Scope and arrangement
The records of Ebenezer United Methodist Church were microfilmed by the The Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Project(PBRHP) of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture during the month of April 1992. Originals were retained by the church. The records were arranged for microfilming according to the existing church filing system. Pages of bound ledgers were microfilmed sequentially as they appeared.
Note: Some records are illegible, faded, stained and torn. Loose pages are not in alphabetical or chronological order. Bound volumes were not separated for microfilming.
The Ebenezer United Methodist Church (Washington, D.C.) records are arranged in four series:
The TRUSTEE RECORD BOOKS, 1866-1896,series consists of the registers containing records of membership, which includes probationers and members in full connection, 1866-1895, as well as vital records, marriages, 1873-1896, baptisms 1872-1895, and deaths, 1873. Trustee meeting minutes, 1874-1895, are also recorded which include action taken on disciplinary cases, readmissions and dismissals.
The FINANCIAL AND VITAL RECORDS, 1896-1950,series comprise registers of financial records, 1896-1950, which also contain vital records of membership, 1899-1931, some trustees minutes, 1896-1950, and miscellaneous correspondence.
The HISTORICAL AND VITAL REGISTER BOOKS, 1825-1980,series contains registers with pastors' reports and comments, 1865-1907, property purchase documents and certificate of incorporation, 1891-1929. Vital records, 1865-1980; some trustees minutes, 1943-1947; and financial reports, 1950-1951, are also attached.
The PUBLICATIONS, 1904-1959,series comprises church publications of annual financial statements, anniversary journals and programs. The church organ, The Ebenezer Messengerfor the years 1957-1959 is included.