Archives

Bridwell Library archival holdings document the history of the United Methodist Church and its predecessor bodies, Perkins School of Theology, and Bridwell Library. The Archives staff collect, preserve, arrange, and describe relevant materials; assist researchers; curate physical and digital exhibitions of items from the collections; and make public presentations to university classes and community groups.

The Methodist Studies Archive

The primary focus is 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

This archival collection 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.

External Archives

Bridwell Library houses the independently managed archives of several other organizations. Please contact them directly with inquiries.

Texas United Methodist Historical Society

This organization promotes the study of the history of United Methodism in Texas. TUMHS holds an annual meeting, produces a newsletter and Heritage Journal, and sponsors two annual writing competitions:

  • The Walter N. Vernon Texas United Methodist Historical Society Student Essay Awards: Entry guidelines

Contact archivist Jean Traster at jeanhtraster@gmail.com.

North Texas Annual Conference

Approximately 190 linear feet of materials documenting the history and ongoing work of the North Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (and predecessor bodies).

Contact archivist Frances Long.

Rio Grande Annual Conference

94 boxes (89 cubic feet) of materials documenting the history of the Rio Grande Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church (1948-2014) and predecessor bodies. These items are managed by the Rio Texas Annual Conference Commission on Archives and History. 

Contact archivist Bonnie Saenz at bsaenz@riotexas.org or 210-408-4500 Ext. 539.

South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church

107 boxes (107 linear feet) of materials documenting the history and ongoing work of the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church (and predecessor bodies).

Contact archivist  Frances Long.