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Inventory of the California Baptist Convention and Association Proceedings
GTU 2005-5-01  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Indexing Terms
  • Bibliography
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: California Baptist Convention and Association proceedings
    Dates: 1851-1972
    Collection number: GTU 2005-5-01
    Collector: American Baptist Seminary of the West
    Creator: California Southern Baptist Convention
    Collection Size: 7 containers, 7 linear feet.
    Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
    Berkeley, CA 94709
    Abstract: This collection of minutes and annual reports from the 19th and 20th centuiry was donated to the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) by the American Baptist Seminary of the West. The materials show the development of the Baptist church in California from the Gold Rush period forward.
    Physical location: Stored at GTU.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred Citation

    California Baptist Convention and Association proceedings, GTU 2005-5-01. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was donated to the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) by the American Baptist Seminary of the West in May of 2005.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Rev. O.C. Wheeler was sent by the American Baptist Home Missionary Society, to California in 1849 during the Gold Rush to establish a Baptist church. During these early years Rev. Wheeler found that due to the migratory lifestyle associated with the Gold Rush, he had a difficult job in establishing a church. In 1853 the California Baptist Convention was formed with headquarters in San Francisco.
    Because of the large distances to be traveled by delegates in 1892 the California Baptist Convention split into Northern and Southern Conventions, with all counties south of Kern County being a part of the Southern Convention. The Northern Convention stretched as far east as Nevada and as far north as Oregon. The Southern Convention reached east to Arizona and south to Mexico. Regional associations formed within each Convention. The make-up of these associations changed frequently but eventually the population settled and formed communities, in the early 20th century. Today it is known as the California Southern Baptist Convention and includes 31 associations.
    Other resources: California gold rush sermons : as printed in the Pacific Banner : published in Sacramento, California / prepared by Robert W. Cullifer ; transcribed from microfilm roll acquired at Graduate Theological Union, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Berkeley, California by Jim Brower, BX6333.A1 C34 2000; A history of the Southern California Baptist Convention and it related organizations and institutions from 1892 to 1922 / by Ray Auldon Bryson, Thesis cage 1956; History of California Southern Baptists, BX6248.C2 L6

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Records consist of published minutes and annual reports of the California Baptist Conventions as well as secratarial ledgers. The organizations include the General Baptist Convention, Northern and Central California and Nevada Convention, Southern California Baptist Convention and the associations within each convention. The time period ranges from the 1851 San Francisco Baptist Association Minutes to the 1972 Southern California Baptist Convention newsletter.

    Arrangement

    Records are aseparated into Northern and Southern Baptist Conferences then alphabetically by association within each conference. These are listed in chronological order.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Religious newspapers and periodicals--California.
    Baptists--California--History.
    Baptists--California, Southern--History.
    Baptists--California, Northern--History.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Southern Baptist General Convention of California
    Northern California Baptist Association
    Central Baptist Association
    Clear Lake Baptist Association
    Sacramento River Baptist Association
    Wheeler, O. C.
    San Francisco Bay Baptist Association (formerly San Francisco Baptist Association)
    San Joaquin Valley Baptist Association (formerly Tulare Baptist Association)
    San Jose Baptist Association
    Woman's Baptist Foreign Missionary Society of California
    Los Angeles Baptist Association
    Santa Ana Valley Baptist Association
    University Baptist Association
    Woman's Baptist Missionary Society
    Southern California Baptist Convention
    Northern and Central California and Nevada Convention

    Bibliography

    Sturtevant, A.J. Semi-Centennial History of the Clear Lake Baptist Association of California.
    Chase, Don M. Pioneers; sketches of pioneer days in Shasta, Tehama, Trinity and Siskiyou counties, with emphasis on the beginnings of religious organizations.
    Linsley, Alice Williams. A History of the Santa Ana Valley Baptist Association 1892 to 1956.

    Other Finding Aids

    Claiborne M. Hill collection, 1884-1940, GTU 2005-1-01; Robert W. Whitaker Collection, 1885-1969, GTU 2003-11-01

    Separated Material

    Two copies of A Brief History of the Central Association of the Northern California Baptist Convention by Rev. Homer Newberry were removed from the collection, two copies remain. Eleven copies of The Story of Early Baptist History in California by Rev. O. C. Wheeler, D.D., LL. D. were removed from the collection, two copies remain.