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Salem Christian Church collection

 Collection — Folder: S2211
Identifier: S2211

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a typewritten copy of "Charter Members of the Salem Christian Church in 1842," a six-page composition by Lennie Martin Berkey consisting of biographical sketches of the first 26 members of the church (circa 1942). The collection also includes a typewritten copy of "A Great Church is Born," a 1942 script for a play containing a prologue that recounts the establishment of the Disciples of Christ and the Christian church taken from a program prepared by Mrs. Cecil Cheverton, followed by five scenes that depict the founding of the Christian Church at Salem through the dialogue of several of the founding members.


  • 1942


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 Salem Christian Church 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." Today, the church is known as the First Christian Church of Salem, Indiana.


Information found within collection.

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


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Lennie Martin Berkey on 1942/09/04.


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:

S2081: First Christian Church, Salem, Indiana records

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2020/12/10 by Laura Eliason.
Salem Christian Church collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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