Olivet Baptist Church Records

Descriptive Summary

Repository
Chicago History Museum
Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
Creator
Olivet Baptist Church
Bib number
00145617
Title
Olivet Baptist Church Records
Dates
ca. 1942-1972
Quantity
5.4 linear feet (12 boxes)
Call number
MSS Lot O
Language
English

Restriction(s)

Research use of this collection is governed by the standard rules and regulations of the Chicago History Museum, Research Center.

Terms governing use

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Provenance statement

Gift of Rev. Dr. Michael A. Noble, Sr., of Olivet Baptist Church 2000.0196.

Please cite this collection as

Olivet Baptist Church (Chicago, Ill.) records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Collection Summary

Ledgers, minutes, scrapbooks, correspondence, sermons, and other records of Olivet Baptist Church based at 3101 South King Drive, on Chicago's South Side. The collection includes writings by and about Olivet's famous ministers: Dr. L. K. Williams (1916-1940) and Dr. J. H. Jackson (1941-1990); ledgers listing members; minutes and other records of its missionary efforts, which reached out to other African Americans as well as to African congregations with material, financial, and spiritual aid; Sunday School ledgers; and Deacon's Sick Committee ledgers. Also present are records relating to the periods when Williams and Jackson (1953-1982) served as presidents of the National Baptist Convention, U.S.A. Scrapbooks especially portray Jackson's varied career and his role as a conservative African American leader during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

Biographical/historical note

Olivet Baptist Church (Chicago, Ill.): Olivet Baptist Church was formed when Zoar Baptist Church and Mt. Zion Baptist Church united in 1860. Zoar began in April 1850, when Samuel McCoy, John Larmon, and Sallie Jackson organized the Xenia Baptist Church, shortly renamed Zoar Baptist Church. When Olivet was formed it resided in a building at Harrison Street and Griswald Street (later known as LaSalle Street). This church building was sold in 1883, and Olivet moved to the Dearborn-Polk Street Station. In 1884, the church reincorporated because the original incorporation papers were destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In the late 1910s, Olivet rose to national and international prominence as the largest Protestant congregation in the world. In 1918, the congregation moved to its present building at 3101 South King Drive. The church continued to grow during the first half of the 20th century, reaching a membership of 20,000 in 1941. However, starting with the political and social turmoil in the late 1950s, the church suffered marked decline in membership that continued through the 1990s.

Related material

Photos related to Rev. L. K. Williams are found in other collections at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, including Morris Williams family photograph collection (1995.0275) and the Photographs of family and friends of J. LeVelle Williams (1996.0076 ). Other collections related to Olivet Baptist Church include the history of Olivet Baptist Church of Chicago: a saga of a people [videorecording] (call #: 2001.0255 V); the Rev. J. H. Jackson papers; the Rev. J.H. Jackson visual materials (2009.0056.2); the Olivet Baptist Church photograph collection (2000.0196); Rev. J.H. Jackson and Olivet Baptist Church architectural drawings (2009.0056); and correspondence in the Claude A. Barnett papers.

Separated material

Separated material includes the Olivet Baptist Church photograph collection (2000.0196)

Other Finding Aids

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Indexed Terms

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

The collection is arranged physically into one series.

Series 1: Administrative and miscellaneous materials (box 1-12)

This series contains the administrative and miscellaneous materials of the Olivet Baptist Church in Chicago. It contains minutes of committees in the Church, including the Olivet Missionary Society. It contains biographical sketches of famous ministers of the church, including Dr. J.H. Jackson. Additionally, financial records of the Church's activites are present, including the Church's Sunday School and Missionary activity.

