Ten Texas Bishops: The Elmer T. Clark Portraits

December 14, 2010 through May 8, 2011 in the Bridwell Library Entry Hall



Bridwell library’s collection of papers from the office of Perkins School of Theology Dean Paul B. Kern contains a set of fifty-eight eight-by-ten black-and-white photographic portraits. Each print is labeled with a name, biographical details, and a stamp mark declaring: COPYRIGHT 1924, BY ELMER T. CLARK NOT TO BE REPRODUCED.”

Who are the men in the photographs? They are all the bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (MECS), prior to 1924, including the pre-1844 bishops of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

From the complete set of fifty-eight photographs, this exhibition presents ten portraits of bishops who served the Methodist faith community in Texas. These are not standard studio portraits, but photographs of similarly composed paintings or drawings with cloud-like backgrounds. The photographs were produced by Elmer T. Clark who may have created the original artworks.

  • Click here to see images of the portraits. 
  • Click here to read about the Rev. Dr. Elmer T. Clark.
  • Click here to access a list of recommended readings.