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box 1, folder 1: 1905 October 12-14, First Presbyterian Church of Pocatello, Idaho
box 1, folder 2: 1909 August 25-26, Springville, Utah
box 1, folder 3: 1911 October 12-14, First Presbyterian Church of Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 4: 1912 October 9-12, First Presbyterian Church of Ogden, Utah
box 1, folder 5: 1913 October 8-11, Mt. Pleasant, Utah
Also includes a Docket of the meeting.
box 1, folder 6: 1914 October 14-16 (6th annual session), Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 7: 1915 October 13-15 (7th annual session), Brigham City, Utah
box 1, folder 8: 1917 August 30-31 (9th annual session), First Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City, Utah
box 1, folder 9: 1918 September 4-6 (10th session), Westminster Church, Salt Lake City, Utah
box 1, folder 10: 1919 August 28-29 (11th session), Third Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City, Utah
box 1, folder 11: 1920 September 7-9 (12th session), First Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 12: 1921 September 1-3 (13th session), Third Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 13: 1922 August 31-September 2 (14th session), Westminster Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 14: 1923 August 30-September 1 (15th session), Third Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 15: 1924 June 24-26 (16th session), Westminster College, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 16: 1925 June 24-26 (17th session), Westminster College, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 17: 1926 June 23-25 (18th session), Westminster College, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 18: 1927 June 27-28 (19th session), Westminster College, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 19: 1928 July 2-3 (20th session), Westminster College, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 20: 1929 June 26-28 (21st session), Big Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 21: 1930 October 8-10 (22nd session), First Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 22: 1931 October 7-9 (23rd session), First Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 23: 1932 October 5-7 (24th session), First Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 1, folder 24: 1933 October 4-6 (25th session), First Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 2, folder 1: 1934 October 3-5 (26th session), First Presbyterian Church, Logan, Utah
box 2, folder 2: 1935 October 2-4 (27th session), Third Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 2, folder 3: 1936 October 7-9 (28th session), First Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 2, folder 4: 1937 October 13-15 (29th session), First Presbyterian Church, Ogden, Utah
box 2, folder 5: 1938 October 5-7 (30th session), Presbyterian Church, Mt. Pleasant, Utah
box 2, folder 6: 1939 October 9-11 (31st session), Westminster Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 2, folder 7: 1940 October 2-4 (32nd session), First Presbyterian Church, Logan, Utah
box 2, folder 8: 1941 October 1-3 (33rd session), First Presbyterian Church, Salt Lake City
box 2, folder 9: 1942 September 29-October 1 (34th session), Union Presbyterian Church, Cedar City, Utah
box 2, folder 10: 1943 September 1-2 (35th session), Westminster College, Salt Lake City
box 2, folder 11: 1944 September 5-6 (36th session), First Presbyterian Church, Ogden, Utah
box 2, folder 12: 1945 August 29-30 (37th session), Westminster College, Salt Lake City
box 2, folder 13: 1946 August 27-29 (38th session), Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah
box 2, folder 14: 1947 August 26-28 (39th session), Presbyterian Church, Logan, Utah
box 2, folder 15: 1948 August 31-September 2 (40th session), Westminster College, Salt Lake City
box 2, folder 16: 1949 August 30-September 1 (41st session), Wasatch Academy, Mt. Pleasant, Utah
box 2, folder 17: 1950 August 29-31 (42nd session), Presbyterian Church, Logan, Utah
box 2, folder 18: Standing rules of Synod of Utah (2 copies)
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Synod of Utah was organized August 22, 1883. In 1908 three Utah Presbyteries were organized: Presbytery of Southern Utah (October 27, 1908), Presbytery of Ogden (November 23, 1908), and Presbytery of Salt Lake (November 27, 1908).
Content Description +/-
This collection consists of the published abbreviated minutes of the annual meetings of the Utah Synod of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. held between 1905-1950. The minutes are printed by or under the direction of the Synod in small booklet form (typically 20-23 cm. high), although some secondary publications ("Standing rules" and "Docket of the annual meeting" are smaller (19 cm and 16 cm respectively). Length of the publications vary from 12-44 pages. Titles also vary in format. Below are a few examples:
Each pamphlet provides a summarized account of the proceedings of the annual meeting. They document the same organizational process. The roll is taken and a list created of all participants including the ministers and elders (as well as churches) represented at each meeting, representatives of each Presbytery (Salt Lake, Ogden, and Southern Utah), names of those delivering the sermons, and guest speakers (if applicable).
