Albert Kahn papers   1896-2014
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St. Matthew's Episcopal Church [series]:

The records of St. Matthew's (before 1971) total three linear feet and date primarily from the mid-1920s. Although providing excellent documentation for the years since about 1927, the St. Matthew's series, except for an occasional program or brochure, does not include materials for the first eighty years of the church's existence. Happily, the collection contains published histories and commemorative programs, which help to fill in these missing years.

The St. Matthew's series has been divided into six subseries: Informational Files, Church Government, Pastors, Church Organizations, Publications, and Scrapbooks.

 
Informational Files [subseries]:

"Informational Files" consist of manuscript and printed histories written at various dates, commemorative programs, and newspaper clippings about church activities. Also included with this subseries are report documents that the church was required to submit to the state as a non-profit corporation, and to its denominational parent, the Diocese of Michigan.

Box   1  
Histories and historical miscellanea
Box   1  
Commemorative programs
Box   1  
Clippings
Box   1  
Correspondence (miscellaneous)
Box   1  
Membership list,  1941
Box   1  
Miscellanea
Box   1  
Title abstracts
Box   1  
Michigan Non-Profit Corporation Reports,  1932-1934
Box   1  
Parochial Reports (to the Diocese of Michigan),  1925-1931 (scattered dates)
 
Church Government [subseries]:

The subseries, "Church Government," includes files of the proceedings of the church's vestry (1927-1970), Parish Council minutes (1960-1965), and treasurer's records (1924-1970). The researcher will note the absence of church records prior to 1924.

Box   1  
Vestry minutes,  1927-1970 (1 volume and 8 folders)
Box   1  
Parish Council minute book,  1960-1965
Box   1  
Treasurer's records,  1924-1970 (3 folders)
 
Pastors [subseries]:

The subseries, "Pastors," consists of correspondence files of F. Ricksford Meyers for the year 1940 only. In addition to church business, the files detail Meyers' concern for his parishioners.

Box   1  
F. Ricksford Meyers correspondence,  1940 (2 folders)
Box   1  
Robert C. Chapman-testimony re South Africa investments,  1969
 
Church Organizations [subseries]:

"Church Organizations" consists of records of three of the church's organizations: the Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, the Dorcas Society, and St. Agnes Guild. There is also a scattering of information about other church organizations.

Box   2  
Brotherhood of Saint Andrew
Box   2  
Minutes,  1929-1942 (1 volume and 1 folder)
Box   2  
Miscellanea
Box   2  
Dorcas Society
Box   2  
Miscellanea
Box   2  
St. Agnes Guild
Box   2  
Minutes and miscellanea,  1940-1973 (scattered dates)
Box   2  
Miscellaneous organizations
 
Publications [subseries]:

Within "Publications" the researcher will find scattered copies of the church's various newsletters, the earliest dated 1914. Unfortunately, no chronological run of these newsletters seems to have been kept. The same is true of the church's Sunday bulletins. Though some date back to 1945, the bulk of them is for the year 1967.

Box   2  
Newsletters: St. Matthew's Record,  1914; untitled news sheet 1928-1929; St. Matthew's Parish News,  1952; The Recorder,  1966; Newsletter,  1969;
Box   2  
Bulletins,  1945-1969 (mainly 1967) (2 folders)
Box   2  
Programs of church activities
Box   2  
"What Every Christian Should Know" (1915), church doctrine and ritual by R.W. Bagnell
 
Scrapbooks [subseries]:

Some of the earliest dated documents in this series are found in the subseries, "Scrapbooks." Although the contents of the scrapbooks are partially duplicated in other subseries, what makes these scrapbooks especially valuable is the presence of early photographs of church groups and historically informative clippings and programs. The scrapbooks appear to have been created in the 1960s and 1970s, perhaps by the church historian. Unfortunately, the documents were put into the volumes in a random order. Thus, the researcher will have to examine all of the books for information on any given time period.

Box   3  
Various dates (9 volumes)     (these volumes contain a mixture of photographs, clippings, programs, and miscellanea, primarily relating to St. Matthew's; the volumes are not arranged in chronological order)