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Wesley Foundation, Nebraska University


RG1075.AM:  Wesley Foundation, Nebraska University

Records:  1924-1971
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.
Size:  4.25 cu.ft.

BACKGROUND NOTE

In an effort to care for the religious life of the University of Nebraska students, a cooperative plan was developed whereby different denominational groups could appoint a representative to work on campus. The ministry to the Methodist students began on the University campus in 1913 when the first student pastor, Reverend Evans A. Worthley, was appointed.

In May 1922, the area Methodist Bishop, Homer C. Stentz and the University pastor committee formally organized and incorporated the Wesley Foundation of Nebraska under the laws of Nebraska with a board of trustees. The objective of the Foundation was the promotion of a vital religious life and programs among the Methodist students and professors at the University.

In 1923, a plan contemplating a proposed series of buildings composing the Wesley Foundation was initiated; however, only the first unit, a parsonage, was completed in June 1924. This unit served not only as a residence for the director but also as a Methodist student focal point since funds were not available for a student center. In 1940 the parsonage became the social and religious center of the Methodist student body when an off-campus residence was acquired for the director.

With the program growing, with several new church groups created and an increasing student body, the Wesley Foundation needed more building facilities. Thus in 1958, the Nebraska Annual Conference authorized capital expansion funds for a new Student Center was dedicated at its new location of 640 N. 16th Street.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

This collection consists of fifteen boxes of manuscript material arranged in seven series: (1) Minister-Director Correspondence, 1961-1971; (2) Board of Trustee Files, 1958-1971; (3) Topical Files, 1959-1970; (4) Financial Records, 1924-1967; (5) Sermons and Speeches, 1963 and 1967; (6) Printed Matter, 1962-1969; and (7) Miscellany.

The collection relates to the activities of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and the bulk of the material consists of the Minister-Director correspondence, 1961-1971. Included in the Board of Trustee files are reports, budget proposals, minutes, and correspondence. These records indicate the policy-making responsibilities of the Board. The topical files contain data relating to various organizations, conferences, seminars, meetings, etc. Included among these files are preparatory data, programs, correspondence, reports, etc. There is a small amount of financial data which primarily reflects the early building activities of the Foundation.

DESCRIPTION

Series 1 - Minister-Director correspondence, 1961-1971

Box 1
Folder
  1. 1961, June-Aug.
  2. 1961, Sept.-Dec.
  3. 1962, Jan.-Feb.
  4. 1962, Mar- May
  5. 1962, Jul-Dec
  6. 1963, January
  7. 1963, February
  8. 1963, March
  9. 1963, April
  10. 1963, May
  11. 1963, June
  12. 1963, July
  13. 1963, August
  14. 1963, September
  15. 1963, October
  16. 1963, November
  17. 1963, December
  18. 1964, January
  19. 1964, February
  20. 1964, March
  21. 1964, April
  22. 1964, May
  23. 1964, June
  24. 1964, July
  25. 1964, August
  26. 1964, October
  27. 1964, November
  28. 1964, December
  29. 1965, January
  30. 1965, February
  31. 1965, March
  32. 1965, April
Box 2
Folder
  1. 1965, May
  2. 1965, June
  3. 1965, July
  4. 1965, September
  5. 1965, October
  6. 1965, November
  7. 1965, December
  8. 1966, January
  9. 1966, February
  10. 1966, March
  11. 1966, April
  12. 1966, May-Aug
  13. 1966, September
  14. 1966, October
  15. 1966, November
  16. 1966, December
  17. 1967, January
  18. 1967, February
  19. 1967, March
  20. 1967, April
  21. 1967, May
  22. 1967, June
  23. 1967, July
  24. 1967, August
  25. 1967, September
  26. 1967, October
  27. 1967, November
  28. 1967, December
  29. 1968, January
Box 3
Folder
  1. 1968, February
  2. 1968, March
  3. 1968, April
  4. 1968, May
  5. 1968, Jun-Aug
  6. 1968, September
  7. 1968, October
  8. 1968, November
  9. 1968, December
  10. 1969, January
  11. 1969, February
  12. 1969, March
  13. 1969, April
  14. 1969, May
  15. 1969, June
  16. 1969, July-August
  17. 1969, September
  18. 1969, October
  19. 1969, November
  20. 1969, December
  21. 1970, January
  22. 1970, February
  23. 1970, March
  24. 1970, April
  25. 1970, May
  26. 1970, June
  27. 1970, July
  28. 1970, August- September
  29. 1970, October
  30. 1970, November
  31. 1970, December
  32. 1971, January
  33. 1971, February
  34. 1971, March

