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Ann Arbor - Washtenaw Council of Churches records, 1928-1969

2 linear feet

Bulletins, minutes of committees, correspondence, news clippings, and other materials relating to the activities of the organization; also minutes, 1928-1953, of Ann Arbor Ministerial Association.

The record group is comprised of two series: Ann Arbor Ministerial Association and Ann Arbor-Washtenaw Council of Churches Yearly Files. The kinds of documents in the Ann Arbor Ministerial Association series includes minutes of meetings, scattered correspondence and financial reports. The Ann Arbor-Washtenaw Council of Churches Yearly Files also includes minutes as well as greater documentation of projects and services provided by the organization.


Canterbury House, Ann Arbor, Mich. records, 1930-2008

5 linear feet — 1 oversize folder

Episcopal student chaplaincy established in 1945 as the Episcopal Student Foundation to minister to University of Michigan students. The activities of the ministry were centered in Canterbury House (various locations). The Canterbury House ministry functioned both as a coffee house and as a performance hall for folk and jazz artists. The record group divides into three series. History and background materials include histories, promotional materials, and newspaper articles. The Episcopal Student Foundation Board of Trustees series consists of minutes, financial records, correspondence, and files relating to building facilities. The Canterbury series documents non-administrative activities, including staffing, chaplain activities, and programs and performances sponsored. This series also includes photographs, sound recordings, and files relating to the Institute of Public Theology and the conferences sponsored by it.

The Canterbury House records contain the records of the Episcopal Student Foundation and the Canterbury House, the Episcopal Campus Church at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The records are divided into four series, History and Background Materials, Episcopal Student Foundation Board of Trustees, Staff, and Canterbury.


College of Architecture and Urban Planning (University of Michigan) student publications, 1924 - 1988

70 volumes (in 3 boxes)

Student papers written for courses in architectural history research, mainly about Michigan architects, buildings and communities.

The records consist of student papers prepared for courses in the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Design (later Architecture and Urban Planning), primarily for classes in architectural history research; topics concern the architecture of specific Michigan communities, the architecture of historical buildings and homes, and studies of types of structures in Michigan; papers include historical description and appended visual material. Many of the papers include photos, postcards, and other illustrations relating to the architecture of specific Michigan communities, prominent historical buildings and houses in the state, and types of structures


Edward Henry Kraus Papers, 1904-1970

4.25 linear feet

Edward H. Kraus (1875-1973) was a Professor of Mineralogy at the University of Michigan and also served as Dean of the Summer Session, 1915-1933, Dean of the College of Pharmacy, 1923-1933, and Dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, 1933-1945. The collection consists of correspondence, as well as speeches and other files related to his academic career and his association with the Ann Arbor First Methodist Church, the University Research Club, and Phi Kappa Phi fraternal organization.

The Edward Kraus papers document his career as professor of mineralogy and administrator at the University of Michigan; his activities in professional organizations, including g the University Research Club and the Mineralogical Society of America; and his involvement with the Ann Arbor First Methodist Episcopal Church and the Wesley Society. The collection is divided into two series, Correspondence and Other Activities and Interests.


First Congregational Church (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, 1847-2017

27 linear feet — 3 oversize volumes — 2 phonograph records — 1 oversize folder

The First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan, was organized and established on March 23, 1847. Records include administrative files, subject files, published material, and both visual and audio-material.

The records of the First Congregational Church of Ann Arbor have been divided into the following series: History/Background Information; Administration; Financial Records; Church Organizations; Topical Files; Miscellaneous later records; Photographs; Publications; Phonograph records; and Reverend Terry N. Smith. The records document church administration, membership activities, and the relationship of the church to its denomination and to other area churches. Included are records of communicants, baptisms and marriages (1873-1905); pew subscriptions and accounts (1878-1939) and other membership information; church bulletins and newsletters; minutes and reports of the board of trustees, board of deacons, church council, and various subcommittees; records of men's and women's church groups such as the King's Daughters, the Ladies Aid Society, the Women's Fellowship Society, and the Women's Foreign Missionary Society; records relating to the church's affiliation with the Ann Arbor-Washtenaw Council of Churches; files pertaining to the proposed merger of the Evangelical and Reformed Church with the Congregational Church in the 1950s; and materials documenting the work of Reverend Terry N. Smith.


First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, 1833-1992 (majority within 1875-1978)

5.5 linear feet (in 7 boxes)

Methodist church established in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1827; proceedings and minutes of various church boards and committees; baptism and marriage records, topical files relating to church activities and personalities; and photographs.

