In the late 1970s the Historical Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention worked to microfilm certain African American Baptist resources. One such resource was the annuals of African American Baptist bodies.
The National Baptist Convention of America was formed in 1915 by National Baptists who supported Richard H. Boyd in his effort to keep the National Baptist Publishing Board of Nashville independent of outside control. The Convention has a large number of boards and auxiliaries with a Foreign Mission Board in Dallas. This Convention experienced a division in 1988 because of the National Baptist Publishing Board. This split resulted in the formation of the National Missionary Baptist Convention.
The annuals of the National Baptist Convention of America include a wealth of information on the work of the denomination. The annuals include the constitution, committee information, delegates, photographs of leaders, minutes of the proceedings, committee and entity reports, statistical and financial information, sermons, and certain legal documents. The annuals also include the proceedings of related organizations as the Women’s Convention, National Brotherhood Union, and the National Junior Women’s Convention.