year after year, proven to be the most lucrative event put on by St. Paul’s, bringing in thousands of dollars for church renovations and charitable donations.

Subject/Index Terms

DeKalb (Ill.)
Religious Institutions-- DeKalb
St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: Additional records were donated at a later date.

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

Use Restrictions: Property rights to the records remain with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, DeKalb, Illinois; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Method: The St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Records were deposited in the Northern Illinois University Archives.  In 1978, University Archivist J. Joseph Bauxar transferred the material to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Oversize Volume 1: Canonical Record, 1911-1948],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],

Addendum 2
Series I: Church Records
Box 5
Folder 1: The One Hundredth Anniversary of the Beginning of Regular Services Leading to the Church of St. Paul, DeKalb, 1975
Folder 2: St. Paul's Episcopal Church Bylaws, 2015
Folder 3: Financial Reports, 2013-2014
Folder 4: Annual Parish Meetings, 2013-2014
Folder 5: Baptism Records, 2011-2012
Folder 6: Burials, 2012-2013
Folder 7: Confirmations, 1943-2013
Folder 8: Parish Directory, February 2010 and October 2011
Folder 9: St. Paul's Episcopal Church Directory
Folder 10: Donation Thank You Letter, 17-Nov-14
Folder 11: Lobster Boil Report, 2015
Folder 12: Prayer2Pass Flyer
Folder 13: The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ Handout/Liturgical Interpretation, 2014
Series III: Newspaper Clippings
Box 5
Folder 14: Newspaper Clippings, 2013
Folder 15: Newspaper Clippings, 2014
Folder 16: Newspaper Clippings, 2015
Series IV: Photographs
Box 5
Folder 17: Lobster Boil DVD Slideshow, 2007
Folder 18: Lobster Boil Group Photo, 2015
Series V: The Mars Hill Proclaimer
Box 5
Folder 19: The Mars Hill Proclaimer, 2013
Folder 20: The Mars Hill Proclaimer, 2014
Folder 21: The Mars Hill Proclaimer, December 2014-July 2015
Series VI: Service Bulletins
Box 5
Folder 22: Service Bulletins, February 24, 2013-April 30, 2013
Folder 23: Service Bulletins, May 5, 2013-July 7, 2013
Folder 24: Service Bulletins, July 21, 2013-October 6, 2013
Folder 25: Service Bulletins, October 13, 2013-December 15, 2013
Box 6
Folder 1: Service Bulletins, January 5, 2014-March 16, 2014
Folder 2: Service Bulletins, March 23, 2014-June 8, 2014
Folder 3: Service Bulletins, June 14, 2014-October 19, 2014
Folder 4: Service Bulletins, November 2, 2014-December 28, 2014
Folder 5: Service Bulletins, January 11, 2015-March 22, 2015
Folder 6: Service Bulletins, March 29, 2015-June 14, 2015

Browse by Box:

[Box 1],
[Oversize Volume 1: Canonical Record, 1911-1948],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],

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