Documenting
Primitive Baptists:
Finding Your Way to and
through the Sources
Laura M. Botts, Mercer University
ALABI/BHHS
S...
What’s in a name?
What’s in a name?
What’s out there?
What’s out there?
• Church and association records
• Periodicals
• Writings by and about Primitive Baptists
• Originals, m...
Why are these sources
hard to find?
Why are these sources
hard to find?
• There are no Primitive Baptist seminaries to
hold the records.
• Churches and associ...
As time goes by, materials
are lost.
There are other challenges.
• Small repositories that do acquire Primitive
Baptist materials may not have everything
catal...
• Even larger libraries and archives may not
know what all they hold.
• Mercer University has 22 records for
Primitive Bap...
Titles change. A lot.
Subject headings may
be incomplete.
Split happens.
• “In the twentieth century, schism occurred
within the Primitive Baptist movement, and
four subgroups emer...
Wait, what?
One example…
• The Primitive Baptist Pulaski Association (I)
was constituted in 1839.
One example…
• The Primitive Baptist Pulaski Association (I)
was constituted in 1839.
• A division in 1892 led to the crea...
One example…
• The Primitive Baptist Pulaski Association (I)
was constituted in 1839.
• A division in 1892 led to the crea...
One example, cont.
• The second group (II) was also called the
Pulaski No. 2 Primitive Baptist Association.
This group dis...
One example, cont.
• The second group (II) was also called the
Pulaski No. 2 Primitive Baptist Association.
This group dis...
One example, cont.
• The second group (II) was also called the
Pulaski No. 2 Primitive Baptist Association.
This group dis...
Where should I look?
Where should I look?
• WorldCat (www.worldcat.org): keyword
search for “Primitive Baptist” yields 2585
results with the ab...
Where should I look?
• Internet Archive (archive.org): hundreds of
digitized minutes, periodicals, pamphlets,
etc.
Digitized hymnal from
Internet Archive.
Where should I look?
• Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church
(http://www.mountzionpbc.org/): digitized
and retyped sermons, ...
Where should I look?
• Individual libraries and archives have
holdings that may not be listed elsewhere.
• Contact them di...
Selected Archives by State
Selected Archives by State
• Samford University Library, Birmingham, AL:
http://library.samford.edu/about/sc/aboutsc
.html...
• American Baptist Historical Society, Atlanta,
GA: http://abhsarchives.org/
• Mercer University Jack Tarver Library, Maco...
• Primitive Baptist Library, Carthage, IL:
http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/ch
urches/primbap/pbl.html
• Southern B...
• Duke University David M. Rubenstein Rare Book &
Manuscript Library, Durham, NC:
http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/
• Pr...
• James B. Duke Library, Furman University, Greenville, SC:
http://library.furman.edu/specialcollections/
• Special Collec...
• Texas Baptist Historical Collection, Dallas, TX:
http://texasbaptists.org/partners/texas-baptist-historical-
collection/...
Any questions?
Laura M. Botts, Mercer University
laura.botts@gmail.com
Images: Sir John Tenniel, 1820-1914
Documenting Primitive Baptists: Finding Your Way to and through the Sources
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Documenting Primitive Baptists: Finding Your Way to and through the Sources

  1. 1. Documenting Primitive Baptists: Finding Your Way to and through the Sources Laura M. Botts, Mercer University ALABI/BHHS Sioux Falls, SD, June 5, 2014
  2. 2. What’s in a name?
  3. 3. What’s in a name?
  4. 4. What’s out there?
  5. 5. What’s out there? • Church and association records • Periodicals • Writings by and about Primitive Baptists • Originals, microfilm, digital items
  6. 6. Why are these sources hard to find?
  7. 7. Why are these sources hard to find? • There are no Primitive Baptist seminaries to hold the records. • Churches and associations maintain their own records. Associations often do not have official headquarters.
  8. 8. As time goes by, materials are lost.
  9. 9. There are other challenges. • Small repositories that do acquire Primitive Baptist materials may not have everything cataloged in-house, much less have it online.
  10. 10. • Even larger libraries and archives may not know what all they hold. • Mercer University has 22 records for Primitive Baptist periodicals in the library catalog but about 81 titles on our shelves. • What happened?
  11. 11. Titles change. A lot.
  12. 12. Subject headings may be incomplete.
