Southern Methodist University

William M. Finnin papers

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Finnin, William M., 1946-
Title: William M. Finnin papers
Dates: 1958-2009
Abstract: William M. Finnin served as chaplain at Southern Methodist University from 1980 until 2008. These administrative records include meeting minutes, yearly reports, bound Sunday service worship bulletins, and a few photographs.
Accession No: SMU 2009.0416
Extent: 8 boxes (4.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Having served as campus minister at Louisiana State University for over eight years, Dr. William M. Finnin, Jr. began his tenure as chaplain at Southern Methodist University in 1980. He served until his retirement in December of 2008. During his time at the Chaplain’s office, Finnin established the SMU Wesley Foundation and helped develop the University’s Civil Rights Pilgrimage and the Journey of Remembrance, a human rights seminar on the Nazi death camps of Poland.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection reflects the work Chaplain Will Finnin did at a large multicultural university. Approximately half of the collection contains meeting minutes of different organizations: Covenant, Campus Ministry Council, Uncommittee, UCA-United Campus to Prevent Nuclear War, University Chapel Campus Ministries.

Of particular interest are the eleven bound volumes of Sunday service worship bulletins held at Perkins Chapel reflecting and documenting the Methodist background of Southern Methodist University. The Chaplain’s office did not limit itself to Methodist forms of spiritual enrichment; it also included Jewish, Buddhist, Latter-day Saint, Christian Legal Society, and Catholic works within its scope. The office also reached out to the community through the ICE (Inter-Community Experience) Service House, aided the environment with the Wildlife Committee, and worked with Nuclear Free issues in the 1980s. A few reports summarizing the Chaplain’s office are included (1980-1998), but the majority of the records within this collection reflect the Chaplain’s interaction with SMU campus life during the 1980s and 1990s.

This collection does not include any sermons or notes for sermons Dr. Finnin delivered during his tenure as chaplain.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1: Chaplain’s Office
Series 2: Campus Organizations
Series 3: Worship


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

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

Access 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.
Southern Methodist University -- Religion.
Southern Methodist University -- Chaplains.
College chaplains -- Texas -- Dallas.
Church work with students -- Texas -- Dallas.

Related Materials

Southern Methodist University chaplain records. (SMU 1992.0132)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William M. Finnin papers, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Transfer from the Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life, 2009.

Processing Information

The William Finnin papers consisted of hanging file folders, collection plates, bound journals, bound worship bulletins, and a couple of notebooks. The original files were in very good order but the hanging folders have been replaced with acid-free folders. There were three series created for the papers with all materials being kept together.

Processed by Marla D. Young, Spring 2009.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Chaplain’s Office
2 boxes (31 folders and 2 books)

The Chaplain’s Office contains records directly related to the administrative duties of the Chaplain’s office.
Box Folder
1 1 University Church Historical and Theological Info
2 Office of the Chaplain/Campus Ministries Staff Retreat, June 23, 1992
3 Annual Reports 1958-1979
4 Annual Reports 1980
5 Annual Reports 1981-82
6 Annual Reports 1982-83, 83-84, 84-85, 85-86
7 Annual Reports 1986-87
8 Annual Reports 1987-88
9 Annual Reports 1988-89
10 Annual Reports 1989-90
11 Annual Reports 1990-91, 91-92, 92-93
12 Annual Report and Goals 93-94
13 Annual Report and Goals 94-95
14 Financial Operations Staff Meetings (SAFO)
15 Progress Report for the Centennial Strategic Plan: 2006-2015
16 University Chapel/Church
17 United Methodist Scholar
18 Zumberge, James H.
19 Westerhoff Seminar October 1982
20 Loretta O’Reilly Hawkins Endowed Fund
21 University Chaplaincy Program Survey
Box Folder
2 1 Report of The Campus Study Committee
2 Chaplains’ Advisory Committee
3 Correspondence-Outgoing (Will) July 1981-Dec 1983
4 Correspondence-Outgoing (Will) 1987-88
5 Correspondence-Outgoing (Will) 1989-90
6 Correspondence-Outgoing (Will) 1999
7 Correspondence-Incoming (Will)
8 Correspondence-Tris
9 Personnel
10 2004 Internal Revenue taxes for Southern Methodist University
"The English Bible Before The King James." Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, SMU. Dated October 14th, 1964.
Bound Leather Journal titled "The Church Register"

Series 2: Campus Organizations
3 boxes and 1 book (50 folders and 1 book)

This series contains campus organizations that the Chaplain’s Office was involved with.
Box Folder
3 1 Campus Ministry Council Constitution
2 University Chapel Campus Ministries
3 Campus Ministry Council 1976-1982
4 United Methodist Campus Ministries Financial, 1981-May 1983
5 United Methodist Campus Ministry Financial Information 83-86
6 Campus Ministry Council 1982-83
7 Campus Ministry Council 1983-84
8 Campus Ministry Council 1984-85
9 Campus Ministry Council 1985-86
10 Campus Ministry Council 1986-87
11 Campus Ministry Council 1987-1988
12 Campus Ministry Council 1988-1989
13 Campus Ministry Council 1989-90
14 Campus Ministry Council 90-91
15 Campus Ministry Council 1991-92
Box Folder
4 1 Campus Ministry Council 1992-93
2 Campus Ministry Council 93-94
3 Campus Ministry Council 94-95
4 Campus Ministry Council 95-96
5 Campus Ministry Council 96-97
6 Campus Ministry Council 97-98
7 United Methodist Campus Ministry Steering Committee
8 United Methodist Campus Ministries
9 National Institute for Campus Ministries (NICM)
10 NICM Conference for Jews and Christians in Higher Education 2/82
11 National Association of College and University Chaplains (NACUC)
12 ICE Photos
13 Covenant Community Budget 1964-1990
14 Covenant Community Minutes 1979-80
Box Folder
5 1 Covenant Community Minutes 1983-84
2 Covenant Community Budget 90-91
3 Covenant Community Minutes 91-92
4 Minutes 1994 Covenant Community University Chapel
5 Chapel Calendar 1995 Covenant Community University Chapel
6 University Chapel Money Market 1994 Covenant Community (University Chapel)
7 Budget (92) Covenant Community University Chapel
8 Covenant Community By-laws, etc. University Chapel
9 Covenant Community 1991-92
11 Uncommittee
12 TUMCA Intercultural Conference March 4-5, 1993
13 Student Ministry Groups 2008-09
14 Closet Clean Up 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
15 Bishop Dale White Conference on Nuclearism Nov 1987
16 Perspective
17 Wildfire
18 Wild Life Committee
19 Tri-Racial Committee
20 Council on University Ceremonies
21 Netscape-Home Page
6 Red Leather Bound Journal of Presbyterian Pastor’s Association for SMU dating from April 27, 1955 to May 29, 1969.

Series 3: Worship
2.75 boxes

Contains material related to the worship services the Chaplain’s Office officiated.
Box Folder
6 1 University Bulletins (Children)
2 Advent Lessons and Carols from King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
3 University Worship pamphlets, Aug 27, 1995 to March 10, 1996
Blue binder with news clippings, liturgy, and worship services at Perkins Chapel
Bright blue binder with Southern Methodist University Dallas-Texas embossed in gold on the front. Worship services liturgy for Perkins dated Sept 23, 1984, preaching schedules for Perkins January 1982-December 1985
7 4 metal rimmed, red leather collection plates/bags.
8 Perkins Chapel Worship bulletins bound in blue books dating from September 1964-July 1985, March 1987 to May 1993. 11 books total