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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: Research Materials and Draft Writings, 1901-circa 1960

Series 2: General Correspondence, 1922-1967

Series 3: Southwest Annual Conference, 1941-1972

Southern Methodist University

Olin Webster Nail papers, 1901-1967

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Nail, Olin Webster
Title: Olin Webster Nail papers
Dates: 1901-1967
Dates (Bulk): 1920-1960
Abstract: This archival collection comprises two distinct sets of records: Olin W. Nail’s work as editor of History of Texas Methodism 1900-1960 and incoming business correspondence received by Nail between 1922 and 1967. Nail was a Texas Methodist minister and historian who served as secretary of the Southwest Texas Conference and as president of the West Texas Conference Historical Society.
Identification: BridArch 3.071
Quantity: 5 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository: Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Methodist minister and church historian Olin Webster Nail, Th.D. (1890–1971) was born near China Spring, Texas, to Daniel Marion and Martha Jane Cox Nail. He attended Southwestern University, Meridian College (A.A, 1915), and Southern Methodist University (B.A., 1923 and B.D., 1928). Nail continued his studies at the University of Chicago, Chicago Theological Seminary, and Iliff School of Theology (Th.D., 1937).

Rev. Nail received his first preaching license in 1909. After serving as a local deacon beginning in 1913 and a local elder from 1917 to 1924, Nail joined the West Texas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, on probation. In 1926 he became a conference member in full connection. His pastoral appointments were: Smiley-Westoff (1924-1925); Lavenia (1925-1926); Bracketville (1926-1927); Pearsall (1927-1928); Harlandale (1928-1931); Elgin (1931-1935); Lampasas (1936-1937); Sterling City (1937-1938); Carrizo Springs (1938-1941); Mathis (1941-1946); San Antonio (1949-1951); and Ganado (1951-1955). In retirement, Nail served as pastor of Haynie Chapel in Austin (1960-1964).

Throughout his ministry Nail developed his interests in record keeping and historical writing by serving as secretary of the Joint Board of Publication, secretary of the Southwest Texas Conference, and in other leadership roles. Nail’s publications include minutes of the West Texas, Southwest Texas, and Rio Grande conferences (editor); Texas Methodist Centennial Yearbook (editor-in-chief, 1934), The First Hundred Years of the Southwest Texas Conference of the Methodist Church, 1858-1958 (author, 1958), and History of Texas Methodism, 1900–1960 (editor, 1961).

Olin Webster Nail married Mary Alice Crowson on September 30, 1915. They had two children. Dr. Nail died in Garland, Texas on May 22, 1971, and was buried in China Spring.

Sources:

Nail, Olin Webster. History of Texas Methodism, 1900-1960. Austin, Texas: Capital Print. Co., 1961.

Who’s Who In the Methodist Church. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1966.

Handbook of Texas Online, "Nail, Olin Webster," accessed August 07, 2018, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fna04.

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Scope and Contents Note

Through research materials, notes, drafts of writings, and correspondence with contributing authors, the Olin Webster Nail papers document the creation of a standard historical work on twentieth-century Texas Methodism. The general correspondence in this collection covers a period of forty-five years and contains information about Nail’s pastoral ministry, denominational leadership positions, and historical writing projects.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection comprises two series:
Series 1: Research Materials and Draft Writings, 1901-circa 1960
Series 2: General Correspondence, 1922-1967

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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)
Nail, Olin Webster.
Subjects (Title)
History of Texas Methodism, 1900-1960.
Subjects (Topic)
Methodist Church -- Texas -- History.
Document Types
Correspondence.
Manuscripts for publication.

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Related Material

Olin W. Nail papers, Southwestern University Special Collections, A. Frank Smith, Jr. Library, https://www.southwestern.edu/live/profiles/24779-nail-olin-w-papers/library-and-it/special collections/collections/archives/finding-aids.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Olin Webster Nail papers, Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired.

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2018.

