The titles listed below are some of the basic resources useful for your research in Methodist history. Methodism materials may be housed in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as well as in the Divinity School Library.


Batsel, John and Lyda.  Union List of United Methodist Serials 1773-1973.  General
      Commission on Archives and History, United Methodist Church with the United
      Methodist Librarians Fellowship, and Garrett Theological Seminary, 1974.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8331.2 .B354 1974 and online at

Bucke, Emory S., ed.  History of American Methodism. 3 vols.  Abingdon Press, 1964.
Div. Sch. BX8235 .H5 1964 / Copies in stacks, Reference and BMRC

Eltscher, Susan M.  Women in the Wesleyan and United Methodist Traditions: A
.  General Commission on Archives and History, United Methodist Church, 1991.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8345.7 .E47 1992

Gray, C. Jarrett, Jr.  The Racial and Ethnic Presence in American Methodism: A Bibliography.  General Commission on Archives and History, United Methodist Church, 1991.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8435 .G739 1991

Jarboe, Betty M.  John and Charles Wesley:  A Bibliography.  Scarecrow Press, 1987.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8495.W5 J373 1987

Lenhart, Thomas E. and Frederick A. Norwood.  Native American Methodists: A Reading List.  Commission on Archives and History, United Methodist Church, 1979.
Div. Sch. BMRC E98.R3 L464 1979

Rowe, Kenneth E. Methodist Union Catalog, Pre-1976 Imprints.  Scarecrow Press,    1975 - . 7 vols. (A-Le) published to date.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8331.2 .R694 1975

Rowe, Kenneth E. United Methodist Studies:  Basic Bibliographies.  4th. ed. Abingdon Press, 1998
Div. Sch. BX8331.2 .U558 1998 / Copies on Ready Reference Shelves and BMRC

Zimmermann, George A. Disciplinograph: A Guide to Methodist Disciplines, 1785-1992. Morris Publishing, 1994.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8211.Z9 Z44 1994

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Harmon, Nolan B., ed. Encyclopedia of World Methodism.  2 vols.  United Methodist Publishing House, 1974.
Div. Sch. BX8211 .E5 1974 / Copies in stacks, Ready Reference shelves and BMRC

Kirby, James E., Russell E. Richey, and Kenneth E. Rowe.  The Methodists.  Greenwood Press, 1996. (Includes a bibliographic essay and biographical dictionary).
Div. Sch. BX8382.2.A4 K57 1996 / Copies in stacks and BMRC

Kostlevy, William C., ed. Historical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement. Scarecrow Press, 2001.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX7990.H6 H55 2001

Rogal, Samuel J.  A Biographical Dictionary of 18th  Century Methodism. 10 vols. Edwin Mellen Press, 1997 - 1999.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8491 .R64 1997

Simpson, Matthew.  Cyclopedia of Methodism.  Everts & Stewart, 1878.
Div. Sch. quarto BX8211 .S5 1878 / Other editions also located in stacks and reference.
Vickers, John A., ed. A Dictionary of Methodism in Britain and Ireland. Epworth Press, 2000.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8211 .D52 2000

Yrigoyen, Charles, Jr. and Susan E. Warrick. Historical Dictionary of Methodism. 2nd ed. Scarecrow Press, 2005.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX 8211 .H57 2005

General Resources

Annual Conference Journals
(The most current journal for each conference in the United States is located in the BMRC with older journals from other United Methodist conferences and their antecedents are found in the stacks. See a reference librarian if you have difficulty locating a particular conference journal.)

The Book of Discipline (and its antecedents)
            Methodist Episcopal Church. 1828-1936  Div. Sch. BMRC BX8241 .D3555
Methodist Episcopal Church, South. 1846-1938  Div. Sch. BMRC BX8241 .M4845
            Methodist Church. 1939-1964  Div. Sch. BMRC BX8235 .M48465
            United Methodist Church. 1968 - to date  Div. Sch. BMRC BX8235 .U5582
            Evangelical United Brethren Church. 1942-1967 Div. Sch. BX7556.A2 E9365
            Methodist Protestant Church. 1831-1936  Div. Sch. BX8403 .M484
The Book of Resolutions  of the United Methodist Church. 1968 - to date.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8235 .U5583

