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Guide to the John Lakin Brasher Papers, 1857-1993 and undated

Collection Overview

The John Lakin Brasher Papers, 1857-1993 and undated (bulk 1917-1970) are comprised of church-related and personal correspondence; records of the Iowa Holiness Association; records of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Alabama Conference; religious writings and speeches (including sermons, diaries and manuscripts of published works); printed material (tracts, religious brochures, serials, and hymnals); photographs (including many of camp meetings); transcriptions of tape recordings; legal papers; financial papers; and miscellany. Most material concerns the religious career of John L. Brasher; the Holiness (Sanctification) movement in the Methodist Church, particularly in Alabama; Holiness education and the administration of John H. Snead Seminary in Boaz, Ala.; and Central Holiness University (later John Fletcher College) in University Park, Ia.; and camp meetings in the South, particularly Alabama, and the Midwest. Includes biographies of clergy and accounts of religious and family life in rural north Alabama. Among correspondents are Joseph P. Owens, F. D. Leete, John Paul, and missionaries in Egypt, India, China, and Japan. Contains letters and printed material concerning the separation and reunification of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Brasher's activities as a minister are documented throughout the collection. The Correspondence and Transcriptions of Tape Recordings Series reveal Brasher's reflections on scripture and provide accounts of congregational reactions to his preaching. Transcripts of his sermons appear in the Writings and Speeches Series, Sermons Subseries as well as in the Transcriptions of Tape Recordings and in some of the published articles (Printed Material Series, Serials Subseries) and manuscripts of his books (Printed Material Series, The Way of Faith). His diaries and correspondence document his travels and his preaching engagements. Numerous invitations to preach and requests for guidance reflect Brasher's leadership role among ministers, missionaries, and church officials. Letters to and from converts regarding their religious experiences and responses to Brasher's preaching and writing are scattered throughout the Correspondence Series.

Brasher's administrative role in religious organizations and in church-affiliated educational facilities is well-represented in the Correspondence Series as well as in the Iowa Holiness Association Series and the Methodist Episcopal Church, Alabama Conference Series. Minutes, reports, and financial records are among the papers of these organizations, reflecting both Brasher's leadership and involvement and the activities of the organizations themselves. The Pictures Series includes some photographs of the schools with which Brasher was associated and of the attending students.

Brasher's career as an author is well-documented, not only in the Writings and Speeches Series, but throughout the collection. The Correspondence Series includes letters to and from his publishers and from editors of various religious serials to which Brasher contributed. The Printed Material Series contains many of these serials with articles by Brasher as well as tracts he wrote.

Throughout the collection, information on church history abounds. The Correspondence Series and the Methodist Episcopal Church, Alabama Conference Series in particular contain letters concerning the rivalry between the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South; and the eventual unification of the two organizations. Conflicts between Fundamentalist and Modernist ideas also appear in the correspondence and in the Printed Material Series.

As Historian of the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Brasher wrote biographies of preachers, missionaries, and church officials involved in the Holiness Movement. These biographies appear in the Writings and Speeches Series, Biographical Sketches of Colleagues Subseries. Some of these biographies were published in Glimpses: Some Personal Glimpses of Holiness Preachers I Have Known, and with Whom I Have Labored in Evangelism, Who Have Answered to Their Names in the Roll Call of the Skies. Manuscripts of some of those appearing in the published work can be found in the Glimpses Subseries. Some of the letters and questionnaires from which Brasher wrote his sketches appear in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Alabama Conference Series, Biographical Information Subseries. The letters from which his information was gleaned vary in degree of detail, with some providing only dates and places of birth, marriage, ordination, etc.; and others giving descriptions of incidents in the religious life of the subject.

Correspondence, Pictures, Transcriptions of Tape Recordings, and the Family Biography Subseries of the Writings and Speeches Series document Brasher's life with his family. Brasher's biographical writings and other works in the Family Biography Subseries, and the Transcriptions of Tape Recordings Series also provide a small but rich glimpse into the traditional lore, customs, and folkways of the rural upland South.

Details of camp meetings are documented throughout the collection. The Transcripts of Tape Recordings Series contains transcripts of camp meetings. The Printed Material Series includes promotional literature for camp meetings; descriptions of facilities; and hymnals (some shape-note) used in these services. An unusual collection of copies of photographs of camp meetings from the early 1900's through the 1940's in Ohio, Iowa, Alabama, Michigan, Texas and Pennsylvania can be found in the Pictures Series.

