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Alabama Churches

Ruhama Church historic picture

Ruhama Church

Church Related Resources


Church Records

Although the collection focuses primarily on Southern Baptist materials, other denominations are included. These records include original church conference minutes, scrapbooks, church histories, organizational minutes, membership records, financial records, and biographical information on pastors.

Baptist Records

The Special Collection Department offers the world's most complete resource for Alabama Baptist records. The collection includes association records, agencies, institutions, printed minutes of Alabama Baptist State Convention, and printed minutes of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Map of the current associations of the Alabama Baptist State Convention

Alabama Baptist Associational Records

The annual meeting minutes and annuals for nineteenth century Alabama Baptist State Convention and smaller associations can be found online at the Internet Archive.

Religious Newspapers and Periodicals

  • The Alabama Baptist
    1843 to present; Partially Indexed by Samford University
  • Alabama Christian Advocate (Methodist)
    MFP 2.5 - 1881-1989, 1892-1896, 1914, 1926-1928, 1931-1937, 1942-1949, 1951-1960
  • Methodist Christian Advocate
    MFP 2.5 - 1896-1913, 1915-1925, 1929-1930, 1938-1941
  • The Christian Advocate (Methodist)
    MFP 4.5 - 1846-1861, 1869-1914
  • Methodist Episcopal church, South. Conferences. North Alabama
    1899, 1931-1935, 1941-1949, 1951-1971
  • Methodist Episcopal church. Conferences. Alabama (Alabama-West Florida Journal)
  • One Voice(Catholic)
    current subscription
  • The Southern Shofar (Jewish)
    current subscription
  • Signs of the Times (Primitive Baptist)
    1899; 1933; 1939; 1941; 1966-CURRENT

African American Baptist Association Collection

Records for Alabama

American Home Missionary Society Papers, 1816 - 1936

Correspondence and reports from teachers and missionaries to the Board. 385 reels)

American Missionary Association Manuscripts

Records for Alabama (7 reels)

American Sunday School Union Papers, 1817 - 1915

Correspondence and reports of those establishing Sunday Schools. Includes data from the Sunday Schools. (234 reels)

American Papers of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1701 - 1711

Correspondence, reports from missionaries sent by the Church of England to the American colonies. (17 reels)

Baptist Missionary Society Archives(British)

Missionary journals and correspondence, 1792 - 1914 (37 reels)

Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Papers

(5 reels)

Records of Baptist Joint Committee on Public Affairs

(19 reels)

Significant Manuscript Collections