Guide to the Wesley Works archive, 1676-1996 and undated, bulk 1724-1791, 1960-1996
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.
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- Wesley Works archive 1676-1996 and undated bulk 1724-1791, 1960-1996
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- Sermons Series (Volumes 1-4), 1725-1798, 1844, 1968-1988 and undated
- Explanatory Notes upon the New Testament Series (Volumes 5-6), 1676, 1755-1759, 1974-1988 and undated
- A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists Series (Volume 7), 1965-1983 and undated
- Worship Series (Volume 8), 1737-1792, 1883, 1922, 1964-1992 and undated
- The Methodist Societies Series (Volumes 9-10), 1739-1799, 1864-1869, 1958-1991 and undated
- The Appeals to Men of Reason and Religion and Certain Related Open Letters Series (Volume 11), 1742-1791, 1968-1983 and undated
- Doctrinal and Controversial Treatises Series (Volumes 12-13), 1976-1994 and undated
- Social/Political Tracts Series (Volume 14), 1969-1980, and Catechetical/Educational Works Series (Volume 15), 1740-1791, 1969-1980, 1992 and undated
- Editorial Works Series (Volume 16), 1920-1984
- Medical Writings Series (Volume 17), 1745-1791, 1973-1996 and undated
- Journals and Diaries Series (Volumes 18-24), 1735-1790, 1968-1996 and undated
- Letters Series (Volumes 25-31), 1721-1996 and undated
- Bibliography Series (Volumes 33-34) , 1710-1791, 1841, 1947-1993 and undated
- Index and Miscellanea Series (Volume 35), 1968-1996
- General Files Series, 1755-1785, 1950-1995 and undated
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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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.
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.
Alphabetically arranged; photocopies of successive printings of JW's sermons 1738-1791; used by textual editor Frank Baker to derive stemmata.
By Charles Wesley. Photocopies of several editions.
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.
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.
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.
Multiple stages of editing represented; includes Baker's edits of Oxford University Press galleys. Arranged as received, generally in production order.
Correspondence, notes, typescripts, and proofs for Sermons II, 34-70, Volume 2 (1985) of The Works of John Wesley. Arranged as received.
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, 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.
Mainly photocopies and transcriptions of sermons from various manuscript originals.
Explanatory Notes upon the New Testament Series (Volumes 5-6), 1676, 1755-1759, 1974-1988 and undated
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.
Proofs, introductory note, and photocopies of original material, 1676-1759.
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.
A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists Series (Volume 7), 1965-1983 and undated
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.
Correspondence, drafts, and notes on literary allusions for Dale's section of the introduction, "The Literary Setting of Wesley's Hymns."
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.
Photocopies of editions 1-9, typescripts, bibliographic research, correspondence, and drafts for an address by FB to Charles Wesley Society, 1995 Oct. 14.
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.
[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.]
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.
Copies of various portions of the Minutes volume, many annotated by Baker.
[Folder 1 houses reduced-size copies. For full-size copies, see Folders 2-4 in Box 54.]
Predominantly edited transcriptions and preliminary texts, although also containing many photocopies.
Photocopies and transcriptions of annual minutes manuscripts, as differed from printed minutes above.
Correspondence, notes, photocopies, and typescript of FB article, "Wesley and America."
Clean copy, incorporating changes from above and extending.
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.
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.
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.
The Appeals to Men of Reason and Religion and Certain Related Open Letters Series (Volume 11), 1742-1791, 1968-1983 and undated
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.
A note of Frank Baker states that this typescript contains corrections too late for publishing.
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).
Social/Political Tracts Series (Volume 14), 1969-1980, and Catechetical/Educational Works Series (Volume 15), 1740-1791, 1969-1980, 1992 and undated
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).
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."
"A Short Account of the School at Kingswood" through "Thoughts Upon Slavery."
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.
Further edits on Extract and other portions of the fair copy above.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Contains drafts and notes for FB's article "The Birth of John Wesley's Journal," 1970.
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.
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.
Typescripts edited for style, together with stemmata notes for some volumes.
Journal 13 (1762-1765) contains an additional folders of footnotes by FB apparently not used in the published version.
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.
Correspondence, notes, typescripts, and proofs for individual volumes of the Journals and Diaries unit.
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.
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.
Includes photocopy, transcription, and discussion of a late (1788) JW letter to Nancy Bolton, privately-held as of the mid-1990s.
Photographs, research, and replicas of JW's letter seals; ca. 1724-1791. One folder contains material on the monogram for the Oxford Edition.
[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.]
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."
Log of Wesley's letters, including recipient and archival source, from 1734-1791. See also "Early log" below
[2011 Mar. 9: log book temporarily removed for Frank Baker exhibit, Divinity School Library, Apr. 15-June 30 2011.]
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.
Approximately 50 letters, mainly from JW, but also from William Grimshaw, Joseph Benson, and others..
