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Movement for Revision (Methodist Episcopal Church, South) collection, 1917-1922, undated

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/rrm9c

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Movement for Revision. Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Executive Committee.
Title: Movement for Revision (Methodist Episcopal Church, South) collection, 1917-1922, undated
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 427
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (1 box)
Abstract:Contains correspondence and literature related to the Movement for Revision of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, an organization created to promote the limitation of episcopal powers.
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.

Related Materials in This Repository

A Report on the Movement for Revision by Robert B. Eleazer is available in Pitts Theology Library special collections (193- ELEA).


[after identification of item(s)], Movement for Revision (Methodist Episcopal Church, South) collection, MSS 427, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Brandon Wason, November 2016.

Collection Description

Historical Note

The Movement for Revision was an organization spearheaded by laypersons in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The main objective of the organization was to promote a limitation of the powers exercised by bishops in the church, most notably to set limits on the length of episcopal service. The group also supported a shift toward democracy within the denomination, which included more lay representation in the General Conference.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains correspondence, form letters, pamphlets, and other materials created by the Movement for Revision. The form letters were sent to laypersons and delegates of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in order to gain support for the movement. The correspondence between Robert B. Eleazer and Robert A. Meek demonstrates the type of resistence that the movement faced in thier attempt to limit episcopal power. The pamphlets and the typescript piece are indicative of types of materials that the organization published.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
1 1 Form letters from the Movement for Revision, 1917-1921
1 1 Correspondence between Robert B. Eleazer and Robert A. Meek, 1917-1918
1 1 Pamphlet: "An Address. To the Preachers and Laymen of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South," undated
1 1 Pamphlet: "How Long Should a Bishop Serve? Some Practical Observations on a Timely Topic," [1922]
1 1 Pamphlet: "Legislative Suggestions of the Movement for Revision M. E. Church, South," 1917 Dec 28
1 1 Typescript document from Executive Committee of the Movement for Methodist Revision, undated
1 1 Clipping: Robert B. Eleazer, "Concerning a Term Episcopacy," Christian Advocate, [1918]