Typically the minutes document reports given by members of the Synod, issues that are introduced, and general concerns raised. For example, violations of the standing rules are addressed by missionary Wildman Murphy in the 1915 minutes (page 4). The violations cited concerned the naming of committees and the contents of certain reports. In the same year, noted missionary William M. Paden delivered a Field Worker's Report for the year 1914. His topic was the missionary rosters: "In no field have I found reason to advise the missionary to break for the junipers crying, 'I only am left and they seek my life to take it away.'" His purpose was to encourage missionaries and display the need for more missionary fellowship.
Historically, the minutes also reflect the Presbyterians' contemporary local and world views. The minutes of 194 (Box 2, Folder 9) revealed the lack of male missionary teachers because of military service, as well as the cessation of most activity within Japanese foreign missions. The theme of that year was "Consecration, Conservation, Consideration."
Also historically important is the 1950 booklet of minutes (Box 2, Folder 17); in it, in a resolution prior to the actual beginning of the minutes, is the announcement of the creation of the independent Synod of Utah.
There are also two undated versions of the standing rules for the Utah Synod (Box 2, Folder 18). These pamphlets explain the rules that must be followed during the Synod meetings (the laws of the Synod). The book organizes the rules into four categories: meetings, officers, committees, Presbyteries, and a miscellaneous section (for general issues that are not covered in the other four specific categories). The rules are clarified within each category. For example, the rules that apply to meetings concern the location of the meeting, the presentation of a devotional sermon each morning, how and when special meetings can be called, invitations to members of other synods, and asserts that the Committee of Arrangements will control all of the popular meetings. The issues addressed in the miscellaneous category are as follows: all meetings are governed by general rules, reports are to be type-written, attendance to each meeting is mandatory, rules can be suspended by a two-thirds vote, and rules can be amended by a two-thirds vote.
Frontispiece or cover/back cover images vary, often reflecting the location of the session, a prominent Utah Presbyterian recently deceased, or the moderator leading the session. The 1905 frontispiece is of the Class of 1905, College of Idaho (4 men and 7 women). The 1912 is the dining hall building at Wasatch Academy; 1913 is of Rev. R.G. McNiece; The 1915 minutes from Brigham City include a photograph of the "New manse" and also of Rev. Samuel E. Wishard; the 1917 is of the New Jersey Academy "a home for girls away from home", Logan Utah. The images from 1922-1929 include: Westminster College student body 1922-23 and 1923-24; Sage Memorial Building, Wasatch Academy; Converse Hall and Ferry Hall, Westminster College; Rev. Josiah McClain; Westminster College Converse Hall and student body 1925; Miss Frances R. Burke, missionary in Toquerville; and the new gymnasium, Westminster College. Images from 1930-1935 include: William M. Paden; Westminster College president Herbert Ware; Elder Thomas Weir; Westminster College Professor W.O. Webber and Dean P.L. Stevenson, and student body 1930, 1931-32, 1932-33, 1933-34, 1934-35, 1935-36. From 1936-1944 there were no images in the session minutes. Images from 1945-1950 include: Ruling Elder Summerfield T. Ricketts (1876-1945), Rev. Erwin E. Bollinger, Ruling Elder John Stark, Rev. W. Malcolm Swaltney, Elder Ralph S. Gunn, and Rev. Wm. Crosby Ross, all moderators of sessions.
Collection Use +/-
Restrictions on Access:
Open to public research.
Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Twenty-four hours advance notice is encouraged.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material must be obtained from the director of the Giovale Library.
Presbyterian Church Utah Synod annual meeting minutes, 1905-1950, MSS-004, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Administrative Information +/-
This series was processed by Josh Ivie in November 2004 and originally accessioned as ACC-029; it was later reassigned as MSS-004.
Collection materials are in English.
0.5 linear feet
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Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid written November 2004 by Josh Ivie and expanded December 2015 by Sarah Shaw.
EAD Creation Date:
2015 December 8 by Sarah Shaw
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The Giovale Library has many additional photographs and texts on the history of Presbyterianism in Utah and the Intermountain West available to researchers. Of particular interest is the Frederick G. Burton Collection [electronic resource] : Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) history (Utah). Burton's collection is comprised of 32 pdf files, including copies he made from the "Minutes of the Synod of Utah ..." for various years from 1883-1911, held by the Presbyterian Historical Society, and example being the 1883-1889 minutes which predate the holdings in this MSS-004 collection and record minutes of the 1883 formation of the Synod of Utah.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Presbytery of Ogden--History--Sources
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