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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Professional papers, 1899-1951

Series 2: Personal and family papers, 1891-1966

Series 3: Photographs, circa 1880-1978

Southern Methodist University

Andrew Jackson Weeks papers, Circa 1880 - 1978

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Weeks, Andrew Jackson
Title: Andrew Jackson Weeks papers
Dates: Circa 1880 - 1978
Dates (Bulk): 1900-1940
Abstract: The Andrew Jackson (“A. J.”) Weeks papers document aspects of the ministry, writings, and family life of Rev. A. J. Weeks, D.D. (1869-1939), a Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS) leader who served numerous appointments as a minister and presiding elder in Texas and Oklahoma. Weeks became known regionally and beyond through his work as the superintendent of home missions for Texas and New Mexico (1911-1912), editor of the Texas Christian Advocate and the Southwestern Advocate (1919-1922 and 1932-1939), editor of missionary literature for the General Board of Publications of the MECS (1923-1926), secretary of the Sixth Ecumenical Methodist Conference (1931-1939), Chair of the Texas Methodist Centennial Commission (1934), and member of the MECS Judicial Council (1934-1939).
Identification: BridArch 3.081
Quantity: 4 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository: Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Andrew Jackson Weeks (May 31, 1869 – December 12, 1939) was born at Walnut Hill, Louisiana to Wiley Felix Weeks and Laura McNelly Weeks. The Weeks family moved to rural East Texas in 1870. A. J. Weeks married Mattie Payne in 1893. They had four children: Vivian Weeks Dudley, Agnes Weeks, Marvin Wightman Weeks, and Andrew Jackson (“Jack”) Weeks, Jr.

Rev. Weeks was licensed to preach at Homer, Texas in 1887. He joined the East Texas Conference in 1891 as a deacon and was ordained an elder in 1893. Altogether Weeks served thirty-five years as a preacher or presiding elder (District Superintendent) in six annual conferences of the MECS: East Texas, Texas, West Texas, Northwest Texas, Oklahoma, and North Texas. His appointments comprised Augusta Circuit (1891-1893), Center Station (1894-1897), Rusk Station (1898), Marshall First Church (1899), San Augustine District (1900-1902), Galveston Central Church (1903), Marlin (1904), San Antonio West End (1905-1906), San Antonio District (1907-1910), San Angelo First Church (1913-1914), Yoakum (1915), Clarendon (1916-1917), Stamford District (1917-1918), Ardmore District (1926), Oklahoma District (1927-1928), and Sherman District (1929-1931). Weeks also held the following positions within the church: Superintendent of Home Missions for Texas and New Mexico (1911-1912), editor of the Texas Christian Advocate (1919-1922), editor of Missionary Literature for the MECS General Board of Publications (1923-1926), editor of the Southwestern Advocate (1932-1939), secretary of the Sixth Ecumenical Methodist Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (1931), chair of the Texas Methodist Centennial Commission (1933-1934), and member of the MECS Judicial Council (1934-1939).

During the 1920s and 1930s Weeks traveled internationally on church business. He was a delegate to the 1921 Methodist Ecumenical Conference in London. In 1924-1925 Weeks visited Southern Methodist missions in Cuba, Belgium, Poland, and the Czech Republic and attended the Universal Conference on Life and Work in Stockholm, Sweden, as a delegate. He returned to London in 1938 to attend the John Wesley Bicentenary celebration. Andrew Jackson Weeks died at home in Richardson, Texas on December 12, 1939.

Weeks was largely self-educated. His sole college diploma was an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree granted by Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas in 1920. During his editorship of the Southwestern Advocate, Weeks wrote a regular column called “The Editor’s Easy Chair.” In 1951 Bishop Charles C. Selecman and Weeks family members published seventy-three of these editorials in a memorial volume, Conference Time and Other Essays from the Editor’s Easy Chair.

Sources:

  • Barron, J. Daniel. “Weeks, Andrew Jackson.” Encyclopedia of World Methodism. Nashville: United Methodist Publishing House, 1974.
  • Boaz, H. A. “Dr. Andrew Jackson Weeks.” Journal of the North Texas Annual Conference, 1941.
  • “Dr. Andrew J. Weeks, Minister-Editor, Dies.” Dallas Morning News, December 13, 1939.
  • Handbook of Texas Online,“Weeks, Andrew Jackson,” accessed November 27, 2017 http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/articles/fwe10.

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Scope and Contents Note

The A. J. Weeks papers comprise three linear feet of presiding elder’s notebooks, business correspondence, MECS ephemera, publications by and about Weeks, personal and family papers, and family photographs. These resources detail Rev. Weeks’s work as a district superintendent, editor, and international conference participant. The family papers and photographs include writings and images of Weeks, his wife Mattie Payne Weeks (1870-1950), their four children, and extended family.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection contains three series:
Series 1: Professional papers, 1899-1951
Series 2: Personal and family papers, 1891-1966
Series 3: Photographs, circa 1880-1978

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Restrictions

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:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Bridwell Library assumes no responsibility.

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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 (Persons)
Weeks, Andrew Jackson
Subjects (Organizations)
Methodist Episcopal Church, South -- Clergy.
Subjects
Methodists -- Texas.
Document Types
Correspondence.
Photographs.

