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RG 0060 Texas Methodist and Methodist-Episcopal Church Collection

Identifier: RG 0060

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed entirely of microfilmed copies of the published proceedings of the Methodist and the Methodist-Episcopal Church of Texas from 1891 to 1970. The annual proceedings contain much information on black churches in Houston as well as those in other areas of the state. In addition to membership, financial, and other types of institutional data they reflect, the role of churches and church people in many kinds of community activities, such as anti-KKK and anti-lynching campaigns, disaster relief, the NAACP and the Urban League.

The originals of this materials were loaned to the Houston Metropolitan Research Center for microfilming through the generous intercession of Bernice W. McBeth of Houston.


  • 1891-1970

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from Texas Methodist and Methodist-Episcopal Church Collection must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

The Mississippi Mission conference of the Methodist-Episcopal Church was established on December 25, 1865 in included Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. (The conference was part of the post-Civil War expansion of the predominately Northern Methodist Episcopal Church, from which the Methodist Episcopal Church South had separated before the war.) The Texas Mission conference was formed from the Mississippi Mission Conference in Houston on January 18, 1867. This conference included the white and black ministers in churches. In 1869 it became the Texas Conference, and in 1874 it was reorganized with the formation of the West Texas Conferences in the Southern German Conference. They are after the Texas conference was exclusively African American and its territory was East Texas. Meanwhile, the Methodist-Episcopal Church South also had a Texas conference. When the northern and southern churches united in 1939, there came to be two bodies named the Texas Conference in the Methodist Church. In 1968, the black conference’s name was changed to the Gulf Coast Conference and in 1978 merge with other Texas Conference.


5 Reels (5 Boxes) : microfilm

Language of Materials



Rolls 1-4 were microfilmed at one time and our range chronologically. Roll 5, filmed later, fills in most of the years missing from the first four rolls. Consult the inventory to locate the particular session.

Custodial History

These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as RG I-014 Texas Methodist and Methodist-Episcopal Church Collection and were transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in April 2019.

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Processing Information

Processed by Howard Beeth, November 1985; Revised by Nancy Hadley, November 1994. Updated by Sheena Wilson March 2020
RG 0060 Texas Methodist and Methodist-Episcopal Church Collection 1867-1970
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Sheena Wilson
March 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002