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First Christian Church, Salem, Indiana records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2081

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two typewritten transcriptions of the first record book of the First Christian Church of Salem, Indiana and they include the church minutes and membership documentation from 1842 to 1853, the church membership list from 1885, and an index. The first copy was typed in 1959 by Mrs. James G. Berkey and the Christopher Harrison Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution contributed it, presumably to the church, in 1960. The second copy was typed by the Washington County Historical Society in 1966 from a typed copy of the orignal records in the possession of the church.


  • 1842-1885; 1959-1966

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The First Christian Church of Salem in Washington County, Indiana was established on September 10, 1842 with 26 founding members. The church was established by individuals who were trying to get away from denominational traditions and man-made rules and wanted to use the Bible as their only "rule of faith and practice." The congregation was known as the Church of Christ until about 1900.


Information found within collection.

Salem First Christian Church. "FCC Belief Statement." Accessed December 8, 2020.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Washington County Historical Society on 1967/01/20.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S2211: Salem Christian Church collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/12/10 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/12/10 by Laura Eliason.
First Christian Church, Salem, Indiana records
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.