Decisions of the Judicial Council

  • Also found in the General Minutes. Div. Sch. BMRC BX8235 .U5584

Journal of the General Conference
Methodist Episcopal Church, South. 1846-1938  Div. Sch. BMRC BX8241 .G4646
            Methodist Episcopal Church. 1796-1936  Div. Sch. BMRC BX8235 .G4645
            Methodist Church. 1940-1964  Div. Sch. BMRC BX8235 .G464
            United Methodist Church. 1968 - to date  Div. Sch. BMRC BX8235 .G4648
            Evangelical United Brethren Church. 1946 Div. Sch. BX7556.A1 E944
            Methodist Protestant Church. 1834-1936  Div. Sch. BX8403 .G464

Minutes of the Annual Conferences (continued as General Minutes of the Annual Conferences  of the United Methodist Church). 1773 - to date.
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8235 .M4842 
Div. Sch. BMRC BX8241 .M4847 (for the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1845-1940)

Rogal, Samuel. Guide to the Hymns and Tunes of American Methodism.  Greenwood
      Press, 1986.
Div. Sch. Ref. ML102.H95 R6 1986

United Methodist Hymnal
Div. Sch. M2127 .U555 1989 / Located in stacks, Reference Room and BMRC         

Wesleyan Methodist Church. Conference Minutes. 1744-1866, 1870-1875.
Div. Sch. BX8351 .A12

The General Commission on Archives and History for The United Methodist Church

  • Includes full text resources, annual conference archive contacts, and brief explanations of topics in United Methodist history.

John Rylands University Library of Manchester, Methodist Archives and Research Centre

  • Includes an online text library, web exhibits, and several online research guides in addition to information about the Archive’s print resources.

The Methodist Church of Great Britain

  • The official website of The Methodist Church of Great Britain.

United Methodist Information

  • The official website of The United Methodist Church

Wesley Center for Applied Theology, Northwest Nazarene College

  • A collection of online resources related to the holiness tradition and Wesleyan theology

Works of John and Charles Wesley

The Journal of the Rev. Charles Wesley. 2 vols. Methodist Reprint Society, 1977.
Div. Sch. BX8495.W4 A34 1977.

The Letters of the Rev. John Wesley. Edited by John Telford. 8 vols. The Epworth Press, 1931.
Div. Sch. BX8495.W5 A33 1931 / copies in stacks and BMRC

Poetical Works of John and Charles Wesley.  Edited by George Osborn.  13 vols. Wesleyan-Methodist Conference Office, 1868-1872.
Div. Sch. PR4763.W5 A17 1868

The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley.  Edited by S.T. Kimbrough, Jr. and Oliver A. Beckerlegge.  3 vols.  Kingswood Books, 1988-1992.
Div. Sch. PR3763.W4 A6 1988 / copies in stacks and BMRC

The Works of John Wesley.  Begun as "The Oxford Edition of the Works of John Wesley" (Clarendon Press, 1975-1983); Continued as "The Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley" (Abingdon Press, 1984- ).  Ongoing; vols. published to date: 1-4, 7, 9, 11, 18-26.
Div. Sch. BX8217 .W5 1975 / copies in stacks, Reference Room and BMRC

The Works of John Wesley (on compact disc; includes the full Jackson edition and the Bicentennial edition vols. 1-4, 7, 18-24)
Check out cd from Circulation Desk; insert into one of the computers across from the Circulation Desk.  Click on the "Circulating CDs" icon; click on the title.

The Works of the Rev. John Wesley. Edited by Thomas Jackson.  14 vols. Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1829-1831.
Div. Sch. BX8217 .W54/ Copies in stacks, Reference Room and BMRC

CCEL Wesley Full-text

  • Includes public doman editions of Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the People Called Methodists; Journal of John Wesley; Plain Account of Christian Perfection; Sermons on Several Occasions; and Wesley’s Notes on the Bible

Charles Wesley’s Hymns via Cyberhymnal

  • While Charles Wesley’s page includes the most material, subsequent pages list some hymns written by other members of the Wesley family, including Charles Wesley, Jr., John Wesley, Samuel Wesley, Jr.,  Samuel Wesley, and Samuel Sebastian Wesley.

The Wesleys and Their Times

  • A collection of primary and secondary materials pertaining to John, Charles, and Susanna Wesley.

Full Text Databases

African American newspapers: the 19th century

  • Provides the full text of articles from the following newspapers: Freedom's Journal, The Colored American, The North Star, The National Era, Provincial Freeman, Frederick Douglass Papers, and The Christian Recorder.

