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Series 2
Ministry in Georgia, 1957-1985, undated
Boxes 1-21

Scope and Content Note

Subseries 1 contains correspondence, most of which concerns church appointments and other routine congregational business. Some materials relate to race relations, communism, prayer in public schools, the Vietnam War, the "God is Dead" theology, and other 1960s controversies. The 1968 merger of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church is also noted. Of particular interest is correspondence related to the 1972 General Conference in Atlanta. Rev. Cecil Williams of San Francisco had been invited to address the conference at an afternoon service held at First United Methodist Church. The minister of First United attempted to withdraw the church’s invitation for use of their facility by the General Conference in response to controversy regarding Williams’ ministry to the gay and lesbian community, drug users, and prostitutes. Bishop Smith insisted that, under the United Methodist connectional system, a minister did not have the right to refuse the use of church facilities to the General Conference. Smith’s incoming correspondence documents the sharp criticism he received from many Georgia Methodists, and his responses to his critics illustrate his conviction that he had made the right decision.

Subseries 2 consists of subject files from Smith’s years as bishop in the Atlanta Area. Many files concern administrative bodies of the North and South Georgia Conferences, including the Board of Education, the Board of Evangelism, and the Board of Missions. Other files concern the church’s Southeastern Jurisdiction and national administrative units such as the General Board of Education. There are several folders of programs from church services and other events at which Smith spoke. Also included are a few files that document his post-retirement activities, such as the courses he taught at Candler School of Theology.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically and chronologically.

Correspondence, 1960-1985
Box Folder Content
1 Correspondence, 1960–1961 May
2 Correspondence, 1961 June–1962 Jan
3 Correspondence, 1962 Feb–Dec
4 Correspondence, 1963 Jan–Oct
5 Correspondence, 1963 Nov–1964 June
6 Correspondence, 1964 July–1965 April
7 Correspondence, 1965 May–Dec
8 Correspondence, 1966 Jan–Aug
9 Correspondence, 1966 Sep–1967 May
10 Correspondence, 1967 June–1968 June
11 Correspondence, 1968 July–1969 July
12 Correspondence, 1969 Aug–1970 May
13 Correspondence, 1970 June–1971 Feb
14 Correspondence, 1971 Mar–Nov
15 Correspondence, 1971 Dec–1972 June
18 32 Correspondence, 1961-1977
18 33-34 Correspondence, 1968
18 35 Correspondence, 1968-1972
18 36 Correspondence, 1970-1971
16 1-2 Correspondence, Alphabetical, 1960-1963
18 37-39 Correspondence, Cecil Williams, 1972
19 1-3 Correspondence, Cecil Williams, 1972
19 4-8 Correspondence, Congratulatory Letters, 1960
19 9 Correspondence, Invitations to Preach, 1975-1978
19 10 Correspondence, Ministerial Candidates, 1963-1972
19 11 Correspondence, Personal, 1972-1978, 1985
19 12-13 Correspondence, Responses to Advocate Article by Mildred Brown Smith, 1969-1970
19 14 Correspondence, Thanks re: General Conference, 1972
Subject Files, 1957-1977, undated
16 3 Amendment [12], 1961
16 4 American Bible Society, 1957-1960
16 5 Area Planning Conference, 1961-1965
16 6 Bishops, 1960-1964
19 15 Bishop’s Report, 1972
16 7 Board of Education, 1960-1961
16 8 Board of Evangelism, 1960-1961
16 9 Board of Missions, 1961
16 10 Camp Activities Fund, 1955-1962
16 11 Camp Activities Fund, 1955-1962
16 12 Chaplains, 1960-1963
16 13 Council of Bishops, 1960-1964
16 14 Council on World Service and Finance, 1960
16 15 Dallas Uniting Conference, 1968
16 16 Emory University, 1960-1962
19 16 Emory University, Courses Taught by J.O. Smith, 1972-1974
16 17 Foreign Countries, undated
16 18 Fund Raising, 1960
19 17 General Board of Education, 1966-1967
19 18 Georgia Conference, 1970-1972
16 19 Goodwill Industries, 1961
16 20 Inter-jurisdictional Relations, 1961
16 21 Joint Radio Committee, 1961
19 19 J.O. Smith Preaching Award, 1975-1977
16 22 LaGrange College, 1961
16 23 Lake Junaluska, 1960-1961
16 24 M.C.O.R. [Methodist Committee for Overseas Relief], 1960-1961
19 20 Merger, 1969-1970
16 25 Message at Lake Junaluska, 1961
16 26-28 Miscellaneous, 1960-1963
19 21 Miscellaneous, 1964-1968, undated
16 29 Miscellaneous, 1967
19 22-23 Miscellaneous, 1970-1975, undated
16 30 Miscellaneous, undated
16 31 North Georgia Conference, 1963-1965
16 32 North Georgia Conference, General, 1961-1962
16 33 Other Colleges, 1960-1962
16 34 Paine College, 1960-1962
19 24-27 Programs, Conferences, 1960-1972
19 28-31 Programs from Speaking Engagements, 1960-1972
20 1-11 Programs from Speaking Engagements, 1960-1972
16 35 Race Relations, 1963
16 36 Reinhardt College, 1960-1961
20 12 Social Questions, 1961, undated
20 13 South Georgia Conference, 1962-1963
16 37 Southeastern Jurisdiction, 1955
20 14 Southeastern Jurisdiction, 1957-1972
16 38 Southeastern Jurisdictional Council Executive Meeting, 1961
17 1 Statements, Articles, and Speeches, circa 1960-1967
17 2 Student Appointments, 1961
17 3 Student Appointments, 1967
17 4 Student Appointments, 1968
17 5 Supplement [to Together], 1960-1961
17 6 Transfers, 1964
17 7 Transfers, North Georgia Conference, 1967
17 8 Treasurer’s Report, 1961
17 9 Treasurer’s Report, 1962
17 10 Wesleyan College, 1960-1961
20 15 Writings by Others, 1973, undated
17 11 Young Harris College, 1960-1961
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