Series 4
African Methodist Episcopal Church records, 1933-1989
Boxes 24-27 and OP1, 3

Scope and Content Note

The series contains material from 1933-1989 relating to Coan's involvement in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and Africa. Files are arranged roughly to mirror the structure of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, reflecting the operations of the General Conference and various Episcopal Districts. Published material of the Church, including conference proceedings, can be found in Printed Material (Series 10).

Most of the material pertains to the African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. Files include programs, schedules, minutes, and other material relating to activities of the General Conference, the 6th Episcopal District, the African Methodist Episcopal Ministers' Union, Coan's involvement with local churches, and missions. Of particular interest are Coan's campaigns for bishop in 1948 and 1952, as well as organizational files on the Christian Leadership Education Congress from 1950-1982.

The African Methodist Episcopal Church in Africa material pertains primarily to Coan's position as General Superintendent of the 15th and 17th Episcopal Districts. Files contain speeches and hymns, reports, travel records, financial statements, and planning for special events. Other material documents Coan's 1957 trip to Africa as an African Methodist Episcopal representative at the independence of Ghana. Additional material relating to Coan's work in South Africa at Wilberforce and as superintendent and acting bishop can be found in the scrapbook in Series 9, Personal Papers.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by subject area, then in alphabetical order.

General
Box Folder Content
24 1 African Methodism abroad (mainly Coan's notes)
24 2 African Methodist Episcopal Church Bicentennial Symposium III, Charleston, South Carolina, December 11-15, 1987
24 3 African Methodist Episcopal Church cards
24 4 African Methodist Episcopal Church Church organizational charts
24 5 African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference, 35th Session, Miami, Florida, May 1956
24 6 African Methodist Episcopal Church General Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 1964
24 7 Annual conference worship programs
24 8 Atlanta Conference Branch Missionary Society, "One Who Cares-Shares," June 4, 1965
24 9 "Basis, Terms and Proffer of Organic Unity," agreement between African Methodist Episcopal Church and African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 1892
24 10 Bicentennial Symposium III, Focus on Henry McNeal Turner, 1987
24 11 Board of Missions, Annual General Meeting, New York, New York, June 14, 1950
24 12 Bulletins and newsletters, 1933-1983
24 13 Camp Baber Summer Program, 1962
24 14 Campaigns for Bishop, fliers, undated-1964
24 15 Candidates for Allen Christian Endeavor League, undated
24 16 Candidates for "A.M.E. Review," undated
24 17 Candidates for Department of Church Extension, undated
24 18 Candidates for Episcopal Honors, undated
24 19 Candidates for Secretary of Missions, undated
24 20 Candidates for Southern Christian Recorder, undated
24 21 Catechism of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
OP1 14 Certificate of Merit, blank
24 22 Civil rights events, 1964
24 23 Clippings, 1945-1975
24 24 Coan's campaign for Bishop, 1948
24 25 Coan's campaign for Bishop, 1952
24 26 Commissions, flier
24 27 Commission on Christian Education, curriculum development for the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1962-1981
24 28 Commission on Christian Education, curriculum development for ministerial candidates' examination, circa 1980
24 29 Committee on Missions, "Report on Missions," circa 1940s
24 30 Committee on the Revision of Discipline, minutes from 29th Quadrennial Session of the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Cleveland, Ohio, 1932
24 31 Committee on Women's Missionary Work, circa 1965
24 32 Connectional Evangelistic campaign, 1962
24 33 Connectional Young People's Department, Third Quadrennial Convention program, 1955
24 34 Council of Bishops, 1948-1981
24 35 Council of Bishops, "African Methodism and Foreign Missions," memorandum prepared by Coan, 1952
24 36 Council of Bishops, Special Session "Co-ordination of Commissions," May 10-11, 1961
25 1 Country church and area leadership educational council, 1949
25 2 Delegates Elected to the General Conference, partial list, May 1956
25 3 Department of Minimum Salary
25 4 Division of Christian Education
25 5 Eighth district assembly
25 6 Episcopal Hand Book, Bishop BW Arnett, 1900
25 7 Evangelistic Planning Commission Meeting, April 14, 1953
25 8 Financial Department, "List of Books, Reports, Periodicals," no date
25 9 "Fourteenth Episcopal District At Work," 1984
25 10 General Board of Education, Division of Educational Institutions, 1959-1972
