Churches ephemera subject files, 1814-2011 (bulk 1918-1990)
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African American churches -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Baptists -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Bethel A.M.E. Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
Catholic Church. -- Diocese of Nashville (Tenn.).
Catholics -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Christ Church Episcopal (Nashville, Tenn.).
Christian life -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Christians -- Tennessee.
Christmas -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Church buildings -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Church bulletins -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Church charities -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Church music -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Church newsletters -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Church work -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Churches -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Churches of Christ -- Tennessee.
City churches -- United States.
Clergy -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Courtenay, Walter Rowe, -- 1902-
Downtown Presbyterian Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
Easter -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
Episcopalians -- Tennessee.
First Church of the Nazarene (Nashville, Tenn.).
First Presbyterian Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
Greater Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
Holidays -- Tennessee -- Nashville.
McKendree Methodist Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
Methodist Church (U.S.). -- Tennessee Conference.
Methodist Publishing House.
Methodists -- Tennessee.
Monroe Street United Methodist Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Churches.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- History -- Sources.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Religious life and customs.
Nashville (Tenn.) -- Social life and customs.
National Baptist Publishing Board.
Nazarenes (Church of the Nazarene) -- Tennessee.
Park Avenue Methodist Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
Presbyterians -- Tennessee.
Southern Baptist Convention. -- Sunday School Board.
Tennessee -- Church history.
Tennessee -- Religious life and customs.
Upper Room Chapel (Nashville, Tenn.).
Vance, James I. -- (James Isaac), -- 1862-1939.
Vine Street Christian Church (Nashville, Tenn.).
West End United Methodist Church (Nashville, Tenn.).

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Document/manuscript/pamphlet/archival material
Physical Desc
2 cu. ft.


Organization & arrangement of materials
Organization: By denomination.,Arrangement: Within each denomination, alphabetical by church name.
General Note
Materials housed in the Special Collections Division of the Main Library, Nashville Public Library.
Restrictions on Access
In library use only.,Available by appointment.
Scope and content: Contains a wide variety of materials, mostly from the twentieth century, about Nashville area churches. Includes church histories, biographies of local ministers and other prominent persons in the Christian religious life of Nashville; printed sermons; church bulletins; membership lists; promotional literature; church periodicals and related literature; architectural information on historic church buildings; information about particular churches and their function or activities during wartime; charitable and relief efforts undertaken by local churches; church-related businesses, printing and publishing houses, associations, schools, homes, and similar types of enterprises conducted under church direction; church anniversaries and special events, including Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas; and a variety of other materials.
Denominations represented in the collection include: Apostolic; Baptist; Catholic; Christian; Church of Christ; Cumberland Presbyterian; Episcopal; Greek Orthodox; Lutheran; Methodist - A.M.E.; Methodist; Nazarene; non-denominational churches; Presbyterian; Unitarian/Universalist; and United Church of Christ. The most numerous materials concern Baptist, Church of Christ, and Methodist churches.
A large quantity of materials from First Presbyterian Church and Downtown Presbyterian Church which span the entire twentieth century are part of this collection, including many of the types of items described above. Particularly noteworthy are printed sermons and church bulletins from Dr. James I. Vance and Dr. Walter R. Courtenay. Documents, letters, brochures and publications detail the nature of the separation of the church in 1955, resulting in the move of First Presbyterian Church to the Oak Hill area south of Nashville, and the renaming of the congregation at the old building to Downtown Presbyterian Church.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials
Cite as: [church name or folder title], Churches Ephemera Subject Files, Ephemera Collections, Special Collections Division, Nashville Public Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
This material may be protected by copyright law (Title 17 U.S. Code)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Intentionally assembled by Nashville Room staff, beginning at an unknown date, probably in the late 1960s, and collected on an ongoing basis.
In English.
Cumulative Index/Finding Aids
Finding aid available in repository;,folder level control,


APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Courtenay, W. R., & Vance, J. I. 1. Churches ephemera subject files .

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Courtenay, Walter Rowe, 1902- and James I. 1862-1939. Vance. Churches Ephemera Subject Files. .

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Courtenay, Walter Rowe, 1902- and James I. 1862-1939. Vance. Churches Ephemera Subject Files .

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Courtenay, Walter Rowe, and James I. 1862-1939 Vance. Churches Ephemera Subject Files

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