In addition to published annual reports, the Baptist Collection includes a group of early letters and documents relating to the Baptist Church in Michigan and the early years of the college. The guide to this part of the collection, A Calendar of the Baptist Collection of Kalamazoo College, was published in 1940 by the Michigan Historical Records Survey Project. It gives an annotated description of all the documents then included in the collection. Unfortunately, some of these documents are now lost, while others have been added.

The papers of two important nineteenth century Michigan Baptist leaders are an important intellectual part of the Baptist Collection. the collection includes sermons of E.J. Fish, a Baptist minister, and three-time president of the Michigan Baptist Convention, and for many years a trustee of Kalamazoo College. The Archives also holds the papers of T.Z.R. Jones, Baptist missionary in Michigan from 1835 to 1876 and financial agent for both the Michigan Baptist State Convention and Kalamazoo College. There are sermons, college and Convention correspondence, personal correspondence, ledgers and record books in this record group.

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  • Minutes of the Ninth Anniversary of the Kalamazoo River Baptist Association 

    Unknown author (1850-06)
    The Kalamazoo River Baptist Association's ninth annual meeting was held at Otsego, Michigan. The minutes include a a table of churches, clerks, and delegates, a digest of letters, a constitution, rules of order, and statistics.
  • Minutes of the Eighth Anniversary of the Kalamazoo River Baptist Association 

    Unknown author (1849-06)
    The Kalamazoo River Baptist Association's eighth annual meeting was held at Galesburg, Michigan. The minutes include a a table of churches, clerks, and delegates, a digest of letters, and a circular letter.
  • Minutes of the Second Anniversary of the Kalamazoo River Baptist Association 

    Unknown author (1843-06)
    The Kalamazoo River Baptist Association's second annual meeting was held at Allegan, Michigan. The minutes include a circular letter, a table of churches, clerks, and delegates, and the amounts raised in cash and goods.
  • Letter from N.P. Barlow to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Barlow, N.P. (1863-06-16)
    Nathan Pratt Barlow reports an eighth time to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation after a term at the College during his Senior year. His work as a ...
  • Letter from N.P. Barlow to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Barlow, N.P. (1862-03-11)
    Nathan Pratt Barlow reports a seventh time to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation after a term at the College during his Junior year. He has continued ...
  • Letter from N.P. Barlow to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Barlow, N.P. (1861-12-18)
    Nathan Pratt Barlow reports a sixth time to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation at the end of his Sophomore year at the College. He details the sources ...
  • Letter from Titus Rabevelt to the Baptist Convention of the State of Michigan, 

    Rabevelt, Titus (1861-10-11)
    Titus Rabevelt, the clerk of the Baptist Church of Christ in Monroe, MI, writes to the Michigan Baptist Convention about a recent meeting at the same church. The parish invited the current pastor, Rev. William R. Northrop, ...
  • Letter from C.R. Pattison to the Executive Committee of the Michigan Christian Herald 

    Pattison, C.R. (1861-09-25)
    C.R. Pattison writes to the Executive Committee of the Michigan Baptist Convention through the Executive Committee of the Michigan Christian Herald detailing his proposal to purchase the Christian Herald. Pattison can pay ...
  • Letter from George W. Harris to the Executive Committee of the Michigan Christian Herald 

    Harris, George W. (1861-09-20)
    George W. Harris, an employee of the Michigan Christian Herald, writes to the paper’s Executive Committee about his intention to remain in his present position if “an efficient responsible man” is granted the position of ...
  • Letter from N. Eastwood to T.Z.R. Jones 

    Eastwood, N. (1861-02-14)
    N. Eastwood writes to T.Z.R. Jones about paying interest, probably for a scholarship. Eastwood did pay the required interest last fall but is unable to pay the next installment, owing to him being with a “poor church” and ...
  • Letter from N.P. Barlow to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Barlow, N.P. (1859-11-02)
    Nathan Pratt Barlow reports to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation after his first term at the College. The Convention has not sent him any money, but ...
  • Letter from B.J. Boynton to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Boynton, B.J. (1860-11-08)
    Boardman J. Boynton reports to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation after his seventh term at the College. Not only has the Convention not sent him any ...
  • Letter from B.J. Boynton to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Boynton, B.J. (1860-06-01)
    Boardman J. Boynton reports to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation after his seventh term at the college. The Convention has resumed its generous funding ...
  • Letter from B.J. Boynton to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Boynton, B.J. (1860-04-04)
    Boardman J. Boynton reports to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation after his sixth term at the College. He received a smaller amount than usual from ...
  • Letter from B.J. Boynton to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Boynton, B.J. (1860-01-09)
    Boardman J. Boynton reports to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation after his fifth term at the College. He received nothing from the Convention, nothing ...
  • Letter from B.J. Boynton to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Boynton, B.J. (1859-11-01)
    Boardman J. Boynton reports to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation after his fourth term at the College. The Convention has not sent him any more money, ...
  • Letter from B.J. Boynton to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Boynton, B.J. (1859-05-06)
    Boardman J. Boynton reports to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation at the conclusion of his first year at the College, totaling thirty weeks over three ...
  • Letter from B.J. Boynton to Committee on Ministerial Education 

    Boynton, B.J. (1859-01-25)
    Boardman J. Boynton reports to the Committee on Ministerial Education of the Michigan Baptist State Convention on his financial situation after his first twenty weeks at the College. Despite receiving decent sums from the ...
  • Letter from Abram Wisner to T.Z.R. Jones 

    Wisner, Abram (1859-12)
    Abram Wisner writes to T.Z.R. Jones to inform him that he cannot pay interest on his scholarship since he has to pay for treating his “blind daughters eyes” in Philadelphia. He regrets purchasing the scholarship in the ...
  • Letter from C.H. Denison to J.A.B. Stone 

    Denison, C.H. (1859-03-12)
    C.H. Denison writes to J.A.B. Stone concerning an amount of money Stone owes to Denison. Denison requests that Stone use some of it to pay interest on Denison’s father’s scholarship, and the remainder of the money “as you ...

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