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Guide to the Wesley Works archive, 1676-1996 and undated, bulk 1724-1791, 1960-1996

Abstract

The Wesley Works Editorial Project, founded in 1960, is an international and inter denominational consortium of scholars that is producing a complete critical edition of the works of John Wesley, the 18th century Church of England clergyman who was a primary founder of Methodism.

The Wesley Works Archive, dating from 1676 to 1996, with the bulk ranging from 1724-1791 and 1960-1996, forms part of the working papers of the Wesley Works Editorial Project (WWEP). The collection consists of that portion of the project's documents gathered by Frank Baker during almost four decades of service as the WWEP's editor and main bibliographer, and consists of the correspondence, writings, research, printed materials, photocopied manuscripts, proofs, and other materials produced by Baker and the many other historians, theologians, and clergy, who have participated in the Project. There is much information not only about the founding and early history of the Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist Churches, but also about the history of religious thought and dissent in 18th century England, the Evangelical Revival, and the history of publishing; materials in the collection also throw light on such topics as scholarly publishing and textual criticism.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Wesley Works Editorial Project.
Title
Wesley Works archive 1676-1996 and undated bulk 1724-1791, 1960-1996
Language of Material
English
Extent
70 Linear Feet, Approx. 45,000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Wesley Works Archive, 1676-1996 and undated, bulk 1724-1791, 1960-1996, forms part of the working papers of the Wesley Works Editorial Project (WWEP). Formed in 1960, this international and inter denominational consortium of scholars is producing a complete critical edition of the works of John Wesley, the 18th century Church of England clergyman who was a primary founder of Methodism. The collection consists of that portion of the Project's documents gathered by Frank Baker during almost four decades of service as the WWEP's General Editor, Textual Editor, and main bibliographer, and consists of the correspondence, writings, research, printed materials, photocopied manuscripts, proofs, and other materials produced by Baker and the many other historians, theologians, and clergy, who have participated in the Project. Because John Wesley preached, wrote, and published so widely, the content of the research materials required for a full edition of his writings necessarily contains much information not only about the founding and early history of the Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist Churches, but also much information about the history of religious thought and dissent in 18th century England, the Evangelical Revival, and the history of publishing. Beyond the ostensible purpose of the WWEP, however, the modern correspondence and scholarly debate contained in these papers also throws light on such topics as scholarly publishing and textual criticism.

The collection also sheds light on the history and mechanics of the transmission of texts. That is, while the reproduced printed materials here document the complex publishing and textual history of the thousands of editions of Wesley's writings to appear in his lifetime alone, at the same time the original writings of modern scholars involved in the WWEP document how older texts are researched and recovered from the past, all for the purpose of establishing a present authoritative text to be passed on to the future.

Series in the Wesley Works Archive are arranged to correspond to the unit structure of the thirty-five volume Bicentennial Edition. Described more fully below, the initial sixteen series of the archive and the sixteen units and thirty-five volumes of the Bicentennial Edition are as follows: Sermons (1-4); Explanatory Notes upon the New Testament (5-6); A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (7); Worship (8); The Methodist Societies (9-10); The Appeals to Men of Reason and Religion and Certain Related Open Letters (11); Doctrinal and Controversial Treatises (12-13); Social/Political Tracts (14); Catechetical/Educational Works (15); Editorial Works (16); Medical Writings (17); Journals and Diaries (18-24); Letters (25-31); Oxford Diaries (32); Bibliography (33-34); and Index and Miscellanea (35). A concluding seventeenth series, General Files, gathers materials about the overall history and organization of the WWEP.

The history of the Wesley Works Editorial Project already extends more than fifty years, from its inception in 1960 to the 2011 publication of The Methodist Societies: The Minutes of Conference. This volume, as the seventeenth to be published, marks the halfway point of the entire Bicentennial Edition, which will comprise thirty-four volumes plus a concluding general index volume. Although the General Files are placed as the final series in order to avoid interrupting the parallel structure of series and volumes, they actually mark the best place to begin an overview of the collection, since their various folder groups document much of the administrative history of the Project. Overviews and details of the Project's inception, history, institutional support, and editorial guidelines are best found in the folder groups for the Board of Directors and the Editorial Board. The history of the actual content, intellectual structure, and presentation of volumes can be found in such groups as grouped under such categories as Editorial Procedures and Bulletins of the WWP. Most of the latter were issued by Frank Baker in the 1970s and contain much detail about the content and style choices that were being made for various volumes. The General Files also contain materials that may relate to more than one unit of the Bicentennial Edition, as well as some Wesley publications not selected for inclusion, especially his Explanatory Notes Upon the Old Testament.

The first series in the collection, Sermons is also its largest. It may also provide the fullest and most detailed record of the editorial process and scholarly debate behind the production of these volumes. It documents almost twenty years of work by two men often regarded as the leading Wesleyan scholars of their generation, Albert Outler and Frank Baker, to research, compile, and edit the first four volumes of the Bicentennial Edition, which contain authoritative critical texts of 151 of John Wesley's sermons. Since most of these sermons appeared in several editions during Wesley's lifetime, many of these printings included not only Wesley's intended revisions over time, but also incorporated a host of printers' errors over the course of several decades. Many of individual sermons contain copies of ten or more editions photocopied here, and some contain over thirty. Untangling this history to arrive at Wesley's intended text was the task of Outler as unit editor for the Sermons, in tandem with Baker as Textual Editor and Editor-in-Chief. Their correspondence documents not only their ongoing partnership, but also their sometimes heated exchanges over the exact reading and presentation of texts that lie at the foundation and perhaps the heart of Methodist history, doctrine, and belief.

The next series, Explanatory Notes upon the New Testament, houses correspondence, research, and typescripts for Volumes 5 and 6, still in preparation as of 2011. Most of the material here documents the efforts of Baker and the original unit editor, John Lawson, to arrive at a full working draft of John Wesley's commentary on the New Testament. There is also material concerning The Remains or Several Select Scriptures Of the New Testament opened and explained of Robert Gell, D. D. (1676), an Arminian commentary on the New Testament. An extensive, perhaps full, photocopy of this edition of "Gell's Remains" is included here, along with notes by Baker in which he traces Gell's influence on Wesley.

One of the earlier volumes published, in 1983, is represented in the series A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists. This volume focused on printing a critical text of John Wesley's most famous and popular collection of hymns, which first appeared in 1780 and has gone through many editions since then. Discussion, planning, and research for Volume 7 began in the mid-1960s and is documented by a large volume of correspondence between Baker and the two unit editors, Franz Hildebrandt and Oliver Beckerlegge.

The Worship Series holds materials for Volume 8, a forthcoming collection of John Wesley's printed liturgical works. The materials here reflect early stages in the editorial process, consisting mainly of extensive photocopies and typescripts that were compiled in the late 1970s and early 1980s in order to derive stemma and establish authoritative texts. Despite the early date of these materials in the history of the project, they include a full preliminary typescript of Volume 8, edited by Baker. Another highlight here is some later, related work Frank Baker did on Hymns on the Lord's Supper, resulting in a 1995 address to a meeting of the Charles Wesley Society.

The Methodist Societies unit is divided into two volumes and subseries: History, Nature, and Design (Vol. 9); and Minutes of the Conference (Vol. 10). Completed in 1989, History, Nature, and Design collects a variety of documents, published intermittently throughout Wesley's life, in which in which he attempted to define what a Methodist and Methodism were, and how its societies were to be organized within the Church of England. The materials gathered here contain research, typescripts, and proofs that outline the entire history of the volume's inception, development, and publication. Minutes of the Conference, on the other hand, did not appear until 2011, some twenty to thirty years after these materials were researched and written, so this subseries reflects only the early stages of the volume's development. The subseries consists mainly of photocopies, although many have been densely annotated by Baker, collated, and transcribed into preliminary typescripts. The highlight of this subseries may lie in Baker's unpublished index of John Wesley's preachers. Deemed too long for the published volume, this work compiles brief but detailed chronologies of some 600 18th Methodist preachers in England: where they served, when they moved, and other highlights of their lives and careers.

The next series holds materials for the first-published volume of the Bicentennial Edition, 1975's The Appeals to Men of Reason and Religion and Certain Related Open Letters (Vol. 11). The Appeals volume gathers printed materials and open letters by Wesley in which he attempted to publicly clarify his ecclesiastical and theological positions, sometimes out of the need to respond to attacks and correct public misconceptions of the Methodist societies.

Several small series appear in the middle of the collection, reflecting the relatively small amounts of materials Baker had in hand for six volumes (Vols. 12-17) that remain in preparation as of 2011. Even despite this gap of time, though, the series Doctrinal and Controversial Treatises (Vols. 12-13), Social/Political Tracts (Vol. 14), and Catechetical/Educational Works (Vol. 15) each contain several hundred pages of preliminary typescripts, some of them with Baker's notes on stemma prepared in the early 1980s. The even smaller Editorial Works Series contains only a few folders, the most important of which is an early introduction to the volume written by the original unit editor, T. Walter Herbert, in 1981. The last of the small series found in this portion of the collection, Medical Writings is chiefly notable for containing some of the most recent materials in the archive, dating to the mid-1990s. Almost all of this material stems from the work of James Donat, who began corresponding with Baker in the 1990s about some of Wesley's medical writings for which he was preparing texts, entirely separately from the WWEP. Donat eventually became co-editor (along with Randy Maddox) of this volume.

The next series, Journals and Diaries, is among the largest in the collection, covers one of the two largest units in the Bicentennial Edition, and is also co-edited by Richard P. Heitzenrater, who succeeded Baker as General Editor for the WWEP. Heitzenrater is also the editor of a later, closely-related series, the Oxford Diaries (Volume 32). There is no material in the collection related to this volume-in-preparation, but materials housed elsewhere may pertain to it.

The seven volumes of John Wesley's letters comprised one of the two units of the Bicentennial Edition for which Frank Baker was originally slated to be unit editor. Although he completed only the first two of those volumes--Letters I: 1721-1739 and Letters II: 1740-1755 (Volumes 25 and 26, respectively)--the Letters Series contains not only those materials but many more that Baker gathered in preparation for the entire series. The series is arranged in two large subseries, General Files and Volumes. The latter is composed mainly of materials specific to the two volumes published during Baker's lifetime, including correspondence, notes, and many versions of typescripts and proofs. The General Files Subseries, however, contains materials for Baker's preparation for all seven volumes, some of which extend well past the 1755 end-date of Volume 26. Among the highlights here are the hundreds of photocopies of manuscript letters, both to and from Wesley, collected from archives around the world. Although these are in theory available from the original holding archive, where known, the fact of their being collected in single place makes this a valuable resource for studying Wesley's correspondence and correspondents. Another item of interest, entirely unique to this collection, is the notebook labeled "Early log of Wesley letters." Undated but probably from the mid-1970s to early 1980s, this notebook sheds light on Baker's research methods as well as providing a resource for studying Wesley's correspondence. It lists in chronological order, from 1725 to 1791, the date, place written, recipient, place received, prior publication if any, and present archival location of some 4000 John Wesley manuscript letters around the world. Its content extends well beyond the content presently available in either the published volumes of the Bicentennial Edition or in the previous standard for Wesley's letters, the Telford edition.

Before the most complex series in the Archive, the Bibliography Series, is described, Index and Miscellanea Series requires only a brief mention. It contains a small amount of material for the concluding volume of the Bicentennial Edition, not to be published until all the other volumes are complete. As well as providing a general index to the entire set, this volume will also present background materials that explain rationales the editors used to decide for or against modernization of diction, spelling, punctuation, and many other issues involved in faithfully presenting Wesley's texts to a modern audience.

