Guide to the St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland Records, 1845-1973 AIS.1980.08

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland Records
Collection Number
AIS.1980.08
Date
1845-1973
Extent
1.0 microfilm reel
Abstract
St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The records include parish registers (infant and adult baptisms, communion register, confirmations, marriages, funerals, and historical events), minute books, cemetery account book, and miscellaneous documents for the years 1845-1973.

Preferred Citation note

St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland Records, 1845-1973, AIS.1980.08, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

St. John's Lutheran Church of the Highland is located in McCandless Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Though the early history of St. John's is not complete, it is known that land was set aside in 1795 by local land owners for religious services. In 1804, four acres of land were demarcated for a church building and burial ground. Some time later a log church was built. The church was granted a charter in 1829 under the name The German Church of St. John in Allegheny County. In the 1850s the church was served by Presbyterian ministers and was known as the Cumberland Church. In 1860, the Lutheran church was revived and a frame structure was built. Some time after 1860, St. John's merged with Trinity Church and a new church structure was built. The present church building was built in 1952. A parsonage house on the grounds built chiefly by congregation members and dedicated in 1950 and a church school was dedicated in 1960 to house Sunday School classes.

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Scope and Content Notes

The records include parish registers (infant and adult baptisms, communion register, confirmations, marriages, funerals, and historical events), minute books, cemetery account book, and miscellaneous documents for the years 1845-1973. Parish registers contain information concerning the lives of church members. Included within three volumes are infant baptisms (1860-1896 and 1908-1970), adult baptisms (1860-1888 and 1917-1969), communion register (1860-1900, 1908-1937, and 1954-1973), confirmations (1860-1898 and 1909-1970), marriages (1882-1896 and 1910-1970), funerals (1860-1893 and 1908-1970), and annual summaries (1949-1969). The minute books contain church Council and Congregation meeting minutes (1880-1903, 1904-1921, and 1939-1952). Additional miscellaneous documents contain historical information and church statistics.

The oldest records for St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland are deposited with the Archives of the Lutheran Synod at Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, May 1980

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Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

Restricted access. Written permission from St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland is required before viewing the records.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

Microfilmed by Archives of Industrial Society in 1980.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Katie Kirwan in May 1980.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Julie Aher in September 2003. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1384542.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original records are held by St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • St. John's English Evangelical Church (McCandless, Pa.).
  • St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland (McCandless, Pa.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • McCandless (Pa.) -- Church history
  • Pennsylvania -- Church history

Subject(s)

  • Baptismal records
  • Cemeteries -- Pennsylvania -- McCandless
  • Church records and registers -- Pennsylvania -- McCandless
  • Churches and Synagogues
  • Lutheran Church -- Pennsylvania -- McCandless

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Previous Citation

St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland Records, 1845-1973, AIS.1980.08, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland Records, 1845-1973, AIS Micro 80:8, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh Libraries, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

  Microfilm-cabinetDrawerReel
Parish registers, 1845-1973 291

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  Reel
Minute book, 1845-1973 1

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  Reel
Account book, 1845-1973 1

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  Reel
Miscellaneous records, 1845-1973 1

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