The records of the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, Michigan include Church registers; Governance records; Topical Files; and Photographs. Included are proceedings and minutes of the Board of Stewards, Board of Trustees, Official Board, church committees, and quarterly and annual conferences; correspondence and reports of the Methodist Educational Advance; membership lists and directories; baptism and marriage records; financial information; missionary materials, including those about Ann Arbor native Judson Collins, first Methodist missionary to China; documents related to church history; and other church materials, including a limited number of photographs.


Guild House records, 1924-2005 (majority within 1940-1990)

10 linear feet — 6 oversize volumes — 10.1 GB (online)

Ecumenical Christian campus ministry at the University of Michigan. Records include correspondence, minutes, financial reports, annual reports, newsletters, photographs, audio-tapes; materials concerning University of Michigan religious organizations, including Office of Religious Affairs, the Association of Religious Counselors, Student Religious Association, the Interfaith Center, and the Protestant Foundation for International Students; also files on other religious organizations, especially the Ann Arbor Bible Chair, the Michigan Christian Foundation of the Disciples of Christ; and papers concerning Ann Arbor churches, particularly the Bethlehem Evangelical Church, the First Congregational Church, and the Memorial Christian Church.

The records of Guild House have come to the library in different accessions dating from the 1970s. Covering the period from the 1920s to the 2000s, the records document the different roots of the modern Guild House. Besides correspondence, financial reports and annual reports, the record group includes the student newsletter The Microphone, as well as various reports of retreats, banquets, luncheons, and discussion sessions.

Because the members of the Guild House were so active, the record group includes materials on social issues such as civil rights, disarmament, diplomatic recognition of China, apartheid, and social and political issues in Central America. For a view of the Vietnam War peace movement and other political issues the collection of J. Edgar Edwards, director and campus minister of the Guild House from 1957 to 1973, should be consulted. This collection has been separately cataloged.

There are also numerous sound tape recordings of Guild House programs and meetings, a microfilm copy of the record book of the Upper Room membership under H.L. Pickerill's predecessor Thomas Iden, photographs, and scrapbooks.

More specifically, the record group has been arranged into the following series: Church Campus Ministries; Guild House Organizational Records; Related Organizations; Publications and related; Directors; Photographs, Scrapbooks, and Sound Recordings. The strength of the collection is its documentation of Guild House's involvement in significant social and political issues of the 1950s-2000s.


Interfaith Council of Congregations (Ann Arbor, Mich.) records, 1970-2008

3 linear feet

Committee and task force reports, correspondence, pamphlets, and clippings largely concerning the responses of local churches to problems of poverty, hunger, child care, and other social questions.

The record group includes administrative and organizational files, including minutes of the executive committee, and topical files describing some of the programs funded by the organization. Within the files, the researcher will find reports, memoranda, printed material, and records of the needs task forces set up by the Council. The records date primarily from 1970 to 1981 with some funding files from the 1990s up to 2007/2008.


John A. Woods papers, 1932-1989 (majority within 1970-1989)

1.75 linear feet

African Methodist Episcopal pastor with churches in Albion and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Collection includes sermons, biographical materials, materials related to history of the church, scattered minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

The John A. Woods papers measure 1.75 linear feet. The majority of the collection consists of sermons (1.5 linear feet). Because most of the sermons are undated, their original order has been retained. Other significant files concern Bethel AME Church. An audio cassette captures the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new church in 1971, and a program documents the Burn the Mortgage Celebration service in 1989. Also found in the collection are miscellaneous church meetings minutes, dated 1982 and 1987.

The Biographical Materials folder includes biographical information about Reverend Woods, as well as letters of recommendation and/or appreciation, and tributes. Of importance are old school records, pastoral certificates and the program from Reverend Wood's funeral service on November 14, 1989. The Newspaper Clippings folder also contains a wealth of biographical information about Reverend Woods. Photographs date from circa 1930 and include images of Reverend Woods from a young man onwards, and pictures of groundbreaking and the completed Bethel AME Church. The Services folder contains programs of various services that took place in different AME churches. Miscellaneous material includes printed religious texts and a heavily annotated 1979-80 DBC Student Directory.


John J. Hinds collection, 1969, 1983, and undated.

0.3 linear feet

Ann Arbor, Mich. resident who was employed at The Detroit Edison Company. He was married to Gertrude Hinds and attended the Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Ann Arbor. The collection consists of a Detroit Edison Company employee photograph book and two publications of the Bethlehem United Church of Christ.

The collection consists of a Detroit Edison Company employee photograph book, a copy of the book "Bethlehem 150", and a United Church directory detailing the church management and membership.