Prior to the Index, though, the penultimate unit of the Bicentennial Edition is represented in the Bibliography Series. Aside from the Letters, this was the only other portion for which Frank Baker served as the original unit editor. Planned as Volumes 33-34 but left incomplete at his death, the Bibliography was only one instantiation of a topic on which he labored for several decades: documenting the publishing history of the editions of their writings that appeared in print during the lifetimes of John and Charles Wesley. Independently of his work on the WWEP, and yet also in preparation for it, Baker had already published A Union Catalogue of the Publications of John and Charles Wesley in 1966. Although this title and the work-in-progress he called "A Descriptive and Analytical Bibliography" may at first sound like two names for more or less the same thing, the latter is in fact a radically different work. The words "descriptive" and "analytical" in the title were not added lightly: each publication with a completed entry in the bibliography is taken up and considered in a full-length essay. Baker of course provides the expected bibliographic details for all editions to appear in Wesley's lifetime, derives the stemma or publishing genealogy of each work, and lists holdings around the world, just as in the Union Catalogue. But here he does far more. He also discusses each work's place in the Wesley canon, considers everything from how and why it came to be written and published, to its reception history, to the ways Wesley used and adapted it in successive printings over the years. In short, the drafts and typescripts collected here, though uncompleted, go well beyond "bibliography" or even "annotated bibliography" as those terms are generally conceived. They set out to describe in full a publishing phenomenon that spanned two-thirds of the 18th century: the life in print of a speaker, writer, editor, and abridger whose works appeared in more than four thousand editions in his own lifetime alone.

It comes as little surprise, then, that the Bibliography Series should be the largest in the collection for any unpublished unit of the Bicentennial Edition. It also has the most complex relationship with other materials at Duke--not only with other series in the Wesley Works Archive but with other Frank Baker collections in the Rubenstein and Divinity School Libraries. In order to make full use of this network of resources, researchers are advised to read the Bibliography Series and Subseries notes closely and to consult with Research Services staff as needed.

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Contents of the Collection

Early dates reflect photocopies, not original materials. The Sermons series begins with the General Planning Subseries, highlighted by correspondence between Frank Baker, Albert Outler, Richard Heitzenrater, and other editors; and by a typescript of an early version of the general introduction. Following this is the Stemmata Subseries, composed of hundreds of photocopies of editions of Wesley's sermons as they were published by various 18th-century publishers, in the Arminian Magazine, and in various editions of the Sermons on Several Occasions. These photocopies document Frank Baker's work to derive the stemma in order to arrive at the most authentic text possible.

The next step in this process in documented in the Texts Subseries, which is roughly divided into two folders groups of "preliminary texts" and "styled preliminary texts." These latter represent a later stage in the editing process, where decisions are made about spelling, punctuation, style, and other concerns to render a text that is both true to the 18th century originals and cognizant of modern readers.

The remaining four subseries, Sermons I, II, III, and IV, document the completion of this unit as the four volumes approached publication, one at a time, in the 1980s. Each subseries contains many versions of typescripts and proofs, many of them heavily edited by Baker and by various editors at Oxford University Press and Abingdon Press. All four volumes of the Sermons have been published, one each year from 1984-1987; the unit editor was Albert C. Outler.

General data accumulated prior to the division of the Sermons into four volumes.

Appendix of variants--note, 1972 and undated
Box 1
Calculating pages, 1981
Box 1
Correspondence, 1969-1988

In addition to correspondence arranged here, a long early letter from FB to Outler, with extensive notes on the Sermons, can be found in the folder "Publishing histories" in the Bibliography Series, Printers and Printing Subseries.

(8 folders)
Box 1
Early table of contents, 1972
Box 1
Errata: Wesley's corrections, 1968
Box 1
General Introduction typescript (by Outler), 1978
(2 folders)
Box 1
Index and Edward Sugden's introductions to Sermons, undated
Box 1
Lists of proof edits, vols. 2-4, 1980-1985
Box 1
Miscellany--SOSO introduction, 1981
Box 2
Photocopies, SOSO (Pine), 1771-1774, 1969 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 2
Research--photocopies, 1787 and undated
Box 2
Arminian Magazine (oversize photocopy). Sermons 117-126, 1790-1792
(2 folders)
Box 21
Chart of Sermons editions, undated
Box 21

Alphabetically arranged; photocopies of successive printings of JW's sermons 1738-1791; used by textual editor Frank Baker to derive stemmata.

1. Salvation by Faith, eds. A, L-M, O-2B, 2E-D, 2G-I; 1738-1798
Box 2
2. The Almost Christian, eds. A-C, E-F, H-L, M-Z, 2D-E; 1741-1787, 1972
(3 folders)
Box 2
3. Awake, Thou That Sleepest, eds. A-2C; 1742-1790, 1972
(Folders 1-3 of 6)
Box 2
3. Awake, Thou That Sleepest, eds. 2D-3D; 1742-1790, 1972
(Folders 4-6 of 6)
Box 3
4. Scriptural Christianity, eds. A-M, O; 1744-1787, 1986
Box 3
7. The Way to the Kingdom, eds. E-F, H; 1782-1793
Box 3
9. The Spirit of Bondage and of Adoption, eds. A, B; 1746, 1981
Box 3
10, 11. [both?] The Witness of the Spirit, eds. A, B, E, F; 1767-1788 and undated
Box 3
13. A Discourse On Sin in Believers, eds. A-C, E, G, H; 1763-1791
Box 3
14. The Repentance of Believers, eds. A-C, E, G; 1767-1788 and undated
Box 3
15. The Great Assize, eds. A, B, D-I; 1758-1792, 1981-1986
Box 3
16. The Means of Grace, eds. B, D, E, H, K; 1747-1790, 1986
Box 3
20. The Lord Our Righteousness, eds. A-E, I; 1766-1789 and undated
Box 3
31-32. [?] A Caution Against False Prophets (Sermon on the Mount, 12), eds. B, C, F, H, I, L; 1750-1789
Box 4
34-36. Three Sermons on the Law ('The Law Established through Faith,' 1 and 2), eds. B, C, D, F, I; 1751-1791, 1986
Box 4
37. The Nature of Enthusiasm, eds. B, E, H; 1755-1789
Box 4
39. Catholic Spirit, eds. B, D, H; 1755-1789
Box 4
40. Christian Perfection, eds. A, B; 1741-1743, 1969
Box 4
41. Wandering Thoughts, eds. A-E, G, I, L; 1763-1790, 1986 and undated
Box 4
43. The Scripture Way of Salvation, eds. A-D, F, G; 1765-1791
Box 4
44. On Original Sin, eds. A, D-F, H, J, K; 1768-1788, 1986
Box 4
45. The New Birth, eds. C, F, I; 1770-1784
Box 4
49. The Cure of Evil Speaking, eds. B, D-I, K, M, N; 1760-1791
Box 4
51. The Good Steward, eds. A-G, I, J; 1768-1788 and undated
Box 4
52. The Reformation of Manners, eds. A, C; 1763, 1778
Box 4
53. On the Death of Mr. Whitefield, eds. A, B, F; 1770-1771
Box 4
55. On the Trinity, eds. B-H; 1767-1789
Box 4
58. On Predestination, eds. A-C, F; 1776, 1791
Box 4
59. God's Love to Fallen Man, unknown editions; 1791
Box 4
73. The Eternity of Hell Torments ('Of Hell'), eds. C, D; 1789-1790
Box 4
84. The Important Question, eds. A-G, I; 1775-1793 and undated
Box 5
86. A Call to Backsliders, eds. A-E; 1778-1788
Box 5
93. The Duty and Advantage of Early Rising ('On Redeeming the Time'), eds. B, C, D, F, G; 1783-1791
Box 5
99. The Reward of Righteousness ( Original Title: 'A Sermon Preached November 23, 1777, in Lewisham Church Before the Humane Society'), ed. A; 1777
Box 5
109. A Sermon Preached at St. Mary's ('The Trouble and Rest of Good Men'), no stemma or variants; 1735
Box 5
110. Free Grace, eds. A, B, D, G-K; 1739-1791
Box 5
111. National Sins and Miseries ('A Sermon Preached at St. Matthews, Bethnal-Green'), no stemma or variants; 1775
Box 5
112. On Laying the Foundation of the New Chapel ('On Numbers'), eds. A, B; 1777
Box 5
113. The Late Work of God in North America, eds. A, B; 1778
Box 5
114. On the Death of the Rev. Mr. John Fletcher, eds. A, B, D-F; 1785-1791
Box 5
The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes, 1750-1756

By Charles Wesley. Photocopies of several editions.

Box 5
A Sermon Preached at the Opening of the New Meeting-House at Wakefield, 1774

Dr. Baker notes that this may be the same sermon as "The Cause and Cure of Earthquakes," and was mistakenly attributed to JW instead of its true author, Charles Wesley. Only one edition has been photocopied and included here.

Box 5

The texts date from the same general period as the Stemmata Subseries above, and much of the editorial work would have been done in the late-1970s to mid-1980s. See Collection Overview for discussion of the difference between "preliminary texts" and "styled preliminary texts." Arranged chronologically.

Preliminary texts, Sermons 1-37, undated
(7 folders)
Box 6
Preliminary texts, Sermons 38-77, undated
(7 folders)
Box 7
Preliminary texts, Sermons 78-108, undated
(5 folders)
Box 8
Preliminary texts, nine sermons added 1771, undated: 13-15, 20, 39, 43, 51-53, 129, undated
(Folders 1-2 of 3)
Box 8
Preliminary texts, nine sermons added 1771, undated: 13-15, 20, 39, 43, 51-53, 129, undated
(Folder 3 of 3)
Box 9
Styled preliminary texts, Sermons 1-36, undated
(6 folders)
Box 9
Styled preliminary texts, Sermons 37-80, undated
(7 folders)
Box 10
Styled preliminary texts, Sermons 81-113, undated
(5 folders)
Box 11
Styled preliminary texts, Sermons 114, 127-128, 130-143, undated
(2 folders)
Box 11
Styled preliminary texts, various sermons, alternate numbering, undated
(2 folders)
Box 11

Correspondence, notes, typescripts, and proofs for Sermons I, 1-33, Volume 1 (1984) of The Works of John Wesley. This was the first volume published by Abingdon Press, following Oxford University Press's withdrawal from the project. Arranged as received, roughly in order of the process of composition and editing. Proofs and galleys are slightly oversize materials.

Correspondence and copy editing questions, 1977-1983 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 12
Preface and prelims, 1979
Box 12
Preface proofreading, 1983
Box 12
Typescripts, full set: introduction, preface, and sermons, copy edited and corrected, undated
(12 folders)
Box 12-13
Vol. 1 revisions, 1983
Box 13
Proof design--notes and correspondence, 1982-1983
Box 13
Notes on Vol. 1 proofs, 1978-1984
(2 folders)
Box 14
Final markups on prints, 1984
Box 14
Proofs and galleys, 1983-1984

Multiple stages of editing represented; includes Baker's edits of Oxford University Press galleys. Arranged as received, generally in production order.

(25 oversize folders)
Box 21-24

Correspondence, notes, typescripts, and proofs for Sermons II, 34-70, Volume 2 (1985) of The Works of John Wesley. Arranged as received.

Copy editing, 1983
Box 14
Typescripts, sermons 34-70--full set, copy edited and corrected, 1984
(5 folders)
Box 14
Typescripts, notes to sermons 34-70--full set, copy edited and corrected, 1984
(Folder 1 of 5)
Box 14
Typescripts, notes--full set, copy edited and corrected, 1984
(Folders 2-5 of 5)
Box 15
Proofs correspondence, 1984-1985
Box 15
Galley notes, 1989
Box 15
Galleys, 1985
(6 folders)
Box 25

Correspondence, notes, typescripts, and proofs for Sermons III, 71-114, Volume 3 (1986) of The Works of John Wesley. Arranged as received. Galleys are slightly oversize materials.

Correspondence, miscellaneous, 1985-1987
Box 15
Typescripts, sermons 71-114--full set, copy edited and corrected, circa 1986
(Folders 1-3 of 4)
Box 15
Typescripts, sermons 71-114--full set, copy edited and corrected, circa 1986
(Folder 4 of 4)
Box 16
Typescripts, notes to sermons 71-114--full set, copy edited and corrected, circa 1986
(4 folders)
Box 16
Notes on proofs, undated
Box 16
Galleys, 1985
(6 folders)
Box 26
Galleys, 1985-1986
(5 folders)
Box 27

Correspondence, notes, typescripts, and proofs for Sermons IV, 115-151, Volume 4 (1987) of The Works of John Wesley. The 18th century dates used for this subseries reflects the presence of numerous photocopied materials filed with this volume. Arranged as received.

