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Emmanuel Baptist Church (Lafayette, Louisiana) Records


Collection 480

Emmanuel Baptist Church (Lafayette, Louisiana). Records, 1955–1989, n.d.

1 foot, 0.5 inches

Emmanuel Baptist Church of Lafayette was organized on Sunday, April 17, 1955 by church members living south of the city limits along the Abbeville Highway. Until a permanent building was erected on property already purchased, meetings were held in the Morgan-Hall building in Arnold Heights.

The first Board of Trustees for the Church were H.B. Fletcher, Clyde R. Williams, Grady R Harris, Coy E. Upshaw, Roy A. Eaton, Charles L. Beck, and Thomas A. Durham. The first officers of the Church were H.B. Fletcher, chairman; Roy A. Eaton, secretary; Thomas A. Durham, treasurer.

This collection consists of articles of incorporations and bylaws, documents, minutes of meetings, general and financial records, and committee reports.

Dr. Michael S. Martin donated the collection.


A. Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws 1-01
B. Documents 1-02
C. Minutes of Meetings 1-03 through 1-08
D. General Records 1-09 through 2-02
E. Correspondence 2-03
F. Financial Records 2-04 through 2-07
G. Programs 2-08 through 2-09
H. Publicity 2-10 through 2-12
I. Photographs 2-13
J. History 2-14
K. Committees 2-15 through 3-04
L. Miscellaneous 3-05 through 3-08


Box 1
  A. Articles of Incorporation/Bylaws
    1-01 Articles of Incorporations/Bylaws, 1955, n.d.
  B. Documents
    1-02 Cash Sale, Agreement to Buy and Sell, Contracts, 1955-1967
  C. Minutes of Meetings
    1-03 Minutes of Meetings, 1955, 1960s, 1979-1980
    1-04 Resolution, Business Meeting Minutes, Correspondence, Member Directory Material, 1955-1961
    1-05 Meeting Minutes, Monthly Reports, Correspondence, Proposal Forms, 1960-1961
    1-06 Correspondence, Committee Reports, List of Officers and Committee Members, Meeting Material, 1961-1962
    1-07 Deacon Minutes, v. 2.  1966
    1-08 Planning for the Next Five Years in a Southern Baptist Church Manual
  D. General Records
    1-09 20th Anniversary Directory, 1979-1980
    1-10 Data Sheets, April 1965
    1-11 Certificates, Sunday School Leadership Diploma - R.D. White, Mildred White, April 1979
    1-12 Report on Committee on Committees, Committee and Council List, 1982; Committee List, 1985; Charter Members, n.d.; Deacons and Wives, May 1982; Directory: General, Department, and Class Officers and Teachers, 1958-1959
Box 2
    2-01 Church Wide Visitation [sign in sheets], 1988-1989
    2-02 Church Logo, Church Programing Sets New Sights in Planning, n.d.
  E. Correspondence
    2-03 Correspondence, 1962-2004
  F. Financial Records
    2-04 Budget, 1980, 1982, 1987
    2-05 Treasurer Report, 1979, 1994; Financial Statement, 1958
    2-06 Building Finance, Cash Receipts and Disbursements, Building Proposals, 1966-1967
    2-07 Cooperative Program for 1979; Spanish Mission Pastor’s Salary and Allowances, n.d.
  G. Programs
    2-08 Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1970s-1980s
    2-09 Other Churches, 1960s-1980s
  H. Publicity
    2-10 News Clippings, 1955-1971
    2-11 News Stories, Daily Advertiser, 1971-1972
    2-12 Baptist Association Newsletter, Vol. 8, No. 6, June 1980
  I. Photographs
    2-13 Photographs [includes negatives], 1962, 1980, n.d.
  J. History
    2-14 Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1955-2005
  K. Committees
    2-15 25th Anniversary of Emmanuel Baptist Church [includes program, photographs, charter members, minutes of meeting], 1980
    2-16 Missions [includes minutes, report, correspondence], 1964-1965
    2-17 Nominating Committee, Report, 1987-1988
Box 3
    3-01 Building Committee [includes specifications for church, Unit III, correspondence], 1958
    3-02 Building Committee [includes, correspondence, meeting agenda, blueprints], 1958-1962
    3-03 Long Range Planning [includes reports, statistics, correspondence, introduction material], n.d.
    3-04 Personnel, Minutes of Meeting, Memo, 1983
  L. Miscellaneous
    3-05 Leadership Material [includes Sunday school and Bible Study, list of officers, program, list of members], 1979, 1985-1987
    3-06 Note Burning Service [includes newsletter, and handwritten outline], June 1982
    3-07 Life and Work Curriculum [includes hymn of the month correlation, program], 1965
    3-08 Other, Home Missions Assistant Churches Newsletter; Councilor Training for Local Church Crusades Material, 1965, n.d.