Austin History Center

Reverend Bruno C. Schmidt Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Schmidt, Bruno C., Reverend
Title: Reverend Bruno C. Schmidt Papers
Dates: 1867-2002
Abstract: Austin-area Reverend Bruno C. Schmidt was a Methodist minister who was involved in various local historical societies. The collection highlights his interest in Methodism and its impact on local history.
Identification: AR.2005.039
Quantity: 1.35 linear feet (3 boxes)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Austin-area Reverend Bruno C. Schmidt's love of the past led him to volunteer for various local historical societies while fulfilling his daily duties as a Methodist minister. Rev. Schmidt served as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church of Austin from 1965 until his retirement in 1979. Since then he has held the position Pastor Emeritus. During his career as a minister, he performed double duty as chairman on the Southwest Texas Conference Historical Commission of the United Methodist Church, the Texas United Methodist Historical Society and Travis County Historical Commission.

During his tenure at the Southwest Texas Conference Historical Commission, of which he was chairman for four years, Rev. Schmidt played an integral role in the declaration of Rutersville College and Oak Island as Methodist historical landmarks. He offered advice on the process for other Methodist markers at La Villita in Bexar County and Fredericksburg College. Rev. Schmidt solicited and received correspondence pertaining to the founding of churches in Texas by Methodist circuit riders and served as a resource for others on this subject. Rev. Schmidt helped create the Texas United Methodist Historical Society and subsequently filled the role of editor for its yearly newsletter the Texas Methodist Historical News for 15 years. In 1984, Schmidt accepted an appointment to the Travis County Historical commission and served as chairman.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, minutes & proceedings, printed materials, financial documentation, photographic material, legal & legal-style documentation, and creative works compose the materials created and maintained by Reverend Bruno C. Schmidt. The bulk of the materials concern Schmidt's time spent as Chairman of the Southwest Texas Conference Commission on Archives and History. Well represented are materials regarding historic marker declarations for Rutersville (91 items) and Oak Island (52 items). Rev. Schmidt received brief early histories of Methodist churches in Texas (180 items). Materials are not as strong in the series for the First United Methodist Church, Texas United Methodist Historical Society, and the Travis County Historical Commission. Items of interest in the First United Methodist Church of Austin series include heated correspondence about the Hispanic Caucus of the United Methodist Church (4 items). Other items of interest are three items concerning the Pre-Conference Task Force on Homosexuality in the Southwest Texas Methodist Conference series (4 items). In addition, the Methodism series contains a February 15, 1851 edition of the "The Methodist Protestant" published by Methodist Protestant Church in Baltimore, MD. Limited amounts of obituary notices (5 items) and genealogical information (6 items) document area Methodists. In addition to early church histories, the papers contain bulletins for Texas churches of a contemporary and commemorative anniversary nature (35 items). The Personal series shows a small window into Schmidt's religious mindset in the creative works subseries with notes for a Bethel evangelism class and an archives clinic.


The collection is arranged into 8 series:
I. Southwest Texas Conference Commission on Archives & History
II. Southwest Texas Conference of the Methodist Church
III. United Methodist Church-National
IV. First United Methodist Church
V. Texas United Methodist Historical Society
VI. Travis County Historical Commission
VII. Methodism
VIII. Personal


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Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Schmidt, Bruno C., Reverend
First United Methodist Church (Austin, Tex.)
Southwest Texas Conference Historical Commission.
Texas United Methodist Historical Society.
Travis County Historical Commission (Tex.)
Rutersville College.
La Villita.
Fredericksburg College.
Oak Island Methodist Church.
Austin (Tex.)
Methodist Church--Texas--Austin.
Travis County (Tex.)--History.
Austin (Tex.)--History.
Document Types:
Financial documents
Newspaper clippings
Printed materials
Legal documents
Creative works
Meeting minutes

Related Material

Separated Material

General Collection

  • Beaman, Margarine G., ed. Our Ethnic History. Austin: Travis County Historical Commission, 1998.
  • Morrow, Rosemary, ed. Our Ethnic History Austin: Travis County Historical Commission, 2003.
  • Koenig, Robert J. Pause to Ponder: A History of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in Texas. Texas: Texas District, The Lutheran Church, 1980.
  • Owens, Mulkey. Methodist Church Historical Marker Texts in Texas. Austin: Travis County Historical Association, 1988.

