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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Business Correspondence, 1906-1919

Series 2: Curriculum, 1917-circa 1930

Southern Methodist University

Correspondence School of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South records

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Methodist Episcopal Church, South Correspondence School
Title: Correspondence School of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South records
Dates: 1906-circa 1930
Dates (Bulk): 1912-1918
Abstract: This collection comprises five boxes of business correspondence and curricula generated by the Correspondence School of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The Correspondence School was founded in 1902 as a denominational training program for ministers based at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. In 1918 the school was divided into two regional programs, one at Emory University in Atlanta and the other at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Identification:
Quantity: 5 boxes (2.25 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository: Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

The Correspondence School of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South was created to allow local pastors who did not live close to a Methodist seminary to complete the Conference Course of Study required to become an ordained minister. The idea of a correspondence school was put forth at the 1898 General Conference by the Arkansas Annual Conference, but it was not formally created until 1902. The Correspondence School was initially headquartered at Vanderbilt University and overseen by the Board of Education. Jesse L. Cuninggim became the first director of the School in 1902 and held this post until 1914. By April 1904 twenty-one of the thirty annual conferences were accepting Correspondence School certificates as proof of qualification for ordination. In 1910 the Board of Education voted that graduates of the Correspondence School no longer needed to take further ministerial exams.

In 1914 a dispute between Vanderbilt University and the Board of Education regarding the appointment of trustees caused the school to withdraw from the denomination. Accordingly the Correspondence School was moved to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in October 1914, where it was directed by Richard Heber Bennett. In 1918 the Correspondence School was divided into two sections. Students from conferences east of the Mississippi were enrolled in the Correspondence School at Emory University and students from the conferences west of the Mississippi were enrolled in the Correspondence School at Southern Methodist University. Jesse Cuninggim again directed the Correspondence School at SMU, while Charles C. Jarrell became director at Emory.

During the 1940s annual conferences began to expect pastoral candidates to have a Bachelor of Divinity degree. This trend led to a decline in enrollment in the correspondence schools. At SMU the Correspondence School was supplanted by the School for Approved Supply Pastors, a summer residential program for completing the Conference Course of Study, initiated in 1947. The Correspondence School was last mentioned in the 1955-1956 Perkins School of Theology course catalogue.

Sources:

  • Patterson, Louis Dale. The Ministerial Mind Of American Methodism: The Courses Of Study For The Ministry Of The Methodist Episcopal Church, The Methodist Episcopal Church, South And The Methodist Protestant Church: 1880-1920. Madison, New Jersey: Drew University, 1984.
  • Southern Methodist University Annual Catalogue with Registration for 1922-1923. Dallas: Southern Methodist University, 1923.
  • Southern Methodist University Bulletin, Perkins School of Theology Catalogue for 1956-1957. Dallas: Southern Methodist University, 1956.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Correspondence School of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South records contain applications, letters written to and by students, progress reports, course instruction sheets, and examination questions. These documents provide insight into an early twentieth-century theological distance education program.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection comprises two series:
Series 1: Business Correspondence, 1906-1919
Series 2: Curriculum, 1917-circa 1930

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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 (Organizations)
Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Correspondence School
Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Clergy -- Training of
Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Education.
Document Types
Curricula.
Correspondence.

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Related Material

  • Paul B. Kern papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
  • James Kilgore papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
  • SERVICE Newsletter at Bridwell Library Digital Collection, Bridwell Library Special Collections, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. (https://www.smu.edu/Libraries/digitalcollections/serv)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Correspondence School of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South records, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Transfer, SMU Archives, 1987 and 2011

Processing Information

Processed by Timothy S. G. Binkley and Emily E. Sears, 2017.

