Guide to the Julius Logan Brasher Papers, 1935-2012 and undated
Collection spans the pastoral career of United Methodist minister Julius Logan Brasher. Brasher was minister at six congregations in New Jersey from the early 1940s to 1976, when he and his wife Lois Brasher relocated to the Brasher home of Gadsden, Alabama. Collection contains Brasher's diaries and pastor's record books, materials from the churches where he ministered, sermons and accompanying notes, subject and name files, correspondence, photographs, and printed materials.
- Collection Number
- Julius Logan Brasher papers
- Brasher, Julius Logan, 1914-2012
- 12.5 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
The Julius Logan Brasher Papers document the personal and pastoral life of the Methodist minister. Son of Holiness Movement minister John Lakin Brasher, Julius Logan Brasher attended Drew Theological School. He served as a Methodist minister in New Jersey from 1937 to 1976, after which time he retired to his original home of Gadsden, Alabama. He continued to serve as a pastor and religious advisor in that community through 2011. Brasher's activities as a minister at six churches in New Jersey and two in Alabama are documented throughout the collection. Collection contains Brasher's diaries and record books, sermon notes, church files, name and subject files, correspondence, photographs, some printed materials, and one audiotape.
Diaries files comprise diaries, calendars, and pastor's record books kept by Brasher between 1946 and 1977. Entries contain notes about parishioners, appointments, and sermons given.
The sermons and religious writings files contain full-length sermons as well as notes and cue cards used by Brasher to give sermons at churches throughout his career, including his years as a student at Drew Theological School. Topics range from weekly Sunday services to weddings, memorials, and holidays. Some sermon notes are folded into the church program during which the sermon was given. Many sermons are undated. Other writings include some of Brasher's academic papers from Seminary as well as narrative religious writings from throughout his career. A portion of the sermons arrived alphabetically sorted by Brasher, referring to the titles of the sermons.
The Churches files relate to Brasher's activities as a pastor at United Methodist churches in New Jersey and Alabama. The files contain church programs, newsletters, correspondence, and printed materials collected and created by Brasher. Files from Gadsden UMC include memos and notes from the Julius Brasher Discussion Class. The following churches are represented in the series: • First Congregational Church of Chester, NJ (Chester, NJ): 1939-1942 • Blairstown United Methodist Church (Blairstown, NJ): 1942-1946 • Denville Community Church (United Methodist) (Denville, NJ): 1946-1955 • Rutherford United Methodist Church (Rutherford, NJ): 1955-1962 • Westwood United Methodist Church (Westwood, NJ): 1962-1968 • Plainfield United Methodist Church (Plainfield, NJ): 1972-1976 • Walnut Grove United Methodist Church (Walnut Grove, AL): 1978-1979 • Gadsden United Methodist Church (Gadsden, AL): 1979-2011
Correspondence files contain letters received by Brasher beginning with his tenure at Drew Seminary and throughout his career. Primary among the correspondents is his father, John Lakin Brasher. The elder Brasher wrote letters to Julius and the rest of the family several times a week from the 1930s through the 1950s. Other correspondents include parishioners, friends, and other family members. Name and Subject Files contain correspondence, printed materials, notes, and writings on subjects assigned by Brasher. Among the name files is a folder with Brasher's correspondence with Bishop G. Bromley Oxnam, a social reformer and Methodist Bishop. Oxnam was accused of being a communist by Donald Jackson. Some correspondence relates to these accusations, and Brasher's support of Oxnam. Subject files include Brasher's files from Drew Theological School, the Rotary Club, the Northern New Jersey Cabinet, and his work on the Board of Education trustees and the Board of Discipleship Trustees.
Photographs are mostly undated black-and-white snapshots from Brasher's church communities in New Jersey. Common subjects are Sunday school classes, church picnics, headshots of congregants, and promotional images of the churches where Brasher was pastor.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Julius Logan Brasher Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Issues of the official student weekly of Asbury University, the Asbury Collegian, 1936-1937.
One audiotape from Westwood United Methodist Church, 1966.
Julius Logan Brasher (1914-2012) was a Methodist minister in New Jersey and Alabama. The son of fellow minister John Lakin Brasher, Julius Brasher graduated from Drew Seminary in 1937. Brasher served as a minister at United Methodist churches in New Jersey from 1937 to 1976. In 1976, he and his wife Lois returned to his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama, where he served as pastoral adviser and teacher until 2011.
The Rubenstein Library also holds the John Lakin Brasher Papers, who was the father of Julius Logan Brasher, and the Boatman Family Papers.
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Brasher, John Lakin, 1868-1971
- Drew Theological Seminary
- Oxnam, G. Bromley (Garfield Bromley), 1891-1963
The Julius Logan Brasher Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016.
Processed by Katrina Martin, August 2016.
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0140, 2016-0312.