JACOB ADRIANCE COLLECTION
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The Jacob Adriance Collection contains correspondence, diaries, scripts for sermons, a record book, certificates and personal papers from 1854-1940. The bulk of the collection comprises letters and diaries. Jacob Adriance kept diaries concerning his parish work, daily life, appointments to establish churches in Golden, Boulder and Central City as well as his later experiences as a circuit rider in Nebraska beginning in 1863. The correspondence is between family members who wrote about their daily lives, work and family. The correspondence and diaries provide description of life in Colorado and Nebraska between 1854 to 1913.
The Iliff School of Theology Archives also has a collection, the Jacob Adriance Papers (RG 1989-2), which consists of diaries, correspondence, and financial ledgers. In addition their archives owns a scrapbook created by Lottie H. Rogers (RG 1992-4) on her family. The scrapbook includes photographs, newspaper clippings, postcards, personal reminiscences, family genealogy and histories.
The bulk of the papers consists of letters and diaries. The letters between family members describe their daily lives, work in the parish, labor in the local mills and family life. A majority of the correspondence is between Jacob Adriance, Fannie Adriance and her siblings: E. H. Rogers, L. H. Rogers and Lucy Rogers, who lived in Nebraska. The Rogers's participated actively in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Fremont. In addition, papers include scripts of sermons, church programs and the records of the Auraria and Denver City Mission.
The collection is open for research.
Except for the original material, the Iliff School of Theology Archives, located in Denver, Colo., owns the diaries. Refer to their Archives for use of the duplicated items. Literary rights and copyrights have been assigned to the Denver Public Library in the use of original material.
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Jacob Adriance was born in 1835 in Aurelius, New York. At the age of 16, he followed the calling to preach. In 1857, at the age of 22, Adriance headed west to Nebraska, where he worked alone as a pastor to settlements of pioneer families. Adriance was the first pastor in many Methodist communities. He served as pastor in Fremont, Nebraska during 1858.
In 1859, he was transferred to the Colorado conference and preached the first sermon of any kind in Denver. Adriance helped found the first church in Denver, which later became the Trinity Methodist Church. He was its first pastor. Adriance was also instrumental in founding churches in Central City, Golden and Boulder. He went back to New York in 1860 to marry Fannie A. Rogers. They returned to Colorado so Adriance could continue his parish work. He continued serving as a pastor in both Colorado and Nebraska until 1878, when deafness caused him to retire from the ministry.
Adriance and his wife settled on a farm northwest of Fremont, Nebraska. In 1903, they moved into the town of Fremont. Fannie Adriance died in 1908. Jacob Adriance died at the home of his daughter on Dec. 18, 1922 at the age of 86.
2 box(es) (1 linear foot)
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Other Finding Aids
Unknown, except that it was purchased after 1934.
Number of Boxes: 2
REVISED AND ENCODED BY:
Merrie Jo Schroeder
- Adriance, Jacob, 1835-1922 -- Archives
- Diaries Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Methodist Church -- Clergy--Biography Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Methodist Church -- Colorado Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Methodist Church -- Nebraska Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Rogers, Eliphus H. -- Archives
- Rogers, Lucy J. -- Archives
- Sermons. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- JACOB ADRIANCE COLLECTION
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