Encoded by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Research Materials and Draft Writings, 1901-circa 1960
34 folders

The first series comprises one box and two folders of research notes, newspaper clippings, and draft writings by Nail and others. All but the final four folders document Nail’s work compiling The History of Texas Methodism 1900-1960. The folder arrangement follows the order of the essays in the book. The series concludes with files associated with other projects and personal information about Nail.
Box Folder
1497A 01 Front matter for The History of Texas Methodism 1900-1960, circa 1960
02 Turn of Century, Spanish-American War, Galveston Storm, circa 1960
03 Texas Methodism within the New Mexico Conference, circa 1960
04 Ira B. Loud: Methodism and the Negroes, 1957-1961
05 Walter Vernon: Christian Teaching in Local Churches, 1959
06 Religious Education / Sunday School, 1901-1958
07 William Finch: Methodist Higher Education in Texas, 1959
08 Huston-Tillotson College, circa 1956-1959
09 Texas Methodist Schools from 1840 to 1958, 1958
10-11 Methodist Related Schools in Texas, 1940-circa 1960
12-15 Methodist Related Schools in Texas – clippings, 1905-1957
16 Alfredo and Clotilde Náñez: Methodism Among the Spanish Speaking People of Texas, circa 1960
17 Glenn Flinn: The Wesley Foundation Work in Texas, 1959
18 Bernard L. Hatch: Church Extension and Missions, 1959
19 Ann Barcus Minga: Women’s Work, 1958-1959
20 Pat Thompson: The Laity and Methodism, circa 1960
21 Horace M. King: Methodism at Work in Town and Country, circa 1960
22 Edmund Heinsohn: Texas Methodism and Social Concern, circa 1960
23 History of the Texas Christian Advocate, circa 1960
24 J. Daniel Barron: Trends in Theological Thought, 1904-1958
25 J. T. Carlyon: Changes and Trends in Theological Thought, 1959
26 Howard Grimes and John Deschner: Texas Methodism and the Ecumenical Movement, circa 1960
27 Decherd Turner, Jr.: Bridwell Library, circa 1960
28 Dawson C. Bryan: Methodist Evangelism in Texas, circa 1960
29 History of the Methodist Publishing House at Dallas, circa 1960
30 Book illustrations and footnotes, 1904-1957
31 Biographical data on Ivan Lee Holt, Robert Floyd Curl, James Daniel Scott, and Walter W. Lippe, 1936-1956
32 Article “Revenge Killed Old Helena,” Methodist Historical Society, circa 1960
Box Folder
1497B 01 Worship bulletins and other printed materials, 1934-1949
02 Olin W. Nail personal materials, 1929-1942

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Series 2: General Correspondence, 1922-1967
35 folders

The Louisiana Annual Conference (Central Jurisdiction) of the Methodist Church (1939-1967) was preceded by the Louisiana Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1869-1939) and the Mississippi Mission Conference (1865-1868) which included the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. This series comprises an annual conference program and five annual conference journals dating between 1956 and 1970. Digital copies of all Louisiana Conference (Central Jurisdiction) journals can be accessed on Internet Archive (www.archive.org).
Box Folder
1497A 03-12 Correspondence, 1922-1941
Box Folder
1498A 1-12 Correspondence, 1941-1957
Box Folder
1498B 01-07 Correspondence, 1958-1960
Box Folder
1499A 01-05 Correspondence, 1960-1967
06 Undated correspondence, circa 1925-1960

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Series 3: Southwest Annual Conference, 1941-1972
13 journals

The Southwest Annual Conference (Central Jurisdiction) of the Methodist Church comprised African American pastoral charges in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The conference formed in 1928 through the merger of Little Rock Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (founded in 1879) and the southwest portion of the Lincoln Conference (founded in 1902 as the Okaneb Conference) of the Methodist Episcopal Church. This series contains thirteen conference journals.
Box Folder
1575B Journals of the Southwest Annual Conference, Central Jurisdiction, Methodist Church, 1941, 1950, 1956-1957, 1964-1967
Journals of the Southwest Annual Conference, United Methodist Church, 1968-1972

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