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Felicity United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.) records

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Membership records

Administrative records

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Committee Records

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Felicity United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.) records, 1846-2006 | Centenary College of Louisiana | Archives and Special Collections

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Collection Overview

Title: Felicity United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.) records, 1846-2006Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: LACUMC/02/

Primary Creator: Felicity United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.)

Extent: 6.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Arranged in seven series:

1. Membership records, 1849-2006

2. Administrative records, 1846-2003

3. Financial records, circa 1869-2006

4. Committee records, 1849-1931

5. Historical records, 1888-2004

6. Legal records, 1849-2002

7. Guest Registers 1942-1994

Date Acquired: 00/00/1969. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Chalmette Methodist Episcopal Church South (Chalmette, La.), Felicity United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.), Methodist Church (U.S.)--Louisiana Conference (South Central Jurisdiction), Methodist Episcopal Church, South--Louisiana Conference., United Methodist Church (U.S.)--Louisiana Conference.

Forms of Material: Church bulletins., Church records and registers--Louisiana--Orleans Parish., Financial records., Photographs.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the activities of Felicity United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.) as well as some of its predecessor congregations.  It includes membership records, administrative records, financial records, committee records, historical records, legal records, and guest registers.

Membership records consist of church register books as well as member lists.  The church registers (1861-1954) include names of pastors, members, baptisms, and marriages.  The earliest membership record book (1849-1852) includes a church history, list of members, statistics, and obituaries for the following predecessor congregations: Lafayette Charge, Andrew Chapel Charge, and Elijah Steele Chapel Charge.

Administrative records consist of meeting minutes of the following groups: Members and Friends of the Elijah Steele Charge (1846-1850), Board of Trustees (1848-1918), Board of Stewards (1853-1898), and Official Board (1955-2003).  Also included are the congregation’s church conference records (1875-1884), quarterly conference records (1887-1942), and charge conference reports (1975, 1989).  Some early record books contain minutes of multiple administrative groups within the church.  The quarterly conference record book (1935-1937) also contains reports from Chalmette Methodist Episcopal Church South (Chalmette, La.).

Financial records primarily consist of assessment books (circa 1869-1910) and general fiscal records (1882-2006).  The assessment books document donations from members, collections for specific funds, and expenditures.

Committee records document the activities of groups within the church, such as: Epworth League (1908-1919), Sunday School (1893-1909), Temperance Society (1877), and the Woman’s Missionary Society (1917-1931).  The Building Committee (1849-1852) oversaw funds for the McGehee Church, Moreau Street Church, and the Elijah Steele/Lafayette/Andrew Chapel Charge.

Historical records include bulletins (1948-2002), church histories (1950-1996), photographs (1950-1992), and printed items (1888-2004).

Legal records include insurance policies (1998-2002) and property records (1849-1970).

Guest registers (1942-1994) document visitors to the church.

Biographical Note

Felicity United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.) traces its history to the merger of multiple predecessor congregations in 1848.  At that time, the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South united the following charges: Lafayette Charge (Saint Mary Street Church built circa 1830 at the corner of Saint Mary and Fulton Streets), Andrew Chapel Charge (Andrew Chapel founded 1835 at the corner of Dryades and Felicity Streets), and Elijah Steele Chapel Charge (also known as the “Flatboat Church” founded early 1840s on Magazine Street between Robin and Race Streets).

In 1849, this unified group built a chapel at the rear of their property located at the intersection of Felicity and Chestnut Streets.  After purchasing adjoining lots, the congregation built a new brick church building in 1850.  Early records appear to interchangeably identify the congregation using two names -- Elijah Steele Church as well as Felicity Church.

In 1887, a fire destroyed much of the church; it was rebuilt in 1888.  In 1906, members from the Dryades Street Methodist Episcopal Church (formerly the First German Mission) merged with Felicity.  Felicity was damaged by hurricanes in October 1915, September 1965, and August 2005.  In 2007, Felicity United Methodist Church was discontinued and abandoned.

Subject/Index Terms

Chalmette Methodist Episcopal Church South (Chalmette, La.)
Felicity United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.)
Methodist Church (U.S.)--Louisiana Conference (South Central Jurisdiction)
Methodist Episcopal Church, South--Louisiana Conference.
United Methodist Church (U.S.)--Louisiana Conference.

Administrative Information

Repository: Centenary College of Louisiana | Archives and Special Collections

Accruals: No further accruals expected.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Physical Access Note: There are no physical access limitations.

Technical Access Note: There are no technical access limitations.

Acquisition Source: Administrative Assistant to the Provost, Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church

Acquisition Method: This collection consists of four accessions.  The first transfer of material occurred circa 1969 by the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church Commission on Archives and History.  In 1978, a photocopy of Membership records, 1849-1852 (accession 78-77) was added from Tulane University Library Special Collections.  In 1982, the Quarterly Conference record book, 1935-1937 (accession 82-41) was transferred from Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.).  In 2013, accession 2013-022 was transferred by the Administrative Assistant to the Provost of the Louisiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Appraisal Information: All materials in this collection are appraised as retain permanently.

Related Materials: Note: Box 2, Folder 8 -- Members and Friends of the Elijah Steele Charge minute book, 1846-1850 is a photocopy.  For original manuscript volume, see -- Lafayette, Andrews, and Elijah Steel Charge records, Manuscripts Collection B-352, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University.

Related Publications: Mary Jane Peace's research paper "The Establishment of the Elijah Steele Chapel or the Felicity Street Church, 1846-1864" appears in the following collection -- Folder: Felicity Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.).  Methodist Church Louisiana Conference - Church Histories collection, Coll. 4.  Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections, Shreveport, Louisiana.

Preferred Citation: Felicity United Methodist Church (New Orleans, La.) records.  Centenary College of Louisiana Archives and Special Collections, Shreveport, Louisiana.


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[Series 1: Membership records, 1849-2006],
[Series 2: Administrative records, 1846-2003],
[Series 3: Financial Records, circa 1869-2006],
[Series 4: Committee Records, 1849-1931],
[Series 5: Historical Records, 1888-2004],
[Series 6: Legal records, 1849-2002],
[Series 7: Guest registers, 1942-1994],
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Series 5: Historical Records, 1888-2004Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Bulletins, 1948-2002, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Church Histories, 1950-1996Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 14: Church History notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Church Organ, 1975-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Clippings, 1941-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Coliseum Square Association, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1925-1970, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Our Book of Golden Memories, circa 1950-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Photographs, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Photographs, 1992, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Plaques, 1991-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Printed Items, 1888-2004, undatedAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Membership records, 1849-2006],
[Series 2: Administrative records, 1846-2003],
[Series 3: Financial Records, circa 1869-2006],
[Series 4: Committee Records, 1849-1931],
[Series 5: Historical Records, 1888-2004],
[Series 6: Legal records, 1849-2002],
[Series 7: Guest registers, 1942-1994],
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