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First Baptist Church (Burlington, Vt.) Records

Identifier: mss-078

Scope and Content Note

The First Baptist Church Papers consist of twelve bound volumes of church records. There are ten volumes of records of the church clerk, covering the years 1830-1870. In addition, there is one volume of Advisory Board Records for 1886-1936, and one volume of First Baptist Society Records for 1848-1865. Carton three contains a 1979 addition to the collection.


  • 1830-1978



Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The First Baptist Church of Burlington, Vermont was organized on September 26, 1834, with an original congregation of five men and six women. Prior to 1834, the Baptists of Burlington had met as a branch of the Williston Baptist Church. During its first few years of independent existence, the Burlington church had no regular pastor, and was in danger of being disbanded until the late 1850's. Support picked up during the Civil War, however, and a large new church building on St. Paul Street was dedicated in 1864. Since then, the First Baptist Church has grown steadily in both size of congregation and scope of church activities. In 1970, the Church membership was about 600.


2.4 Linear Feet

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Church Clerk records (1830-70), Advisory Board records (1886-1936), and Society records (1848-65).


Library Research Annex; contact for access.

Guide to the First Baptist Church of Burlington, Vermont Records
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Vermont Libraries, Special Collections Repository

Silver Special Collections Library
48 University Place, Room B201
Burlington Vermont 05405 U.S.A. US
(802) 656-2138
(802) 656-4038 (Fax)