25 11 General Board of Evangelism, Quadrennial Report, 1948-1952
25 12 "In Fair Tennessee," Tennessee A.M.E. Rally Song
25 13 Jamaican Rehabilitation Fund, 1952
25 14 Minister's Institute, 13th Episcopal District, Chattanooga, TN, 1981
25 15 Musicale Extravaganza, 37th Session of General Conference, May 4, 1964
25 16 National Youth Conference and Convention of Sunday School Superintendents and Epworth League Presidents, July 15-20, 1952
25 17 New Encyclopaedia of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, book advertisement
25 18 Nineteenth Episcopal District, conference schedule, 1987
25 19 Opinion in the District Court of the United States, Civil Action No.6657, David H Sims v. SL Greene, 1947
25 20 Overseas Christian Education & Publication Services, First Quadrennial Report, 1976
OP3 Poster, Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
25 21 Prospectus for connectional campaign for evangelism of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in cooperation with world Methodism's evangelistic year 1953
25 22 Richard Allen Youth Council
25 23 "Seventeenth Biennial Session of the Lay Organization, African Methodist Episcopal Church," report, 1981
25 24 Silver Anniversary honoring Bishop S.L. Greene and Bishop R.R. Wright, June 20, 1961
25 25 Sixteenth Episcopal District, 1960-1968
25 26 Sons of Allen
25 27 South Georgia Conference, Eighth Annual Session of the Missionary Convention and Congress of Christian Education, August 5-7, 1953
25 28 Standing Committees of the 35th Quadrennial Session, 1956
25 29 Voice of Missions, Summer/Fall 1993
25 30 "What is the Remedy?" by R.R. Wright, Jr. (President of Wilberforce University)
25 31 Workshop on Christian Unity and Church Union, 1978
25 32 You & Your Church, Andrew White, Division of Christian Education, 1969
25 33 Young People's Department North Georgia Conference, 1974
25 34 Youth Jubilee Week, February 10-17, 1946
6th Episcopal District
25 35 African Methodist Episcopal Television Ministry, 1985
25 36 Annual retreats, undated
25 37 Awards banquet, 1982
25 38 Bishop Wilkes Memorial Lectures on Preaching, 1983-1984
25 39 Bulletin of annual conference, 1948
25 40 Clippings, 1975-1976
25 41 C.M.E. Missionary Institute, 1968
25 42 Committee on the Black Family, 1981
25 43 Committee on Church Extension, 1975
25 44 Committee on Education, 1965-1981
25 45 Committee on Public Schools, 1975
25 46 Committee on the State of the Church, 1979
25 47 Committee on the State of the Country, 1974, no date
25 48 Committee on Temperance, 1975
25 49 Commissions, 1958
26 1 Conferences, 1966-1988
26 2 Directory of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, State of Georgia, 1980-1981
26 3 Finances, 1969-1988
26 4 Finances, conferences, 1969-1988
26 5 Founders' Day Exercises, 1956
26 6 Laymen's Fund for Theological Education, 1966-1968
26 7 Literary report of annual conference, 1994
26 8 Newsletter, October 1962
26 9 Notes
26 10 Post Conference Convocation, 1983
26 11 Prayer and Fellowship Breakfast, November 6, 1981
26 12 Presiding elders, pastors, lay leaders and workers council, 1954
26 13 Schedule of conferences, 1951-1953, 1955, 1962, 1965, 1981, 1986
26 14 Schedule of events, 1982
26 15 Spiritual Retreat, 1965
26 16 State Advisory Committee on Christian Education, 1980-1982
26 17 Strategies for Mission and Service, circa 1981
26 18 West Atlanta District, 1982-1983
State Conferences
26 19 Americus Georgia Annual Conference, educational night program, undated
26 20 Atlanta Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1910-1913
26 21 Atlanta Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1920-1924
27 1 Atlanta Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1925-1926, 1928, 1930
27 2 Atlanta Georgia Annual Conference program, 1951
27 3 Atlanta-North Georgia Conference, 1974-1983
27 4 Atlanta-North Georgia Conference, souvenir journal, 1987
27 5 Atlanta-North Georgia Conference, souvenir programs, 1993-1994
27 6 Augusta Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1921-1923
27 7 East Tennessee Annual Conference minutes, 1901
27 8 Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1889-1890
27 9 Georgia Annual Conference journal, 1895
27 10 Georgia Annual Conference journal, 1908
27 11 Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1910-1911
27 12 Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1913-1918
27 13 Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1923, 1925
27 14 Georgia State Tri-Convention, 1940
27 15 Macon Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1909-1912
66 1 Macon Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1913-1914
66 2 Macon Georgia Annual Conference, souvenir program, 1951
66 3 Macon Georgia Annual Conference, souvenir program, 1969
66 4 North Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1886, 1888, 1894, 1912, 1923-1924
66 5 South Atlanta District Conference, 1965-1966
