These files contain miscellaneous secondary materials such as newspaper articles, bulletins, and church histories stored in vertical files. These files do not contain church records or membership lists. The list is alphabetical by church name and includes the organization date.
A majority of these files only contain a photocopy of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) Historical Records Survey of Church Records (also known as the Inventory of Church Archives) completed between 1937-1939.
The WPA questionnaires provided the means by which information was systematically gathered on African-American and white churches in both rural and urban areas, including address, date organized, building description, construction date, and, of primary importance, listings of any known church records. The original survey sheets are held in the Manuscripts Division of the South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, and are available online here.
Rocky River Baptist Association, Anderson County, 1908.
Camden First Baptist Church, Kershaw County, established 1810. 1810-1838, minutes, with register of Negro members, 1810-1835. 1869-1902, minutes and register; 1837-1936, misc. church papers.
Old Pilgrim Baptist Church, Greenville County, established 1864. 1904-1926, 1930-1934, 1948-1952, WMU Minutes April 1977, 1980-2003, Treasurers' Reports 1896-1972 (scattered), Historical Highlights 1828, 1904-1923.
Please note that these items are as described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item.
Greenville Cultural Exchange Center-African-American history museum and culture center dedicated to the preservation of African-American history in the Greenville area
South Caroliniana Library, Columbia, S.C. - Catalog search for "African American Baptists -- South Carolina."
American Baptist Historical Society - Founded in 1853, cares for the largest and most diverse collection of Baptist materials in the world. Included is the largest collection of African American Baptist church records from the 19th and early 20th century, including records of institutions founded by Baptists of all varieties.