HELMBOLD, F. WILBUR, 1917-1989


Librarian, Baptist clergyman, writer. Born– May 13, 1917,  Fowlersville, Pa. Parents– Andrew K. and Emma L. (Heldebrand) Helmbold.  Married– Neola E. Wood, June 10, 1942. Children– Four. Education–Samford University, A.B., 1919; Duke University, M.A., 1954. Newspaper reporter for Wilkes-Barre Record (Pa.), 1934-1936; printer for Dallas Post (Pa.);  and owned a printing business, 1936-1942. Served in U.S. Army Air Force, WWII, 1942-1946. Ordained as Baptist minister, 1947; served churches in Selma (1947-49)and Springville, Ala. (1949-50), Durham, N.C. (1951-54);  supply pastor for various churches, 1954-82. Librarian at Barrington College (R.I.), 1954-1957; Samford University, 1957-1984; Curator of the Alabama Baptist Historical  Commission, 1957-84; editor of Alabama Baptist Historian, 1967-84.  Director of the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, 1965-1984.  Founding chair, Baptist Information Retrieval System, 1972-84.  Contributed to religious and historical journals.  Member Alabama, Baptist, and  other historical societies.  Awarded the title Curator Emeritus upon his retirement at Samford. Died July 21, 1989.


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Baptist Records for Genealogy and History.  Birmingham, Ala., Banner Press, 1985.

Brief Sketches of Some Alabama Baptist Associations Extant and Extinct. Birmingham, Ala.; Samford University, 1970.

Seventy-five years at Central Park Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama, 1910-1985.  Birmingham: Banner Press, 1985.

Tracing Your Ancestry; a Step-by-Step Guide …. Birmingham, Ala.; Oxmoor House, 1976.

Trailways National Route Map; …. San Jose, Calif.; H. M. Gousha Co., 1977.


Library Resources for Genealogical Research of Alabama. Birmingham, Ala.; F. W. Helmbold, 1980.


“Born of the Needs of the People”; the Extension Ministry of Samford University. Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1967.

Selma, the Gospel at Work; Progress Among the Selma Baptist Association …. Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1983.


The Christian Life Revealed in the Gospel of John. Birmingham, Ala.; Banner Press, 1981.


A collection of the papers of F. Wilbur Helmbold is held by the Special Collection Department at the Samford University Library in Birmingham.