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AINSWORTH, WILLIAM, NEWMAN, BP., 1872-1942.
Bishop William Newman Ainsworth papers, 1893-1942

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-4166

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/gk97j


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ainsworth, William, Newman, BP., 1872-1942.
Title: Bishop William Newman Ainsworth papers, 1893-1942
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 283
Extent: 2.0 cubic ft. (4 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of clippings, correspondence, sermons, and papers from throughout the life and work of Bishop Ainsworth.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Bishop William Newman Ainsworth Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Courtney Williams, 2004.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

William Newman Ainsworth was born in Camilla, Georgia on February 10, 1872. Ainsworth graduated from Emory College in 1891 and was admitted into the South Georgia Conference. At the age of 37 he accepted the position as President of Wesleyan College, where he served for three years. He was elected a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in 1918 and he served until 1938. During this time he represented the church in many national and international conferences. His Episcopal duties covered Conferences and Missions in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Georgia, Cuba, China, Japan, and Korea.

Ainsworth was married to Miss Mary Nicholson in 1893, and together they had two sons. Bishop Ainsworth died on July 7, 1942.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of clippings, correspondence, sermons, and papers from throughout the life and work of Bishop Ainsworth. Included are items from his presidency at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, as well as from his time as Bishop in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The clippings cover much of Bishop Ainsworth’s work on prohibition, including a major run-in with Mayor James L. Key of Atlanta, as well as many articles published in Christian Advocates throughout the southeast. There is a scrapbook included that mostly consists of items relating to his appointment as Bishop. The bulk of the collection consists of sermons, most of which are untitled and undated. Topics covered in the sermons include prohibition, evangelism, John Wesley, the state of the country/world, and evolution. There are also a multitude of special occasion sermons delivered at commencements, annual conferences, and various holidays. Also, included in the collection are memoirs for Bishop Ainsworth after his passing.



Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Certificates and licenses, 1893-1930
Correspondence
1 2 General, 1899-1942
1 3 Letters to the editor(s), 1933-1938
1 4 Mission work in Orient and Russia, 1929
Clippings
1 5 Christian Advocate articles by Ainsworth, 1918-1941
1 6 Christian Advocate articles by Ainsworth – photocopies, 1918-1941
1 7 Mayor Key of Atlanta, 1933
1 8 Mayor Key of Atlanta – photocopies, 1933
1 9 Miscellaneous, 1925-1938
1 10 Miscellaneous – photocopies, 1925-1938
1 11 Missionary work in China, 1930
1 12 Missionary work in China – photocopies, 1930
1 13 Prohibition, 1907-1933
1 14 Prohibition – photocopies, 1907-1933
1 15 Sermons: “Crises in Human Life” and “Four Great Sinners,” undated
1 16 Sermons: “Crises in Human Life” and “Four Great Sinners” – photocopies, undated
1 17 Sermons: “Father, Mother, Boys, and Home,” 1907
1 18 Sermons: “Father, Mother, Boys, and Home” – photocopies, 1907
1 19 Sermons: “Four Sermons on Religious Doubt,” 1906
1 20 Sermons: “Four Sermons on Religious Doubt” – photocopies, 1906
1 21 Sermons: Miscellaneous, 1908-1930
1 22 Sermons: Miscellaneous – photocopies, 1908-1930
1 23 Sermons: “Sermon for Aged” and “Confederate Sermons and Addresses,” 1903-1906
1 24 Sermons: “Sermon for Aged” and “Confederate Sermons and Addresses” – photocopies, 1903-1906
1 25 Sermons: “Sermons on general themes,” 1905-1907
1 26 Sermons: “Sermons on general themes” – photocopies, 1905-1907
1 27 Sermons: “Sermons on politics,” 1932
1 28 Sermons: “Sermons on politics” – photocopies, 1932
1 29 Sermons: “Ten Commandments series,” 1905-1907
1 30 Sermons: “Ten Commandments series” – photocopies, 1905-1907
Memoirs
2 1 Memoirs, 1942
2 2 Memoirs – clippings, 1942
2 3 Memoirs – clippings – photocopies, 1942
Scrapbook
4 1 Scrapbook, 1899-1918
4 2 Scrapbook – photocopies, 1899-1918
4 3 Scrapbook – loose clippings, 1894-1924
4 4 Scrapbook – loose clippings – photocopies, 1894-1924
4 5 Scrapbook – loose letters, 1918
4 6 Scrapbook – loose miscellaneous materials, 1904-1938
Sermons
2 4 Incomplete, undated
2 5 Scriptural: New Testament, undated
2 6 Scriptural: Old Testament, undated
2 7 Series: “After Death – What?” undated
2 8 Series: “What a Man Owes __________,” undated
2 9 Special Occasions: Addresses, undated
2 10 Special Occasions: Annual Conferences, undated
2 11 Special Occasions: Colleges and commencements, undated
2 12 Special Occasions: Funerals/Memorial services, undated
2 13 Special Occasions: Holidays, undated
2 14 Special Occasions: Miscellaneous, undated
3 1 Special Occasions: Pastor’s school, undated
3 2 Topical: China, undated
3 3 Topical: Christ, undated
3 4 Topical: Evangelism, undated
3 5 Topical: Evolution, undated
3 6 Topical: John Wesley, undated
3 7 Topical: Methodist Church, undated
3 8 Topical: Miscellaneous, undated
3 9 Topical: Prohibition, undated
3 10 Topical: State of the Country/World, undated
3 11 Topical: The Preacher himself, undated
Miscellaneous
3 12 Alabama Conference of MEC, South, 1928, undated
3 13 Bishop James Cannon, Jr. controversy, 1931
3 14 Bishop James Cannon, Jr. controversy – photocopies, 1931
3 15 Wesleyan College Board of Trustees, 1912-1942
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