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J.B. Cain Archives of Mississippi Methodism: Manuscripts

Manuscripts Alphabetical List


Series M is comprised of private papers of ministers or members of the Church, which can range in size from one item to large collections such as the Winans Papers (M 01), the Galloway Papers (M 14) or the Cain Papers (M 26). The manuscripts have been listed, indexed, partially processed and inventoried. Individual inventories are available when noted.


Box: Individual, Description


M 112: ALFORD (Joseph Martin) Papers, Missionary maps, American Bible Society posters, World Evangelization posters, UMC First General Conference poster, 5 folders

M 27: ANDING (R.E.), Papers, 1 Box 

M 67: ARMISTEAD (George), Lambuth family descendant (d. 1997) Papers, artifacts, and ephemera concerning Lambuth missionary family and Kwansei Gakuin in Kobe, Japan, 2 Boxes

M 100: ASHMORE, (Sam E. and Anne Lewis) (1960-1966), Papers-Correspondence, 2 Boxes programs, materials related to Mississippi Methodist Advocate, Born of Conviction Statement 1963.

M 35: AUGUSTUS (N.G.), Letter to, relating to death of Mrs. S.B. Bigham, 27 Sept. 1900, 1 Item

M 50: BACHMAN (George Washington), "Sketches and Incidents of Life, 1839-1913." Personal history of a North Mississippi Methodist preacher, handwritten in three volumes, photocopy

M 114: BENNETT ACADEMY (Wood Jr. College), 1928-29. Photographs from scrapbook of Eleanor Dillard Vance, high school student at Bennett Academy 1928-29, 1 folder

M 115: BENNETT ACADEMY (Wood Jr. College), 1922-1927. Papers, photographs, course catalog of Eva McKnight. Student at Bennett Academy 1922-1924. Wood College alumni material, 1962-63, 1975, 1994-96, 1 box

M 45: BIFFLE, (J.A.), Papers, Day Books, some membership and other records for Water Valley Circuit, 1 Box

M 63: BISHOP'S OFFICE PAPERS, (1948-1993), 4 Boxes

M 30: BLACKMAN (Learner), Journal, 1806-1809, 1812-1813 (manuscript), 1800-1813 (copy).

M 13: BLACKWELL (Walter L.), c. 1892, letters, photos, artifacts, 2 Boxes

M 17: BORDERS (Isaac D.), Correspondence, 1906-1914, 1 Box

M 18: BOYLES (Andrew J.), Diaries and Pastor books, 1921-1973, 2 Boxes

M 46: BRANCH (E. Ray), Born of Conviction: Racial Conflict and Change in Mississippi Methodism, 1945-1983, a dissertation submitted to the faculty of Mississippi State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of History, December, 1984, 1 Item

M 106: BROOKS, (Rick) Papers, Script and music of 1999 “Roots by the River” musical presented at Mississippi Annual Conference to celebrate 200th anniversary of Tobias Gibson’s arrival in MS. See also VHS video of musical CAIN BX 8495 .G5 R6 1999, 1 folder

M 72: BROWN (Rev. Thomas Walthall), 3 letters, 1851-52, Woodville Methodist Church, transcriptions, 3 items

M 03: BRUSH (Jacob), Diploma for office of Elder signed Francis Asbury, Dover, Delaware, Oct. 18, 1789, 1 Item

M 26: CAIN (J.B.), Papers, 32 Boxes

M 54: CARLEY (C.T.), Papers, 1968-1977, North Mississippi Conference on Christian Social Concerns, Commission on Religion and Race, Board of Laity, Methodists for Merger, Council on Ministry, Lay Leader - Starkville District, 1 Box

M 66: CARLEY (Lyman), Elders ordination certificate Miss. Conference, 1872, signed by Bishop H.H. Kavanaugh, 1 Folder

M 122: CARROLL (Rev. Joseph William) Papers: (1910-2005) Pastoral Record Book 1950-1968, research materials on Rev. R.A. Meek, 1 box

M 44: CHAMBERS (John Clanton), Sermons, Prayers, Letter, Collected Poems, 2 Folders

M 12: CHRISMAN (Clara), Bible, Hymn book, pictures, piano book, artifacts

M 105: CHRISTIAN ADVOCATE (pub. Nashville), Dec. 13, 1873 one issue Vol XXXIII No. 49, 1 Item

