Butler Center for Arkansas Studies 100 Rock Street Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201 (501) 320-5700
Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Nixon, Frances L.
Arkansas United Methodist Materials
9.3 Linear feet
This collection contains journals and other materials related to the Little Rock, North Arkansas, and Arkansas Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
This collection is divided into four series: Little Rock Conference, North Arkansas Conference, Arkansas Conference and General. Within each series materials are arranged topically and chronologically. Note: The Arkansas Conference series contains materials from the Conference organized in 1936 and the Conference organized in 2003.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains journals and other materials related to the Little Rock, North Arkansas, and Arkansas Conferences of the United Methodist Church. Much of the material is fragile and should be handled with care.
Methodism arrived in Arkansas in 1815, after the first pastoral appointment was made in the Arkansas Territory under the Tennessee Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1836, the Arkansas Conference was organized as its own entity. The Arkansas Conference was held in 1854, under the name Ouachita Conference, which was changed to the Little Rock Conference after the Civil War. In 1870, a new Conference was formed in the north east part of the state named the White River Conference. In 1914, the Conferences were merged from three to two; the North Arkansas and the Little Rock Conferences. The Methodist Church was formed in 1939, after the merger of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Protestant Church. The United Methodist Church was organized in 1968, after the joining together of the Methodist Church and Evangelical United Brethren Church. Both of these mergers did not affect the Conference lines, and both still exist to this day. The Arkansas Conference, which consists of the United Methodist Churches in the Arkansas, was organized in 2003.
This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Methodism -- Arkansas.
Methodist Church -- Arkansas -- History.
United Methodist Church. Arkansas Conference.
United Methodist Church. Arkansas Conference. Northwest District.
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Non-circulating, in-house use only.
Arkansas United Methodist Materials, MSS 09-44, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute
The bulk of the collection was donated by Robert Bearden in 2009. The United Methodist Women and School of Christian Mission materials were donated by Freddie Nixon in 2002.