Detailed list of contents of the collection

Series 1: Administrative and miscellaneous materials
1942-1972
Box 1
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1942-1972
Box-folder 1.1
Title
Biographical sketches of Dr. J.H. Jackson
Box-folder 1.2
Title
Miscellaneous publications by J. H. Jackson
Dates
1942-1972
Box-folder 1.3
Title
Miscellaneous publications about J.H. Jackson
Dates
1953-1957
Box-folder 1.4
Title
Documents regarding J.H. Jackson, trip to Romania
Dates
August 1956
Box-folder 1.5
Title
Documents regarding J.H. Jackson, On Call For Life
Dates
1958-1959
Box-folder 1.6
Title
Articles and news clippings regarding J.H. Jackson
Dates
1958-1966
Dates
1990
Box-folder 1.7
Title
Correspondence regarding awards and honors for J.H. Jackson, 1986-1987
Dates
1986-1987
Box-folder 1.8
Title
Statement by J.H. Jackson during press conference in Gulfport, MS
Dates
July 1987
Box-folder 1.9
Title
The Man and His Religion, J.H. Jackson
Dates
undated
Box-folder 1.10
Title
Audit report, Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1959
Box-folder 1.11
Title
Easement between Olivet Baptist Church and Commonwealth Edison
Dates
1960
Box-folder 1.12
Title
Members who contributed to special drive for removal of steeple
Dates
1966
Box-folder 1.13
Title
Membership ledger, National Baptist Brotherhood of Andrew and Peter, of Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1917-1935
Box-folder 1.14
Title
Misc. material regarding Olivet Baptist Church members
Dates
1946
Dates
1960
Box-folder 1.15
Title
Documents regarding construction at Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1960-1961
Box-folder 1.16
Title
Documents regarding tax and legal matters for Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1961
Box 2
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1943-1962
Box-folder 2.1
Title
Members register, Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
undated
Box-folder 2.2
Title
Olivet Baptist Church Book of Remembrance
Dates
1943
Box-folder 2.3
Title
Ledger, Olivet Baptist Church building fund
Dates
1959-1962
Box 3
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1930-1963
Box-folder 3.1
Title
Minutes, Olivet Baptist Church regular meetings
Dates
1930-1943
Box-folder 3.2
Title
New members register, Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1942-1946
Box-folder 3.3
Title
New members register, Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1947-1963
Box-folder 3.4
Title
Financial record of insurance policies, Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1962-1963
Box 4
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1940-1961
Box-folder 4.1
Title
Minutes, Deacon's Sick Committee of Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1940-1943
Box-folder 4.2
Title
Minutes, Deacon's Sick Committee of Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1944-1948
Box-folder 4.3
Title
Minutes, Deacon's Sick Committee of Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1948-1953
Box-folder 4.4
Title
Minutes, Deacon's Sick Committee of Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1954-1961
Box 5
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1924-1960
Box-folder 5.1
Title
Ledger, Olivet Baptist Church school receipts and salary
Dates
1959-1960
Box-folder 5.2
Title
Ledger, Olivet Baptist Church Sunday School Financial Report
Dates
1924-1943
Box 6
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1924-1936
Box-folder 6.1
Title
Ledger, Olivet Baptist Church Sunday School
Dates
1924-1936
Box-folder 6.2
Title
Ledger, Olivet Baptist Church Sunday School financial report
Dates
1924-1936
Box 7
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1937-1961
Box-folder 7.1
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1937-1940
Box-folder 7.2
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1953-1954
Box-folder 7.3
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1954-1955
Box-folder 7.4
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1957-1959
Box-folder 7.5
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1959-1961
Box 8
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1961-1969
Box-folder 8.1
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1961-1962
Box-folder 8.2
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1962-1963
Box-folder 8.3
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1963-1964
Box-folder 8.4
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1964-1965
Box-folder 8.5
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1966-1967
Box-folder 8.6
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1967-1968
Box-folder 8.7
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1968-1969
Box 9
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1928-1972
Box-folder 9.1
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1969-1971
Box-folder 9.2
Title
Minutes, Olivet Missionary Society
Dates
1971-1972
Box-folder 9.3
Title
Roll book, Senior Missionary Circle of Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1928-1933
Box-folder 9.4
Title
Ledger, Olivet Senior Missionary Circle, financial records
Dates
1942-1945
Box-folder 9.5
Title
Ledger, Olivet Senior Missionary Circle, financial records
Dates
1943-1946
Box 10
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1915-1982
Box-folder 10.1
Title
Clippings regarding 75th Anniversary of First Baptist Church
Dates
1909
Box-folder 10.2
Title
Charter of the National Baptist Convention (reprints)
Dates
1915
Box-folder 10.3
Title
Annual address of President J.H. Jackson at the National Baptist Convention
Dates
1959-1971
Box-folder 10.4
Title
Annual address of President J.H. Jackson at the National Baptist Convention
Dates
1972-1982
Box-folder 10.5
Title
Scrapbook, National Baptist Convention
Dates
September 1959
Box-folder 10.6
Title
Record of certificates, National Baptist Convention retirement savings fund
Dates
1958-1960
Box 11
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1943-1961
Box-folder 11.1
Title
Minutes, Olivet Baptist Church business meetings
Dates
1943-1951
Box-folder 11.2
Title
Record book, church council, and annual business meeting, Olivet Baptist Church
Dates
1957-1961
Box 12
Title
Administrative and miscellaneous materials
Dates
1953-1982
Box-folder 12.1
Title
Financial record, Million Dollar Drive Campaign
Dates
1953-1957
Box-folder 12.2
Title
Scrapbook, National Baptist Convention
Dates
1958-1960
Box-folder 12.3
Title
Scrapbook, National Baptist Convention
Dates
1955-1956
Box-folder 12.4
Title
Scrapbook, National Baptist Convention, World Council of Churches
Dates
1953-1955
Box-folder 12.5
Title
Certificate, Honorary Citizen of New Orleans
Dates
1978
Box-folder 12.6
Title
Print, White House, signed by Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter
Box-folder 12.7
Title
Presidential proclamations, National Day of Prayer
Dates
1978
Dates
1982