Encoded by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Business Correspondence, 1906-1919
167 folders

The records in this series comprise incoming and outgoing letters discussing enrollment, finances, and academic updates on 167 applicants and students in the Correspondence School of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The series is organized alphabetically by surname but limited to names beginning with A, B, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, W, and Y.
Box Folder
1873A 01 Patrick Job Allwell, 1917-1918
02 Benjamin Harris Andrews, 1915-1918
03 Robert L. Armor, 1913-1918
04 Fannie Baskett, 1919
05 Gilbert Irwin, 1914-1915
06 John Belton Isbell, 1914-1916
07 Jefferson Fletcher Isbell, 1911-1914
08 Keener Reagan Isbell, 1914
09 A. B. Jackson, 1911-1915
10 Lavincie Jackson, 1910-1916
11 E. A. Jacob (E. A. Jacobs?), 1913-1915
12 Almus Day Jameson, 1912-1914
13 Festus Earl Jenkins, 1916-1917
14 James William Jenkins, 1916-1917
15 William A. Jenkins, 1917
16 Franklin Lawrence Jewell, 1911-1916
17 Clint T. Johnson, 1916
18 Glover Cleveland Johnson, 1911-1915
19 James Henry Johnson, 1914-1916
20 Jesse Sykes Johnson, 1914-1916
21 John D. Johnson, 1913
22 Wade Wiley Johnson, 1912-1916
23 Mack Neil Johnston, 1910-1914
24 Earl Milton Jones, 1912-1913
25 Earnest Jones, 1914
26 Edward Andrew Jones, 1916
27 H. P. Jones, 1909-1913
28 Robert Benjamin Jones, 1913-1914
29 William Granville Jones, 1915-1917
30 William Ray Jordan, 1917
31 John Irvine Kelley, 1913-1916
32 Elmon Maud Kelsey, 1912-1914
33 Willmoore Kendall, 1912-1914
34 Charles M. Kennedy, 1911-1913
35 John R. Kenney, 1912-1917
36 Jesse Harvey Kern, 1913-1917
Box Folder
1873B 01 Joshua Dodd Kidd, 1912-1916
02 Walter Benjamin Kidd, 1915-1916
03 Ira C. Kiker, 1912-1916
04 Reginald J. Kiker, 1914-1916
05 Raymond Benefiel Kimbrell, 1915-1916
06 Bertie Elihu Kimbrow, 1908-1915
07 Harry King, 1913-1915
08 Lawrence Morrell Kirby, 1913-1916
09 M. Kohara, 1914
10 George F. Kornegay, 1913-1915
11 Sidney Everett Kornegay, 1916
12 Thomas Duncan Lipscomb, 1913-1918
13 John Bradley McCombs, 1913-1917
14 Franklin Jay McCoy, 1915-1918
15 John Calvin McElhenney, 1918
16 James Patrick McGee, 1918
17 William H. McGowan, 1916
18 John Noble McKay, 1916-1918
19 Gilbert B. McLane, 1917-1918
20 Spencer Jones McLean, 1918
21 Homer Clifton Minnis, 1916-1918
22 George Grover Mitchell, 1917-1918
23 John Thomas Mitchell, 1913-1917
24 Marion Marrow Monk, 1913-1918
25 John Carroll Montgomery, 1916-1918
26 Delbert William Moore, 1917
27 J. W. Moore, 1916-1918
28 Otis Asbury Morris, 1913-1918
29 Oscar Andrew Morton, 1915
30 William Bascom Morton, 1918
31 B. L. Nance, 1918
32 T. Edgar Neal, 1917
33 Lewis Webber Nichols, 1917-1918
34 Andrew J. Nixon, 1918
35 Fizer Montague Noe, 1918
Box Folder
1874A 01 Olin Otis Odom, 1915-1918
02 Jerry Lee Oliver, 1917-1918
03 Fred Colley Owen, 1917
04 Gaiser Y. Patison, 1917
05 Jesse Franklin Patton, 1910-1916
06 Etheridge Payne, 1911-1913
07 Norman T. Peak, 1916-1918
08 William M. Pearce, 1917
09 Robert Pedersen, 1913-1915
10 William Benton Perrit, 1914
11 Benton Coopwood Perry, 1915-1917
12 Charles Luis Phifer, 1914-1917
13 Albert Lee Platt, 1911-1913
14 Frank Platt, 1912-1915