The Boatman Family Papers, also housed in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, contains correspondence from John Lakin Brasher and other members of the Brasher family.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John Lakin Brasher papers 1857-1993 and undated
Creator
Brasher, John Lakin, 1868-1971
Extent
45 Linear Feet, 33,750 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Handwritten and typed letters to and from Brasher concerning church business, personal business, family news, and the administration of John H. Snead Seminary and Central Holiness University. Arranged chronologically. The new accession includes many letters to/from John Lakin Brasher to James H. Brasher. The letters provide a snapshot of James' early life, his school work at Central Holiness University, on Altheia, and his social life. Later letters focus on James' career in the ministry. Other family members also figure greatly in the letters: Minnie, Leona, Luther, Eunice, Julius, friends, and "brothers" and "sisters" in the ministry. The letters continue unabated until John Lakin Brasher's death in 1971. Also includes restricted material, mainly correspondence between Minnie Moore Brasher and John Lakin Brasher, as well as other family members.

1857-1916
(7 folders)
Box 1
1917-1918
(7 folders)
Box 2
1919-1920, July
(7 folders)
Box 3
1920, Aug.-1921, Mar. 18
(6 folders)
Box 4
1921, Mar. 19-1921, June 10
(7 folders)
Box 5
1921, June 11-1921, Nov.
(6 folders)
Box 6
1921, Dec.-1922, Apr.
(6 folders)
Box 7
1922, May-1922, Oct.
(6 folders)
Box 8
1922, Nov.-1923, Mar.
(8 folders)
Box 9
1923, Apr.-Sept.
(8 folders)
Box 10
1923, Oct.-1924, Feb. 6
(6 folders)
Box 11
1924, Feb. 18-1924, May 15
(7 folders)
Box 12
1924, May 16-1924, Oct.
(7 folders)
Box 13
1924, Nov.-1925, May
(7 folders)
Box 14
1925, June-Dec.
(8 folders)
Box 15
1926, Jan.-Nov. 15
(9 folders)
Box 16
1926, Nov. 17-1927, Oct.
(8 folders)
Box 17
1927, Nov.-1928, Oct.
(7 folders)
Box 18
1928, Nov.-1929, Aug.
(8 folders)
Box 19
1929, Sept.-1930, Mar. 7
(8 folders)
Box 20
1930, Mar. 11-1931, Oct.
(7 folders)
Box 21
1931, Nov.-1932, Dec.
(6 folders)
Box 22
1933, Jan.-1934, July
(7 folders)
Box 23
1934, Aug.-1935, Dec.
(6 folders)
Box 24
1936, Jan.-1937, Feb.
(6 folders)
Box 25
1937, Mar.-1938, Aug.
(7 folders)
Box 26
1938, Sept.-1939, Dec.
(7 folders)
Box 27
1940, Jan.-1942, July
(6 folders)
Box 28
1942, Aug.-1946, June
(7 folders)
Box 29
1946, July-1950, Dec.
(7 folders)
Box 30
1951, Jan.-1953, Aug.
(7 folders)
Box 31
1953, Sept.-1955, Aug.
(6 folders)
Box 32
1955, Sept. 1959, Apr.
(5 folders)
Box 33
1959, May-1959, Dec. (2 folders, 1 envelope)
Box 34
1960, Jan.-1962, Sept. 10
(6 folders)
Box 35
1962, Sept. 12-1964, Dec.
(6 folders)
Box 36
1965, Jan.-1966, Dec.
(5 folders)
Box 37
1967, Jan.-1968, June
(7 folders)
Box 38
1968, July-1969, Aug.
(8 folders)
Box 39
1969, Sept.-1993, Dec. and undated
(8 folders)
Box 40
Undated and empty envelopes
(5 folders)
Box 74

The majority of the letters are from John Lakin Brasher ("papa") to Minnie Brasher ("mama"). Other family members also figure prominently: James and Joy, Luther, Leona, Elizabeth, Julius, Eunice amongst many others. But letters to/from family friends and other congregants are also present. The geographical origins of the letters vary from Jamestown, N.D. to London, K.Y. to Ozark, A.L. to Attala, A.L., as John Lakin Brasher traveled for his various ministry engagements. The subject of the frequent letters (sent several times a week) often focused on health, the farm, the weather, family news, business opportunities, and occasionally, politics. Also included are letters of condolence for Ruby and Johnny. Newspaper clippings were often also attached to letters.

