Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church Administrative records, 1851-1945  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church
Title
Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church Administrative records
Dates
1851-1945 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 linear feet, (1 box)
Collection Number
WUA035
Summary
The Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church Administrative records contain documents created by various members of the Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church that deal with subjects such as church membership, discipline of pastors, purchasing and selling church property, and election of church delegates.
Repository
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
97301
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
archives@willamette.edu
Access Restrictions

Materials are open to researchers.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

In 1833 the Methodist Foreign Mission Society drew up a plan to send missionaries to Oregon. Reverend Jason Lee was superintendent of the mission, accompanied by Reverend Daniel Lee and teacher Cyrus Shephard. The missionaries settled in the Willamette Valley, ten miles north of what is now Salem. In 1841 they moved to Salem and established a headquarters for the Methodist Episcopal Church. Jason Lee was one of the thirteen charter members of the church.

In 1849 the Oregon and California Mission Conference was organized to include missions in Oreogn, Idaho, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and part of Montana. Most of the churches within the conference were in the Willamette Valley. By 1852 the Oregon and California Mission Conference divided, creating The Oregon Conference. The two conferences remained independent until 1969 when they formed the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church (OMEC) papers include church membership, General Conference issues, charges brought against pastors and other church administrators, votes on women delegates, a plan for the Salem Circuit, and correspondence from two U.S. Presidential secretaries.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church Administrative records, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Arrangement

These papers are arranged into three series: I. Judicial records, II. Business records, and III. Presidential correspondence.

Items are arranged alphabetically by name or subject.

Location of Collection

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Related Materials

The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church holds historical information about the organization as well as organizational archives.


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Judicial records, 1886-1924Return to Top

The documents in this series detail various charges brought against pastors of the Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church. Hearings were conducted by the Judicial Counsel, the Supreme Court of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In some cases the transcript of the trial is included along with statements by witnesses in the case.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Baldwin, C. H.
Papers related to the court case.
1913
1 2
Cline, C. E.
Papers include correspondence, records of the trial court, records of the Judicial Conference, and a statement by Thomas Van Scoy.
1899-1900
1 3
Cline, C. E.
Papers include correspondence, records of the trial court, records of the Judicial Conference, and a statement by Thomas Van Scoy.
1899-1900
1 4
Cline, C. E.
Papers include correspondence, records of the trial court, records of the Judicial Conference, and a statement by Thomas Van Scoy.
1899-1900
1 5
Cline, C. E.
Papers include correspondence, records of the trial court, records of the Judicial Conference, and a statement by Thomas Van Scoy.
1899-1900
1 6
Cline, C. E.
Papers include correspondence, records of the trial court, records of the Judicial Conference, and a statement by Thomas Van Scoy.
1899-1900
1 7
Cline, C. E.
Papers include correspondence, records of the trial court, records of the Judicial Conference, and a statement by Thomas Van Scoy.
1899-1900
1 8
Cooke, Bishop R. J.
Charges in the court case along with handwritten notes.
1916
1 9
Cooke, Bishop R. J.
Charges in the court case along with handwritten notes.
1916
1 10
Cooke, Bishop R. J.
Charges in the court case along with handwritten notes.
1916
1 11
Cooper, Harvey O.
Case papers and trial documents.
1921
1 12
Cooper, Harvey O.
Case papers and trial documents.
1921
1 13
Joslyn, A. J.
1886
1 14
Joslyn, A. J.
1886
1 15
Pogue, C. W.
Charges, correspondence, and testimony.
1923-1924
1 16
Stark, J. B.
1905
1 17
Stark, J. B.
1905

Series II:  Business records, 1851-1945Return to Top

This series contains church business reports dealing with such matters as admission of women delegates, education, and information on the operation of the Oregon and California conferences.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 18
Admission of women delegates
Results of the vote.
circa 1890
1 19
Annual report of Treasurer
1944-1945
1 20
Astoria, Oregon
Information regarding Church needs.
1880 August 2
1 21
Book accounts
Correspondence
1879 August 14
1 22
Canby Campground
Contains a report
undated
1 23
Centenary
1883
1 24
Districts
Contains a report.
circa 1900
1 25
Education
Includes a committee report on the consolidation of Willamette University and Portland University with a statement by Thomas Van Scoy, information on the Bishop Hamilton Endowment Fund, and information about the Methodist Educational Convention.
1891-1898
1 26
Education
Includes a petition concerning Santiam Academy, a committee report about the Willamette University Endowment, and educational reports from 1851 and 1853.
1851-1891
1 27
Episcopal decision request
Signed by James Wilbur, among others.
1854 March 18
1 28
General Conference
Organization of committees.
1907 March 18
1 29
Haven, Bishop E. O.
Information about the endowment fund.
1884 August 18
1 30
Lay representation
Various reports and documents dealing with lay workers in the OMEC.
1859-1869
1 31
Local preachers
List of OMEC ministers in Oregon.
circa 1896
1 32
Marriage
Report on the legal meaning of the word "minister" and how it applies to the OMEC marriage ceremony.
undated
1 33
Methodist Congress
Northwest participation in the congress.
1904 August 22
1 34
Milwaukie Circuit
Sale of property owned by the Milwaukie Circuit.
1874 July 18
1 35
Missions
Correspondence
1861 June 21
1 36
Missionary bishops
Contains a resolution.
1856 May 31
1 37
Oregon Conference
Articles of incorporation and related papers.
1874 July 20
1 38
Oregon Conference
Reports on church activities.
1861-1863
1 39
Oregon and California Mission Conference
1851
1 40
Pacific Christian Advocate (See Thomas H. Pearce)
Contains an empty envelope.
undated
1 41
Report
Contains various financial reports.
1856-1859
1 42
Salem Circuit
Route of the circuit rider for the Salem district.
undated
1 43
State of the church
Reports on various areas of interest in the OMEC.
1923
1 44
Sunday school union
Contains the constitution for the union.
1923
1 45
Superannuates
Correspondence regarding a retirement scheme for ministerial personnel in the OMEC.
undated
1 46
Temperance
Contains a report.
1853
1 47
Trustees report
1908
1 48
University Park
Information regarding the selling of lots owned by OMEC.
1907

III:  Presidential Correspondence, 1861-1901Return to Top

This series consists of correspondence from the secretaries of President Lincoln and President T. R. Roosevelt to church officials.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 49
Cortelyou, George B.
Letters from President T. R. Roosevelt to Bishop W. F. Mallalieu, written by George Cortelyou, secretary to President Roosevelt.
1901 November 12
1 50
Hay, John
Letters from President Abraham Lincoln, in reply to the Oregon Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church's resolution of 1860, written by John Hay, secretary to President Lincoln.
1861 November 29

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Washington

Personal Names

  • Cortelyou, George B. (George Bruce), 1862-1940
  • Hay, John, 1838-1905
  • Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
  • Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
  • Van Scoy, Thomas, 1848-1901

Corporate Names

  • Santiam Academy (Lebanon, Or.)
  • Willamette University

Geographical Names

  • Salem (Or.)

Form or Genre Terms

  • church records