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Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church (Greencastle, Putnam County, Ind.) records

Identifier: LOC-2009-0001

Collection Statement

The collection is arranged alphabetically. It includes document cases, a church history file, Methodist bound volumes, audio cassette tapes and a videotape, microfilm and blueprints.


  • 1899 - 2016
  • Majority of material found within 1924 - 2016


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright interests for this collection remain with Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church.

Historical Sketch

Gobin Memorial United Methodist Church has a number of antecedents. In 1822, William Cravens started a Society, meeting in Putnam County cabins. A log church was built in Greencastle in 1826, and after a small brick church was erected, it became a station in 1837. In 1847, Roberts Chapel was built and named for Indiana's first bishop, Robert R. Roberts.

Another Methodist group built Simpson Chapel in 1850, naming it after Matthew Simpson, first president of Indiana Asbury (now DePauw University) and later a bishop. In 1872, this congregation merged with Roberts Chapel. In 1876, yet another Methodist congregation built Locust Street Church.

College Avenue Church was built in 1879 when Roberts Chapel became too small, and then in the 1924 this church merged with the Locust Street Church. Now that the Methodists were united in Greencastle, they built the Greencastle Methodist Episcopal Church which was completed in 1929. The name was changed to Gobin Memorial in 1933 in memory of former DePauw professor and administrator Dr. Hillary A. Gobin.

Following the Conference of 1939, when the Methodist Episcopal, the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and the Methodist Protestant Church were united, Gobin became the Gobin Memorial Methodist Church. Over the years Gobin Memorial has been the center of community and campus religious life. Its influence has extended throughout Methodism.


15.59 Cubic Feet (37 document cases, 44 volumes)

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See also

Oversize Drawer #30, Items 2 - 12, Blueprints

Item 20, Large packet of Blueprints

Church History v.f.: Greencastle - Gobin Memorial UMC

Blueprint Boxes 65 & 66 - Gobin UMC

BX 8248.I6 F76 1989 - From Frontier Circuit to Urban Church: A History of Greencastle Methodism by Clifton Phillips, 1989

Harvey, Elmer L. - DePauw Alumni v.f. (Photographs of Official Board, Finance Committee and children’s choir, circa 1953.)

MC 619: Summer L. Walters, Datebooks 1975-86

MC 790, 28: Gobin Church - Layout of Stained Glass Window

Audiotape - Ethical Issues Today: Gambling - Sermon by Jerry Hyde, Nov. 6, 1988, at Gobin Memorial UMC

Gobin Memorial Committee - See Oxnam file 1932/33

New Church Campaign in Murlin file 1925-26 on plans for a new Greencastle Church

Videotape 863 - Robertson Meeting House, Opening of the time capsule, Oct. 22, 1998

Microfilm 130 - Gobin Church Records 1945-51, 1956-58

Microfilm 131 - Gobin Church Records 1922-25, 1926-33, 1933-36, 1942-47

Microfilm 132 - Gobin Church Records 1913-20, 1922-23, 1937-40

Microfilm 133 - Gobin Church Records 1879-98, 1914-24, 1930-40

Wesley Wilson
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism Repository

Roy O. West Library
405 S. Indiana St.
Greencastle Indiana 46135 United States