Wesleyana Artifact Collection, circa 1745-2017.

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/rpc1d

Descriptive Summary

Title: Wesleyana Artifact Collection, circa 1745-2017.
Call Number:Record Group No. 020-3
Extent: 25.1 cubic feet (47 boxes)
Abstract:An artificial collection containing more than 260 artifacts relating to John Wesley, his family, and Methodism.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access except to heavily damaged or broken items which are restricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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


[after identification of item(s)], Wesleyana Artifact Collection, RG 020-3, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Jennifer R. Gerth and Anne Graham, 1999-2002; Brandon Wason, March 2018.

Collection Description

Historical Note

This collection was artificially assembled by the Pitts Theology Library over a long period of time. Little, if any, documentation regarding the provenance or history of most of the items exists. For that reason, the authenticity of the artifacts, such as those attributed to be the personal possessions of the Wesleys, cannot be verified.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains more than 260 items relating to John Wesley, his family, and Methodism. Approximately half of the collection consists of artifacts relating to John Wesley. The collection is organized in three series: I., Prominent Methodists; II., Methodist Events; and III., Miscellaneous artifacts. Series I, Prominent Methodists, is organized in two groups and three subgroups. Group A., Wesley family, includes subgroups John Wesley, Charles Wesley, and Other Wesleys. Group B. is Other Methodists. The collection includes images such as cameos, paintings, engravings, and photographs. Other artifacts include commemorative plates and plaques and other ceramic items, busts and figurines, medals, and other items.

Prominent individuals in the collection are John Wesley, Charles Wesley, Samuel Wesley (1662-1735), Samuel Wesley (1691-1739), Susanna Annesley Wesley, Sarah Wesley, George Whitefield, Francis Asbury, Peter Doub, Enoch George, John Fletcher, William McKendree, and George Foster Pierce.

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