Publication of this addition requires special permission until Dec 31, 2023.

1879, Oct. 24-1903, Dec. 28
Box 75
1905, Jan. 19-1914, Aug. 3
Box 75
1915, Mar. 2-1917, Dec. 28
Box 75
1918, Feb. 1-1918, Dec. 13
Box 75
1919, Mar. 14-1920, Nov. 10
Box 75
1921, Jan. 1-1921, Dec. 31
Box 75
1922, Jan. 11-1922, Dec. 6
Box 76
1923, Jan. 6-1923, Dec. 13
Box 76
1924, Jan. 12-1924, Dec. 6
Box 76
1925, Jan. 1-1925, June 30
Box 76
1925, July 3-1925, Dec. 11
Box 76
1926, Jan. 6-1926, Apr. 23
Box 77
1926, May 9-1926, June 29
Box 77
1926, July 1-1926, July 31
Box 77
1926, Aug. 2-1926, Sept. 30
Box 77
1926, Oct. 1-1926 Dec. 10
Box 77
1927, Jan. 16-1927, Apr. 29
Box 78
1927, May 2-1927, Sept. 30
Box 78
1927, Oct. 3-1927, Dec. 2
Box 78
1928, Jan. 16-1928, Dec. 1
Box 78
1929, Feb. 17-1930, Sept. 16
Box 78
1931, Jan. 4-1931, Dec. 31
Box 78
1932, Jan. 2-1932, Dec. 14
Box 79
1933, Jan. 2-1933, Nov. 12
Box 79
1934, June 2-1934, Dec. 4
Box 79
1934, Jan. 1-1934 May 31
Box 79
1935, Jan. 1-1935, Aug. 24
Box 80
1935, Sept. 7-1935, Dec. 13
Box 80
1936, Jan. 2-1936, July 24
Box 80
1936, Aug. 6-1936, Dec. 19
Box 80
1937, Jan. 5-1937, Aug. 26
Box 80
1937, Sept. 2-1937, Dec. 11
Box 80
1938, Jan. 4-1938, Dec. 31
Box 81
1939, Jan. 4-1939, Sept. 24
Box 81
1939, Oct. 2-1939, Dec. 22
Box 81
1940, Jan. 1-1940, Dec. 5
Box 81
1941, Mar. 26-1941, Nov. 14
Box 81
1942, Jan. 11-1942, Nov. 20
Box 81
1943, Feb. 17-1943, June 2
Box 82
1943, June 3-1943, Nov. 24
Box 82
1944, May 1-1945, Dec. 8
Box 82
1946, Jan. 9-1946, Dec. 23
Box 82
1947, Jan. 1-1947, Dec. 30
Box 82
1948, Feb. 25-1952, Oct. 20
Box 82
1953, Nov. 18-1960, Dec. 26
Box 82
1961, Feb. 2-1964, July 17
Box 83
Undated
2 folders
Box 83
Empty envelopes
Box 83
Miscellaneous items, 1903-1944, bulk undated

Includes clippings, receipts, notes, commencement announcements, recipes

Box 83

Papers of the Iowa Holiness Association during Brasher's term as president of the organization. Divided into four subseries: Auxiliary Reports, Correspondence, Financial Papers, and Miscellaneous.

Reports from local auxiliaries to the Iowa Holiness Association. Most reports are handwritten on printed forms and provide names of officers, dues collected, and numbers of members. Arranged chronologically.

1921, May-1922, May and undated
Box 41

Original letters and copies to and from Brasher chiefly concerning the organization of camp meetings. Arranged chronologically.

1920, June-1922, Sept. and undated
(3 folders)
Box 41

Monthly financial reports, contracts for advertising, and invoices for materials purchased. Arranged chronologically.

1920, June-1922, June and undated
Box 41

Includes advertisement for camp meeting, list of camp meetings, a Statement of Doctrine for the Iowa Holiness Association, and a revision to the bylaws of the Iowa Holiness Association. Arranged chronologically

1921-1922 and undated
Box 41

Records of the activities of the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Includes biographical sketches of conference ministers and church officers and historical information about individual churches collected by Brasher from 1934 to 1936 while he served as historian for the conference. Divided into the following subseries: Annual Conference Minutes; Biographical Information; Church History; District and Charge Statistics; and Certificates and Licenses.

Typed copies of the proceedings of the Alabama Annual Conferences. Minutes from some years are not included. Arranged chronologically.