66 6 South Carolina Conference, program and directory, 1952
66 7 South Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1920-1924, 1929
66 8 South Georgia Annual Conference, program and directory, 1933
66 9 Southwest Georgia Annual Conference journals, 1908-1911
66 10 West Atlanta District Conference, programs, 1962-1966, 1988
African Methodist Episcopal Ministers' Union
66 11 Atlanta jail visits, 1982
66 12 Calendars, 1978-1986 and no date
66 13 Committees
66 14 Constitution, directory, and program booklets, 1964-1986
66 15 Finances, 1980-1983 and no date
66 16 Installation Services, 1980, 1985
66 17 Meeting minutes and notes, 1978-1989
66 18 Membership rosters
67 1 Passion Week, 1979-1984
67 2 Programs and fliers, 1978-1987
67 3 Retirement and hospitalization plan
67 4 Unidentified notes
Christian Education Leadership Congress
67 5 Atlanta District, 1951
67 6 Connectional Congress of Christian Education, 1954, 1958
67 7 Connectional Christian Education Conference and Institute on Aging and the Black Aged, June25-28, 1974
67 8 Georgia Congress "The Centennial Anniversary of Christian Service," August 12, 1965
67 9 Georgia State Annual Congress programs, 1949-1957
67 10 Mid-Century Congress of Christian Education, August 1-4, 1950
67 11 Monticello District, 1951
67 12 Ninth Episcopal District, Leadership Training Institute, 1951, 1955
67 13 North Georgia Conference convention, 1951
OP1 11 Poster, "Christian Workers Conference!", Georgia Conference, August 15-19, 1949
67 14 Sixth Episcopal District, undated
67 15 Sixth Episcopal District, August 1-4, 1950
67 16 Sixth Episcopal District, August 6-10, 1951
67 17 Sixth Episcopal District, August 1-5, 1955
67 18 Sixth Episcopal District, August 15-17, 1956
67 19 Sixth Episcopal District, 1960
67 20 Sixth Episcopal District, 1961
67 21 Sixth Episcopal District, 1963
67 22 Sixth Episcopal District, 1964
67 23 Sixth Episcopal District, 1965
67 24 Sixth Episcopal District, 1967
67 25 Sixth Episcopal District, 1973
67 26 Sixth Episcopal District, 1974
67 27 Sixth Episcopal District, 1975
67 28 Sixth Episcopal District, 1981
68 1 Sixth Episcopal District, 1982
68 2 Sixth Episcopal District, directories of Congress workers, 1954-1964, no date
Women's Missionary Society
68 3 Atlanta, Georgia Conference, First Quarterly Meeting, February 10, 1966
68 4 Atlanta North Georgia Conference, Annual Convention, 1987-1988
68 5 Atlanta North Georgia Conference, First Quarterly Meeting, February 12, 1970
68 6 Atlanta North Georgia Conference, Second Quarterly Meeting, May 13, 1965
68 7 Fifth Session, July 14-16, 1948
68 8 Home and Foreign Missionary Society, Program Guide Book, "Thy Kingdom Come," September 1955-August 1956
68 9 New Jersey Conference Branch, 52nd Annual Session, April 7-8, 1948
68 10 Quadrennial Convention, 1951
68 11 Quadrennial Convention, Coan's course for Religious Training Group, July 9-14, 1955
68 12 South Carolina 36th Annual State Convention, August 21-22, 1952
68 13 Women's Mite Missionary Society, New England Conference Branch, June 2-3, 1933
68 14 YPD Newsletter, January-December 1984
Africa
68 15 African Methodist Episcopal Church Golden Jubilee, 1946
68 16 Annual conferences and conventions, 1943
68 17 Annual conferences and conventions, 1945-1946
68 18 Brief histories of African Methodist Episcopal churches in South Africa written by South Africans
68 19 Certificate of guarantee, February 9, 1945-1946
68 20 Christian Council of South Africa
68 21 Church dedications, Founders Memorial Temple 1939, Emmanuel Church 1940
68 22 Episcopal Message, Fifteenth Episcopal District, South Africa, 1941
68 23 Forty First Cape Annual Conference and Missionary Convention, souvenir program, 1939
68 24 Fundraising, "Mavuso Chapel," Natal, South Africa, 1949
68 25 Hymns in Bantu
68 26 Hymns in Secuana, translated by S.L. Lesabe
68 27 Members information book, in Cibemba, 1947
68 28 Notes and cards
68 29 Pastor's report form, annual conference, no date
68 30 Proposal to be African Methodist Episcopal Church representative at birth of Ghana, 1957
68 31 Research materials on African Methodist Episcopal Church in Orange Free State collected by Fred Arnot
68 32 Research project, evaluation of the educational experiments of African Methodist Episcopal Church for Bantu and Coloured racial groups in South Africa, 1950s
68 33 Schedule, Presiding Elder's Appointments, Johannesburg District of the Transvaal Annual Conference, 1945, Springs District, 1948
68 34 Special resolution on Episcopal districts, 1947
OP1 13 St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, Official Role, Kensington, 1948
68 35 Transvaal and Zambesi Annual Conferences journal, 1948
68 36 Travel materials, Coan's trip for Inauguration of Independence of Ghana, 1957
68 37 Welcome addresses to Coan, 1938-1947
68 38 Worship service materials
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