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Tabernacle Baptist Church records

Call Number: RH MS P794


The Tabernacle Baptist Church records document the activities of a Wichita, Kansas African American church founded in the 1880s.


  • 1975 - 1988


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No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of Tabernacle Baptist Church

In 1881, a group of settlers came together in Wichita, Kansas to form what, two years later, would become Tabernacle Baptist Church. Reverend John Van Leu, General Missionary for the State of Kansas for the National Baptist Convention, donated land in 1897 at 8th and Water on which the Church was built. Over the next fifty years the Church grew to include a parsonage and an educational building; by the mid-1950s, however, the congregation had outgrown the space and, in 1956, the Church moved to its current location at 17th and Valutsia. Since then Tabernacle Baptist Church has continued to grow, both with new buildings and programs and larger congregations.


3 folders ; 25 x 38 cm

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Scope and Contents

The Tabernacle Baptist Church records date from 1975 to 1988 and are arranged in a single series. They consist of programs and newsletters. Folder arrangement is alphabetical by topic.

Physical Location

RH MS P794

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Betty Garrett, 1988

Related Materials

Tabernacle Baptist Church. Wichita, Kan. : The Church, [1978?] at RH C8779, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection).

95th church anniversary. Wichita, Kan. : Tabernacle Baptist Church, [1978] at RH C8780, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection).

100th anniversary, 1881-1981: Tabernacle Baptist Church ... Wichita, Kansas ... souvenir booklet. [Wichita, Kan. : The Church, 1981] at RH D6380, Spencer Library (Kansas Collection).

Guide to the Tabernacle Baptist Church of Wichita, Kansas Collection
Tabernacle Baptist Church records
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Support for the processing of this Collection was provided by the Dana and Sue Anderson African American Collecting Program Endowment Fund.
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Preferred citation
Tabernacle Baptist Church records, Kansas Collection, RH MS P794, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States