1867-1928 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 42

Biographies, varying in length and detail, of ministers and church officers within the Alabama conference. Many were handwritten on a printed questionnaire while some are handwritten in narrative form. Arranged chronologically by last name of the respondent.

A-W
(2 folders)
Box 42

Church histories, chiefly handwritten, of individual Methodist churches in Alabama. Includes a typed history of the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church written by Brasher in 1936. Arranged alphabetically by the name of the church.

A-G
Box 42

Statistical information regarding membership, baptism, property, and collections for Methodist churches in Alabama. Pages are numbered, although many pages are missing, and are arranged in numeric order.

1931 and undated
Box 42

Documents, chiefly issued to Brasher, granting him license to preach and perform holy ordinances and certifying his appointment to church offices. Arranged chronologically.

1889-1943
Box 42

Works generally on religious and church-related topics, chiefly written by Brasher. Includes both published work and unpublished writings. Personal diaries and family histories and biographies of individual Brasher family members are also included. Divided into the following subseries: General Writings and Speeches by Brasher; Sermons and Sermon Notes; Diaries; Biographical Sketches of Colleagues; Family Biography; Glimpses; The Way of Faith; Tribute and Some Other Writings and Miscellaneous.

Speeches and addresses chiefly delivered by Brasher to the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and other religious groups; and to organizations within John H. Snead Seminary and Central Holiness University and other educational institutions. Includes editorials and inspirational essays from religious publications. Marginalia indicates that some of these articles were also presented as speeches. Also includes chapel lectures given at God's Bible School, Cincinnati, O.H. Arranged chronologically.

1890's-1943
(12 folders)
Box 43
1946-1968 and undated
(12 folders)
Box 44
N.D.
(5 folders)
Box 45

Sermons and notes for sermons, typed and handwritten, by Brasher and others. Some copies. Sermons by Brasher and sermons by others arranged chronologically in separate sequences.

Brasher's Sermons, 1924-1928 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 46
Sermons by Others, 1900-1964
(2 folders)
Box 46

Bound, handwritten diaries in which Brasher recorded ideas and daily activities. There are no diaries for some years. Also includes James Brasher's daylogue from 1922-1924. Arranged chronologically.

1922-1946
(14 volumes)
Box 47
1947-1958
(13 volumes)
Box 48
1959-1968
(12 volumes)
Box 49

Short biographies of ministers, church members, and religious educators, chiefly written by Brasher. Sketches vary in length and detail, and a few include memorial poetry. Many undated. Arranged alphabetically by last name of subject.

A-T
(2 folders)
Box 50

Biographies of Brasher family members, many written by Brasher in memory of deceased relatives. Includes autobiographies by Brasher. Biographies vary in length and detail. Works by Brasher are arranged chronologically by the date of writing. Works by others are arranged chronologically by date of writing in a separate folder. Includes copy of Giant of a Century Trail, a biography of Brasher written by Jon Tal Murphree in 1969.

Family Biography by Brasher, 1895-1966 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 50
Family Biography by Others, 1921-1961 and undated
Box 50
Giant of a Century Trail, by Jon Tal Murphree (1969)
Box 50

Fragments of drafts and notes for Brasher's biographical work, Glimpses: Some Personal Glimpses of Holiness Preachers Whom I Have Known, and With Whom I Have Labored in Evangelism, Who Have Answered to Their Names in the Roll Call of the Skies (1954). Includes typescripts with marginalia and handwritten drafts. Each fragment is arranged in order of the page numbers assigned by Brasher. Material is undated.

Introduction
(3 folders)
Box 51
Introduction and fragment
Box 51
Draft
Box 51
Fragment with notations
Box 51
Fragments
(3 folders)
Box 51

Editorials and Sunday school lessons handwritten by Brasher for publication in The Way of Faith and Neglected Themes, a serial for which he served as editor. (For copies of the newsletter in this collection, see Printed Material: Serials). Arranged chronologically.

Editorials: 1930-1931 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 51
Sunday School Lessons: 1930-1931
(2 folders)
Box 51

Published volume of memorial writings by Brasher. Most chapters concern deceased family members and fellow church officials.

Tribute and Some Other Writings, 1926 (volume)
Box 51

Poetry and articles written by people other than Brasher. Most concern inspirational subjects. Some copies. Arranged chronologically.

