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.

Archival Collections

  • 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 and the External Archives 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. 

Beginning March 11, 2019, Bridwell Library Special Collections and Archives access will be BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. NO WALK-INS PERMITTED. If you have a question for or request of our staff, you may contact them by phone or email, and they will work with you based on their availability at the time of the request. Bridwell Library seeks to provide exceptional support and service to our patrons and community, and we encourage everyone to continue to use our vast and important collections and resources. Your experience and access to Bridwell Library is our priority.

Bridwell Library Special Collections is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.