  13. 13. Split happens. • “In the twentieth century, schism occurred within the Primitive Baptist movement, and four subgroups emerged: • Single-Predestinarians • Double-Predestinarians • Modified Primitive Baptists • Primitive Baptist Universalists” The Story of Baptists in the United States, Pamela R. Durso and Keith E. Durso
  14. 14. Wait, what?
  15. 15. One example… • The Primitive Baptist Pulaski Association (I) was constituted in 1839.
  16. 16. One example… • The Primitive Baptist Pulaski Association (I) was constituted in 1839. • A division in 1892 led to the creation of another group (II) that also kept the original name AND claimed an 1839 origin.
  17. 17. One example… • The Primitive Baptist Pulaski Association (I) was constituted in 1839. • A division in 1892 led to the creation of another group (II) that also kept the original name AND claimed an 1839 origin. • Yet another split in 1927 led to a third group (III) that kept the name and date as well!
  18. 18. One example, cont. • The second group (II) was also called the Pulaski No. 2 Primitive Baptist Association. This group disbanded sometime after 1908.
  19. 19. One example, cont. • The second group (II) was also called the Pulaski No. 2 Primitive Baptist Association. This group disbanded sometime after 1908. • In 1937 the original group (I) changed its name to the Pulaski Association of Primitive Baptists.
  20. 20. One example, cont. • The second group (II) was also called the Pulaski No. 2 Primitive Baptist Association. This group disbanded sometime after 1908. • In 1937 the original group (I) changed its name to the Pulaski Association of Primitive Baptists. • The third group (III) disbanded between 1954 and 1987.
  21. 21. Where should I look?
  22. 22. Where should I look? • WorldCat (www.worldcat.org): keyword search for “Primitive Baptist” yields 2585 results with the ability to select books, serials, archival material (212), etc. “Primitive Baptists” has 2994 results, 156 of which are archival.
  23. 23. Where should I look? • Internet Archive (archive.org): hundreds of digitized minutes, periodicals, pamphlets, etc.
  24. 24. Digitized hymnal from Internet Archive.
  25. 25. Where should I look? • Mount Zion Primitive Baptist Church (http://www.mountzionpbc.org/): digitized and retyped sermons, books, articles, and more.
  26. 26. Where should I look? • Individual libraries and archives have holdings that may not be listed elsewhere. • Contact them directly for assistance. • Don’t forget state archives and local history collections at public libraries or historical societies.
  27. 27. Selected Archives by State
  28. 28. Selected Archives by State • Samford University Library, Birmingham, AL: http://library.samford.edu/about/sc/aboutsc .html • Florida Baptist Historical Society, Graceville, FL: http://floridabaptisthistory.org/
  29. 29. • American Baptist Historical Society, Atlanta, GA: http://abhsarchives.org/ • Mercer University Jack Tarver Library, Macon, GA: http://libraries.mercer.edu/tarver/archives • Progressive Primitive Baptist Library & Archives: 8 S. Zetterower Ave., Statesboro, GA; 912-489-5762
  30. 30. • Primitive Baptist Library, Carthage, IL: http://www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/ch urches/primbap/pbl.html • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary James P. Boyce Centennial Library, Louisville, KY: http://library.sbts.edu/
  31. 31. • Duke University David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Durham, NC: http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/ • Primitive Baptist Library: 4023 Highway 87 North, Elon, NC 27244; (336) 584-8390 • Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Library, Wake Forest, NC: http://www.sebts.edu/Library/default.aspx • Wake Forest University Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Winston-Salem, NC: https://zsr.wfu.edu/special/
  32. 32. • James B. Duke Library, Furman University, Greenville, SC: http://library.furman.edu/specialcollections/ • Special Collections, Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN: http://www.cn.edu/undergraduate/resources/library/librar y-resources/special-collections/baptist-archives • Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Nashville, TN: http://www.sbhla.org/coll.htm • Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, TN: http://www.tn.gov/tsla/Collections.htm
  33. 33. • Texas Baptist Historical Collection, Dallas, TX: http://texasbaptists.org/partners/texas-baptist-historical- collection/ • Special Collections, Carson-Newman University, Jefferson City, TN: http://www.cn.edu/undergraduate/resources/library/librar y-resources/special-collections/baptist-archives • Virginia Baptist Historical Society, Richmond, VA: http://www.baptistheritage.org/
  34. 34. Any questions? Laura M. Botts, Mercer University laura.botts@gmail.com Images: Sir John Tenniel, 1820-1914

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