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RG1075.AM:  Wesley Foundation, Nebraska University



Records:  1924-1971

Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska

Size:  4.25 cu.ft.; 5 boxes



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 five 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.



INVENTORY



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-



 



Subject headings:



Methodist Church in Nebraska

Nebraska. University, Wesley Foundation

Religion on campus

United Methodist Church. Nebraska



 



Revised TMM         12-22-2006