October 29, 2022

First Baptist Church (Lincoln, Neb.) [RG4127.AM]


RG4127.AM:  First Baptist Church (Lincoln, Neb.)

Records:  1880-1997

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska:  Baptist church

Size:  4 reels of microfilm and 1 folder


The First Baptist Church of Lincoln, Nebraska, was organized in 1869 at the home of L.W. Billingsley. In 1871 the first church building was erected at 11th and L Streets and a Sunday School was organized. A growing membership required larger facilities and so in 1888 a new building was erected on the site of the present church at 14th and K Streets. In 1890 the East Lincoln church was organized by members formerly of this congregation.


This collection consists of the records of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln, Nebraska, dating from 1880-1997. The materials are arranged in three Series: 1) Record Books, 1884-1953; 2) Women’s Organizations, 1880-1934; and 3) General Records.

The record books in Series 1 are generally a chronological account of church events and data, including minutes of meetings, reports, correspondence, and the additions or deletions of members. One volume contains an alphabetical list of members for the years approximately 1892-1908 which was copied from other volumes. Series 2, Minutes of Women’s Organizations, includes minutes, constitutions and other records of women’s groups in the church. The General Records in Series 3, 1944-1997 [reels 3 and 4], were filmed later than the rest of the collection, and were not filmed by History Nebraska (HN).

The original records are not in the HN collections; only the microfilm copies are available. Reels 3 and 4 were not filmed by HN. They may be Inter-library loaned, but copies must be purchased from the church.

Note:  One folder of original items removed from the library collection is included.


Series 1 – Record Books, 1884-1997

Reel 1


    1. Record Book, 1884-1905

    1. Register, 1892-1908

    1. Record Book, 1905-1924

Reel 2

    1. Record Book, 1944-1958

Series 2 – Minutes of Women’s Organizations, 1902-1934

Reel 2


    1. Woman’s Missionary Society, 1902-1910

    1. Woman’s Missionary Society, 1910-1920

    1. Woman’s Missionary Society, 1920-1934

    1. Woman’s Missionary Society, 1920-1934

Series 3 – General Records

Reel 3

    • Baptisms, 1960-1996

    • Deaths, 1960-1996

    • Membership gains and losses, 1960-1981

    • Membership numbers

    • Membership records

    • Annual Reports

    • Constitution 1880 Woman’s Baptist Missionary Society of the West, and minutes, 1880-1886

    • 1st Constitution for auxiliaries, and minutes, 1880, First Baptist Church

    • “Sporadic Financial Information 1955, 1957, 1959, 1985, 1986. More complete for 1988, 1989.”

    • Financial/Accounting Records, May 1925 through 1936

Reel 4

    • Accounts and membership information, 1944-1957

    • Deacons materials

    • Annual Business meeting 1958



    1. Prayer meeting topics of the Young People’s Society of the First Baptist Church, 1906

    1. Program, Installation service for the Rev. Gordon H. Schroeder as Pastor of the First Baptist Church, December 12, 1949

    1. Program, Cornerstone laying for the First Baptist Church Educational Building, March 9, 1952

    1. Church Directory, 1955

    1. Church Directory, 1956

    1. Church Directory, 1957

    1. Membership list, First Baptist Brotherhood of Lincoln, undated


Subject headings:

Baptist Church in Nebraska

First Baptist Church (Lincoln, Neb.)

Lancaster County (Neb.) — Churches

Lincoln (Neb.) — Churches

Women — Nebraska


KFK                  07-14-2000

Revised TMM   05-18-2009; 12-14-2020

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