M 32: CLARK (C.C.), Papers, 1965-1975

M 117: CLARK (Kathryn) Papers, (1823-2005) Pearl River Church Historic Council, Lambuth family, Lambuth Day, Madison County history, Comm. on A&H and MS Methodist Historical Society, personal history, 8 boxes

M 65: CLAY (Rev. Henry C., Jr.), Miss. Conference minister, Coursework Notebook "Introduction to New Testament" 1954, Jackson District "District Officiary" 1970-71, 1972-73 - H.C Clay, Jr., District Sup., 2 Folders


M 121: CRISLER (Rev. Charles W.) Papers: 1945 correspondence, 1860 photoplate of Sunday School convention, identified in 1889 by Godfrey, 1 folder

M 97: DAVENPORT (Arthur L.) (1880-1960), Papers - Sermons, sermon notes, 2 Boxes Newspaper clippings and minister training certificates. (see inventory)

M 38: DAVIS (Dr. A.W.), Autobiographical sketch, Natchez (1807-1871), 1 Item

M 57: DECELL (Bishop J. Lloyd), Biographical information on life, 3 Boxes (1887-1946), books, papers, correspondence, sermons, while serving as pastor, District Superintendent, Bishop, Editor of New Orleans Christian Advocate, Commission on Unification of Methodist Church, 2 Boxes

M 71: DELMAS (Mrs. Frances), Conference Youth Director, 1954-56, Scrapbook, 1 Item

M 42: DORMAN (J.W.), Sermons, 1891-1918, 9 Items

M 09: DRAKE (Benjamin M.), Papers, 1812-1857, 4 Boxes

M 16: DRAKE (Nelly), Papers, 1907-1950, 2 Boxes

M 39: ESSAY ON BIBLE, unidentified, no date, 1 Item

M 113: FELDER’S/TOPISAW CAMPGROUND RECORDS, (1901-2012) Constitution Bylaws of John Felder Family Association and Topisaw Campmeeting prior to 1940, Minute Books 1901-1939, 1940-2012, Directory of Cabins 2009 (see inventory), 2 boxes

M 61: FRANKLIN (Bishop Marvin A.), Miss. and North Miss. Conference Papers (1948-1964), 7 Boxes

M 14: GALLOWAY (Charles B.), Papers, (1866-1965), 15 Boxes

M 108: GRAHAM (John Harry) Papers, (1909-2004) from pastoral ministry in Mississippi (1941-1950), as Gulfside Association Trustee (1950-1960), Upper Mississippi Conference and Central Jurisdiction leadership Positions (1952-2004), collection of materials and photos related to Bishop Robert N. Brooks (1944 -1952), sermons, autobiographical essays, photographs, seminary and academic notes, Upper Miss. and Mississippi Conference, MEC, journals and programs, 28 boxes

M 48: GRANT (Miss Melissa), Five scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, 5 Items programs and other information on the North Mississippi Conference

M 92: GRIFFIN (Thomas), 8 Folders Journal (copy): (1841-1850) Manuscript autobiography (lived 1787-1851), friend and contemporary of Rev. William Winans, came to Mississippi territory in 1812; typescript available CAIN BX8495.G75 D3 2004

M 43: HARDIN (Paul D.), Pastor's Books; Ritual; Epworth League Photo; Jackson Minister's Wives, Minutes, 1945-1946.

M 119: HARDIN (Rev. Paul Douglas, Sr.), Papers: 1891 and 1936 MS Conference Journals items

M 22: HARKEY (Swepson F.), "Sermons on the Mind of Christ Jesus…",1937, (Typescript); "History - Records, Mississippi Annual Conference, 1870-1939, Methodist Protestant Church", 1947, (2 Typescripts); Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church, 1 Box

M 51: HARMON (Nolen B.), Correspondence with J.B. Cain, 1967-1982 44 Items with Loyce Cain McKenzie, 1984, 1986, 2 Items

M 11: HARRIS (Henry J.), Autobiography, 1882

M 20: HAWKINS (H.G.), "Methodism in Natchez", 1937, Typescript, 1 Box

M 86: HAWKINS (Henry Gabriel), 4 Boxes Papers: (1887-1938) Pamphlets, journals, catalogues, Methodist publications; sermons, notes, clippings for preaching; business correspondence and records; Mississippi Methodist Historical Society correspondence and papers

M 33: HAWKINS FOUNDATION, Account books (1937-1952, 1954- 1979), W.B. Jones, Treasurer, 2 Items