Research--general, 1844, 1972, 1983 and undated
Box 17
Research, Sermons 133-151, 1725-1741, 1772, 1968-1972 and undated

Mainly photocopies and transcriptions of sermons from various manuscript originals.

(17 folders)
Box 17
Typescripts: Sermons 115-151, undated
(3 folders)
Box 17
Typescripts: Appendices A-D, 1982, 1987 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 18
Typescripts: Bibliographical Lists and Charts, 1983 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 18
Typescripts, copy edited: Preface-Sermon 151, 1987
(4 folders)
Box 18
Typescripts, copy edited: Notes, 1987
(4 folders)
Box 19
Typescripts, copy edited: Appendices, indices, and errata, 1986-1987 and undated
(Folders 1-5 of 7)
Box 19
Typescripts, copy edited: Appendices, indices, and errata, 1986-1987 and undated
(Folders 6-7 of 7)
Box 20
Page proof correspondence, 1986-1987
Box 20
Proofs, 1987
(3 folders)
Box 20
Galleys, with Baker's edits, 1987
(4 folders)
Box 27

Correspondence, research, and typescripts for Volumes 5 and 6, in preparation. Most of the material here documents the editors' efforts to arrive at a preliminary text, thus photocopies and typescripts of various editions of Wesley's work comprise the bulk of this series. Files are arranged in the categories of correspondence, research, and texts, with the last category further arranged in order of composition (stemmata, preliminary texts, and styled texts). Baker's main correspondent here is original unit editor John Lawson (d. 2003); the current unit editor is Scott Jones.

Correspondence, 1974
Box 28
Research: Gell's Remains, 1676-1759, 1988

Proofs, introductory note, and photocopies of original material, 1676-1759.

Box 28
Research: Lawson's Marked Copies, undated

Scope: Matthew-Acts. Pages of an unspecified edition of Explanatory Notes cut out and taped to typing paper, to which Lawson added notes in the margins.

(5 folders)
Box 28
Research: Appendices A-B - photocopies with notes, undated
(2 folders)
Box 28
Research: Xerox of stemma, undated
Box 28
Preliminary Texts, undated
(Folders 1-7 of 13)
Box 29
Preliminary Texts, undated
(Folders 8-13 of 13)
Box 30
Styled Preliminary Texts, undated
(Folders 1-2 of 18)
Box 30
Styled Preliminary Texts, undated
(Folders 3-10 of 18)
Box 31
Styled Preliminary Texts, undated
(Folders 11-18 of 18)
Box 32

Files for Volume 7 contain correspondence between Frank Baker, Franz Hildebrandt, Oliver A. Beckerlegge, and James Dale; typescripts of the introduction by Hildebrandt; the project of James Dale in discovering literary allusions in the hymnody corpus; the final typescripts, galleys, and page proofs of the volume. Volume 7 was first published in 1983, by Oxford University Press, and republished in 1989 under the Abingdon imprint; the unit editors were Franz Hildebrandt and Oliver Beckerlegge, assisted by James Dale. Arranged in categories as received.

Early correspondence, 1965-1976
(2 folders)
Box 33
General Planning, 1970-1980
Box 33
Hildebrandt, 1974-1978
Box 33
Chronological, 1978-1983
(Folders 1-5 of 6)
Box 33
Chronological, 1978-1983
(Folder 6 of 6)
Box 34
Franz Hildebrandt draft under revision, 1974 Mar.
Box 34
Last draft, undated
Box 34
Dale, James, 1970-1979

Correspondence, drafts, and notes on literary allusions for Dale's section of the introduction, "The Literary Setting of Wesley's Hymns."

(3 folders)
Box 34
Hymmbook type samples, 1976
Box 34
Identifying Scripture--John Lawson, undated
Box 34
Proposal for Concordance to 1780 Hymn Book, 1984 and undated
Box 34
Scriptural allusions, undated
(Folder 1 of 2)
Box 34
Scriptural allusions, undated
(Folder 2 of 2)
Box 35
Verse lists--indexes, undated
Box 35
Styled typescript, undated
(10 folders)
Box 35
Variants marked, undated
(Folder 1 of 4)
Box 35
Variants marked, undated
(Folders 2-4 of 4)
Box 36
Typescript, 1979 and undated
(Folders 1-4 of 7)
Box 36
Typescript, 1979 and undated
(Folders 5-7 of 7)
Box 37
Typescript of appendices, undated
(2 folders)
Box 37
Galleys A, 1981
(5 folders)
Box 38
Galleys B, 1981
(5 folders)
Box 38
Page Proofs, 1982
Box 38

Material is arranged as received, gathered under the title of each individual work to be reprinted in the Worship volume. This titles are then arranged in the order reflected in early drafts of the planned table of contents. Volume 8 has not been published. The unit editor at the time these materials were produced was Raymond George, with whom Baker corresponds here; since then, Geoffrey Wainwright and Karen Westerfield Tucker have also been added as unit editors.

Correspondence, 1978-1986
Box 39
A Collection of Forms of Prayer for Every Day in the Week--photocopies and typescript, 1737-1772, 1965-1978 and undated
(7 folders)
Box 39
A Collection of Prayers for Families--photocopies, stemma, and typescripts 1743-1786, 1978 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 39
Prayers for Children--photocopies and typescript, 1772-1777 and undated
Box 39
Directions for Renewing our Covenant with God--correspondence and typescript, 1978 and undated
Box 39
The Sunday Service of the Methodists: Correspondence, notes, photocopies, and typescripts, 1784-1792, 1969-1992 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 39
The Sunday Service of the Methodists: Notes on JW letter of 1784 Sept. 10, 1964-1970
Box 40
The Sunday Service of the Methodists: 2nd edition, printout from microfilm, 1786, 1883, and 1922
(3 folders)
Box 40
The Sunday Service of the Methodists: full edited typescript, with notes on stemma, 1978
(4 folders)
Box 40
The Sunday Service and the Book of Common Prayer, 1784-1785, 1984
Box 40
The Christian Sacrament and Sacrifice--photocopies of editions, 1754, 1790 and undated
Box 40
Hymns on the Lord's Supper, 1745-1786 and undated

Photocopies of editions 1-9, typescripts, bibliographic research, correspondence, and drafts for an address by FB to Charles Wesley Society, 1995 Oct. 14.

(9 folders)
Box 40-41
Volume 8--typescripts, undated
(9 folders)
Box 41-42

Arranged in two subseries that comprise volumes 9 and 10, respectively: History, Nature, and Design; and Minutes of the Conference. See subseries notes for further detail.

Correspondence, notes, typescripts, and proofs for History, Nature, and Design, Volume 9 (1989) of The Works of John Wesley. The primary correspondents here are Baker and unit editor Rupert E. Davies, although J. Hamby Barton, at one time co-editor with Davies, appears often in the 1970s files. Arranged as received, in these categories: correspondence; drafts of Davies' Introduction; texts of the individual Wesley works collected in this volume; preliminary texts and Baker's stemmata for all the constituent letters; and concluding with galleys of the final stages of publication.

Correspondence--Rupert Davies, J. Hamby Barton, Dick Heitzenrater, and others, 1970-1989
(2 folders)
Box 43
Introduction--correspondence, drafts, and comments, 1983-1987 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 43
Introductory notes to chapters--draft, undated
Box 43
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: The Character of a Methodist--collated and styled texts, stemma, eds. A-S, 1742-1791 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 43
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: The Principles of a Methodist--collated and styled texts, stemma, eds. A, C-G, 1742-1789 and undated
Box 43
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: The Nature, Design, and General Rules of the United Societies--styled texts, stemma, eds. A-2N, 1743-1793, 1988, and undated
(3 folders)
Box 44
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: Rules of the Band Societies--stemma, notes, eds. A-S, 1744-1791, 1983 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 44
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: Answer to the Rev. Mr. Church's Remarks--styled text, eds. A-C, [1745]
(2 folders)
Box 44
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: Advice to the People Called Methodists--collated and styled texts, stemma, eds. A-I, 1745-1787 and undated
Box 44
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: Modern Christianity Exemplified at Wednesbury--collated text, eds. A-D, 1745-1790 and undated
Box 44
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: The Principles of a Methodist Further Explained--styled text, stemma, eds. A-B, 1746-1771 and undated
(Folder 1 of 2)
Box 44
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: The Principles of a Methodist Further Explained--styled text, stemma, eds. A-B, 1746-1771 and undated
(Folder 2 of 2)
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: Gair i'r Methodist--A Word to a Methodist--notes, eds. A-B, 1748-1751 and 1979
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Letter to a Clergyman--preliminary text, eds. A-E, 1748-1772, 1989 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Plain Account of the People Called Methodists--collated text, stemma, eds. A-C, E-I, 1749-1786 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Short Address to the Inhabitants of Ireland--collated text, stemma, eds. A-D, 1749-1750 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Baily of Cork--text, eds. A-C, 1750-1773 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Letter to the Rev. Dr. Free--text, eds. A, D, 1758, 1773; and A Second Letter to the Rev. Dr. Free--text, ed. A, 1758
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: Reasons Against a Separation from the Church of England--collated text, stemma, eds. A, C-G, 1758-1788 and undated
Box 45
A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Downes--preliminary text, eds. A-B, 1755, 1773 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Short History of Methodism--eds. A-E, 1765-1789 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Letter to the Rev. Dr. Rutherforth--eds. A-B, 1768-1773 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Fleury--preliminary text, ed. A, 1771, 1979 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: An Answer to Mr. Rowland Hill's Tract, entitled "Imposture Detected"--eds. A-D, 1777 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Thomas Maxfield--ed. A, 1978 and undated
Box 45
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Short History of the People Called Methodists , undated

[Separated Materials, to be cataloged as a monograph: John Wesley, A Short History of the People Called Methodists, London, J. Paramore, 1781; re-bound pamphlet extracted from same edition of A Concise Ecclesiastical History from the Birth of Christ, to the Beginning of the Present Century. Provenance: F.F. Bretherton.]

Box 46
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: The Case of Birstall House, undated
Box 46
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Toogood, of Exeter, undated
Box 46
Stemmata for Volume 9, prelim. chapter: Answer to a Letter--Bath Journal, undated
Box 46
Substitute pages in editing process, 1984-1989
Box 46
Appendix of London Foundery Membership, 1985
Box 46
Working typescript, undated
(6 folders)
Box 46
Printer's typescript, undated
(5 folders)
Box 47
Page proof correspondence, 1988-1989
(2 folders)
Box 47
Galleys (oversize), 1988
(3 folders)
Box 54

Correspondence, notes, typescripts, and proofs for Minutes of the Conference, Volume 10 (2011) of The Works of John Wesley. As with materials for volumes published during his lifetime, these are roughly arranged in a sequence that follows the editorial process, in the following categories: Correspondence, Photocopies, Preliminary Texts, and Typescripts, and Other Research Materials. The final two boxes of the subseries are devoted mainly to Baker's extensive unpublished biographical index of some 600 of JW's preachers. Unit editor for Volume 10 is Henry Rack, who took over from his predecessor, John Bowmer, in the 1980s.

Correspondence between Baker and original Volume 10 editor John Bowmer, mainly 1970s; and between Baker and Henry Rack, Bowmer's successor, beginning mid-1980s. Also includes numerous photocopies.

Correspondence folders
Box 48

Copies of various portions of the Minutes volume, many annotated by Baker.

Large Minutes, 1753-1789 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 48
Large Minutes in six successive editions, undated
Box 48
Conference Journal photocopies, 1784-1791
(4 folders)

[Folder 1 houses reduced-size copies. For full-size copies, see Folders 2-4 in Box 54.]

Box 48
Full Connexion, 1744, 1869, 1984
Box 48
Annual, 1765-1790
(Folders 1-2 of 5)
Box 48
Annual, 1765-1790
(Folders 3-5 of 5)
Box 49
Deed of Declaration, 1784-1785
Box 49

Predominantly edited transcriptions and preliminary texts, although also containing many photocopies.

Manuscript minutes, 1744-1749, 1751-1755, 1758, 1782-1791, 1979-1987 and undated

Photocopies and transcriptions of annual minutes manuscripts, as differed from printed minutes above.

