Guide to the William Kent Boyle Papers, 1861-1887


Methodist clergyman and editor of the "Episcopal Methodist;" from Bladensburg, Md. Principally sermons written during the 1870s; together with exegetical notes, other material related to the preparation of the sermons, and a small number of letters and legal and financial papers.

Collection Details

Collection Number
William Kent Boyle papers
Boyle, William Kent
12 Linear Feet, 3000 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The Boyle Collection consists principally of sermons written mainly during the 1870s. Boyle was largely self-educated, and he appears to have been careful and diligent in preparing his sermons. Exegetical notes are attached to many of his drafts. Several of the sermons were written during the Civil War, but they contain no references to the war or slavery. Boyle's preaching remained expository rather than topical and was not concerned directly with the social issues of the day.

A few items of correspondence and legal and financial papers are included in the collection, several of which indicate that one of his sons was involved in a court case. There are also undated copies of book reviews and testimonial letters praising a new hymn book.

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[Identification of item], William Kent Boyle Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1870-1887
Box 1
Financial papers, 1870-1887
Box 1
Sermons, 1861-1871
Box 1
Sermons, 1872
Box 2
Sermons, 1873
Box 3
Sermons, 1874
Box 4
Sermons, 1875-1877
Box 5
Sermons, 1878-1882 and undated
Box 6

Historical Note

William Kent Boyle (1840-1895) was a Methodist clergyman from Bladensburg, Maryland. He was licensed to preach and admitted on trial by the Baltimore Conference in 1860 and ordained as a deacon in 1862 and an elder in 1864. After serving several charges in Virginia and Maryland, he purchased the Episcopal Methodist in 1882 and edited this publication until his retirement. An obituary appears in the minutes of the Baltimore Conference for 1895.

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The William Kent Boyle Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1969.

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Encoded by Meghan Lyon, October 2011

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