1901-1972 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 52

Printed material, chiefly concerning religious topics, collected by Brasher. Divided into the following subseries: Serials; Pamphlets; Tracts; Hymnals; Yearbooks; Clippings; Camp Meetings; Promotional Literature; Programs; Reports and Newsletters; Railway Timetables; and Miscellaneous Printed Material.

Religious serials. Arranged by title, then chronologically for each publication. Issues are not sequential for all titles.

American Holiness Journal, 1950, Feb.-1955, July
Box 53
American Holiness Journal, 1955, Sept.-1969, Sept.
Box 54
Call to Prayer, 1941-1969
Box 55
Central Holiness University Bulletin, 1923-1928
Box 55
Christian Faith and Life, 1931, Mar.-1933, Feb.
Box 55
The Christian Witness and Advocate of Bible Holiness, 1933, Jan.-1946, June 6
Box 55
God's Revivalist and Bible Advocate, 1941, Oct.-1969, Sept.
Box 55
The Herald, 1953, Oct.-1971. Apr.
Box 55
Hollow Rock Glad Tidings, 1937, Jan.-1967, Aug.
Box 55
Journal of the Alabama Conference, 1916- 1938
Box 56
The Methodist Challenge, 1946-1955
(2 folders)
Box 56
The Way of Faith and Neglected Themes, 1915, June-1931, Dec.
(2 folders)
Box 56
Miscellaneous Serials A-W, 1910-1971
(4 folders)
Box 57

Pamphlets, chiefly concerning religious topics. Pamphlets are divided into five categories (Biographical, Doctrinal, Methodist, Nazarene, and Miscellaneous) and arranged chronologically within each category.

Biographical, 1928-1970 and undated
Box 58
Doctrinal, 1883-1961 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 58
Methodist, 1910-1955
(3 folders)
Box 58
Methodist, 1961-1967 and undated
Box 59
Nazarene, 1905
Box 59
Miscellaneous Pamphlets, 1892-1965 and undated
Box 59

313 religious tracts concerning a wide variety of topics. Tracts are grouped according to author or publisher when a significant body of work by one author or publisher is represented in the collection. One envelope contains tracts on Pentecostal and Holiness topics. Most items are undated.

John L. Brasher and William Clifton Coe, 1945-1962 and undated
(12 tracts)
Box 60
Peter Eldersveld, 1962-1969 and undated
(23 tracts)
Box 60
Free Tract Society Publishers, undated
(26 tracts)
Box 60
Herald Press, Publishers; Ebenezer Myers; and H. W. Patterson, Publishers, undated
(16 tracts)
Box 60
Norman Vincent Peale, 1952-1959
(11 tracts)
Box 60
Pilgrim Tract Society, Publishers and W.A. Swift, undated
(11 tracts)
Box 60
W.M. Tidwell, undated
(19 tracts)
Box 60
Pentecostal and Holiness Tracts, 1914-1933 and undated
(20 tracts)
Box 60
Miscellaneous Tracts, 1926-1967 and undated
(8 envelopes containing total of 175 tracts)
Box 60

Bound shape-note and round note hymnals. Covers and pages missing from some items. Arranged chronologically.

Hymnal (Shape-note, title missing), John T. Benson Co., ca. 1910
Box 61
Tones for Jesus, 1911 (Shape-note, 2 copies)
Box 61
Hymns of Glory, 1914 (Shape-note)
Box 61
Praise Evangel, 1919 (Shape-note)
Box 61
Hymnal (Round note, title missing), undated
Box 61
Old Time Camp Meeting and Revival Songs, undated (Round note)
Box 61
Spiritual Songs, undated (Round note, 2 copies)
Box 61

Yearbooks from Central Holiness University, John Fletcher College, and Cleveland Bible College. Arranged alphabetically by title, then chronologically.

Alethia (Central Holiness University), 1913-1924 (9 volumes)
Box 62
Clebico (Cleveland Bible College), 1948
(1 volume)
Box 62
Sylvis (John Fletcher College), 1925-1927 (3 volumes)
Box 62

Clippings (with some photocopies) pertaining to Brasher and the organizations with which he was affiliated.

1895-1973 and undated
Box 63

Programs, invitations, promotional literature, and certificates from camp meetings. Arranged chronologically. Also includes a handwritten and typed history of Brasher Springs Camp Meeting by John Lakin Brasher.

1909-1969 and undated
Box 63

Literature advertising church services, institutions, organizations, and a variety of merchandise, both religious and secular. Arranged chronologically.

