First Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Records, 1769-1944 (bulk, 1793-1906)
Finding Aid to Record Group 35
3 cubic ft.

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516

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ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

The First Presbyterian Church was organized around 1692. Religious services began in a building known as the "Barbadoes Warehouse," located on the northwest corner of Second and Chestnut Streets. For a time, both Baptists and Congregationalists shared this facility with the Presbyterians.

In 1704 the congregation moved to the south side of High Street (now Market Street) at the corner of Bank Street. Here the first Presbyterian church in Philadelphia was established. In 1729 the structure underwent enlargement with some assistance from Boston contributors. Then in 1793 it was renovated and made more spacious and elegant. Twenty-seven years later it was abandoned, due to unsafe conditions and the encroachment of the surrounding business district.

A new church was erected at Washington Square (Seventh and Locust Streets). At this church, in 1837, came the formation of the New School Assembly, from which emerged the Second Church. Its congregation received many generous contributions which enabled the construction of other churches and the establishment of the Presbyterian Hospital.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection contains miscellaneous items dealing with the development and growth of the First Presbyterian Church. A diverse nature of administrative concerns are contained within. Included are items dealing with the church's history, such as correspondence, financial reports and miscellaneous documents.

Collection processed: June 1969
Milton Kenin, Records Researcher

Finding aid prepared:
William M. Grace, intern

Box	Folder	Description
1	1a	Finding Aid to Record Group 35

	1	Early Presbyterianism in Philadelphia with some historic notes on the First Church
	2	Correspondence, 1865-99
	3			    1900-17, 1927, 1944
	4			    Undated
	5			    1793-1864
	6			    1793-1864
    	7-8	Treasurer's Reports, 1803-1905
	9			         Undated
	10	Church Reports (committees, societies, etc. within church), 1793-1910
   	11-12	Session Minutes, 1807-1909
	13	Deacon's Reports, 1903-04
	14	Baptisms, 1799-1885
	15	Baptisms (Pastor Lawrence M. Colfelt), 1874-84
	16	Marriage Records: 1890-91, Apr 1 1892-0ct 1 1895, Apr.1, 1896-Jul 1 1898, Jul 4
1898-Jan 2 1900, Apr 2, 1900-Oct 1 1903 17 Marriage Records (continued) 18 Persons with 1st Church 1774-ca.1803 19 Deaths, 1827-28, 1900-02 20 Constitution of the Howard, 1831-32; Annual Reports, 1875; Sunday School Society--lst Church 21-22 Poor Fund Reports, 1830, 1843-1908, 1913 23 Excerpts from 1st Church Committee Meetings, 1749-72, 1809- 24 List of Church Trustees 1796-1840 25 Correspondence of re-dissolution of 1st Church, ca.1928- 26 Correspondence relating to the call of Rev. Alexander McClellan, ca.1829 27 Correspondence relating to the call of Rev. Samuel Miller, July 23 1798 28 Call of Rev. Albert Barnes, 1830 29 Rev. Albert Barnes' resignation, 1852-55, 1867-70 Correspondence re transfers to First Church 2 1 A-B 2 C-E 3 F-H 4 I-M 5 I-M 6 N-R 7 S-T 8 U-Z 9 A-C 10 D-I 11 J-N 12 O-S 13 T-Z 14 Correspondence re cemetery, 1840s-70s 15 Proposed sale of First Church burial ground (Fourth and Pine Streets), 1904 16 Pewholders rights, 1806, 1871 17 Applications for pews, 1798-1811 18 Relinquishment of pews, 1808-79 19 Exchange of pews, 1826-69 20 Pew rents, 1797-1871 21 First Church bells, 1820s, 1840s 22 Contributions--Portrait of Ambrose White 23 Memberships, additions to, 1904 24 Legal matters, 1867-96 25 Received in confession, 1904 26 Managers' accounts First Church, 1793 27 Albert Banes memorial building 28 Rev. Lawrence M. Colfelt--litigation against, resignation, etc., 1876-84 29 Monthly concert collection records, 1831-65 30 Music Committee (choirs, organ, correspondence) 31 Singing School, 1810-11 32 Circulars (scattered), 1829-93 33 Estates & Wills, 1802-40 35 Salaries, 1803-32 36 Parsonage (insurance and bills), 1821-32 3 1 Subscription list, 1830 2 Subscription list to the Church Building Fund, 1871 3 Cash books: May 11, 1842-May 1,47; Dec 20, 1849-May 8, 1851 4 Cash books: Jan 2, 1833-Apr, 1843; May 16, 1839-Dec. 2, 1841; May 10, 1842-Apr 2, 1849 5 Receipt book, 1851-68 6 Pew rents,36-42 7 Cash books: May 10, 1852-Feb 3, 1862; Jan 12, 1882-Apr 10, 1886; June 2, 1889-May 5, 1890; Feb 3, 1890-May , 1894 8 Cash books: May 11, 1847-Sept 8, 1849; May 10, 1851; May 5, 1852 9 Cash book: Mar 22, 1897-July 31 1918 10 American Home Missionary Society--Constitution, 1826, Subscribers, 1827-28 11 Annual reports to Presbytery, 1852-1904 12 Statistical reports, 1902-06 13 Proposals for First Church--Market & Bank Streets, 1793 14 Proposals for First Church's removal from Washington Square, 1870-72 15 Funeral bills, etc. (scattered) 19th century 16 Vouchers,08-13 17 Bills and receipts, 1769, 1778, 1783-1819 18 1769, 1778, 1783-1819 19 1793-1819 20 1793-1819 21 1820-22 22 1820-22 23 Bills, receipts, taxes, 1823-41, 1893, 1896 24 1823-41, 1893, 1896 25 Miscellaneous papers (majority l9th century)