(Folders 1-13 of 20)
Box 49
Manuscript minutes, 1744-1749, 1751-1755, 1758, 1782-1791, 1979-1987 and undated
(Folders 14-20 of 20)
Box 50
Doctrinal Minutes, 1749, 1772
Box 50
American Minutes, 1773-1794, 1977-1991 and undated

Correspondence, notes, photocopies, and typescript of FB article, "Wesley and America."

(2 folders)
Box 50
Irish Minutes--correspondence, notes, photocopies, typescripts, 1752-1791, 1864, 1964-1986 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 50
Disciplinary Minutes, 1749 and undated
Box 51
The Conferences, photocopies and typescripts, 1750-1764
Box 51
"Annual Minutes, 1765-1780"--edited partial typescript, undated
(3 folders)
Box 51
"Annual Minutes, 1765-1791"--undated

Clean copy, incorporating changes from above and extending.

(4 folders)
Box 51
"Methodist Conferences in Ireland, 1765-1791"--continuing from "Annual" above, undated
Box 52
"Methodist Conferences in America, 1773-1794"--continuing from "Ireland" above, undated
Box 52
"Doctrinal and Disciplinary Minutes, 1749"--continuing from "America" above, undated
Box 52
Early Conferences Manuscript Minutes, 1744-1764
Box 52
Large Minutes, 1753-1789, 1987-1990 and undated

Various drafts of typescripts of Large Minutes A/B, C/D, and E/F; extensive handwritten notes and edits by Baker; early index by Heizenrater.

(Folders 1-9 of 11)
Box 52
Large Minutes, 1753-1789, 1987-1990 and undated
(Folders 10-11 of 11)
Box 53

Various uncategorized research files and notes consisting of some or all of the categories above (correspondence, photocopies, preliminary texts, and typescripts). Many though not all of these files comprise research on the names and stationing of British and American preachers, concluding with the extensive list at the end of this folder group, "Wesley's Preachers," which was apparently rejected as being too long to include in the published volume. Arranged alphabetically.

American Preachers, 1773-1799, 1980
Box 53
British Preachers' Stationing, 1744-1764--Summary, 1980
Box 53
Corrections to the Conference Journal, 1784-1791
Box 53
Notes, photocopies, and teaching materials on status, stationing, and other topics, 1784, 1975 and undated
Box 53
Notes and references, 1739-1979 and undated
Box 53
Wesley's preachers, undated

Alphabetical index, circa 250 pages, of more than 600 18th-century preachers. Each entry lists preacher's stations in chronological order, followed by citations for the sources of this information. Undated but probably prepared in the late 1970s or 1980s, by Baker and his daughter Enid Hickingbotham.

(Folders 1-2 of 4)
Box 53
Wesley's preachers, undated
(Folders 3-4 of 4)
Box 54

Volume 11 was the first volume published by Oxford University Press, in 1975; it was also re-published by Abingdon Press in 1987. Materials here relate only to the initial edition. The series opens with a short folder group of correspondence, followed by a single folder of various photographs used in the volume. The remainder of the series consists of successive drafts of typescripts and various stages of proofs. Typescripts include both preliminary texts, with notes on stemmata, and styled texts. Most of the correspondence and discussion here is between Baker and Gerald R. Cragg, unit editor for the Appeals.

Correspondence, 1968-1974
(2 folders)
Box 55
Photography of engravings of and letters by Wesley, and title pages, 1742-1791, 1974-1983
Box 55
An Earnest Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion (1743), undated
Box 55
A Further Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion (1745)--texts and comparison of editions, undated
(4 folders)
Box 55
A Letter to the Right Reverend Lord Bishop of London (1747), 1971 and undated
Box 55
A Letter to the Author of "The Enthusiasm of Methodists and Papists Compared" (1750), undated
Box 55
A Second Letter to the Author of "The Enthusiasm ..." (1751), undated
Box 56
A Second Letter to the Lord Bishop of Exeter (1752), undated
Box 56
A Letter to the Rev. Mr. Horne (1762), undated
Box 56
A Letter to the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Gloucester (1763), undated
Box 56
A Further Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion (1745)--texts and comparison of editions, undated
(3 folders)
Box 56
A Letter to the Author of "The Enthusiasm of Methodists and Papists Compared" (1750), undated
Box 56
A Second Letter to the Author of "The Enthusiasm ..." (1751), undated
Box 56
A Second Letter to the Lord Bishop of Exeter (1752), undated
Box 56
A Letter to the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Gloucester (1763), undated
Box 56
Typescripts--carbon copies for press, 1972
(Folders 1-2 of 12)
Box 56
Typescripts--carbon copies for press, 1972
(Folders 3-12 of 12)
Box 57
Typescript and extra copies of appendix, undated
Box 57
Indexes, for press, undated
Box 57
Proofs, 1974
(Folders 1-2 of 4)
Box 57
Proofs, 1974
(Folders 3-4 of 4)
Box 58
Proofs, top copy, 1974

A note of Frank Baker states that this typescript contains corrections too late for publishing.

(7 folders)
Box 58
Proofs--appendix, undated
Box 58
Bound proof, 1974
Box 58

Correspondence, notes, and a typescript for Volumes 12 and 13, in preparation. Although not extensive, the correspondence contains discussion between Baker and a succession of unit editors over the course of some twenty years, including original unit editors John Deschner (Vol. 12) and William R. Cannon (Vol. 13). A long typescript of almost 800 pages was prepared by Baker in 1981 for a subsequent unit editor, Robert Cushman (Vol. 12). Although this typescript is a fair copy, most of its sections contain notes on stemma and extensive bracketed notes by Baker on all aspects of the text. The series concludes with a prospective list of titles, prepared around 1980, for The Defence of Christianity (the original title for Vol. 13). In addition to the materials included here, shorter typescripts for individual works may be found in under Arminian Magazine. in the Catechetical/Educational Works Series (Vol. 15). Current unit editors are Paul Chilcote and Randy Maddox (Vol. 12); and Ken Collins (Vol. 13).

Correspondence, 1976-1994
Box 59
Typescript, circa 1981
(7 folders)
Box 59
An Attempt to Unite the British Methodists--text for Vol. 9 or Vol. 12, (1749), 1979
Box 59
List for The Defence of Christianity (Vol. 13), 1971, 1980 and undated
Box 59

Volumes 14 and 15, both still in preparation for publication, were originally conceived as a single unit to be entitled "Pastoral and Educational Works" and edited by A. Lamar Cooper. This plan lasted until at least the mid-1980s, encompassing all the materials gathered here. Since current rather than original titles are being used for the series in this inventory, the assignment of these typescripts to Volume 15 is somewhat arbitrary--in reality, there is no differentiation between the two volumes here. There are preliminary texts for each tract as originally planned for the volume; copies of a collated typescript; and correspondence. Current unit editors are David Hempton (Vol. 14) and Rex Matthews and Rebekah Miles (Vol. 15).

Summary, correspondence, notes, 1969-1980
Box 60
Preliminary and styled texts, A-T and undated

Typescripts of forty Wesley titles published from the 1740s-1790s. Baker's edits probably date to the 1970s or early 1980s. Arranged alphabetically by title, with this box containing "The Advantage of the Members of the Church" through "Serious Thoughts Upon the Perseverence of the Saints."

(Folders 1-28 of 40)
Box 60
Preliminary and styled texts, A-T and undated

"A Short Account of the School at Kingswood" through "Thoughts Upon Slavery."

(Folders 29-40 of 40)
Box 61
Typescript, undated

Full typescript, circa 500 pp. plus notes, including texts for An Extract of the Christian's Pattern, A Short Account of the Life and Death of the Rev. John Fletcher, and numerous shorter works.

(5 folders)
Box 61
Typescripts--edited, undated

Further edits on Extract and other portions of the fair copy above.

Box 61
Arminian Magazine, 1778-1791, 1992 and undated

Contains unedited typescripts extracted from Wesley's magazine; organized by year, not volume, with brief notes and queries about individual works' selection for Volumes 12, 13, 14, 15, or 16. Folder 1 contains an extensive contents list for the magazine from 1779-1791.

(5 folders)
Box 62

This volume, still in preparation, focuses on JW's extensive work in editing and re-publishing the works of other authors. Materials for this series comprise only a few folders, ending a few months after the 1983 death of the original unit editor, T. Walter Herbert. Correspondence between Baker and Herbert begins in 1970 and continues through the early 1980s. One correspondence folder contains the main piece of original research and writing found here, a 1982 draft of Herbert's introduction for the volume. The remainder of the series consists of photocopied articles on the history of printing and principles of bibliography; their direct relationship to this volume is unclear, and they are similar to other materials to be found in the Bibliography Series. The current unit editor is Randy Maddox.

Early correspondence with T. Walter Herbert, 1969-1976
Box 62
Later correspondence with Herbert, including his introduction for Volume 16, 1980-1984
Box 62
Research--articles on the history of printing and bibliography, 1920-1970
(2 folders)
Box 62

This volume in preparation focuses on Wesley's writings on medicine and other topics in the sciences. In addition to a few folders of texts--mainly photocopies--at the end of the series, the materials here comprise two small groups of correspondence and research, one from the 1970s and one from 1990s. The former is concerned with general planning for this unit, which early on had the broader title, or rather theme, of "Medicine and Natural Philosophy." The later group of correspondence is mainly between Baker and James Donat, who first contacted Baker in 1995 about research he was conducting on Wesley's Primitive Physick, independently of the Wesley Works Editorial Project. Donat now serves as co-editor of this unit along with Randy Maddox.

Correspondence and research on Wesley's natural philosophy and Survey of the Wisdom of God in the Creation, 1791, 1973-1974, 1991 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 63
Correspondence with James Donat on texts of various works, 1775-1776, 1985, 1995-1996 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 63
Collection of Receipts for the Use of the Poor (includes preliminary typescript), 1745-1746 and undated
Box 63
The Desideratum; or, Electricity Made Plain and Useful--photocopies, 1771-1778
Box 63
An Extract From Dr. Cadogan's Dissertation on the Gout--typescript transcribed and edited by Donat, 1996
Box 63
Primitive Physick--notes, photocopies, stemma, and unpublished article by FB, 1755-1785, 1979-1989 and undated
Box 63
Thoughts on the Sin of Onan, 1779 and undated
Box 63

Contains correspondence between the unit editors and Frank Baker; research on the Georgia Journal and a preliminary text by Richard Heitzenrater; drafts of Vol. 18 introduction; a significant number of notes by Frank Baker relating to the editing and publication of the volumes including "Safeguarding Wesley's Style," in which the decisions in preserving 18th-century vernacular are explained; and an incomplete collection of galleys and page proofs of Vol. 18-24. Unit editors for Volumes 18-24 are W. Reginald Ward (Journals) and Richard P. Heitzenrater (Diaries).

Correspondence, chronological, 1968-1991 and undated

Contains drafts and notes for FB's article "The Birth of John Wesley's Journal," 1970.

(2 folders)
Box 64
Correspondence--Heitzenrater, 1969-1986 and undated

Contains letter from Heitzenrater to Baker, 1969 July 31, in which he describes his discovery that day of the Benjamin Ingham diary, which held a key to the cipher Wesley used in his Oxford diaries.

Box 64
Miscellaneous notes and photocopies, 1749-1759, 1987 and undated
Box 64
Chart of Volumes 18-24, undated
Box 64
Proofs and final editing, 1974-1994
Box 64
Safeguarding Wesley's style, 1989 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 64
Baker's personal preface to Appendix A:1 ("Wesley's Text"), 1993
Box 64
Baker's note on variants 1770-1774, 1996
Box 64
Journal 2 final printing, undated
Box 64
Journal leaves, J.W. III.12, 1756-1758
Box 64
Miscellaneous extracts of manuscripts, 1735-1775, 1985-1990
Box 64
Miscellaneous notes--stemmata, undated
Box 64
Preliminary extracts, 1974-1991 and undated

Note: Original trial batch for Oct. 1743-June 1744, followed by preliminary extracts for Journal volumes 13-15, 1762-1770; and volume 19, 1779-1782.

(Folders 1-4 of 5)
Box 64
Preliminary extracts, 1974-1991 and undated
(Folder 5 of 5)
Box 65
Styled extracts, Journals 1-8 (1736-1751), 1986 and undated

Typescripts edited for style, together with stemmata notes for some volumes.

