Guide to the Summer Street Church Records, 1946-2006, bulk 1980–1988

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Originally named Nantucket Summer Street Baptist Church and later the First Baptist Church, Summer Street Church was first founded in 1839, with its first building being constructed the following year on the corner of Summer Street. This collection holds records, meeting minutes and correspondence of the church, mainly from the 1980s.

Collection Details

Collection Number:
Summer Street Church Records
Summer Street Church (Nantucket, Mass.)
Nantucket Historical Association
Material is in English.

Information for Users

Restrictions to Access: No restrictions. Open for research.

Restrictions to Use: No usage restrictions.

Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], in the First Baptist Church Records, Nantucket Historical Association.

Acquisitions Information:

Gift of Louise Ozias in 2006 (Acc. RL2006.45).

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Nantucket Historical Association assumes no responsibility.

Subject Headings

  • Topical Term
    • Baptist churches—Massachusetts—Nantucket.
    • Church records and registers—Massachusetts—Nantucket.
  • Corporate Name
    • First Baptist Church (Nantucket, Mass.)
    • Summer Street Church (Nantucket, Mass.)

Biographical Information

The church began with a meeting on 8 June 1839 with the purpose of forming a Christian church. The Joseph Chase property on the corner of Summer Street was bought, and the present building was erected in October, with a town-wide dedication service on 14 December 1840. The church’s first pastor was Daniel Round. It was incorporated under the Nantucket Baptist Society in June 1890. Originally named the Nantucket Summer Street Baptist Church, it is unknown when the name changed to First Baptist Church. This name would change again in the year 2000 to Summer Street Church.

By the 1980s, almost all aspects of the church were overseen by the Leadership Board, which contains subdivisions such as the Mission Team, the Worship and Education Team, and others.

Scope and Content

Collection includes overviews of the church history; pamphlets and reports from Leadership Board meetings; written and typed meeting minutes discussing regular church business; letters of correspondence relating to church membership and leadership roles; reports about budget and annual overviews; and three ledgers containing membership listings and meeting minutes.


Folder 1 Annual meeting minutes, 1984-1988

Folder 2 Annual reports, 1983-1986, 1988

Folder 3 Baptist Aid Society minutes, 1948-1965

Folder 4 Diaconate meeting minutes, 1984

Folder 5 Leadership Board meeting minutes, 1985

Folder 6 Leadership Board meeting minutes, 1986

Folder 7 Leadership board notes, undated

Folder 8 Letters of correspondence, 1982-1986

Folder 9 Membership ledger and church business meeting minutes, 1946-1987

Folder 10 Pastors of the First Baptist Church, 2006

Folder 11 Photo and will of Gardner, Sadie, 1986

Folder 12 Properties, 1985

Folder 13 Proposed budget forms, 1983-1986

Folder 14 Special business meeting minutes, 1983-1986

Folder 15 Summary of the history of the First Baptist Church, 2006

SV-592/1 Universal Church record, 1946-1972

Items Separated

  • Separated volume (SV-592/1)

Processing Information

Processed by Mimi Fowlkes, July 2022.

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