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W. S. Hoole Special Collections Library Manuscript Collections

Guide to the First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, records MSS.0518


University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266

February 2008


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Collection Title:

First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, records

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University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama


1.6 Linear feet (1.5 linear feet and 1book)




Contains record books, 1820-1948; list of baptisms, 1845-1894; Board of Trustees record books, 1838-1911; Board of Deacons minute book, 1886-1888; and miscellaneous other documents for this Tuscaloosa, Alabama church.


First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.


Tuscaloosa Union Sunday School.

Preferred Citation:

First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, records, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama.

Scope and Contents note

This collection includes nine church record books, from 1820 through 1948. Book number seven is oversized. Loose papers throughout the books provide supplemental information regarding important events in the church’s history. One book recording baptisms covers the years 1845-1894, two record books for the church's Board of Trustees cover the years 1838-1911, and one minute book for the Board of Deacons covers 1886-1888. There is also a hymnal of school Psalmody, printed in 1832. The last folder contains the minutes of the teacher’s association from the Tuscaloosa Union Sunday School, 1831-1848.

Acquisition Information:

Rev. McClain, 1993?

Biographical/Historical note

First Presbyterian Church was formed by 16 Presbyterians who left Pendleton, SC, settled on the banks of the Black Warrior River and established this congregation in 1820. The first building was erected on the present site in 1830. First Presbyterian was instrumental in establishing Stillman College after the Civil War to train African-American pastors. The current Sanctuary building was completed in 1920 and renovated in 1952. The church features a surprising variety of antique European craftwork throughout. Some of the unique items include a 15th century French pulpit, 15th century German and Flemish stained glass, and 16th Century Italian baptismal font.

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Alabama (localbroad)

Baptismal registers (aat)

Church membership (lcsh)

Church records (aat)

Community and Place (localbroad)

Hymnals (aat)

Minutes (aat)

Presbyterian Church (lcsh)

Religion and Spirituality (localbroad)

Teacher (localbroad)

Tuscaloosa (Ala.) (lcsh)

Record Book

Components in Detail

Book #1, 1820-1836 Box 3766 Folder 1

Book #2, 1836-1842 Box 3766 Folder 2

Book #3, 1842-1871 Box 3766 Folder 3

Book #4, 1871-1900 Box 3766 Folder 4

Book #5, 1900-1916 Box 3767 Folder 1

Book #6, 1916-1919 Box 3767 Folder 2

Book #7, 1919-1929 Box 3768 Folder

Book #9, 1941-1948 Box 3769 Folder 1

Book of Baptism

Components in Detail

Book of Baptism, 1845-1894 Box 3769 Folder 2

Record of the Board of Trustees

Components in Detail

Record of the Board of Trustees, 1838-1842 Box 3769 Folder 3

Record of the Board of Trustees, 1844-1911 Box 3769 Folder 4

Minutes of the Board of Trustees

Components in Detail

Minutes of the Board of Deacons, 1886-1888 Box 3769 Folder 5


Components in Detail

School Psalmody, 1832 Box 3769 Folder 6

Minutes of the Teacher's Association

Components in Detail

Minutes of the Teacher's Association, 1831-1848 Box 3769 Folder 7

Accession 011-046 Box 23

Scope and Contents note

Church rolls (1963-1986) Minutes of the Session - 11/14/1948-3/14/1954 (book #10) - 3/21/1954-12/14-1958 - 12/21/1958-12/31/1963 - 1/12/1963(?)-12/24/1967 - 1/21/1968-12/17/1972 - 1/21/1973-12/17/1978 (book #15) - Jan 1979-Sept 1982 Minutes of the Session & Church Register (1840-1918) Deacon's Minutes (1916-1925) Gifts to Education Building Presbyterian Home for Children Gifts

Components in Detail