M 77: HAYES (Mrs. Juliana), 1 Item Papers: (1813-1895), biography written by Mrs. F.A Butler in memory of first President of Woman's Foreign Missionary Society, MEC, S. Appointed President in 1878

M 95: HINTON (Virginia Guerry) and GUERRY (Rev. Newton Dunn and wife Marie Judd), 1 Box Garments: (c.1850-1920) 3 christening gowns, 1 baby dress, baby shoes: used by 4 generations of North Miss. minister's family

M 102: HORN, (Henry T.) Papers, Ordination Certificates, Deacon 1872, Elder 1879 North Mississippi Conference MEC, South, License to Exhort 1854, 1855, 1857, MEC South Charleston Circuit Memphis Conference Transcriptions

M 60: HUMPHREY (John D.), Member of Merger Committee, North Miss. Conference with Upper Miss. Conference; papers, correspondence, and articles related to merger; August 1971-November 1972, 3 Folders

M 94: JACKSON SUB-DISTRICT YOUTH ASSEMBLY SCRAPBOOK, 1 Box (1941-42), includes Capitol Street, Bessie Shands, Galloway, Millsaps Memorial, Glendale, Grace, and Ridgeland Methodist Churches. Also news clippings and print material from Millsaps College from the estate of Delores Craft, Class of 1943

M 68: JENKINS (William L.) Papers, Materials gathered from local churches for Mississippi United Methodists: Two Hundred Years of Heritage and Hope published for Miss. Methodist Bicentennial; church histories, clippings, photos A-Z binders, 2 boxes

M 93: JOHNSON (C.J.), 1 Box Papers: (2005) Choctaw County Methodist Churches Newspaper journalist's research papers, articles, photographs for Choctaw County Plain Dealer

M 59: JOHNSON (Katharine), Photograph album of missionary work at Hiroshima Girls School, Hiroshima, Japan, (1924-1941); obituary; Photos of Nannie Gaines, W.R. Lambuth, 1 Box

M 06: JOHNSTON (E.W.P.), Book of Sermons, 1847-1867

M 29: JONES (B.F.), Letters from J.G. Jones, 1836-1839, 3 Items

M 24: JONES (Geo. H.), Papers, 1931-1974 7 Boxes: 1. Correspondence, 1962-1974 2-4. Notes, manuscripts, research material, scrapbook (Newton) 5. Scrapbooks by H.G. Hawkins, 1931-1935 6. Clippings 7. Printed material & pictures

M 10: JONES (J.G.), Papers, 1830-1888, n.d. (see inventory), 3 Boxes

M 76: JONES (J. Melvin), 3 Folders Papers: (1934-1959) Advocates, missionary to China correspondence, scrapbook about Bishop Decell

M 28: JONES (John A.B.), Record of Sermons, 1852-1866, 1 Item

M 89: KAVANAUGH COLLEGE, 1 Folder (1889-1890) Transcription of Dulcie Leggett's autograph book, includes sentiments of Featherstun family members. Photocopies of original Featherstun autograph pages. Rev. H.W. Featherstun was president of Kavanaugh College. Newsclipping, 2003, provenance and disposition of autograph book

M 07: LAMBUTH (John R.), Note book, 1823

M 15: LAMBUTH-KELLY, Papers, Missionary family correspondence artifacts, photographs from China, Japan. Bishop W.R. Lambuth, Dr. J.W. Lambuth, Rev. D.C. Kelley, Daisy Kelley, 4 Boxes

M 04: LANGFORD (Lorenzo Dow), 1805-1892 Autobiography and notes, 1883-1889

M 103: LAWRENCE, (Roy) Papers, 1964 Book of Worship with sermon notes, prayers

M 101: LEE, (Clay Foster, Jr.) Papers, Galloway Memorial United Methodist 1 Box Church Bulletins (Jan. 2, 1977-Aug. 14, 1988) Elected Bishop in 1988.

M 31: LEFTWICH (E.P.), History of Gunnison Church (former Concordia), Bolivar Co. (Typescript), with pictures and listings from Church registers.