Austin Files

  • Texas Land Office materials transferred to AF L1300 Land Office


  • Our Ethnic History. Austin: Travis County Historical Commission, 1997, 2001, 2002.(copies already in the collection)
  • Agnew, Theodore L. The South Central Jurisdiction 1939-1972: A Brief History and Interpretation. Oklahoma City: The United Methodist Church Commission on Archives and History, 1973.
  • Blinn Memorial College materials transferred to Blinn College Library, Brenham, TX.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Reverend Bruno C. Schmidt Records (AR.2005.039). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1977/107

Donation Date: 2005

Processing Information

Initial inventory created by Angelica Degado & Lauren Goodley/2006. Encoding and finding aid updates by Molly Hults/2009 October.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Southwest Texas Conference Commission on Archives & History, 1965-1980, undated

Markers, 1965-1976, undated
Rutersville-Fayette County, 1965-1976, undated
Box Folder
1 1 General, undated
2 Correspondence, 1965-1976
3 Printed material, 1971, undated
4 Legal and legal-style documents, 1969-1971, undated
5 Financial documents, 1971
6 Photographs, undated
Oak Island and La Villita - Bexar County, 1968-1971
Box Folder
1 7 Historical, undated
8 Correspondence, 1968-1971, undated
9 Printed material, 1969, 1971, undated
10 Legal and legal-style documents, 1969, undated
11 Fredericksburg, 1971-1976, undated
Administrative files, 1967-1980
Box Folder
1 12 Correspondence, 1967-1980
13 Minutes and agendas, 1968-1972
14 Financial documents, 1967-1972
15 Creative works, undated

II. Southwest Texas Conference of the Methodist Church, 1964-1972, undated

Box Folder
1 16 "Southwest Texas Methodist Conference News" newsletters, 1964-1967
17 Annual conference, 1971, 1972

III. United Methodist Church - National, 1969-2001

Box Folder
2 1-2 Commission on archives & history newsletters and directories, 1969-2001
3 South Central Jurisdiction newsletters and minutes, 1969-1971

IV. First United Methodist Church, 1923-2001, undated

Box Folder
2 4 Historical, 1923, undated
5 Correspondence, 1969-2001
6 General, 1983-1997, undated
7 Printed material, 1984-1985, undated
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/18/005-006 Oversized printed material, 1983-1984
Box Folder
2 8 Agenda and calendar, 1983, undated

V. Texas United Methodist Historical Society, 1979-2002, undated

Box Folder
2 9 Constitution, 1980
10 General, 1979-2002
11 Correspondence, 1982-2002
12 Minutes, agendas and proceedings, 1983-1984
13 Treasurer's reports, 1982-1983

VI. Travis County Historical Commission, 1982-2004, undated

Box Folder
2 14 Correspondence, 1982-2004
15 Minutes and agendas, 1984-2004
16 Printed material, 1989, 1996, undated

VII. Methodism, 1851-2002

In Texas, 1851-2002
Box Folder
3 1 Church histories, 1851-1975
2 General and historical, 1867-1999
3-4 Commemorative church bulletins, 1934-1936, 1972-2001
5 General printed materials, 1972-2002
National, 1882-2002, undated
Box Folder
3 6 Printed materials, 1970-2002
Location FlatFile
qAR 01/18/007 Oversized printed materials, 1851 February 15
Box Folder
3 7 Photographs, undated

VIII. Personal, 1969-2001, undated

Box Folder
3 8 Printed materials, 1969-1992
9-11 Creative works, 1971-1974, undated
12 Genealogies, 1984-2000, undated
13 Obituaries, 1970-2001