1913-1969 and undated
Box 63

Programs for commencements, performances, and ceremonies at church-affiliated schools; programs for Holiness and Methodist conferences and ceremonies; and church bulletins. Arranged chronologically.

1909-1969 and undated
Box 63

Conference reports; reports by churches and church agencies regarding projects or missions. Arranged chronologically.

1908-1968 and undated
Box 73

Six timetables from railways including the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe; Southern Railway System; Missouri-Kansas-Texas Line; Delaware and Hudson; Rock Island; and Frisco. Arranged chronologically.

1919-1931
Box 73

Postcards, maps, applications, instruction sheets. Arranged chronologically.

1910-1969 and undated
Box 73

Transcriptions of tape recordings, chiefly of Brasher telling stories, delivering speeches, praying, and giving sermons. Includes transcripts of Bible lessons and taped letters by Brasher. Contains some transcripts of reminiscences of Brasher and speeches from the reception upon the donation of Brasher's papers to the Special Collections Department of Duke University. Pages are numbered, and an index to the transcript is included in box 63. A few pages are missing.

Index
Box 64
Pages 1-55
(6 folders)
Box 64
Pages 56-80
(3 folders)
Box 65

Receipts and accounts for personal and church-related expenses; insurance policies; property assessment; financial reports for churches and religious organizations. Some photocopies. Arranged chronologically. A separate folder contains financial papers relating to Brasher Springs Camp Meeting, John H. Snead Seminary, and Central Holiness University. Includes 23 small ledger and account books for both personal and church related expenses.

1855-1969 and undated
Box 66
Brasher Springs Camp Meeting; John H. Snead Seminary; and Central Holiness University, 1906-1963 and undated
Box 66
Grocery Book, 1954
Box 66
Personal Ledger 1923-1930
Box 66
A.L.S. Treasurer's Book, undated
Box 66
Day, Memorandum, and Account Book, 1895- 1896
Box 66
Account Book of First Churches Served, undated
Box 66
Farm and Food Expenses, Records, and Accounts, 1950-1966
Box 66
General Accounts, 1909-1918
Box 66
Ledger, 1929-1936
Box 66
Dormitory Account Book, 1910
Box 66
Conference Secretarial and Personal Accounts, 1920
Box 66
Conference Secretarial and Personal Accounts, 1921-1922
Box 66
Subscription Book for Remodeling and Completing John H. Snead Seminary, 1906-1907
Box 66
Book Orders, undated
Box 66
Minutes Subscriptions, 1917- 1918
Box 66
Central Holiness University Book of Assets, Liabilities, and Expenses, 1917
Box 66
Subscriptions for H. C. Morrison Fund, 1905 and List of Likely Contributions to School Building, undated
Box 66
Accounts Received from Various Sources for Conference, 1903-1905
Box 66
Benevolence Fund Subscription List, ca. 1902
Box 66
Personal Expenses, undated
Box 66
Conference Givings List, 1905
Box 66
Conference Minutes Subscription List, 1904
Box 66
Personal Ledger, 1951-1964
Box 66
Personal Ledger, 1937-1950
Box 66

Documents granting power of attorney; indenture records; land records; record of postal appointment; contracts; records concerning the contribution of land to establish Brasher Springs Camp Meeting. Arranged chronologically.

1856-1963 and undated
Box 66

Chiefly copies of original photographs of John L. Brasher; his family; and Holiness preachers. Photographs of the staff and students of John F. Snead Seminary and Central Holiness University are included. Includes several photographs of camp meetings. Photocopies of photographs and a few pictures removed from printed works are included. Photographs are numbered and arranged in numeric order. List of photographs in box.

List of Photographs
Box 67
Photographs, #1-131
(4 folders)
Box 67
Printed Reproductions and Postcards
Box 67
Photocopies
Box 67

Volumes containing membership rolls of churches and church organizations; salary and financial records; birth and baptismal records; funeral records; and personal memoranda. Some volumes concern churches where Brasher preached, while many are unidentified. A few notebooks kept by John L. Brasher's son Paul are included. Arranged chronologically.

