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Christ's Episcopal Church Materials, 1960-2000

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

© 2017

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Sarah Stevens 2017-08-09
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
Compiler Josephine Marr, Christ's Episcopal Church
Title Christ's Episcopal Church Materials
Dates: 1960-2000
Size 12 file folders
Abstract: Christ's Episcopal Church Materials contains photocopies of historical narratives, organizational papers, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
Collection Number 2004.022
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Collection is arranged into the following series and subseries: 1. Historical narratives 2. Institutional files 3. Member files 4. Research files 5. Photographs

Scope and Content

The Christ's Episcopal Church Collection contains photocopies of historical narratives, institutional documents, newspaper clippings, and photographs. Historical narratives within the collection give an overview of the church's origins, institutional changes, official acts, record of service, and impact on the community. One such narrative was written in 1961 for the Survey of Diocese. The survey is a compilation of records detailing the official acts performed by the church and financial activity along with brief paragraphs on happenings in the church. Another historical narrative was written in celebration of the church's centennial presence in Castle Rock.

Institutional files comprise a portion of the collection including the plans to elevate the building and the church's entry in the reigster of historic buildings. A bulletin asking for donations for building growth and expansion from 1954 can also be found in the institutional files series.

Research files which consist of photocopies of newspaper clippings compiled by local historian, Josephine Marr, are included in the collection. The collection also contains files on individual church members that were integral to the foundation or functioning of the church, such as George and Mary Ellis.

Collection also contains sixteen photographs in print and negative form. Photographs depict various church events, primarily a performance by a visiting youth choir from El Paso, Texas and a father-son breakfast. Photograph were probably taken in the 1960s.

Biography / History

Christ's Episcopal Church formally organized in 1905. The church was initially called St. Peter's. For the first two years, the congregation met at J.H. General Merchandise store on 3rd and Wilcox Streets in downtown Castle Rock. Reverend George West served as the first vicar. In 1906, the church purchased property on Fourth and Lewis Streets for a building, and construction began the following year. Charles and Mary Ellis aided in funding the construction and provided many of the original furnishings. The church appears to have changed its name from St. Peter's to Christ's Episcopal Church around the time the building was completed. A sanctuary was added in 1911. Christ's Episcopal Church was accepted as a parish in 1957. During the time period of the materials compiled in this collection, Christ's Epsicopal Church was adding a new education wing and organizing youth programs under the direction of Reverend Charles Pitkin. The church maintained a working relationship with the Cantril School, located nearby at 312 Cantril Street, and the school provided space for Sunday School classes and other activities. Christ's Episcopal Church was the third church in Castle Rock, and still operates at the location on 4th and Lewis Streets.

Access Terms

615 4th St. (Castle Rock, Colo.)
Castle Rock (Colo.)
Choirs (Music)
Christ's Episcopal Church (Castle Rock, Colo.)
Church buildings
Church records and registers
Community life
Marr, Josephine Margaret Lowell, 1899-1993


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of the Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of the Douglas County History Research Center staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Christ's Episcopal Church Materials, 1960-2000 Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Materials dontated for duplication and return to the Douglas County History Research Center in 2004 and 2005.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Stevens


No further accruals are expected.

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