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Charles W. Williams Texas Methodist Planning Commission papers

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Williams, Charles Wesley.
Title: Charles W. Williams Texas Methodist Planning Commission papers
Dates: 1975-1982
Abstract: The Charles W. Williams papers consist of 0.5 linear feet of organizational records and correspondence from the Texas Methodist Planning Commission. These items document the Commission’s activities in the Methodist community in Texas from 1975-1982.
Accession No: Collection BridArch 3.087
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Dr. Charles W. Williams of Baytown, Texas, the collector and donor of these papers, was Chair of the Texas Methodist Planning Commission (TMPC) and Houston-East District Superintendent. The Texas Methodist Planning Commission began with a number of Texas delegates to the Methodist General Conference who believed that through closer cooperation among the several Methodist conferences of the state they could bear a more effective witness and render a better service in Texas. The delegates met at the General Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in 1948 and agreed to present a resolution recommending a statewide Methodist Planning Commission to each Annual Conference in Texas. Thus, TMPC was founded in 1948 "for the purpose of studying, evaluating, and proposing plans for the work of the Methodist Church in Texas whenever that work shall affect more than one Annual Conference."

The first meeting of the Commission was held October 19, 1948 in the Chapel of the Methodist Home in Waco, Texas and officers were elected. A constitution and by-laws were adopted at the second meeting of the Commission in 1949. For a number of years, meetings were held at the Methodist Home in Waco. The meeting place was moved to Lakeview Assembly at Palestine and eventually to the First United Methodist Church in Euless.

The results of the work of the TMPC were most evident in the Texas Methodist Stewardship Movement, the Texas Methodist Foundation, the Inter Conference Commission on Mexican American Work, and the Texas Methodist Historical Commission. As of 1978, the TMPC’s purpose was "to hear plans and proposals from Program Councils of the Annual Conferences and from statewide agencies and institutions; to consider, share and evaluate such plans and proposals; and to make recommendations to the Annual Conferences concerning the work of the United Methodist Church in Texas wherever the work shall affect more than one Annual Conference."

In March 1982, TMPC realized that the Annual Conferences could accomplish the purposes for which the commission was created, and the Commission was dissolved.

Sources: "A Brief History: The Texas Methodist Planning Commission," Charles W. Williams papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

"Memo: Resolution to Discontinue the Commission, March 9, 1982," Charles W. Williams papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Charles W. Williams Texas Methodist Planning Commission papers comprise 0.5 linear feet of correspondence, propositions, recommendations, meeting minutes, meeting agendas, and other organizational records. The majority of these documents were generated or collected by Dr. Williams during his time as a member and Chairman of the Texas Methodist Planning Commission (1975-1982). The collection reflects the accomplishments of the TMPC and the internal workings of the Commission. It also documents the Commission’s efforts to enlarge the Methodist Church (later United Methodist Church) in Texas and reach out to minorities.

Arrangement of the Collection

Dr. Williams originally had the folders labeled both by subject and function. The folders were re-arranged by function in 2010.
The folders in each series are arranged alphabetically by title, and items in each folder are chronological.
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Organizational Records


Access to Collection:

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Sensitive Materials Statement:

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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.
Williams, Charles Wesley
Methodist Church (U.S.) -- Texas Methodist Planning Commission.
Methodists -- Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles W. Williams papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Dr. Charles W. Williams on May 23, 1986.

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described in 2010 by Allison Osborn.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence

The first series consists of four folders of correspondence. The majority of the correspondence deals with proposals, recommendations, agendas, and dates for meetings.
Box Folder
1713 1 Letters from Charles W. Williams 1981-1982
2 Letters to Charles W. Williams 1980-1982
3 Letters 1977-1982
4 Memoranda 1980-1982

Series 2: Organizational Records

The second series of the Charles W. Williams papers consists of eleven folders of organizational records documenting the internal workings of the Commission.
Box Folder
1713 5 Brief History [1978]
6 Constitution and By-laws 1975-1978
7 Financial Reports & Proposals 1977-1982
8 Meeting Agendas 1979-1982
9 Meeting Minutes 1975-1982
10 News Articles 1981-1982
11 Notes 1981
12 Proposals & Recommendations 1977-1982
13 Reports, undated [1975-1982]
14 Rosters 1981
15 Worksheets, undated [1975-1982]