(Folders 1-8 of 24)
Box 65
Styled extracts, Journals 9-15 (1751-1770), undated

Journal 13 (1762-1765) contains an additional folders of footnotes by FB apparently not used in the published version.

(Folders 9-17 of 24)
Box 66
Styled extracts, Journals 16-21 (1770-1790), 1983, 1996 and undated
(Folders 18-24 of 24)
Box 67
First edited extracts, Journals 7-8 (1746-1751), undated

Fair copy typescripts that incorporate the extensive hand-edits from styled extracts above. This partial sequence picks up with Journal 7 and concludes with Journal 14.

(Folders 1-3 of 12)
Box 67
First edited extracts, Journals 8-14 (1751-1768), undated
(Folders 4-12 of 12)
Box 68
First edited extracts--notes for Journals 14-16, undated
(3 folders)
Box 68

Correspondence, notes, typescripts, and proofs for individual volumes of the Journals and Diaries unit.

Correspondence, notes, 1981-1988
(3 folders)
Box 68
Introduction--correspondence, first draft, and later draft, 1986 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 70
Wesley: Journal of Voyage to Georgia (1735-1738), and notes, undated
Box 69
Georgia manuscript journals (1736-1738)--arranged photocopies (Reginald Ward), 1986 and undated
(6 folders)
Box 69
Preliminary texts--Heitzenrater typescript, 1986
Box 69
Preliminary texts, appendix--Baker typescript, undated
(2 folders)
Box 70
Manuscript journals and diaries (typescript, combined--May 1-Nov. 1, 1736), undated
Box 70
Journal I--Appendix MS JRN and DIA 1, 1735-1736
Box 70
Journal I Duplicate, 1735-1736
Box 70
Journal I unedited typescript, 1735-1738
(2 folders)
Box 70
Heitzenrater typescript: Georgia and London diaries, 1735-1738, and undated
(Folder 1 of 2)
Box 70
Heitzenrater typescript: Georgia and London diaries, 1735-1738, and undated
(Folder 2 of 2)
Box 71
Typescript top copy, with footnotes, 1986
(4 folders)
Box 71
Carbon copy of revised text, 1736-1738 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 71
Revisions, 1986
Box 71
Extract I footnotes by Heitzenrater, 1986
Box 71
Page proofs, redated, 1987
Box 71
Galleys, 1987-1988
(Folders 1-2 of 5)
Box 71
Galleys, 1987-1988
(Folders 3-5 of 5)
Box 79
Correspondence, 1987
Box 72
Extracts 3-5, working copy (1738-1743), undated
(4 folders)
Box 72
Extracts 3-5, working notes by Baker, undated
Box 72
Corrected page proofs, Volume 19, 1989
(Folders 1-3 of 4)
Box 72
Corrected page proofs, Volume 19, 1989
(Folder 4 of 4)
Box 73
Galleys, Extracts 3-5, 1989
(3 folders)
Box 79
Extract 6 (1743-1746), working copy and Baker's original notes pages, undated
(3 folders)
Box 73
Extract 7 (1746-1749), working copy, undated
(2 folders)
Box 73
Extract 8 (1749-1751), working copy, undated
(2 folders)
Box 73
Extracts 7 and 8, Baker's original notes pages, undated
Box 73
Extract 9 (1751-1754), working copy, undated
(2 folders)
Box 74
Heitzenrater final transcript, 1990
(6 folders)
Box 74
Corrected page proofs, 1990
(4 folders)
Box 74
Galleys, Extracts 6-9, 1990
(4 folders)
Box 75
Extract 11 (1758-1760), working copy, undated
Box 75
Extract 12 (1760-1762), working copy, undated
(2 folders)
Box 75
Extracts 10-12 (1755-1762), new working copy, undated
(Folders 1-4 of 8)
Box 75
Extracts 10-12 (1755-1762), new working copy, undated
(Folders 4-8 of 8)
Box 76
Heitzenrater final transcript, circa 1991-1992
(4 folders)
Box 76
Proof correspondence, 1992 and undated
Box 77
Extracts 15 (1768-1770), 16 (1770-1773), and 17 (1773-1776), working copy, undated
(5 folders)
Box 77
Page proofs with FB's unused edits, 1993

An extended note by Baker on these folders explains that this copy of the page proofs contains hundreds of his suggestions, not used by Heitzenrater in the published version, to retain Wesley's original punctuation and spelling. Baker further explains that both he and Heitzenrater as General Editor had good reasons for disagreeing and asks that this alternate copy of the proofs be retained.

(4 folders)
Box 78
Correspondence, 1991-1992
Box 78
Extract 18 (1776-1779) typescript, 1991
(2 folders)
Box 78
Extract 20 proof mistakes, 1994
Box 78
Entry in bibliography, undated
Box 78
Miscellaneous notes to Vol. 20, undated
Box 78
Notes, printouts, miscellaneous, 1991-1996
Box 78
Photocopies of JW's journal, 1782-1788
Box 79

The Letters series (Vol. 25-31) showcases the meticulous work of Frank Baker, editor of the series: here is his correspondence with international libraries to obtain extant Wesley letters; research concerning Wesley's correspondents; and many layers of editing the letters. The Wesley Works Archive contains relevant photocopies, not original manuscripts, of JW's letters. The bulk of the materials relate to the two volumes of letters published during Baker's lifetime--volumes 25 and 26 of the Bicentennial Edition--which cover Wesley's letters through 1755. However, there are also some materials for volume 27 and many materials that document Baker's extensive preparation for the entire 7 volume letters unit. These last-named materials, however, actually appear first in the following arrangement, under the heading of General Planning. Following that are the materials for individual volumes of the Letters. Frank Baker was the original unit editor and saw the first two of seven volumes into publication. The unit editors for the remaining volumes are Ted Campbell and Philip Meadows.

The General Planning Subseries is arranged in several folder groups that outline Baker's extensive preparations for the entire Letters unit. The first group, Acquisition of Letters, contains his notes on antiquarian catalogs, indexes he compiled of 19th century Methodist periodicals, and back issues of Sotheby catalogs, dating to the early 20th century, in which Wesley letters were offered for sale. Correspondence is composed of two types of materials: his contact with other Wesleyan scholars; and the hundreds of inquiries he made to international archives in the mid-1970s about their holding of Wesley manuscripts (the letters shown here are mainly replies in the negative).

Folders grouped under Identification comprise files about letters with either questionable dating or attribution, but also many details about the physical characteristics of letters that help in their proper identification, such as franks, seals, watermarks, and how to identify not only Wesley's handwriting but that of his various scribes and amanuenses.

Indexes and Logs houses Baker's and other scholars' work on listing and categorizing Wesley's voluminous letters. In addition to the folders in this group, several other card files and indexes can be found in the Frank Baker Papers, Subject Files Series, Card Files Subseries, which houses over 30 indexes and 40,000 cards that Baker compiled for his own use as well as that of the Project.

Following Indexes and Logs are several folder groups of reproductions of thousands of Wesley letters, both outgoing and incoming, compiled from various sources and organized in various ways: Letters from Printed Sources, Letters by Archive, Letters by Correspondent, and Letters by Chronology.

The last three groups contain photocopies and microfilm printouts of hundreds of manuscript letters from and to JW, many of which have not yet appeared in printed form. There are far too many to cite here individually, but some of these are noted in the finding aid, with preference being given to those more difficult to access, such as those from smaller archives and those that have never been published in either the Telford or Abingdon editions of the Wesley's letters.

American book prices, current, 1970-1979 and undated
Box 80
Letters to follow up, 1926-1960
Box 80
Notes on magazine indexes from 1850-1930, undated
Box 80
Plans to acquire letters--correspondence, 1934, 1947, 1963-1977
(2 folders)
Box 80
Sotheby catalogs, 1902-1976 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 80
Baker notes, correspondence, and photocopies of letters, 1754-1800, 1970-1996

Includes photocopy, transcription, and discussion of a late (1788) JW letter to Nancy Bolton, privately-held as of the mid-1990s.

Box 80
Campbell, Ted, 1989
Box 80
International inquiries for institutional holdings, 1974-1975
(3 folders)
Box 80
Methodist Archives, 1986-1989
Box 80
Outler, Albert, 1974
Box 80
Amanuenses and scribes--identifying, 1736-1789, 1978-1985
(2 folders)
Box 81
Covers, 1780-1787
Box 81
Facsimiles taken as originals, 1778, 1992
Box 81
Finished, 1950-1987
Box 81
Franks, postmarks, undated
Box 81
Letter seals, 1724-1791, 1951, 1973-1985 and undated

Photographs, research, and replicas of JW's letter seals; ca. 1724-1791. One folder contains material on the monogram for the Oxford Edition.

(5 folders)
Box 81
Letters to identify, 1753-1829, 1889-1897, 1936, 1963-1975 and undated

[One manuscript letter, 1889, and one sheet of typed notes, undated, transferred to the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism, Wesley Family Series. The letter, from Rev. T. Withington to George Stampe, transcribes from memory an undated letter from JW to S. [Sammy] Furly that had once been in Withington's possession.]

Box 81
Undated, uncertain, 1757-1783, 1969
Box 81
Watermarks, 1736-1791 and undated
Box 81

Related materials: in addition to those gathered here, several other indexes and files of letters to and from John and Charles Wesley can be found in the Frank Baker Papers. In the Writings and Research Series, Writings by Others Subseries, see the extensive, multiply-indexed "Early Methodist Letters," compiled and written by Thomas R. Albin. In the Subject Files Series, Card Files Subseries, see the various files under "Letters" and "Wesley Letters."

Database and master list of letters to JW from 1755-1790, 1992-1993 and undated
Box 81
JW letters not appearing in Telford's Edition, 1986 and undated

Log of Wesley's letters, including recipient and archival source, from 1734-1791. See also "Early log" below

Box 81
Methodist letters--Tom Albin's list, 1989
Box 81
Notebook: early log of Wesley letters, circa mid-1970s-1980s

[2011 Mar. 9: log book temporarily removed for Frank Baker exhibit, Divinity School Library, Apr. 15-June 30 2011.]

Box 81
Pawson, John--log of his letters from 1764-1806, undated
Box 81
Australian correspondence, 1758-1780, 1954-1988

Typed transcription of JW letter, 1780 Sept. 30. Photocopies and transcriptions of two JW letters to Jonathan Pritchard, 1758 Mar. 25 and 1772 Feb. 27.

Box 81
JW letters: BR/C-D [i.e., Didsbury College, now Wesley College], 1750-1830, 1930

Approximately 50 letters, mainly from JW, but also from William Grimshaw, Joseph Benson, and others..

Box 82
Bristol letters requested in mail [Wesley's Chapel], 1769, 1790, 1992

Photocopies of two non-Telford letters: 1789 Aug. 28, JW to Mrs. [Charles] Wesley; and 1790 Oct. 22, JW to Mr. York.

Box 82
London P.R.O. [Public Record Office, London], 1736-1777, 1964-1977
Box 82
Methodist Archives, John Rylands University of Manchester, MS. 170--photocopy from Charles Wesley notebook, 1755-1756

Related materials: other photocopies of MS. 170, which may cover different portions, can be found in the Frank Baker Papers, Subject Files, Wesley Family Files, John Wesley Letters.

Box 82
Methodist Archives, John Rylands University of Manchester--microfilm photographs and photocopies, 1725-1788, 1978

Group of seventeen letters to JW, identified by FB and alphabetized by sender.

(2 folders)
Box 82
Moravian Archives - London, 1745-1748 (oversize)
(2 folders)
Box 84

Entire folder group filed in oversize boxes. Contains photocopies of a relatively even mixture of published and manuscript letters, including many typed transcriptions of the latter.

Letters from JW, 1736-1789
Box 84
Letters to JW, 1724-1734

Approximately 108 photocopied letters, from, among others: Samuel Wesley, Sr., Susannah Wesley, Samuel Wesley, Jr., Emilia Wesley, Kezia Wesley, Martha Wesley, Hetty Wesley, John Clayton, and Benjamin Ingham.

(2 folders)
Box 84
Letters to JW, 1735-1745

Approximately 220 photocopied letters, from, among others: Charles Wesley, Samuel Wesley, Jr., George Whitefield, James Hutton, Benjamin Ingham, Susannah Designe, and Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon.

