Title of Collection

Central Church of Christ (Nashville, TN) Records, 1925-1969

Document Type

Finding Aid

Publication Date


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Scope and Content Note

A collection of attendance records, property deeds, sermons, history, bank statements, yearly reports, and photographs from Central Church of Christ in Nashville, TN. Two large attendance/guest books were appended to the collection on 11/28/2011 by J. Brown. They span the decade of the 1940s. In addition, this collection contains boxes of various recorded sermons and lessons by various people.

Biographical Note

Central Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee was established in the 1920s as a church of Christ to serve and teach the downtown Nashville community. Early works of the church ranged from general benevolence efforts such as clothing and food drives, establishing the longest running Christian radio program in US history, providing free dental and other medical care to the poor, and even operating two supervised dormitory buildings for young men and women who had moved to the city in search of a better life. Today, the Central congregation continues to meet in the original building located in the heart of downtown Nashville. Central offers a radio program that still broadcasts Monday through Friday and twice on Sunday, correspondence courses are ongoing in many places, along with a full-time benevolence ministry and a deaf ministry.

Donor Note

Central Church of Christ in Nashville, TN; J. Brown


Arranged in three series: Papers, Attendance/Guest books, and Records

Content List

Series I: Papers Box 1: Miscellaneous papers from the Central Church of Christ in Nashville, TN Box 2: Financial and Bank Statements 1941-1965 Box 3: Photos and Bible Class Materials Box 4: Sunday Morning Sermon (transcripts of sermons preached by Charles E. Cobb), dating from May 1955-December 1955 ; A Record of Part of the History of Central Church of Christ Covering the Year 1925-193 by Lacy H. Elrod Series II: Attendance/Guest books Box 5-6: Four large attendance/guest books that span the decades of the 1940s. Series III: Records Box 7: Records 1-374 Box 8: Records 375-760 Box 9: Records 761-1160 Box 10: Records 1161-1473 Box 11: Records 1474-1730


Churches of Christ--Tennessee (Nashville)



Extent of Collection

11 Boxes

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #39

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Milliken Special Collections to make an appointment

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

Reid, Audrey Schaffner

Subjects--Personal Names

Brown, J.; Shepherd, J.W.; Ijams, E.H.; McMillan, E.W.; Sewell, E.G.; Calhoun, Hall Laurie


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