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St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Sherwood, Oregon) Records.

Identifier: NWD.17

Scope and Contents

The records contain minutes of congregation meetings in both German (with English translation, where necessary) and in English through 1932; minutes and financial reports of various organizations; membership lists through 1918; correspondence (mostly in German with an English translation); and various other documents.


  • 1878 - 1982

Language of Materials

Collection materials are inEnglishand German.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research by appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Northwest District Archives is the owner of the materials in the St. Paul's, Sherwood, Collection and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Northwest District Archives before any reproduction use. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. The status of copyright is governed by the Copyright Law of the U. S. (Title 17, U.S.C.). In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Historical note

The church was organized on October 24, 1878, near Middleton, Washington County, Oregon, as the First German Evangelical Lutheran St. Paulus Congregation of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession. It was the first congregation received into the Oregon-Washington District. Rev. August Kenter came to Middleton in 1876 and began to hold services. The first church building was erected in 1881; a new brick building was constructed in 1930. A school was started in the fall of 1892, using the church building until a school building was built in 1905. The school closed in 1968 to make way for a multipurpose educational building. A detailed history of the congregation was prepared for the centennial observance.


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The records of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sherwood, Oregon, including early membership records, minutes of the congregation and organizations, and correspondence.


Materials are arranged in seven series:

  • Series 1. Congregation minutes.
  • Series 2. Records of organizations.
  • Series 3. Membership records through 1918.
  • Series 4. Finances.
  • Series 5. School records.
  • Series 6. Anniversary celebrations.
  • Series 7. General documents.
  • Title
    Guide to the St. Paul's Lutheran Church (Sherwood, OR) Records An Inventory at the Northwest District (LCMS) Archives
    Nolan R. Bremer
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    Language of description
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    Language of description note
    Finding Aid is written in English.

    Repository Details

    Part of the Northwest District (Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod) Archives Repository

    Northwest District Archives
    Concordia University
    2811 NE Holman St.
    Portland Oregon 97211-6099 USA