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Indiana Methodist Protestant Church histories

 Collection — Folder: S2289
Identifier: S2289

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various Indiana Methodist Protestant Church histories, including a May 10, 1883 letter written by A. H. Widney and sent to Rev. W. W. Lineberry in response to a request for information about the New Haven Circuit, the January 1885 minutes from the organizational meetings of the St. Joe Methodist Protestant Church of Dekalb County, an undated history of the Lincoln Methodist Protestant Church written by Effie McClanahan of Akron, Indiana that notes the year of organization and lists the pastors who served the church, and an undated history about the founding of the Springfield Methodist Protestant Church of Allen County by Rev. Simon Bartlett. The collection also has a clipping of a picture of Rev. Sanford H. Flood, M.D. from 1901, a clipping of an October 4, 1930 Franklin Star article about the history of the Jolity Methodist Pretestant Chruch in Johnson County, and a 1930 postmarked envelope addressed to Rev. J. C. Coons with several church names and the dates of their organization written on the front.


  • 1883-1930

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 Methodist Protestant Church has a common history with all other branches of Methodism and traces its origin back through the Methodist Episcopal Church and to the Evangelical Reformation begun in England by John and Charles Wesley. Disagreements regarding the governance of the church led to a Reform Movement within the church and later resulted in the organization of the Methodist Protestant Church in 1830. The church's constitution recognized that Christ was the only head of the church, all elders in the church were equal, and every adult layman had the right to vote and be represented in every church meeting.


Coons, John C. A Brief History of the Methodist Protestant Church in Indiana. N.p.: N.p., 1939.

The Methodist Protestant Church. "Historical Sketch of the Origin of the Methodist Protestant Church. Accessed March 14, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/03/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/03/14 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.