Photocopies of two non-Telford letters: 1789 Aug. 28, JW to Mrs. [Charles] Wesley; and 1790 Oct. 22, JW to Mr. York.
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.
Group of seventeen letters to JW, identified by FB and alphabetized by sender.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Note: From "Holy Oyle."
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.
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.
Note by FB as non-Telford.
Mainly copies of Wesley's manuscript letters to Gibbes, from Public Records Office, London.
To JW as copied by Charles Wesley, 1752 July 29; and FB's correspondence and notes on Landey and the Wesleys.
Photocopies of thirty-two letters, all but two from originals in the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism, Wesley Family Division.
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).
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.
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.
[Processing note: manuscript copies of originals transferred to the Frank Baker Collection of Wesleyana and British Methodism, Subject Files, Printers and Printing]
[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.]
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.
Series of notes, mainly undated, on printers and printing in America, England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
Alphabetical file--photocopies of hundreds of 18th century printers' flowers and ornaments.
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.
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.
Materials are mainly about the Treatise.
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.
[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.]
[Separated Materials, to be cataloged as monograph: Hymns on God's Everlasting Love, London, [Strahan], pp. 60 (i.e., 1st edition of UC 32).]
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.
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.
Early version of a bibliography, listing some 400 citations and heavily annotated by FB.
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.
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.
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.
Mixture of chronological correspondence folders, on general topics, and a few folders of correspondence with specific editors and publishers.
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.
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).
Consists mainly of photographic prints, photocopies, and correspondence regarding illustrations and plates for various volumes.
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.
Notes of JW not used for the Bicentennial Edition; it is a collated series of notes from Henry, Poole, and Wesley himself.
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.
Chronology of the Wesley Works Editorial Project
|1960||First 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|
|1961||Baker 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|
|1964-1997||Gradual annual gifts of Frank Baker to Duke collection|
|1969||Baker appointed as Editor-in-Chief|
|1971||Dean Joseph D. Quillian, Jr., Southern Methodist University, succeeded Cushman as President of the project|
|1975||The 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)|
|1980||Letters I: 1721-1739 published (Volume 25)|
|1981||Dean James E. Kirby, Jr., Southern Methodist University, elected President of the project|
|1982||Letters II: 1740-1755 published (Volume 26)|
|Oxford University Press announces plans to withdraw from Project following the publication of Volume 7|
|1983||A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People Called Methodists published (Volume 7)|
|1984||Abingdon Press begins publication and re-titles set to Bicentennial Edition|
|Sermons I (1-33) published (Volume 1)|
|1985||Sermons II (34-70) published (Volume 2)|
|1986||Richard P. Heitzenrater appointed as General Editor, Frank Baker appointed as Textual Editor|
|Sermons III (71-114) published (Volume 3)|
|1987||Sermons IV (115-151) published (Volume 4)|
|Volumes 11, 25, and 26 re-published under Abingdon Press imprint|
|1988||Journal and Diaries I (1735-1738) published (Volume 18)|
|1989||The Methodist Societies: History, Nature, and Design published (Volume 9)|
|Volume 7 re-published under Abingdon Press|
|1990||Dean Dennis M. Campbell, Duke University, elected President of the project|
|1990-1993||Journal and Diaries II (1738-1743), III (1743-1754), IV (1755-1765), V (1765-1775) published in successive years (Volumes 19, 20, 21, 22)|
|1993-1994||List of items created for final large gift|
|1995||Journal and Diaries VI (1776-1786) published (Volume 23)|
|1999 Oct. 11||Frank Baker died, Durham, N.C.|
|2003||Dean Russell E. Richey, Emory University, elected President|
|Randy Maddox appointed as Associate General Editor|
|Journal and Diaries VII (1787-1791) published (Volume 24)|
|2005||The Works of John Wesley: The Bicentennial Edition CD-ROM published|
|2006||Dean William B. Lawrence, Southern Methodist University, elected President|
|2011||The 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.
- Baker, Frank, 1910-1999
- Wesley, John, 1703-1791
- Wesley, John, 1703-1791 -- Bibliography
- Wesley, John, 1703-1791 -- Criticism and interpretation
- Church of England -- History -- 18th century
- Methodist Church -- England -- Clergy
- Methodist Church -- Great Britain -- History
- Methodist Church -- Great Britain -- Sermons
- Wesley Works Editorial Project
- Wesleyan Methodist Church
- Criticism, Textual
- Dissenters, Religious -- England
- Editors -- United States -- Correspondence
- Evangelical Revival
- Methodism -- History -- 18th century
- Religious thought -- England -- 18th century
- Scholarly publishing
- Scholars -- Correspondence
- Theology -- Early works to 1800
- Transmission of texts
- England -- Church history -- 18th century
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).
[Identification of item], Wesley Works archive, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Wesley Works archive was received by the Rubenstein Library as a gift from the late 1980s-2003.
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.