1892-1894, Wedowee, Ala.
Box 68
1897, Alton Park Station, Holston Conference
Box 68
1898-1899, Conference Board of Stewards and Children's Benevolence Fund
Box 68
1899, Simpson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church
Box 68
1899-1900, Simpson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church
Box 68
1901-1902, Simpson Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church
Box 68
1903, Saved and Sanctified, Clarkson, Mississippi
Box 68
1903-1906, Personal Notebook
Box 68
1905, People Saved or Sanctified in Boaz, AL
Box 68
1906, Parties who received minutes
Box 68
1907-1908, Bible Students, 1907-1908
Box 68
1915-1916, Paul Brasher's Daily Memoranda
Box 68
1926 and undated, Stenographer's Notepads
Box 68
1943-1944, Bible School Attendance
Box 68
undated, List of Bible Verses
Box 68
undated, Paul Brasher's American Literature Notebook
Box 68
undated, Personal Notebook
Box 68
undated, Sanctification Record
Box 68
undated, Some of the thoughts which come to me and people who may give money for seminary building
Box 68

Six bound volumes, most unidentified, listing names and addresses. Arranged chronologically.

1933, Address book
Box 69
1954, Hollow Rock Memory Book
Box 69
1957, Address and appointment book
Box 69
undated, Address book
Box 69
undated, Address book
Box 69
undated, Funeral guestbook, unidentified
Box 69

53 pocket-sized datebooks in which Brasher recorded appointments, travels, and speaking engagements. Some entries record sermon texts. Arranged chronologically.

1906-1965
(18 envelopes)
Box 70

Questionnaires, notes, lists of names, seating charts, receipts, commencement announcements, a short typed story from James Brasher's effects, subscription forms, etc. Most items undated.

1910-1970 and undated
(4 folders, 1 envelope)
Box 71
Correspondence Series, 1905-1971 and undated
Box 72
Methodist Episcopal Church, Alabama Conference Series: Church History Subseries (G)
Box 72
Methodist Episcopal Church, Alabama Conference Series: District Statistics Subseries, 1931-1933
Box 72
Printed Material Series: Serials Subseries (Miscellaneous Serials, 1936-1960)
Box 72
Printed Material Series: Tracts Subseries (Miscellaneous Tracts, 1940)
Box 72
Printed Material Series: Clippings Subseries, 1933
Box 72
Printed Material Series: Camp Meetings Subseries, ca. 1910-1965 and undated
Box 72
Printed Material Series: Promotional Literature Subseries, 1938-1968 and undated
Box 72
Printed Material Series: Miscellaneous, 1936-1951 Financial Papers Series, 1917-1949
Box 72
Printed Material Series: Miscellaneous, 1917 and undated
Box 72

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1868, July 20Born at Clear Creek, Etowah County, Alabama; baptized at Alabama Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church during same year
1886Joined Clear Creek Methodist Episcopal Church
1889Licensed to preach
1890, Dec. 21Married Minnie Eunice Moore in Alabama of Gallant, Alabama
1891Joined Alabama Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church
1892-1896Four years of ministry on Wedowee Circuit in Alabama
1893Ordained deacon by Bishop Isaac W. Joyce
1895Ordained elder by Bishop John Fletcher Hurst
1899Graduated from U.S. Grant School of Theology in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Valedictorian
1899-1902Served as pastor of Simpson Methodist Episcopal Church of Birmingham, Ala.
1903-1939Secretary of the Alabama Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church
1905-1906Served as pastor of St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church of Boaz, Ala.
1906-1911President of John H. Snead Seminary at Boaz, Ala.
1917-1926President of Central Holiness University (later John Fletcher College) in Oskaloosa, Iowa
1927-1929Pastor at St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church in Boaz, Ala.
1929-1931Editor, The Way of Faith
1940Established Brasher Springs Camp Meeting, Gallant, Alabama
1942Retired; continued preaching frequently at Brasher Springs Camp Meeting and in various conference churches and camp meetings throughout the country
1971, Jan. 25Died near Attalla, Ala.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Papers of John Lakin Brasher, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The papers of John Lakin Brasher (1868-1971), preacher, evangelist, and leader of the Holiness movement, were donated to the Rubenstein Library by The Brasher Heritage Corporation in 1981, with later additions in 1997, 1998, 2004, and 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by: Melissa J. Delbridge, Denise Dolan, Daniel Daily, Sandra Polaski, Chad Truelove, Randy Bryant, Joanne Fairhurst

Completed September 30, 1992 and reprocessed November 14th, 2013

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller

Finding aid updated to include additions 1997-0187, 1998-0434, and 2008-0171 by Alice Poffinberger, August 3, 2009; updated to include addition 2013-0075 by Rachel Penniman, May 3, 2013.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.