M 37: LEWIS (Archibald), letter from uncle Seth Lewis, May 27, 1920, 1 Item

M 58: LEWIS (Barney Washington), Manuscript Sermons (1889-1931), 2 Folders

M 123: LEWIS (Rev. Henry T.) Pastor's diary 1857, transcribed by Mrs. Joel Thibodeaux, mourning necklace, tin photos of Rev. Lewis and wife Mittie Lewis, 3 items

M 90: LEWIS (Osmond Summers), 3 Boxes Papers: Sermons, photos, Mississippi Conference Journals 1905-1936, incomplete; Epworth League photos; preaching suit

M 19: LEWIS (W.H. & W.B.), Papers, 1866-1940, 6 Boxes

M 21: LINDSEY (J.A.), Papers, includes Methodism in the Mississippi Conference, 1895-1919, 1964, (Typescript), 6 Boxes

M 62: LOCKE (Rev. John Roots), Two theological dictionaries, family history 1834, 1837; North Mississippi minister, 1842-1883, 1 box

M 47: LOWRY (Thomas Jefferson), MEMORANDA 1840-1891 12 Items. 12 Day Books, transcribed. Compiled and indexed by Imogene Springer of Calhoun City, Mississippi, 1990

M 40: MC DONALD (G.P.), Church letter from Baptist Church of Farehope, March 24, 1834, 1 Item

M 83: MARCHETTI, (Frank and Martha Ann), 2 Boxes Papers: (1903-1978) Methodist Sunday School literature, Bible study teaching guides, print material on missions, evangelism, opposition to plan of unification, Hazlehurst UMC

 M 36: MISSISSIPPI CONFERENCE, Minutes, 1817, Natchez, 1 Item

M 111: MISSISSIPPI METHODIST ADVOCATE, June 11, 1947 First issue off the press, 1 folder

M 69: MORRIS (George Washington) Papers, (1798-1853), 1853 obituary, photo, family history, songbooks

M 81: MORROW (Johnny H., Jr.), 16 Items Papers: History of Methodist Childrens' Home 1896-1996, 80 pages, typescript. 15 photographs c. 1900-1920. Rev. Morrow was Executive Director of MCH 1959-1988, following his father 1945-1952.

M 52: MURRAY (William Wesley), Preacher's date books, most years from 1901-1937: personal notes, church memberships, marriages, baptisms, etc., 33 Items

M 88: NEBLETT (Robert Alexander), 1 Item Diary: (1862) minister in North Miss., transcription

M 85: PENDERGRASS (Edward Julian), l4 Boxes Papers: (1929-2000) personal papers including correspondence from years as Bishop of Miss. Conference, 1964-1972; materials from churches in Florida, photographs, news clippings, books, audio tapes of interviews conducted by Dr. John Burnett, Pendergrass' biographer

M 56: PHILLIPS (Winnie), Papers collected while writing Methodist Women: A History, 5 Boxes

M 118: PITTMANN (Warren) Papers: (1942-2012) MS Conference minister's bound volumes of church newsletters, pocket calendars, pastor record books, 2 boxes

M 80: POWELL (Barry) and MILLER (Dean), 1 Folder Papers: correspondence concerning Methodist Children's Home admission policy, 1972

M 73: PRICE (James Earl), Papers, typescript recollections of civil rights era in Mississippi Methodism, church and cemetery history news- clippings from Warren County area, collected items, 1999- 

M 55: RANDLE (C.L.), Papers, copies of historical sketches, with photos, of the North Mississippi Methodist churches he served between June 1, 1953 and June 1, 1983; churches are indexed in the Cain Archives card file, 3 Folders

M 75: RATLIFF (Cora Rodman), (1891-1958) biography of Methodist Women leader, activist, former president of North Miss. Conf. WSCS, mother-in-law of Bishop Ellis Finger, written by Mamie Ratliff Finger, 1 item

 M 107: REIFF, (Joe) Papers, Born of Conviction research 2004-present, Reunion of Born of Conviction 1963 Statement signers in 2005, Recognition of Signers in 2013 at Annual Conference with the Emma Elzy Award, printed Powerpoint presentation with current photos of signers, Correspondence, research, interviews, articles published concerning forthcoming book about BOC Statement, 1 box

M 84: SELAH, (William Bryan), 1 Box Papers: (1940-1985) Sermons, sermon notes correspondence, materials related to Galloway Memorial Methodist and race related issues, book of support letters following resignation from Galloway over church's segregation stance, audio and video recordings of sermons