15 Jesse Peterson Plummer, 1911-1916
16 Lewis Nelson Pollock, 1914-1915
17 Thomas Lucius Porter, 1913-1915
18 Elvardo Cyrus Potter, 1913-1914
19 S. E. Powell, 1911-1914
20 Emmett Resser Powers, 1917
21 James D. Prater, 1911-1915
22 Thomas William Preston, 1912-1913
23 Fred O. Waddill, 1912-1914
24 Luther J. Waggoner, 1914-1917
25 Alfred Broadus Waldrep, 1912-1915
26 George H. Walker, 1910-1913
27 Arthur Wall, 1914-1917
28 Willis Leland Wall, 1912-1916
29 E. C. Wallace, 1914
30 James Franklin Wallace, 1914-1918
31 Alva Rufus Ward, 1914-1917
Box Folder
1874B 01 William Dennis Magendy Ward, 1914-1916
02 J. C. Ware, 1912
03 Angus Ezekiel Watford, 1911-1915
04 James Thorp Watkins, 1916-1917
05 B. D. Watson, 1918
06 C. W. Watson, 1912-1915
07 Samuel G. Watson, 1912-1916
08 William James Watt, 1908-1913
09 John Lloyd Weatherby, 1911-1916
10 Wade Hampton Weatherby, 1911-1916
11 Ernest Cecil Webb, 1915-1916
12 J. N. S. Webb, 1914-1916
13 W. F. Weeks, 1910-1914
14 Stephen Alexander Weimer, 1914-1915
15 Merton Andrew West, 1908-1914
16 William P. West, 1911-1915
17 Hilary Smith Westbrook, 1910-1913
18 Joseph Hall Westmoreland, 1915-1917
19 Sa Young Whang, 1914-1915
20 Wilbur Basil Wheeler, 1912-1915
21 Edward E. White, 1913-1914
22 Harvey Lee White, 1915-1916
23 John Earl White, 1916-1917
24 R. M. White, 1913
25 W. W. White, 1916
26 Wesley Jackson Whitley, 1915-1917
27 William Henry Whitworth, 1913-1916
28 Marvin Wiemers, 1915-1916
29 William Jefferson Wilcoxon, 1916-1917
30 Boone Lockhart Wilford, 1914
31 Frank Wilkinson, 1916-1917
32 Thomas Wilkinson, 1910-1913
33 John Felix Willard, 1915-1917
34 James Turpin Willcoxon, 1910-1913
35 Alonzo L. Williams, 1916-1917
36 Baxter Lafayette Williams, 1914-1916
Box Folder
1874C 01 George Washington Williams, 1915
02 James Wesley Williams, 1909-1915
03 Milton Bertrand Williams, 1915
04 Thomas E. Williams, 1909-1914
05 Walter Jacob Williams, 1909-1915
06 William Arthur Williams, 1915-1916
07 Clyde C. Williamson, 1911-1915
08 Charles Short Wilson, 1913
09 Clinton Charles Wilson, 1914-1916
10 Frederick Marlin Wilson, 1911-1913
11 Guy Herold Wilson, 1914-1916
12 James T. Wilson, 1916-1917
13 Walter Woolfolk Wilson, 1906-1916
14 James Gordon Wimpy, 1911-1917
15 Ezekiel H. Wininger, 1916
16 Alvin T. Winn, 1914-1917
17 William Vance Womack, 1910-1917
18 P. D. Woo, 1914
19 Egbert Gunn Wood, 1916-1917
20 Cal C. Wright, 1911-1916
21 Onnie Carless Wright, 1912-1914
22 William Hamilton Wright, 1912-1914
23 Samuel Marvin Yancey, 1912-1915
24 George Gilmore Yeager, 1910-1913
25 Garnett McColton Yearwood, 1913-1917
26 Joseph Elbert Yeats, 1911-1916
27 Robert Johnson Yoak, 1912-1913
28 Samuel Harvey Young, 1912-1917
29 Arthur N. Youngblood, 1916-1917

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Series 2: Curriculum, 1917-circa 1930
5 folders

The printed and typed records in this series represent the coursework of the Correspondence School.
Box Folder
1874C 30 Church Efficiency 82, Spring 1917
31 First Year Course “Wesley and His Century” Lessons I-X, circa 1930
32 Second Year Course “Book of Discipline” Lessons I-VI, circa 1930
33-34 Second Year Course “Ministry to the Congregation” Lessons I-X, circa 1930

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