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Kate Warnick papers

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Warnick, Kate, 1896-1993.
Title: Kate Warnick papers
Dates: 1905-1984
Abstract: The Kate Warnick papers consist of eight boxes of papers, images, and artifacts documenting the history of Southern Methodist University, its theological library, and the career of librarian and museum curator Kate Warnick (1896-1993). The collection includes correspondence, photographs, news clippings, SMU publications, and information about special collections that Kate Warnick managed.
Accession No: SMU Accession 1995.0244, Collection BridArch 2.004
Extent: 8 boxes (5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Marion Kate Cullom was born in Garland, Texas, the daughter of Dora Sewell Cullom and newspaperman John H. Cullom. As a young adult, Kate studied music at Southern Methodist University. She began working in the SMU library under the direction of Dorothy Amann in the fall of 1918. On May 20, 1920, she married John Warnick, an Army Air Corps veteran of World War I.

Kate Warnick served as Librarian of the SMU School of Theology from 1924 until 1949 and as Reference and Methodist Historical Librarian for Perkins School of Theology from 1950 to 1979. Her scholarship contributed to the production of Golden Prologue to the Future: A History of the Highland Park Methodist Church (1966) and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974). Kate Warnick was a member of the American Library Association, American Theological Library Association, and Southwestern Society of Biblical Research. She served one term as President of the Methodist Librarians Fellowship (1963-64) and several years as Librarian-Historian of the South Central Jurisdictional Association of Methodist Historical Societies.

On the personal side, Kate Cullom Warnick is remembered for her warm, welcoming personality, for taking a personal interest in the library patrons she served, for her thorough knowledge of the library’s collections, and for the delight she took in following the careers of people she knew as students. Kate Warnick was a talented singer, pianist, and organist. She was a long-term member of Highland Park United Methodist Church. Mrs. Warnick also enjoyed participating in the Dallas Historical Society, the Dallas Art Association, Sigma Kappa, the University Women’s Club, SMU Dames, and Colophon.

A document found in the collection quotes Decherd Turner, Director of Bridwell Library, as stating:

For six decades Kate has given devoted service to the world of Methodism through her work at Bridwell Library. Her warmth of spirit and command of the materials have touched the lives and work of a remarkable percentage of the clergy of the Southwest. But even the borders of the great Southwest are insufficient to contain her labors. Like Mr. Wesley, the world has been Kate’s parish, too. The writer Carlyle in describing Frederick the Great wrote: "So expert was he, and a living archive in that business." Bridwell Library does not have Frederick the Great, but it has that which is better – Kate the Great, our living archive! 1

Since 1979, the Texas United Methodist Historical Society has recognized outstanding United Methodist local church history publications by giving annual Kate Warnick Awards. These awards began in Kate Warnick’s honor and continue in her memory.


1 Statement quoted in the dedication printed in the choral anthem Lord Jesus, Think of Me by Philip E. Baker, 1977. Source: Kate Warnick Papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Box 573B, Folder 32.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Kate Warnick papers include materials from before, during, and after her long tenure at Southern Methodist University. This collection reflects the depth of Kate Warnick’s professional and personal involvement with SMU, its libraries, and the United Methodist Church. Items of special interest include an autobiographical retirement speech delivered in 1961, a choral anthem by Philip E. Baker dedicated in honor of Mrs. Warnick, a folder of family history data, and a photo album containing prints of destruction in Europe during World War I. The album belonged to John H. Warnick, who had served in the Army Air Corps. Oral history suggests that Mr. Warnick may have been the photographer who took these Grigg Studio (San Antonio, TX) copyrighted images.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into four series:
Series 1: Library Special Collections, 1925-1975
  • Subseries 1: A. V. Lane Museum Records, 1925-1975
  • Subseries 2: Shettles and Hurja-Germany Collections Lists
Series 2: Professional Papers, 1920-1979
Series 3: SMU Topical Files, 1915-1980
Series 4: Personal Papers and Artifacts, 1905-1984


Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgement of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights form before using this collection.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Head of Special Collections of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Bridwell Library assumes no responsibility.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Warnick, Kate, 1896-1993.
Academic librarians -- Texas -- Dallas.
Southern Methodist University -- History.
Perkins School of Theology -- Professional staff.
Bridwell Library -- History.

Related Materials

Bridwell Library microfilm reel Theol. Film F16 no.57 History of the A.V. Lane Museum of S.M.U. in Kirby Hall, opened Nov. 1926 is a copy of the scrap book housed in Box 573A, File 01, of the Kate Warnick Papers.