M 02: SELLERS (Samuel), Diary, 1814-1815 (Ms, Copy); Sermon notes

M 25: SELLS (I.H.), Papers, 1 Box

M 53: SELLS (James L.), Day books, Pastor's books, 16 Items

M 116: SIMMONS (William Winans) Sermons (c. 1876-1924) memoir 1924, marriage license 1905, 11 folders

M 109: SLAY (James Dudley, Sr.) Papers, (1933-2000) Mississippi Conference ministry papers, daybooks, photos, artifacts, recorded sermons, genealogy of wife’s family (Watts), news clippings, academic papers, 6 boxes

M 104: SMITH, (Gipsy, Jr.) Papers, 1949 Sermons on CD and booklet of biographical info

M 41: STEELE (E.), Letter from May B. McGehee, no date, 1 Item

M 34: TABB (William Marion), Certificate of ordination, Nov. 19, 1933, 1 Item

M 120: TAYLOR (Rev. Wendell), Papers: Collection of Journals of MS Conference, MEC, and former Central Jurisdiction, 1882-1972, incomplete, 1 box

M 98: THAYER, (Caroline M. Warren) (1805-2001), Papers - Photocopies of 1 Box articles, letters, published works of early Mississippi Methodist educator at Elizabeth Female Academy.

M 91: THOMAS (William Nathaniel), 3 Folders (1892-1971) Rear Admiral and Chief of Chaplains U.S. Navy, Methodist minister, Millsaps College class of 1912; photocopies of papers, articles, photos, Navy oral history interview typescript

M 49: THORNTON (Thomas), Ordination papers extracted from the Registry of the Diocese of London at Doctor's Commons - 1754 (See MCAH Box 14 - oversize); The History of St. George's Church, by Carrol H. Quenzel and an article on the same from Old Churches Ministers and Families of Virginia, by Bishop William Meade; map of Fall Hill in Fredricksburg, Virginia; Fredricksburg, Virginia brochure for tourists; Information on descendants; Article on Thornton, Mississippi and plaque with directions to Thornton, Mississippi

M 70: TODD-DANIELS (Marilyn), Art Print "The Call" one of a series of paintings "Five Smooth Stones - Pictured Words" Methodist circuit rider Francis Asbury and Mississippi scenes depicted

M 87: WALKER (Joseph Burch), 1 Folder Journal: (1817-1887) Transcription of autobiographical journal "A Sketch of My Life 1817-1887:" served Miss. Conference 1846-1851 in Jackson and Madison County, and 1862-1865 at Port Gibson. Most of his ministry was spent in New Orleans. Includes obituary, 1897

M 79: WALTERS (Summer), 6 Boxes Papers: (1961-63) correspondence, news clippings, Signer of Born of Conviction Statement published in Advocate, transferred to Indiana Conference

M 99: WASSON, (Newton C.) (1872), Record of French Camp Circuit 1 Item Quarterly Conference granting Wasson license to preach.

M 64: WATKINS (Rev. William Hamilton), Mississippi Conference minister, 1835-1881; silver chalice and biography Life and Labors of Wm. H. Watkins by T.L. Mellen

M 05: WATKINS (W.H.), Record of Marriages (New Orleans, West Feliciana, Concordia, Cathula), 1843-1857; "The Journal & Correspondence of W. Winans", n.d.

M 74: WEAVER (Hartwell), Transcription of journal and poem written by pioneer minister who accompanied Learner Blackman on circuits in Miss., Tenn., and Ky. 1810-1822, 1 item

M 110: WELLS (James A.) Papers, (1907-1946, 2004) Mississippi Conference minister, namesake of Wells Memorial UMC in Jackson, student papers, teaching aids and sermon outlines, pastor diaries and daybooks, 3 boxes

M 78: WELLS (Rev. Cathy), 3 Boxes Photos: (1979-1989), from position of Conference Council on Youth Ministries

M 82: WHITE (Harold B. and Carolyn O.), 1 Box Photos: Album of photographs and text "Visit to Israel-Palestine" March 1994, with Bishop and Mrs. Jack Meadors, many young ministers of the Miss. Conference

M 08: WIER (T.C.), Letter from Samuel P. Jones; letter from E. B. Ramsey including letter from Samuel P. Jones, 1885

M 01: WINANS (William), Papers 1810-1857, 20 boxes

 M 96: WROTEN (James Dausey, Sr.) (1913-1963), Papers - Sermons, sermon notes 405 manuscript sermons, two cds of North Mississippi Conference Minister. Also two class papers, probably written at Millsaps College.

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