Series 2 - Board of Trustee files, 1958-1971

  1. 1958-1961
  2. 1962
  3. 1963
  4. 1964
  5. 1965
  6. 1966
  7. 1967
  8. 1968
  9. 1969
  10. 1970
  11. 1971

Series 3 - Topical files, 1959-1970

Box 4
Folder
  1. Association of College & University Ministers of the Methodist Church Seminar November 29- December 2, 1965
  2. Association of College & University Ministers of the Methodist Church-minutes 1965-1967
  3. Association for the Coordination of University Religious Affairs, 1967-1970
  4. Association of Wesley Foundation, Nashville Tenn. November 24-30, 1962
  5. Bishop's Conference on Campus Ministry, January 31, 1967
  6. Campus Ministry Colloquy, May 26-29, 1966
  7. Church & Community Workshop Emory N., Atlanta Ga., 1961
  8. Commission on College & University Religious Life, 1966-1968
  9. Conference for Wesley Foundation, Foundation Board of Directors May 17-18, 1963
  10. Consultation on Campus Ministry, Lincoln, NE, October 23, 1963
  11. Consultation on Campus Ministry, Lincoln, NE, October 23-24, 1967
  12. Consultation Committee of Local Campus Staff, Williams Bay, Wisconsin June 12-14, 1963
  13. Dedication of the United Methodist Chapel and Student Center at the University of Nebraska, May 12, 1968
  14. 19th Ecumenical Student Conference on the Christian World Mission, Athens, Ohio, December 27, 1963- January 2, 1964
  15. Geneva District Ministers Prayer Retreat, Fairbury, NE, March 7-8, 1960
  16. Great Plains Regional Leadership Training Conference, Arlington, S.D. August 1962
  17. Great Plains Regional Leadership Training Conference, Arlington, S.D. August 24-31, 1963
  18. Great Plains Regional Study & Mission Conference, Arlington, S.D. August 29- September 5, 1969
  19. Great Plains Regional Study & Mission Conference, Arlington, S.D. August 27- September 3, 1966
  20. Kappa Phi Club, 1962-1967
  21. Job Description: Minister-Director Lay Associate, Choir Director
  22. Methodist Pastor's School, Lincoln, NE. October 12-15, 1959
  23. Mid-Day Lenten Services 1962-1964
  24. Minister's Seminar, Spring 1968
  25. 25th Ministers' Week, Southern Methodist Univ. Dallas, Texas, Feb 1-4, 1960
  26. 31st Ministers' Week, Southern Methodist Univ. Dallas, Texas, Feb 7-10, 1966
  27. National Campus Ministry Assoc. Athens Ga., June 20-24, 1966
  28. 8th National Convention of Methodist Youth, Purdue Univ. West Lafeyette, Indiana, July 27-31, 1964
  29. National Council of the Methodist Students Movement, Loyola Univ., Chicago, Illinois, June 11-18 1967
  30. Nebraska Conference, Pastor's School, Lincoln NE, September 24-27, 1962
  31. Nebraska Methodist Student Movement, 1962-1967
  32. Nebraska Methodist Youth Fellowship (Fall Conference), Oct. 25-27, 1967
  33. North American Faculty-Staff Conference, Montreal, Canada, June 24-July 4, 1963
  34. 8th Quadrennial Conference of the National Methodist Student Movements, Lincoln, NE, December 24, 1964- January 2, 1965
  35. Regional Conference of the Methodist Student Movement, Iowa City, Iowa August 26-31, 1967
  36. School of Christian Mission Nebraska Wesleyan Univ., Lincoln, NE, August 17-21, 1964
  37. Sigma Theta Epsilon, 1964

Series 4 - Financial records, 1924-1967

Box 5
Folder
  1. Wesley Foundation: Building Funds, 1924-1929
  2. Wesley Foundation: Mortgage and Interval Coupons, 1925-1929
  3. Wesley Foundation: Budgets, Etc., 1963-1969

Series 5 - Sermons and speeches, 1963, 1967

  1. Sermons and Speeches, 1963 and 1967 (some undated)

Series 6 - Printed matter, 1962-1969

  1. Miscellaneous bulletins, programs, manuals, directions, etc.
  2. Directions, 1962-1969

Series 7 - Miscellany

  1. Biographical data on Duane Hutchinson, 1929-

 

ADDED ENTRIES:

Methodist Church in Nebraska
Nebraska. University, Wesley Foundation
Religion on campus
United Methodist Church. Nebraska

 

12-22-2006   Revised TMM

 

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