(6 folders)
Box 85
Letters to JW, 1746-1769

Approximately 300 photocopied letters, from, among others: John Bennet, Alexander Coates, Jane Cooper, Philip Doddridge, John Fletcher, Martha Hall, Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, Samuel Lloyd, Sarah Ryan, Charles Wesley, and George Whitefield.

(5 folders)
Box 86
Letters to JW, 1770-1781

Approximately 280 photocopied letters, from, among others: Thomas Austen, Samuel Bardsley, John Crook, John Fletcher, Thomas Hanby, the Countess of Huntingdon, Elizabeth Ritchie, Charles Wesley, and Thomas Wride (several lengthy manuscript letters).

(5 folders)
Box 87
Letters to JW, 1782-1790

Approximately 120 photocopied letters, from, among others: Francis Asbury, Samuel Bradburn, Thomas Carlill, Thomas Coke, Ezekiel Cooper, John Fletcher, Mary Gilbert, Alexander Mather, Hester Roe/Hester Rogers, Sarah (Sally) Wesley, Thomas Wride, and Francis Wrigley.

(2 folders)
Box 88
AW and MW, letters to, 1744-1758

Note: From "Holy Oyle."

Box 82
Bennet, John--letter book, 1749-1757, 1942, 1978 and undated

Photocopies from both the original letter-book and from the transcription made by Marmaduke Riggall in the 1920s.

Related materials: the original of Riggall's full transcription is housed in the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism, Volumes Series, Writings Subseries.

(2 folders)
Box 82
Blackwell, Ebenezer, 1751-1762, 1870-1895, 1951-1976
Box 88
Bolton, Ann (to), 1768-1791, 1959-1969

Photocopies from various print and manuscript sources, all previously published. The folder group for Bolton in the Frank Baker Papers, Subject Files Series also contains copies of Bolton's letters to JW, as well as extensive photocopy of the manuscript of Bolton's journal.

Box 82
Bredin, John, 1784 Feb. 6

Note by FB as non-Telford.

Box 82
Dale, Peggy (to, printed), 1765-1769
Box 82
Gibbes, Agnes (to), 1783-1785, 1968-1977

Mainly copies of Wesley's manuscript letters to Gibbes, from Public Records Office, London.

Box 88
Haimes, John, 1778
Box 82
Landey, Thomas--1752, 1994

To JW as copied by Charles Wesley, 1752 July 29; and FB's correspondence and notes on Landey and the Wesleys.

Box 82
Mallet, Sarah (to), 1788
Box 82
Ritchie, Elizabeth, 1774-1788

Photocopies of thirty-two letters, all but two from originals in the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism, Wesley Family Division.

Box 82
"John Smith," 1745, 1975 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 82
Sparrow, Samuel, 1772-1773
Box 82
Zinzendorf, Count, 1736-1740, 1974-1977
Box 82
Unaddressed letter from JW, 1773 Feb. 12; and FB correspondence, 1990
Box 82
Letters to periodicals, 1762, 1770, 1977
Box 83
Telford Letters, 1758-1766
Box 83
Undated letters in print, 1831, 1866
Box 83
Brackenbury, R. C., 1811 and undated
Box 83
Merryweather, G. (Melbourne), 1843
Box 83
Moore, Henry, A Plain Account of the Conduct of Mr. Whitehead Respecting Mr. Wesley's..., 1791-1809
Box 83
Stampe, George, undated
Box 83
Miscellaneous, 1751-1790, 1861, 1900-1929, 1980
Box 83

Correspondence, typescripts, proofs, and other materials for Letters I: 1721-1739 and Letters II: 1740-1755 (Volumes 25 and 26, respectively); and a small amount of preparatory material for Letters III: 1756-1765 (Volume 27, in preparation).

Correspondence, 1977-1979
Box 83
Miscellaneous papers, Vols. 25-26, 1775, 1977 and undated
Box 83
Translation of difficult letter excerpts, 1977
Box 83
Introduction typescript, incomplete, undated
Box 83
Edited typescript, undated
(Folders 1-4 of 5)
Box 83
Edited typescript, undated
(Folder 5 of 5)
Box 89
Typescript photocopy, undated
(6 folders)
Box 89
Introduction typescript "B," edited, circa 1979 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 90
Typescript "B," edited, circa 1978-1979
(5 folders)
Box 90
OUP proofs edited by Baker, 1978-1979 and undated
(Folder 1 of 3)
Box 90
OUP proofs edited by Baker, 1978-1979 and undated
(Folders 2-3 of 3)
Box 91
OUP (Oxford University Press) proofs--Introduction notes and revisions, 1978
(Folder 1 of 2)
Box 91
Oversize OUP proofs--Introduction notes and revisions, 1978
(Folder 2 of 2)
Box 88
OUP proofs--appendix, circa 1978
Box 88
OUP proofs, edited and corrected, 1979
(3 folders)
Box 91
List of corrections, 1979 undated
Box 91
Substitute pages, Vols. 25-26, 1979-1980
Box 91
Research, correspondence, typescripts, 1978-1979
Box 91
Proofs--correspondence with Baker, 1978-1981
Box 91
Typescript, copy edited, circa 1980
(Folder 1 of 6)
Box 91
Typescript, copy edited, circa 1980
(Folders 2-6 of 6)
Box 92
Edited typescript "B," undated
(Folders 1-2 of 6)
Box 92
Edited typescript "B," undated
(Folders 3-6 of 6)
Box 93
Typescript of appendix: Wesley's correspondence, undated
Box 93
Indices of Wesley's correspondents, 1978 and undated
Box 93
Early OUP proofs, 1980-1981
(4 folders)
Box 94
Later proofs, undated
(2 folders)
Box 94
List of corrections, undated
Box 94
Corrections and additions, Vols. 25-26; correspondence, typescript, 1993-1994
Box 94
Appendix revision, 1992
Box 94
Correspondence, 1994
Box 94
Word lists, 1988
Box 94

Arranged in four subseries: General Planning; Printers and Printing; Stemmata and Texts; and Typescripts. Because his work on the "Descriptive and Analytical Bibliography" required Baker to consult so many thousands of editions of works by John and Charles Wesley, this series has an extremely complex relationship not only with other series in the current collection but also with other collections at Duke. The outline provided below is not exhaustive in explicating these relationships, but does provide guidance about when to expect to find related materials at Duke, and where to search. Frank Baker was the original unit editor for Volumes 33 and 34, and authored almost all the original material in this series, the bulk of which dates to the 1970s and 1980s. Today the unit editors are Page Thomas and Richard P. Heitzenrater.

For a general overview of all the Frank Baker collections at Duke, see Related Materials earlier in this inventory. To access all pertinent information at Duke on particular publications by JW, see also the following series/subseries and collections as applicable:

  • For initial bibliographic information on a particular title, see both the Stemmata and Texts Subseries and the Typescripts Subseries in the current series. In addition, further information can often be found in the Series/Subseries corresponding to the volume in which the title appeared (or is planned to appear). As an extreme but instructive example, all of the following materials can be found about the single sermon Awake, Thou That Sleepest: a 23-page essay and stemma in the Typescripts Subseries below: an additional folder of notes and rough drafts in the Stemmata and Texts subseries; and more notes, including photocopies of over fifty editions from libraries around the world, in the Sermons Series, Stemmata Subseries.
  • In addition to the above, see also the Frank Baker Photocopies Collection (Divinity School) for other possible photocopies, transcriptions, and notes on stemma.
  • See the Frank Baker Microfilm Collection (Divinity School) for microfilm of manuscript and printed collections from around the world. For the provenance of these microfilm, including history of acquisition and correspondence with the archives involved, see the Frank Baker Papers, Libraries and Archives Series. (Rubenstein Library)
  • See the printed materials division of the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism (Rubenstein Library) for original editions Baker may have used in his research. These items may be searched in the online catalog.
  • Also see the Frank Baker Papers for more materials on any of the following topics: for the closely related work, A Union Catalogue of the Publications of John and Charles Wesley, see the Writings and Research Series, Union Catalogue Subseries; for topics listed in the Printers and Printing subseries below, see the unpublished essay Printers' Flowers as Bibliographic Evidence in Eighteenth Century Britain in the Writings and Research Series, Unpublished Writings Subseries; for indexes of Wesley's writings, including certain volumes of the Bicentennial Edition, see the Subject Files Series, Card Files Subseries.

Several folders of general information, mainly brief with the exception of the "Preparatory handbook," which contains extensive details about how Baker prepared and updated the bibliography as he worked. Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Bibliography guidelines, 1967
Box 95
Bibliography notes for background, 1966-1967
Box 95
Bibliography stemmata, typology, etc., 1978-1984
Box 95
Miscellaneous correspondence and notes, 1968-1994, and undated
Box 95
Preparatory handbook, A-Z (working copy and fair copy), 1983
(2 folders)
Box 95
Variants for Wesley bibliography, 1961-1962
Box 95
Works mistakenly attributed to JW, 1961, 1993
Box 95

A collection of folders based on the subjects of bibliography, the printing of JW's writings, and printers' flowers and ornaments. Regarding the last topic, there is much research and unpublished writing files as "Printers' Flowers as Bibliographic Evidence," to be found in the Frank Baker Papers, Writings and Research Series, Unpublished Writings Subseries.

American Methodist imprints, 1965, and undated
Box 95
American printers: James Adams of Wilmington, 1770
Box 95
Annual register, 1758-1759
Box 95
Appendices, 1984, and undated
Box 95
Ascribed to Wesley, Nos. 670-699, undated
Box 95
Bibliography of American Literature, 1955, and undated
Box 95
Bibliography: catalogues and announcements in periodicals, undated
Box 95
Book Account, 1789
Box 95
Book Room, 1791, 1842-1844, 1991
Box 95
Book sellers and advertisements, 1744
Box 95
Bristol Journal, 1757, 1968-1969
Box 95
Bristol newspaper notes, 1742-1743, 1956, 1973

[Processing note: manuscript copies of originals transferred to the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism, Subject Files, Printers and Printing]

Box 95
Catalogues of publishing (JW), 1746-1789, 1989
(Folder 1 of 3)
Box 95
Catalogues of publishing (JW), 1746-1789, 1989
(Folders 2-3 of 3)
Box 96
Catalogues: non-Wesley, 1754-1798
Box 96
Covers of books or magazines, with contents, letters, advertisements, etc., Nos. 850-867, 1783

[Entire folder transferred to the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism, Subject Files, Printers and Printing--items too fragile to be photocopied at present. Contents: covers of monthly numbers of Arminian Magazine, 1783 June-Dec., each with "To the Reader" and advertisements for various books.]

Box 96
Delacolonge, 1773
Box 96
Engravings, 1735
Box 96
Flowers - Printers' , 1710-1799, 1960-1982, and undated

Printers: Baskerville, Caslon, Cottrell, Fry, James, Stephenson, Wilson. Includes folder of selections, duplicates, and a photocopied book on printings. Texts photocopied from early and late 18th century. Baker's notes date from the 1960s-1980s.

(11 folders)
Box 96
Fournier, Modéles des Caracteres de L'Imprimerie, 1742
Box 96
Hawes, Robert, 1773-1780, 1983
Box 96
Imprints, undated
Box 96
List of publications in collection, undated
Box 96
List of standard bibliographies, undated
Box 96
Lloyd's Evening Post, 1764-1765, 1988
Box 96
London Chronicle, 1757-1791
Box 96
MS Alterations, 1747
Box 96
Monthly Review, 1749-1789
Box 96
Newcastle Journal, 1743-1747, 1991
Box 97
Ornaments, 1738-1771, 1985
(3 folders)
Box 97
Press figures, undated
Box 97
Printers and booksellers: Foundery, New Room, New Chapel, undated
Box 97
Printers (countries), 1988-1993 and undated

Series of notes, mainly undated, on printers and printing in America, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

(5 folders)
Box 97
Printers' illustrations, 1984 and undated

Alphabetical file--photocopies of hundreds of 18th century printers' flowers and ornaments.