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Related Material

Forest E. Dudley papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Collection on the Texas Methodist Centennial Celebration, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

A. J. Weeks papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of A. J. Weeks, Jr., 1983 July

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2017.

During processing a bound volume of Southwestern Advocate (1939) was removed from the A. J. Weeks papers and added to the Closed Stacks Methodist periodicals.

Encoded by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2018.

Additions

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Professional papers, 1899-1951
37 folders

The professional papers of Rev. A. J. Weeks include twelve volumes of annotated presiding elder’s notebooks, the enclosures found in those volumes, work-related correspondence and ephemera, and publications by Weeks.
Box Folder
1502A 01-10 Presiding Elder’s minutes books, East Texas Conference, 1899-1902
Presiding Elder’s minutes books, West Texas Conference, 1906-1909
Presiding Elder’s minutes books, Northwest Texas Conference, 1916-1918
Presiding Elder’s minutes books, Oklahoma Conference, 1926-1928
Presiding Elder’s minutes book, North Texas Conference, 1928-1929
Box Folder
1502B 01 Presiding Elder’s minutes books, North Texas Conference, 1929-1931
02-13 Enclosures from A. J. Weeks’s Presiding Elder’s minutes books, 1899-1931
14 San Augustine district conference, 1902 June
15 Constitution and By-Laws of the Epworth League of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1905
Constitution and By-Laws of the Board of Missions, West Texas Conference, M. E. Church, South, circa 1905-1915
16 Letter from John E. Martin to A. J. Weeks, 1907 August 26
17 Business cards, circa 1919-1932
18 Undated memo and notes, circa 1920-1929
19 Ecumenical Methodist Conference, London, 1921
20 Correspondence, 1924-1928
21 Universal Christian Conference on Life and Work, Stockholm, 1925
22 Texas Methodist Centennial Commission, 1934
23 Correspondence, 1937, 1939
24 Published writings, 1933-1939
25 Conference Time and others Essays from The Editor’s Easy Chair, 1951

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Series 2: Personal and family papers, 1891-1966
10 folders

The personal and family papers in this collection include an 1891 letter from Weeks to his future wife, Mattie Payne, a memoir of childhood, a souvenir of Methodist post-war relief work in France, custom printed Christmas cards, and A. J. Weeks’s obituary. This series also includes writings by Mattie Payne Weeks; music scores, copyright certificates, recital programs, and publicity about Agnes Weeks; an invitation to attend the wedding of Vivian Weeks; writings of A. J. Weeks, Jr.; and a stock certificate.
Box Folder
1502B 26 A. J. Weeks letter to Mattie Payne, 1891 July 22
27 A. J. Weeks reminiscence, “When I Was a Little Boy” circa 1900
28 Poppy from the battle fields gathered by the children of the Methodist Memorial Chateau-Thierry, France, circa 1920-1925 circa 1920-1925
29 Christmas cards, circa 1930-1939
30 A. J. Weeks obituary and tributes, 1939 December
31 Mattie Payne Weeks, circa 1920-1950
32 Agnes Weeks, 1896-1966
Box Folder
1503A 01 Vivian Weeks wedding invitation, 1923 February
02 A. J. Weeks, Jr., 1921-1942
Box Folder
2129C 02 Cotton States Petroleum Company stock certificate, 1918 April 30

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Series 3: Photographs, circa 1880-1978
19 folders

Most of the images in this series are family photographs of A. J. and Mattie Weeks, their parents, children, grandchildren, and other relatives. The remaining photographs are related to Rev. Weeks’s work as a church leader and advocate of Christian missions.
Box Folder
1503A 03 Emma Weeks, circa 1880
04 John and Emma Weeks, circa 1880
05 A. J. Weeks, circa 1890-1939
06 Mattie Payne Weeks, circa 1890-1950
07 Vivian, Agnes, Marvin, and A. J. Weeks, Jr., circa 1910-1940
08 Vivian Weeks Dudley, circa 1920-1940
09 Agnes Weeks, circa 1900-1970
10 Marvin Weeks and A. J. Weeks, Jr., circa 1900-1940
11 Rose Marie Weeks, circa 1910-1920
12 David, Andy, and Rebecca, circa 1940-1955
13 Forest Dudley and family, 1977 December
14 Wilfred T. Grenfell, 1928 February 6
15 Betty Ingham, circa 1910-1920
16 Mary Johnson, circa 1910-1930
17 Edwin D. Mouzon, circa 1920-1939
18 J. H. Ratcliff, circa 1880-1890
19 Williams and Tandy families, Corsicana, Texas, circa 1900-1978
20 Unidentified family photographs, circa 1910-1970
Box Folder
2129C 03 Judicial Council of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1934-1938
Polk Street Methodist Church, Amarillo, Texas, 1936
Unidentified group of men (Methodist Episcopal Church, South leaders?), circa 1920
Dr. A. J. Weeks, Editor Texas Christian Advocate posters, circa 1919-1939
Family photographs of A. J. and Mattie Weeks with Vivian, Agnes, and Marvin Weeks, circa 1900-1910
Confirmation photograph (grandson of A. J. and Mattie Weeks?), circa 1935-1939

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