Methodist Materials

Personal Papers & Corporate Records

The Archives at Bridwell Library offer patrons direct access to extensive collections of unique, original, primary source materials documenting the history of Perkins School of Theology, Bridwell Library, and United Methodism in Texas and surrounding states.


  • The Perkins School of Theology Archive includes historical and administrative records, the professional papers of Deans and faculty members, publications, and records of student organizations.
  • The Bridwell Library Archive includes historical and administrative records, the professional papers of Directors and staff members, publications, and Special Collections-related materials.
  • The Methodist Studies Archive includes records of Methodist organizations and the papers of bishops, ministers, educators, and other church leaders.
  • External Archives include the independently managed archives of the North Texas Annual Conference, Rio Grande Annual Conference, South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church, and the Texas United Methodist Historical Society.

To read descriptions of all archival collections at Bridwell Library, open the Archival Collections List. Finding guides for processed collections may be accessed by visiting the Texas Archival Resources Online website.

The Archives staff serves the public by collecting, preserving, arranging, and describing relevant materials; assisting researchers; curating physical and digital exhibitions of items from the collections; and making public presentations to university classes and community groups. For assistance or to make an appointment, please contact Special Collections.

Learn more about archives and how to use their resources.