The collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism material assembled by Dr. Frank Baker, a longtime scholar of Methodism and professor at Duke University, comprises a large part of the library's Methodist materials. The collection consists of manuscripts and published writings
by and about John Wesley (1703-1791), his brother Charles (1707-1788), and other members of the Wesley family. There is also material concerning the rise and development of British and American Methodism
; books the Wesleys drew upon for their reading, study, writing, and publication; materials concerning Methodist background in the Church of England; and other items from the time in which Methodism arose
. These materials along with materials in the Divinity School Library comprise one of the most comprehensive Wesleyana collections in the world.
Collection Guides / Finding Aids
Beyond the Baker Collection, other Methodist-related materials may be located using guided subject searching
in the archival finding aids or in the library online catalog
, using the advanced search and limiting to location = Rubenstein Library.
Current collecting focus is on American and British Methodist materials (including Wesleyana and the papers of leaders and theologians).
For general information about finding materials in the library's
collections and how you can use them, requesting permission to
reproduce, or other information as well as reference questions
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