The Bridwell Library owns and displays the 1972 portrait of Kate Warnick highlighted in Box 573C, Folder 5.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kate Warnick papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

The papers of librarian and curator Kate Warnick (1896-1993) were left to the Bridwell Library by Mrs. Warnick upon her second retirement in 1979. The A. V. Lane Museum accession ledger in box 573A, File 05, was repatriated from Bridwell Archives box 1700 in October, 2009. In November of 2009, three boxes of Kate Warnick’s files from the University Archives (Accession SMU 1995.0244) were added to Bridwell Library’s Warnick holdings.

Processing Information

These records were arranged and described in 2009 by Timothy S. G. Binkley. Parts of the collection had been arranged previously by Bridwell Library staff and by SMU Archives staff. Prior arrangement data can be located in the Bridwell Archives Subject Files.

In processing the collection, several folders of A. V. Lane Collection research data post-dating Kate Warnick were removed. These files are now part of the Bridwell Archives Subject Files. Additionally, three folders of SMU / Perkins Directories were removed from Series 3 and placed in the Perkins School of Theology Archive.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Library Special Collections, 1925-1975

The first series, Library Special Collections, begins with the A. V. Lane Museum records: 27 folders of artifact data, administrative papers, background information on A. V. Lane and Edgar J. Banks, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photos, exhibit labels, and guest books. Items in this subseries date from 1925 to 1975.
A separate subseries, Shettles and Hurja-Germany Collections Lists, consists of two folders. The first contains an annotated list of Shettles Collection books given to SMU by the Methodist Publishing House, Dallas, in 1915. The second is an inventory of two hundred thirteen pamphlets sent to Gene Germany by Emil Harja in 1939.
Subseries 1: A. V. Lane Museum, 1925-1975
Box Folder
572A 1 Scrapbook: "History of the A. V. Lane Museum of SMU" 1926-1935
2 Loose papers removed from scrapbook Box 573A, File 1 1930-1963
3 Photocopied correspondence from scrapbook Box 573A, F1 1927-1932
4 Photocopied news clippings from scrapbook Box 573A, F1 1927-1935
5 Museum guest book, volume 1 1926-1945
6 Museum guest book, volume 2 1946-1966
7 Museum accessions ledger 1926-1950
8 Museum administration correspondence 1931-1975
Box Folder
572B 1 John H. Hicks photographs and correspondence 1937-1948
2 A. V. Lane biographical data 1930-1938
3 Exhibit labels 1926-1969
4 Exhibit photographs 1931-1959
5 Collection lists 1952-1975
6 Annual reports 1934-1943
7 Educational resources 1952
8 Mesopotamian cones and tablets 1930-1933
9 Mummy 1930-1959
10 Oxyrhynchus papyri and bark texts 1922-1975
11 Entemena inscription 1931
12 Coins 1933-1935
13 Nebuchadnezzar brick 1938-1939
14 Kwong Wong figures 1927
15 Incantation bowl 1931-1939
16 Haverford College loan 1939-1959
17 Institute of Texan Cultures loan 1967-1968
18 Sacred Hawk loan 1975
Box Folder
572C 1 Academic Journals 1925-1931
Subseries 2: Shettles and Hurja-Germany Collections Lists
Box Folder
572C 2 Shettles Collection inventory 1928
3 Hurja-Germany pamphlet collection list 1939

Series 2: Professional Papers, 1920-1979

Series 2, Professional Papers, comprises ten folders of work-related articles, photos, honors, correspondence, and research. Materials in this series date between 1920 and 1979.
Box Folder
572C 4 Senior Appreciation Day tribute 1949
5 First retirement 1961
6 Portrait presentation dinner 1972
7 Commission on Archives certificate of appreciation 1976
8 General Correspondence 1926-1979
9 Walter Vernon Correspondence 1965-1979
10 John A. Vickers correspondence regarding Thomas Coke 1961
11 Articles and clippings 1931-1961
12 List of WWI Methodist Chaplains from Texas 1920-1930
13 Historical Library book committee 1915-1940

