The Salem United Methodist Church Archives is a repository for materials dating back to the church's founding in 1841. The collection includes newly translated German documents which give researchers insight into the economics of building a church in the 1840s. The documents trace the church’s significant growth, in spite of the temperate, out-spoken nature of this German congregation within the heavily beer-drinking German population of St. Louis in the mid-late 1800s. The church’s documents typify the St. Louis German population, phasing out the German language around 1900. Additionally, the Archives contains valuable genealogical information such as memberships, baptisms, marriages, and deaths. Researchers can follow the church’s growth from German Methodist Episcopal, to Methodist Episcopal, to Methodist, and finally United Methodist. The collection includes charge and church conference minutes, administrative notes, church directories, newsletters, and bulletins. Salem’s blueprint collection traces the vernacular growth of the church, dating from the late 19th century to the present. Salem’s noteworthy ephemera and photograph collections offer further insight into the history of the church.
1200 South Lindbergh Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63131
Contact Name: Elizabeth Terry
Categories: Religious, Genealogy