(2 folders)
Box 97
Printing trade, 1986-1991
Box 97
Published by others, undated
Box 97
Publishing histories, 1968, 1986 and undated

Publishing histories for various JW writings, but mainly sermons. Contains long letter and some 40 pages of notes from FB to Albert Outler, 1968, on the histories of various sermons. This work does not appear to be duplicated in the Sermons Series itself.

Box 97
Reilly, Dictionary of Ornaments, undated
Box 97
Rosart, The Type Specimen of Jacques François Rosart, 1973
Box 97
Savage, William, Dictionary of the Art of Printing, 1841
Box 97
Simon, Oliver, Introduction to Typography, 1947
Box 97
Works sponsored, undated
Box 97

Contains Baker's research on individual publication histories of the first 94 works to be listed in the Bibliography, plus various work on scattered higher-numbered entries. Most folders contain photocopies of multiple editions of these works, Baker's drafts and notes for the individual publication history of the work, and an outline of the stemma. In theory, Baker's writing and notes here should match the more polished versions to be found in the full 1981 typescript to be found in the next subseries; in practice, though, no comparison has been made, so there are likely to be handwritten notes here that are not included in the fair copy typescript. For this subseries, due to the high proportion of partial and full photocopies and transcribed materials, the dates in the box list reflect only the initial publication dates that Baker cited for each work. Although no attempt has been made to include dates of all items in each folder, in most cases it can be assumed that materials photocopied from later 18th century editions are included--gathering such editions for evaluation was the point of the research. Baker's own writing and notes are almost all undated, but it the bulk of this work was done by the early 1980s. Arranged in order of the new numbering scheme assigned by Baker for the Bibliography; the equivalent older number, based on the earlier bibliographies of Baker and Richard Green, is indicated in parentheses. Researchers should note that while this list stops at item 94, short of the 106 in the full typescript in the next folder group, it also picks up again with miscellaneous manuscripts for handful of citations above 106.

1. (Green/UC 1) A Collection of Forms of Prayer (1733)
Box 98
2-3. Norris, John: A Treatise on Christian Prudence (Green/UC 2) and Reflections Upon the Conduct of Human Life (Green/UC 25) (1734)

Materials are mainly about the Treatise.

Box 98
4. (Green/UC 26) The Christian Pattern (1735)
Box 98
5. (Green 4) Advice to a Young Clergyman (1735)
Box 98
6. (Green/UC 5) A Sermon Preached at St. Mary's in Oxford (1735) [no folder for this item in sequence]
Box 98
7. (excluded from Green) Dissertationes in Librum Jobi by Samuel Wesley (1736)
Box 98
8. (Green/UC 6) A Collection of Psalms and Hymns (1737)
Box 98
9. (Green/UC 7) A Collection of Psalms and Hymns (1738)
Box 98
10. (Green/UC 8) A Sermon on Salvation By Faith (1738)
Box 98
11. (Green/UC 9) Doctrine of Salvation, Faith, and Good Works (1738)
Box 98
12. (Green/UC 10) An Abstract/Extract on the Life of Halyburton (1739)
Box 98
13. (Green/UC 15) Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739)
Box 98
14. (Green/UC 11) Free Grace (1739)
Box 98
15. (Green/UC 12) Nicodemus, by A. Francke (1739)
Box 98
16. (Green/UC 14) Two Treatises, by R. Barnes, 1739)
Box 98
17, 18. (UC 18B, UC18A) The Means of Grace, by Charles Wesley (1740); and The Life of Faith, by Charles Wesley (1740)
Box 98
19. (Green/UC 13) Journal, Extract I (1735-8), and 19.i. (Williams' affid), 1740)
Box 98
20-39. Journal, Extracts, 1740-1791)

Note: individual correspondences between these twenty items and their numbering in the Green bibliography is too complex to be listed here. See folder for this information.

Box 98
40. (Green/UC 19) Hymns and Sacred Poems (1740)
Box 98
41. (Green/UC 17) Nature and Design of Christianity (1740)
Box 98
42. (Green/UC 16) Serious Considerations Concerning the Doctrines of Election and Reprobation (1740)

[Separated Materials, to be cataloged as monographs, the following three editions of Serious Considerations Concerning the Doctrines of Election and Reprobation: 2nd, London, [Cock?], 1752; 3rd, Briston, Pine, 1769; 4th, London, New Chapel, 1790.]

Box 98
43. (Green/UC 21) Extract of the Life of M. de Renty (1741)
Box 98
44. (Green/UC 30) A Collection of Psalms and Hymns (1741)
Box 98
45. (Green/UC 26) Extract of The Christian's Pattern (1741)
Box 98
46-47. (Green/UC 31-32) Hymns on God's Everlasting Love (1741)

[Separated Materials, to be cataloged as monograph: Hymns on God's Everlasting Love, London, [Strahan], pp. 60 (i.e., 1st edition of UC 32).]

Box 98
48. (Green/UC 22) Serious Considerations on Absolute Predestination (1741)
Box 99
49. (Green/UC 24) A Dialogue Between a Predestinarian and His Friend (1741) [no folder for this item in sequence]
Box 99
50. (Green/UC 24) The Almost Christian (1741)
Box 99
51. (Green/UC 27) The Scripture Doctrine Concerning Predestination, Election, and Reprobation, 1741)
Box 99
52. (Green/UC 23) A Short Account of the Death of Mrs. Hannah Richardson (1741)
Box 99
53. (Green/UC 29) Christian Perfection (1741)
Box 99
54. (Green/UC 40) Hymns and Sacred Poems (1742)
Box 99
56. (UC 33A) Whole Armour of God (1742)
Box 99
58. (UC 32A) The Taking of Jericho (1742)
Box 99
59. (Green/UC 33) Awake Thou That Sleepest, CW, 1742)
Box 99
60. (UC 39) Elegy on the Death of Robert Jones (1742)
Box 99
61. (UC 40A) A Sermon Preached . . . by the Reverend Henry Piers (1742)
Box 99
62. (UC 41A) Letter to Capt. Robert Williams (1742)
Box 99
63. (UC 40C) Some Remarks on the letter from Rev. Mr. Whitefield to Wesley, by Susanna Wesley, 1742)
Box 99
64. (UC 19.i) The Fourteenth Chapter of Isaiah (1742)
Box 99
65. (UC 40D) A Thanksgiving for the Colliers (1742)
Box 99
66. (UC 41B) A Second Letter to... Williams (1742)
Box 99
67. (Green/UC 35) The Principles of a Methodist, by Josiah Tucker, 1742)
Box 99
68. (Green/UC 41) A Collection of Hymns . . . from Hymns and Sacred Poems (1742)
Box 99
69. (Green/UC 38) A Collection of Tunes (1742)
Box 99
70. (UC 41B) A Hymn for Condemned Prisoners (1742)
Box 99
71. (Green/UC 42) Thoughts on Marriage and a Single Life (1743)
Box 99
72. (Green/UC 44) Word in Season: Advice to Soldier (1743)
Box 99
73. (Green/UC 43) Nature, Design, and General Rules (1743)
Box 99
74. (Green/UC 47) An Earnest Appeal... 1743)
Box 99
75. (UC 47A) A Letter From a Private Person (1743)
Box 99
76. (UC 47B) Letter from a Late Roman Catholic (1743)
Box 99
77. (Green/UC 45) A Practical Treatise on Christian Perfection (1743)
Box 99
78. (Green/UC 58) A Collection of Moral and Sacred Poems (1744)
Box 99
79. (Green/UC 46) The Pilgrim's Progress, by Bunyan, 1743)
Box 99
80. (UC 47C) Hymn for Christmas Day (1743) [no folder for this item in sequence]
Box 99
81. (Green/UC 57) Rules of the Band Societies (1744)
Box 99
82., 83. (Green/UC 60, 59) Hymns for Times of Trouble, Hymns for Times of Persecution (1744)
Box 99
84. A Brief Account of a Late Trial (1744)
Box 100
85. (Green/UC 54) Narrative of the Late Work of God (1744)
Box 100
86. (Green/UC 48) A Serious Call to a Holy Life (1744)
Box 100
87. (Green/UC 74) A Collection of Prayers for Families (1744)
Box 100
88. (Green/UC 49) The Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God (1744)
Box 100
90. (Green/UC 50) Extract of Zizendorf's Discourses (1744)
Box 100
93. (Green/UC 51) The Life of God in the Soul of Man (1744)
Box 100
94. (UC 84) Hymns for Christmas Day (1744) [no folder for this item in sequence]
Box 100
112. (Green/UC 84) Hymns for the Nativity of Our Lord (1745)
Box 100
116. (Green/UC 90) Hymns for Our Lord's Resurrection (1746)
Box 100
124. (Green/UC 94) Hymns on the Great Festivals (1746)
Box 100
134. (Green/UC 98) Graces Before Meat (1746)
Box 100
235. (Green/UC 190) The Case of the Unhappy People of Custrin (1759)
Box 100
631. Further Thoughts on Separation (1790)
Box 100
800-823. Proposals--brief notes, photocopies, and stemma for the projected item numbers 800-823 of the bibliography
(5 folders)
Box 100

This subseries contains the most complete version Baker left of the two-volume bibliography for the Bicentennial Edition. The core of this version is a draft he completed in 1981 and distributed to other project editors and scholars. More than 700 pages long, this manuscript contained Baker's essays and stemma for the first 106 titles in the Wesley bibliography (out of approximately 800 intended entries). To this version he added corrections and updated pages at various points in the 1980s and early 1990s. He then sent the 1991 version to the libraries of several universities participating in the WWEP (Drew, Emory, SMU, and Duke). This draft does not exactly match the list of individually foldered texts and stemma in the previous subseries. That list stops earlier, at item 94, but also picks up again with scattered higher-numbered entries in the bibliography.

Correspondence on drafts, introduction, and updates to bibliography, 1981-1991
Box 100
Contents, undated
Box 100
Preliminary summaries, 1970-1981
Box 100
Summary/index, 1981
Box 100
Summary, edited photocopy, 1981
Box 100
Summary, 1990-1991
Box 101
Locations, 1983
(2 folders)
Box 101
Undifferentiated items to check, undated
Box 101
"A Descriptive and Analytical Bibliography": full draft of bibliography entries 1-106 circa 1981, with updates through 1991
(5 folders)
Box 101
Typescript with edits, 1981 and undated

Contains edited/updated pages only of the full draft above--i.e., the pages to have been inserted later into the 1981 version. All of these may already have been incorporated, but a full comparison has not been made.

(Folder 1 of 3)
Box 101
Typescript with edits, 1981 and undated
(Folders 2-3 of 3)
Box 102
Wesley Checklist, circa 1960s

Early version of a bibliography, listing some 400 citations and heavily annotated by FB.

Box 102
Early compilation of a Wesley Bibliography, 1967
(2 folders)
Box 103

Consists of correspondence and notes, mainly between Baker and John Vickers, about the contents of the index and indexing procedures. Vickers is the editor of this comprehensive index as well as the indexes for many of the individual units of the Bicentennial Edition, and some of the discussion here is about indexes for specific volumes. Arrangement is roughly chronological, although not to the item level.

Possibly related materials may be found in the General Files Series under "Editorial Procedures." Among other contents discussed for this volume in some early outlines is a full version of the style manual, and various drafts and portions of it can be found here.

Correspondence and procedures, 1968-1996
(5 folders)
Box 102

Alphabetically arranged in various categories, the General Files contain material that does not belong under the heading of a single unit. Much of this includes correspondence, manuals, guidelines, bulletins, illustrations, and financial, and organization records of the Wesley Works Project. Also housed here is various Wesley materials excluded from the set, including his Old Testament Explanatory Notes.

Includes meetings, conferences, and miscellaneous files about the project's archives and bylaws.

Archival guidelines, bylaws, incorporation, personnel, prospectus, and other general files, 1977-1992
(4 folders)
Box 104
Meetings and conferences, including 1969 (Dallas), 1974 (England), 1976, 1980 (England), 1982, 1985
(Folders 1-12 of 17)
Box 104
Meetings and conferences, including 1969 (Dallas), 1974 (England), 1976, 1980 (England), 1982, 1985
(Folders 13-17 of 17)
Box 105

Periodic bulletins, written mainly by Baker from the late 1960s through the late 1970s, updating board members and editors on overall progress of the project and decisions taken about various units, volumes, and topics.

