Bridwell Library offers researchers archival holdings documenting the history of the United Methodist Church and predecessor bodies, Perkins School of Theology, and Bridwell Library. 


The Methodist Studies Archive

The Methodist Studies Archive focuses primarily on the history of North American Methodism and its world outreach and includes the papers of bishops, ministers, missionaries, educators, and musicians; the records of church-related institutions, organizations, and events; and materials documenting other facets of church life.


The Perkins School of Theology Archive

The Perkins School of Theology Archive comprises historical and administrative records, the professional papers of deans and faculty members, institutional and student publications, and records of student organizations. (Note: The administrative records of Perkins School of Theology are restricted from public access for a period of fifty years.)


The Bridwell Library Archive

The Bridwell Library Archive includes the professional papers of former directors and staff members, library publications, archival collections associated with the library’s rare books and manuscripts, and other historical and administrative records.


To search descriptions of all archival collections at Bridwell Library, open this linked Research Guide

External Archives

Bridwell Library also houses 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 learn about these resources and their archivists, open the External Archives List.

Bridwell Library partners with the Texas United Methodist Historical Society to promote the annual Walter N. Vernon Student Paper Prize contest and the Kate Warnick Awards competition for published local church histories. Follow this link to view a list of all past Kate Warnick Awards winners.


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.  

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