Scope and arrangement
The records of Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, D. C. were microfilmed by The Preservation of the Black Religious Heritage Project (PBRHP) of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, during the month of January 1993, Originals were retained by the church. Because of a recent fire in the church building and offices, church records had been gathered in boxes and stored in temporary storage spaces. The boxes were made available at the time of microfilming and were organized following the survey questionnaire format of the PBRHP.
The Shiloh Baptist Church (Washington, D.C.) records are arranged in three series:
Series is comprised of ledgers containing minutes of deacon board meetings, business meetings, quarterly and annual meetings, as well as church rosters and financial reports for 1934. The minutes chronicle the deacon board's role in assisting the pastor in the administration of the ordinance of the church, investigation of disciplinary cases, admonition of delinquent members and general supervision over the interests of the church. Adoption of a new constitution and amendment to the by-laws are also included. Business meetings are concerned with payment of debts and approval of financial reports. The pastor presides over all business meetings, deacon board meetings and joint meetings of the deacons and trustees. (Box 1) In addition there are a few legal documents, e. g., a 1939 deed of trust and gifts from members; annual reports, 1940-1971, which provide statistical information on church membership; and quarterly financial statements, 1954-1958. (Box 4).
Series consists of photographs; pictures and letters of Pastor Walker, 1863; historical documents, programs; church directories; newspaper clippings; and financial reports. Sample copies of early church publications such as The Shiloh Herald are included. A copy of the September 23, 1863 proceedings of the Council of Baptist Churches of Washington, D. C. to consider the recognition of the Shiloh Baptist Church formerly of Fredericksburg, VA also appears in this series. (Boxes 2, 5-9, 11, & 12).
Series is comprised of membership forms, applications, and statistical reports which include information on baptisms; accessions, i. e. members joining through transfers by letters or Christian experience; reinstatements and deaths, etc.