Southern Methodist University

Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists
Title: Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records
Dates: 1989-2007
1994-2007
Abstract: The Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists worked within the Methodist Church to promote total abstinence from alcohol and drugs. They also worked to enact legislation prohibiting the drinking and selling of alcohol. The Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records consist of one linear foot of letters, university policies on alcohol consumption, essay contests, and legal matters.
Accession No: Collection BridArch 3.035
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

As early as 1739, the Methodist movement promoted abstinence from alcoholic beverages. John Wesley classified alcohol as evil because of the harm it causes to the individual and to society at large. The Independent Committee on Alcohol & Drugs for Methodists (later the Independent Committee on Alcohol & Drugs for United Methodists) formed in 1960 to promote awareness of the dangers of alcohol, continuing the work of the former Methodist Church Board of Temperance. The three main goals of the Committee were:

• to promote the voluntary total abstinence from all intoxicants and narcotics

• to promote the observance and enforcement of constitutional provisions and statutory enactments which suppress the sale of alcoholic beverages and in narcotic drugs

• to promote the swift enactment of such legislation throughout the world

In order to carry out its mission, the Committee held annual essay contests for the United Methodist Youth Foundation and distributed monthly bulletins. Essay contests, which began in October 1994, gave students the opportunity to share with readers the benefits of abstinence from alcohol. In addition, the Committee printed a bulletin insert for local churches. The Committee also produced TV spot ads promoting abstinence from intoxicants and kept in contact with several church administrators regarding their own personal responsibility concerning the church’s position on alcohol and drugs.

Collection donor Howard LeRoy Lydicke served as the Chairman of the Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for the United Methodist Church.

Source:

"The Independent Committee on Alcohol & Drugs for United Methodists web site," Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records comprise 0.5 linear feet of letters, university policies on alcohol consumption, essay contests, and legal matters. The collection reflects the actions taken by the Committee to increase awareness of the dangers of alcohol within the Methodist community. The Committee also strenuously worked to have Methodist universities follow the church’s policies on alcohol consumption and lobbied to have prohibition reinstated. These activities are also represented in the collection.


Arrangement of the Collection

No original order was evident in 2010 when the collection was arranged into three general series. Previously, a member of the Bridwell Library staff had written an itemized inventory of the collection and labeled the folders. No further processing occurred until 2010. Each series is arranged alphabetically. Within each folder, items are arranged chronologically with undated material placed at the back.
Series 1: Letters, 1995-2007
Series 2: Congregational Outreach, 1989-2007
Series 3: Legal Matters, 2007

Restrictions

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.
Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists.
Lydick, Howard, 1929-
Temperance and religion -- United States.
Alcoholism -- Religious aspects.
College students -- Substance abuse -- Prevention.
Letters.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Independent Committee on Alcohol and Drugs for United Methodists records, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired 2007 or 2008, possibly from Howard Lydick.

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: Letters, 1995-2007

The first series consists of two folders of letters to and from Howard Lydick, Chairman of the Committee. Lydick corresponded with university officials and members of various Methodist councils in an effort to enact more restrictive policies concerning alcohol consumption.
Box Folder
1570 1 Letters from Howard Lydick 1995-2007
2 Letters to Howard Lydick 1995-2007



Series 2: Congregational Outreach, 1989-2007

The five folders of material in the second series reflect the activities the Committee engaged in to educate the Methodist community on the dangers of alcohol and drug use.
Box Folder
1570 3 Bulletin Board Budget, undated [1994-2007]
4 Educational Leaflets, undated [1994-2007]
5 Essay Contest 1994-2001
6 University Policies on Alcohol 1989-1996
7 Website 2001



Series 3: Legal Matters, 2007

The third series consists of one folder of exhibits for the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church vs. District of Columbia case which deals with an alleged violation of a Declaration of Trust.
Box Folder
1570 8 Legal Matters 2007