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First AME Church of Pasadena Ledger Books


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First African Methodist Episcopal Church (Pasadena, Calif.)

Founded in 1887, the First African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest Black congregation of this denomination in Pasadena, California, and is still active today.

Consists of two ledger books kept by the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Pasadena, California, documenting the church's quarterly conferences and official board meetings. The ledgers document the years of the Great Depression under the leadership of Pastor A. R. Dobbins, who was the minister of the church from 1931-1937.

The first ledger provides a record of quarterly conferences of the First AME Church from 1931-1938 consisting of special reports (e.g. from the Stewards Board, Young Women's Missionary Society, etc.), statistical and financial reports, conference rolls, and a record of events.

The second ledger provides a record of the Minutes of the Official Board Meetings of the First AME Church, with Pastor A. R. Dobbins presiding, dating from 1930-1937.

Purchased from Between the Covers Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2023-099).

This collection was processed by Amy C. Vo in March 2023. Finding aid written by Amy C. Vo in March 2023, incorporating description provided by the dealer.

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Amy C. Vo
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Collection Inventory

First AME Church of Pasadena, California Ledger Books, 1930-1938. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

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