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Series 1: Typescript notes, 1903.

Southern Methodist University

Epworth League Sixth International Convention notebook


Creator: Unknown
Title: Epworth League Sixth International Convention notebook
Dates: 1903
Abstract: This collection comprises a single bound volume containing seventy-four pages of typed notes from the Sixth International Convention of the Epworth League, a major pan-Methodist event held in Detroit, Michigan July 16-20, 1903. The unidentified recorder, possibly from New England, included transcriptions or summaries of addresses attended, narratives about speakers and convention-related events, and personal statements such as, “At this point I gave up taking notes, as I was tired and wanted to look at the speaker” (page 29).
Identification: BridArch 3.149
Quantity: 1 folder
Language: Material is in English
Repository: Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

The Epworth League was a Methodist ministry to and by youth and young adults developed “to promote intelligent and vital piety in the young members and friends of the Church, to aid them in the attainment of purity of heart and constant growth in grace, and to train them in works of mercy and help.” The organization had roots in The Oxford League, a ministry started by Chautauqua co-founder Rev. John H. Vincent in 1884. The Methodist Episcopal Church officially adopted the Oxford League in 1888-1889 and named it The Epworth League. The Methodist Episcopal Church, South joined the Epworth League in 1890, creating a pan-Methodist organization designed to serve the spiritual and social needs of “young people.” In the 1920s and 1930s, the Epworth League evolved into the Methodist Youth Fellowship and the Methodist Young Adult Fellowship.


Epworth League. Forward: Sixth International Convention; July 16-19, 1903. Detroit: Geo. Harland, 1903. http://books.google.com/books?id=BxriAAAAMAAJ.

Harmon, Nolan B. “The Epworth League.” The Encyclopedia of World Methodism. Nashville: United Methodist Pub. House, 1974.

Methodist Episcopal Church, and Edward G. Andrews. The Doctrines and Discipline of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1892: With an Appendix. New York: Hunt & Eaton, 1892.

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Scope and Contents Note

Through the pages of this volume, an unidentified correspondent provides insights into experiences as a participant in the July 1903 international Epworth League rally held in Detroit. Speakers whose words are either transcribed or summarized in the notes are:

• Seth Ward (“The Missionary Campaign”);

• S. Earl Taylor (“Outline of the Work of the Missionary Committee”);

• George Sutherland (“Organization”);

• Bessie Brooks (“The Missionary Library”);

• H. C. McDermott (“The Epworth League and Personal Testimony”);

• W. N. Ainsworth (“The Epworth League and Our Unsaved Associates”);

• George Stewart (“Moments of Waiting”);

• H. S. Dougall (“The Epworth League and the Indifferent Multitude”);

• James M. Ogden (“The Epworth League and the Boy Problem”);

• Hiram Hull (“The Field Near at Hand”);

• Francis D. Gamewell (“The Siege of Pekin”);

• Samuel Dickie (“The Church and the Liquor Traffic”);

• John G. Woolley (on responsibility and authority);

• Bishop Charles B. Galloway (on Colossians 1:18);

• Annie E. Smiley (Children’s Meeting address);

• J. W. St. John (Children’s Meeting address);

• Mary M. Dennis (Children’s Meeting address);

• J. H. Riddell (“Christ Our King”);

• W. F. McDowell (“His Conquering Kingdom”); and

• J. J. Tigert (“My Place in the Army”).

The notebook also includes introductions to speakers, notes on the Sunday morning Love Feast at Central Methodist Church, and personal asides.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection comprises one series:
Series 1: Typescript notes, 1903

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Head of Special Collections of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

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Sensitive Material Statement:

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms:
Subjects (Organizations)
Epworth League (U.S.) International Convention (6th : 1903 : Detroit)
Methodist Episcopal Church -- Congresses.
Epworth League (U.S.) -- Congresses.
Document Types

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Related Material

Collection on the North Texas Conference Epworth League, Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Epworth-By-the-Sea financial ledger, Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

F.D. Leete collection on William Xavier Ninde family, Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

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Preferred Citation

Epworth League Sixth International Convention notebook, Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information


Processing Information

Processed by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2017.

Encoded by Ada Negraru,2017.


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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Typescript notes, 1903.
1 folder

The lone series in this collection contains a single bound volume of notes taken at the Sixth International Epworth League Convention in 1903. A digitized copy of this item may be accessed by activating the hyperlink in the list that follows.
Box Folder
579B 01 Epworth League International Convention notes, 1903 July.

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