Texas Baptist

Historical Collection

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Join the 1839 Society

The 1839 Society exists to bolster the efforts of the Texas Baptist Historical Collection in collecting, preserving, and communicating the history of Baptists in Texas. Through membership, you can partner with us in this important and enduring work.

Membership Level
Mary Hill Davis
Subscription to our newsletter
George W. Truett
TBHC pen, highlighter, and portfolio notebook
Israel Campbell
TBHC mug
William and Anne Bagby
Free research request and assistance preserving a family document
Joshua Grijalva
TBHC paperweight made from the original stones of Independence Baptist Church
James Culp
Framed photograph of Independence Baptist Church by Stephen Stookey
Mina Everett
Guided tour of TBHC and lesson on preservation (up to 6 people)
T.B. Maston
Lunch and guided tour of Texas Baptist Historical Museum in Independence (up to 6 people)
Z.N. Morrell
Plaque displayed on the “Wall of Honor” (and second plaque given to you)–endowed member of the society (lifetime membership)

Note: Benefits are cumulative, meaning you will receive gifts from each of the levels below your giving level.

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Donate Materials

Donations of materials to the Collection are always appreciated. If you have historical information concerning Texas Baptists you wish to donate, please Contact Us. Helpful materials include, but are not limited to:

  • Church records (active or defunct)
  • Personal papers (biographical information, sermon notes, correspondence, etc.)
  • Institutional information (yearbooks, building campaigns, etc.)
  • Texas Baptist publications


Are you interested in history? Do you want to learn about archiving and preservation processes? Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.