Series 3: SMU Topical Files, 1915-1980

Series 3, SMU Topical Files, is the largest series. It contains correspondence, articles, publications, and photographs collected by Kate Warnick documenting campus life at SMU between 1915 and 1980. These folders are filed in alphabetical order by topic. Series 3 also includes a box of large format materials, mostly newspapers. All Series 3 items had previously been housed in the University Archives as Accession SMU 95.244. They were transferred to Bridwell Library and re-united with Bridwell’s Kate Warnick papers in 2009.
Box Folder
573A 1 Alumni Association 1972-1979
2 All Around Dickens Club 1915
3 Advertisement 1939
4 Anniversaries 1940-1965
5 Annual Report 1936
6 Athletics - Football 1915, 1974
7 Benefactors of SMU 1927
8 Bird, Phyllis 1975-1977
9 Boaz Hall Dedication 1956
10 Boaz, Hiram 1957
11 Campus Map - SMU 1958-1960
12 Calendar - SMU Photo Calendar 1926
13 Commencement Convocation booklets 1935-1964
14 Commencement Convocation booklets 1968-1980
15 Convocation Programs 1922-1977
16 Convocation – Honors Day booklets 1958-1969
17 Convocation – President Ford 1975
18 Convocation – School of Theology 1945
19 Convocation – Thanksgiving 1948
20 Cotting, John Ruggles 1957
21 Daily Compost 1978
22 Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports 1976
23 Development Booklet: You Can Open 1959
24 Endowed Chairs Workbook 1974
25 Evans, J. Claude 1975
26 Faculty Handbook 1957
27 Faculty Planning Committee 1963
28 Financial Information – SMU 1976
29 Fondren Library 1938-1940
30 Founders Day 1933
Box Folder
573B 1 Gambrell, Herbert Pickens 1968
2 Gealy, Mrs. Fred D. 1957
3 Grimes, Johnnie Marie 1975
4 Hardin, Paul 1972-1974
5 Hemphill and Hill Hebrew Bible Translations 1923-1938
6 Hilltop Club 1974-1975
7 Homecoming 1975-1977
8 Hoon, John 1964-1966
9 Hyer Family 1969
10 Integration 1956
11 Kennedy Memorial Service 1963
12 Kirby Hall Dedication 1925
13 Lee, Umphrey 1939, 1957
14 Leete, Bishop F. D. 1957
15 McCord, Mary 1959
16 Moore, Stephen Halcuit 1957
17 Perkins Hall Opening 1970
18 Phi Beta Kappa 1973
19 Quillian, Joseph D. 1974
20 Rubottom, Richard 1976
21 Seven Great Universities (United Methodist) – booklet 1975-1976
22 Shuttles Hall Dedication 1957
23 Smith, Bishop W. Angie 1957
24 SMU Architecture, 1966-1976
25 SMU Review of First Term 1916
26 Tate, Willis 1955, 1976
27 Tate Lecture Series 1978
28 University Woman's Club 1950-1961
29 Van Katwijk, Paul 1938,1974
30 Vocational Conference 1919
31 Woman's Staff Club 1952-1961
32 Zumberge, James 1975-1977
33 Zumberge, Marilyn 1975
Box Folder
2154A (Large Format Box) 1 Daily Campus 1974-1975
2 Daily Campus - Weekender 1976, 1978
3 Founding of SMU (Outler article) 1974
4 Graduate Research Center 1957
5 Hardin, James 1972-1977
6 Lee, Umphrey 1939
7 Miller, Mary 1975
8 Presidential Search 1974
9 Rote, Kyle, Jr. 1974
10 SMU Profile – booklet 1967
11 SMU Now 1974-1975
12 Snickerberger, Walter A. 1976
13 Tate, Willis 1976
14 Zumberge, James 1975-1976

Series 4: Personal Papers and Artifacts, 1905-1984

The final series, Personal Papers and Artifacts, dates from 1905 to 1984 and includes papers and photographs reflecting Kate Warnick’s interest in music, family history, Methodist history, and denominational service organizations. It concludes with a single artifact: the carved wood "Mrs. Warnick" nameplate that sat on her desk for many years.
Box Folder
573C 1 Perkins Talent Show Script 1957
2 Music 1977
3 Photographs – Personal 1919-1964
4 Photographs – SMU campus 1930-1939
5 Photographs – World War I 1919
6 Warnick and Cullom family history 1905-1936
7 Methodist Bicentennial Celebration 1965-1966
8 South Central Jurisdictional Methodist Historical Societies 1960-1964
9 South Central Jurisdictional Methodist Historical Societies 1961-1966
10 South Central Jurisdictional Methodist Historical Societies 1963-1984
11 South Central Jurisdictional Methodist Historical Societies 1965-1971
12 SCJ Women’s Society of Christian Service 1964-1966
Box Folder
2154B 1 Name Plate ca. 1950