Bulletins 1-15 and other documents, 1969-1978
(4 folders)
Box 105

Mixture of chronological correspondence folders, on general topics, and a few folders of correspondence with specific editors and publishers.

Chronological, 1971-1995
(3 folders)
Box 105
Cragg, re: doctrinal appeals, 1973
Box 106
Early planning, 1975-1979
Box 106
Leary, 1979
Box 106
Oxford University Press, 1969-1975
Box 106

Consists mainly of meetings and minutes of the editors, variously referred to as the Committee or the Board; a mix of unique information and information that overlaps with other categories, especially Board of Directors, Bulletins, and Editorial Procedures.

Chronological, 1964-1986
(Folders 1-9 of 10)
Box 106
Chronological, 1964-1986
(Folder 10 of 10)
Box 107

Extensive files on all aspects of editorial policy and procedures, from general copy editing guidelines to specific criteria for editing 18th century writing and Wesley's in particular. Contains Baker's short internal memorandum/essay, "Safeguarding Wesley's Style," 1989 (various versions of which also appear in other series).

Abbreviations, undated
Box 107
Copy-editing, 1970-1980, and undated
(2 folders)
Box 107
Copy text, 1950-1971, and undated
(4 folders)
Box 107
Editing conventions (classical), 1970-1979
Box 107
Editing texts, 1950, 1955
Box 107
Editing Wesley, 1976 and undated
Box 107
Editorial procedure, 1965-1986
(2 folders)
Box 107
Manual for locations and content, 1989
Box 107
Manual for workers, 1978
Box 107
Manual: notes on style, undated
Box 107
Style guides, 1964-1995 and undated
(16 folders)
Box 107-108
Advance orders, 1974-1975
Box 109
Expenses, 1971 and undated
Box 109
Finance, 1984-1980
Box 109
Finance: budget, 1960-1980
Box 109
1994 sales, finances, directors, unit editors, 1994
Box 109
Honorarium, 1987
Box 109
IRS, 1975-1978
Box 109
NEH Grants, 1980
Box 109
Returns--Abingdon and Oxford, 1979-1994
(2 folders)
Box 109
Sales to workers, 1976, 1980-1987
Box 109

Consists mainly of photographic prints, photocopies, and correspondence regarding illustrations and plates for various volumes.

Grids, undated
Box 109
Vol. 1, 1755-1785, 1978 and undated
Box 109
Vol. 1, 2, 1979, 1983 and undated
Box 109
Vol. 1-4, 1979-1985 and undated
Box 109
Vol. 7, 26, undated
Box 109
Vol. 9, 1986
Box 109
Volumes 25-31, 1757, 1758, 1774, 1775, 1785
Box 109
Early classification and Baker's appointment as Associate Editor and Archivist, 1961-1964
Box 110
Early plans and correspondence, 1961-1969
(2 folders)
Box 110
General statement, 1961, 1972-1979
Box 110
Outlines of volumes, 1978
Box 110
Projections, 1976-1978
Box 110
Summary of contents, 1970-1981
Box 110
Summary of WWP, 1985
Box 110
Abingdon Press, 1987-1989
Box 111
Oxford to Abingdon, 1982-1984
Box 111
Photo typesetting, 1980-1981
Box 111
Promotion, 1960-1988
(3 folders)
Box 111
Publication correspondence, 1974-1986
(3 folders)
Box 111
Reviews, 1976, 1983, 1984, and undated
Box 111
Spanish: Obras de Wesley, 1993-1994
(2 folders)
Box 111

Research notes on miscellaneous topics about JW and his writings, including material not used for the Bicentennial Edition, annotated photocopies of his Explanatory Notes Upon the Old Testament.

Hebrew of J.W., undated
Box 111
OT Explanatory notes, 1964-1979 and undated
Box 111
OT Explanatory noted--photocopies, undated

Notes of JW not used for the Bicentennial Edition; it is a collated series of notes from Henry, Poole, and Wesley himself.

(3 folders)
Box 103
Quotations, 1971-1979
(2 folders)
Box 111
Research needed, undated
Box 111
Xeroxes, undated
Box 111

Single files on a variety of topics, including consultants, incorporation, project personnel, sponsors, reports by the textual editor, and a small amount of additional materials for the Social/Political Tracts and Journals units.

Additional materials: Theological treatises (Vol. 12) and Journals, 1979-1988
(2 folders)
Box 111
Consultants, incorporation, project personnel, information for and about sponsors, reports of the Textual Editor, and other files, 1963-1993 and undated
(19 folders)
Box 112

Historical Note

Chronology of the Wesley Works Editorial Project

DateEvent(s)
1960First Board of Directors formed, comprising deans of sponsoring theological schools at four Methodist-related universities: Drew, Duke, Emory, and Southern Methodist. Dean Robert E. Cushman, Duke University, appointed first President of the Wesley Works Editorial Project
Frank Baker appointed Professor of English Church History, Duke University Divinity School
1961Baker appointed as Associate Editor and Archivist on the Wesley Works Editorial Board
Duke purchased core of Frank Baker’s collection, later named the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism
1964-1997Gradual annual gifts of Frank Baker to Duke collection
1969Baker appointed as Editor-in-Chief
1971Dean Joseph D. Quillian, Jr., Southern Methodist University, succeeded Cushman as President of the project
1975The Appeals to Men of Reason and Religion and Certain Related Open Letters, first volume to be published (Volume 11)
Wesley Works Editorial Project named nonprofit corporation (State of North Carolina)
1980Letters I: 1721-1739 published (Volume 25)
1981Dean James E. Kirby, Jr., Southern Methodist University, elected President of the project
1982Letters II: 1740-1755 published (Volume 26)
Oxford University Press announces plans to withdraw from Project following the publication of Volume 7
1983A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists published (Volume 7)
1984Abingdon Press begins publication and re-titles set to Bicentennial Edition
Sermons I (1-33) published (Volume 1)
1985Sermons II (34-70) published (Volume 2)
1986Richard P. Heitzenrater appointed as General Editor, Frank Baker appointed as Textual Editor
Sermons III (71-114) published (Volume 3)
1987Sermons IV (115-151) published (Volume 4)
Volumes 11, 25, and 26 re-published under Abingdon Press imprint
1988Journal and Diaries I (1735-1738) published (Volume 18)
1989The Methodist Societies: History, Nature, and Design published (Volume 9)
Volume 7 re-published under Abingdon Press
1990Dean Dennis M. Campbell, Duke University, elected President of the project
1990-1993Journal and Diaries II (1738-1743), III (1743-1754), IV (1755-1765), V (1765-1775) published in successive years (Volumes 19, 20, 21, 22)
1993-1994List of items created for final large gift
1995Journal and Diaries VI (1776-1786) published (Volume 23)
1999 Oct. 11Frank Baker died, Durham, N.C.
2003Dean Russell E. Richey, Emory University, elected President
Randy Maddox appointed as Associate General Editor
Journal and Diaries VII (1787-1791) published (Volume 24)
2005The Works of John Wesley: The Bicentennial Edition CD-ROM published
2006Dean William B. Lawrence, Southern Methodist University, elected President
2011The Methodist Societies: The Minutes of the Conference published (Volume 10)

In addition to the four originating universities, the following sponsoring bodies have been added since the project's 1960 inception: Boston University School of Theology, the Conference of the Methodist Church of Great Britain, The General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church, The United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry, and the World Methodist Council.

Subject Headings

Related Material

Related Material

The Wesley Works Archive forms part of a larger group of collections gathered by Baker during his long career as a collector and scholar. These collections, plus others housed in both the Rubenstein Library and the Duke Divinity School Library, contain extensive related materials used by Baker and other scholars in preparing the Bicentennial Edition. Rubenstein Library collections are listed first, followed by Divinity School collections.

  • Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism (printed materials division). Holds hundreds of editions of John Wesley's sermons, hymns, journals, and editorial works, plus such organizational materials as minutes of the Methodist Conferences. These materials can be searched in the online catalog by individual title, by genre, or by using the full name of the collection in the author field: Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism.
  • Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism, 1632-1996 and undated (manuscripts division). Most directly related to the Letters Series of the WWA. The Wesley Family Series holds a number of John Wesley's autograph letters; numerous incoming letters can also be found here and in certain subseries of the Correspondence Series. Most of these letters date after 1755 and thus have not appeared in the two volumes of letters published to date.
  • Wesley holograph letters also appear in two small sub-collections of the Wesleyana manuscripts, the Sarah Crosby Papers, 1760-1804 and the Perronet Family Papers, 1752-1855
  • Frank Baker Papers, 1641-2002 and undated. Contains Baker's individual scholarship, as distinct from his work in the WWEP. Although in theory an entirely separate collection from the WWA, in practice there are numerous overlaps between the collections. The Libraries and Archives Series documents much of Baker's correspondence with and visits to libraries around the world, mainly in the 1960s and 1970s, in the effort to document and gather as many Wesley archival and printed materials as possible. The Correspondence Series contains Baker's letters to and from many of same correspondents and colleagues who appear in the Wesley Works Archive. And the enormous Subject Files are rich in materials related to the project, especially the numerous indexes of Wesley's letters and other writings to be found in the Card Files Subseries.
  • JW autograph letters are also contained in two small non-Baker collections in the Rubenstein Library, the Wesley Family Papers, 1726-1889 [catalog record; finding aid, in progress] and the G. (George) Story Papers, 1738-1818
  • The Frank Baker Microfilm Collection (Divinity Library) houses hundreds of microfilms from archives all over the world, collected at Baker's request from the 1960s-1980s. These microfilm thousands of images of Wesley manuscripts and printed materials used by the WWEP to gather as many as possible of the approximately 4000 editions of Wesley's publications to appear during his lifetime. Inquire at the Divinity Library Reference Desk.
  • The Frank Baker Photocopies Collection (Divinity Library) contains photocopies of several hundred of the rare monographs housed in the Rubenstein Library. These were often Baker's working copies of books he had already sold or given to the library, and are similar though not identical to the many photocopies in the WWA.
  • Duke Divinity School: Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition. Contains numerous original and digitized texts on Wesleyan and Methodist studies, as well as links to many other archival sources on the Web. A sub-page of this site serves as the online home of the Wesley Works Editorial Project.
  • In addition to this general list, other related materials in the Duke Libraries are cited in certain series notes. Inquire at the Divinity Library Reference Desk.

Research example: Awake, Thou That Sleepest.Navigating the richness and complexity of the inter-related Frank Baker collections at Duke may be more clearly demonstrated with a specific example. The sermon "Awake, Thou That Sleepest" has been chosen for several reasons: its complex publishing history, its ties to several Baker collections, and the important fact that it sheds light on researching both John and Charles Wesley. As researchers in this field would already know, although the sermon was repeatedly collected and published by John, it was originally given by Charles, and that original delivery also accounts for the other title by which it is well-known, "A Sermon Preach’d on Sunday, April 4, 1742, Before the University of Oxford." A thorough search of the Baker collections would retrieve all of the following resources on this sermon (i.e., in addition to the text and notes as published in Works, Vol. 1):

  • In the WWA, Sermons Series, Stemmata Subseries, photocopies of over fifty editions from libraries around the world.
  • In the WWA, Bibliography Series, Typescripts Subseries, Baker's essay on this sermon's publishing history. A rough draft and further notes appear in the Stemmata and Text Subseries of this same series.
  • In the Frank Baker Microfilm Collection, at least a dozen editions from various archives around the world, including one edition in Welsh (N.b.: because different archives record the titles in widely varying ways on their microfilm, the sermon should also be searched using simply the year, 1742).

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Wesley Works archive, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Wesley Works archive was received by the Rubenstein Library as a gift from the late 1980s-2003.

Processing Information

Processed by Michael Shumate, Keith Page, and Chloe Rockow, March 2011

Encoded by Michael Shumate, Keith Page, and Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, March 2013

The Wesley Works archive was received as parts of various accessions of the Frank Baker Papers and the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism, mainly accessions 1996-053, 1999-0155, and portions of 1996-052, 2003-0201, and other accessions. All three collections were processed simultaneously, with papers of the Wesley Works Editorial Project being identified, separated, and merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.