Digital library of classic Protestant texts

  • Includes primary texts, facsimiles, and selected English translations 1500-1700

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800

  • A definitive resource for research on 17th and 18th century American history and life including such varied topics as agriculture, foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, science, philosophy, the Revolutionary War, temperance, and witchcraft.

Early English Books Online (EEBO)

  • EEBO reproduces over 125,000 books, pamphlets and broadsides published in English between 1475 and 1700.

Eighteenth century collections online    

  • The complete works of many 18th century authors, women writers of the 18th century and French Revolution collections are included.

Eighteenth Century Journals II     

  • Journals from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center collection of 17th and 18th century newspapers and periodicals.

Literature Online (LION)

  • A fully-searchable library of over 250,000 full text works of English and American literature dating from 600 CE.

North American women's letters and diaries

  • Includes records from more than 1500 women from colonial times to 1950

Women and social movements in the United States, 1600-2000

  • Primary source document collections from colonial times to the present. Items are arranged by social movement, as well as by authors, sources, etc.

Periodical Indexes

ATLA Religion Database. 

  • The database includes indexing of Methodist periodicals beginning with 1818.

Methodist Periodical Index v.1-15, 1961-75; incorporating United Methodist Periodical Index. 
Div. Sch. Ref. BX8201 .M4847

Methodist Reviews Index, 1818-1985. comp. by Elmer J. O'Brien. 2 vols. General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, United Methodist Church, 1989.
Div. Sch. BMRC q BX8201 .M484 1989

Nineteenth Century Masterfile

  • Provides indexing to nineteenth century periodicals, books, newspapers, and government documents. Includes Index to periodical articles in religion, 1890-1899.

Wesley Historical Society Proceedings:  General Index to vols. 1-30 and Publications 1-4, 1897-1956.  comp. by John A. Vickers.  Wesley Historical Society, 1960.
Div. Sch. BX8203 .W475 1960 / Located in stacks, Reference Room and BMRC


Arminian Magazine (London, Eng.). 1778-1797
Div. Sch. BX8201 .W4754

Christian Advocate
(see Batsel, Union List of United Methodist Serials [BMRC BX8331.2 .B354 1974] for proper titles and then search online catalog for call numbers)

Methodist History. 1962 - to date
Div. Sch. BX8235 .M44

Methodist Quarterly Review. 1847-1930 and Methodist Review. 1818-1931
Located in BMRC (see sheet in the BMRC for title changes and call numbers)

Quarterly Review. 1980 - 2005
Div. Sch. BX8235 .Q378

Religion in Life. 1932-1980
Div. Sch. BR1 .R28

United Brethren Review [and Quarterly Review of the United Brethren in Christ] 1890-1908.
Div. Sch. BX9875.A1 U558

Wesley Historical Society. Proceedings. 1897 - to date
Div. Sch. BX8203.W51 A3


The People Called Methodists: A Documentary History of the Methodist Church in Great
     Britain and Ireland on Microfiche
.  IDC Publishers, 1998.
Print Guide:  Div. Sch. BMRC BV2550.A27 P467 1998
Microfiche:  Div. Sch. M1

  • Includes primary sources from 1738-1932. Examples: letters, diaries, pamphlets, periodicals, monographs.

Missionary Files. Scholarly Resources, 1999.
Microfilm: Div. Sch. M2 – M3 – M4 – M5 – M6 – M7

  • Covers the time period of 1846-1949 and includes materials (files, correspondence, etc.) from the Methodist Episcopal Church and Methodist Episcopal Church, South related to missions in Africa and China.

Miscellaneous Serials

Arminian magazine (Philadelphia, Pa.). 1789-1790
Perkins Microfilm  N455

Christian Advocate (Central) 1941-1968
Microfilm: Div. Sch. S13

Christian Advocate (Southwestern) 1873-1940
Microfilm: Div. Sch. S13

Christian Index 1938-1946
Microfilm: Div. Sch. S11

Daily Christian Advocate 1848-1938
Microfilm: Div. Sch. S8 and S9

Methodist Quarterly Review 1847-1930
Microfilm: Div. Sch. S17

Woman's Missionary Friend 1869-1940
Microfilm: Div. Sch. S12

Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Library

Along with the substantial holdings in American Methodism, the collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism material comprises one of the most comprehensive Wesleyana collections in the world.  See the Religious Material in Rubenstein Guide for more information.