Guide to the Lafayette Street United Methodist Church Collection, 1916-2004


Published Church history, plus 20 cubic feet of unprocessed (as of May 8, 2015) records, photographs, and artifacts. Includes UMW materials.

Extent: ca. 20 cubic feet

Organizational Sketch:  Lafayette Street UMC was founded in 1900 at a pre-game meeting of a baseball team in Dothan. It began at the J. R. Taylor home, then met at Damon's Bar, then built its first sanctuary on South St. Andrews St. By 1909 the congregation moved into its building on East Lafayette St. at South St. Andrews St. in Dothan, AL. Lafayette Street UMC became Greystone Methodist Church and moved into its building at 4401 Fortner St. in March 2011. Dr. Mike Pearson became pastor in 2005. (See

Evangelist Bob Jones preached at the original church in 1900, but the most significant growth in membership occurred during the long ministry of Charles "Red" Hildreth, 1947-56. LSUMC created a history committee in the mid-1990s and has since established an archives room under its chair, Mrs. Lorene Gainous. UMC churches are required to send yearly reports from its various sections to the Conference, in this case the Alabama-West Florida Conference. LSUMC falls under the sub unit of the conference called the Dothan District. [Sources: Lafayette Street United Methodist Church: One Hundred Years, 1900-2000 (Dothan, The Church, 2000), and Alabama-West Florida Conference, United Methodist Church website,]

Scope / Content Documents many of the important aspects of the congregation. Accession 010-02-009 contains the church’s 100th anniversary history and a newspaper clipping. Accession 010-12-1012 contains artifacts, photographs and scrapbooks, membership directories, guest books and attendance rosters, church bulletins and newsletters, Board minutes, UMW materials including meeting minutes and newsletters, church office files, and received publications.

Processing Notes: Accession 010-12-1012 is unprocessed as of May 7, 2015. Box level inventory is a rough sort. Order imposed by WA staff.

Provenance: Material gathered by the church history committee over many years.

Preferred Citation: Lafayette Street United Methodist Church Collection, RG010. Wiregrass Archives, Troy University Dothan Campus, Dothan, AL.

Acquisition Method: Gift

Accession 010-02-009

010-02-009-001-001 Anniversary Book – Lafayette Street United Methodist Church – 100 Years, 1900-2000
010-02-009-001-002 Newspaper Clipping – “Lafayette Street UMC Celebrates 100 Years of Faithful Service,” The Progress, The Power, The Observer, June 28, 2001, 8a.
Accession 010-12-1012, unprocessed: Temporary Box Level Inventory (MAY 2015):
Box 1 Banners, plates, candlesticks, trophies
Box 2 Framed photos, with 5 oversized framed photos on top of box
Box 3 Framed photos & award letters, ledgers, guestbook, and planner
Box 4 Church office files 1980s-1990s, includes file “Deed to LSUMC 1916”
Box 5 Church office files – directories 1916-1925 incomplete, newsletters and publications, Reports to Quarterly Conference, Sunday School Policies, church correspondence, lapel pin/tie tacks
Box 6 Office files, mid-1980s (sample file titles… Financial, Sermons, Meeting Minutes, Membership Roll)
Box 7 Church bulletins (bound) 1950-1957, church bulletins (loose) 1944-2004 incomplete, church bulletin for Children’s Church 2003-2004
Box 8 Periodicals + Large Bible
Box 9 Books, Bibles, AL-West FL Annual Conf. books
Box 10 Church History, guest books, framed Photos, framed certificate, office files, & misc.
Box 11 Directories, slides, photo albums, “Etude” music magazines
Box 12 print block, hymnals, quarterly conference minutes, “Chronicle” newsletter, songbook
Box 13 Church bulletins (bound) 1959-1980 incomplete, Church newsletter “The Chronicle” (bound & unbound) 1970-1974, [Methodist] Manual for Boys & Girls, membership yearbooks
Box 14 framed photos, plaques, hymnals, catechism book, reed organ sheet music, songbook, misc.
Box 15 photo albums, Men’s Bible study, mission trip binder
Box 16 Misc.
Box 17-18 United Methodist Women (UMW): Newsletters, directories, agendas, meeting minutes and event photos, programs & brochures, photo albums/scrapbooks, mission studies, 2 oversized scrapbooks, UMW membership book
Box 19-20 “Firm, Loyal, Active, If Retired” (FLAIR) Photo albums/scrapbooks
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