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Meridian Street Methodist Episcopal Church history

 Collection — Folder: S2155
Identifier: S2155

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a copy of "History of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Marion County, Indiana," a Federal Writers Project completed in December 1935 by Emile Walli. The history includes a copy of a letter from Harry O. Garman, Record Stewart of the Meridian Street Methodist Episcopal Church, that certified the accuracy of Walli's record. The topics covered include the organization of the early church, communion service, church buildings and sites, and sketches showing locations of the church buildings from 1824 to 1935.


  • 1935


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Meridian Street Methodist Episcopal Church was established in 1821 and was the first Methodist church organized in Indianapolis, Indiana. The congregation first met in Isaac Wilson’s log cabin on the Capital Square grounds. Originally known as Wesley Chapel, the name was later changed to the Meridian Street Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1946, the church merged with the 51st Street Methodist Church and met in the 51st Street building until the present Colonial-Georgian style building was completed at 5500 North Meridian Street in 1952. Following the merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren church on a national level in 1968, the church became known as the Meridian Street United Methodist Church.


Information found within collection.

Meridian Street UMC. "Who We Are: History." Accessed February 18, 2021.

Surgrove, Berry R. History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts and Company, 1884.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Emile Walli on 1936/02/14.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/02/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/02/18 by Laura Eliason.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.