Southern Methodist University

James Kilgore papers

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Kilgore, James, 1865-1950.
Title: James Kilgore papers
Inclusive Dates: 1919-1936
Bulk Dates: 1925-1934
Abstract: James Kilgore (1865-1950) was a founding faculty member of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) School of Theology (now Perkins School of Theology), 1915-1934; acting Dean of the School of Theology, 1919-1920 and 1926-1933; and acting President of SMU, 1922-1923. The bulk of the collection is correspondence, but financial documents, apartment applications, and lecture invitations are also included. The contents were created and collected by Kilgore during his years of service to SMU.
Accession No: BridArch 104.04
Extent: 2 boxes (2 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

James Kilgore was born January 15, 1865 near Clinton, Texas to James Thomas and Caroline Elizabeth Kilgore. He earned an A.M, M.A., and D.D degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas between 1884 and 1890. In 1890, he was ordained to the Methodist ministry. Kilgore served pastorates in the Texas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South for more than twenty years. He was also appointed presiding elder (district superintendent) of the Houston district.

On January 27, 1892, Rev. Kilgore married Lucy B. Pritchett, who died April 3, 1894. In January of 1896 he married Faerie Blanton. They had three sons.

In 1910 Kilgore was appointed secretary of the newly formed Texas Methodist Commission of Education. The twenty-member committee was responsible for choosing Dallas as the home of SMU in 1911. Kilgore served as Professor in the School of Theology from the university’s opening in 1915 until 1934. He taught philosophy of religion, psychology of religion, and Christian doctrine. When the School of Theology’s Dean, Hoyt Dobbs, became too ill to serve, President Hyer appointed Kilgore to chair the theology faculty from September 1919 to February 1920. Kilgore again served as acting Dean of the School of Theology from September 1, 1926 until September 1, 1933. He retired from teaching in 1934.

James Kilgore served on the SMU Board of Trustees from 1912 until 1950. From October 1922 to March 1923 he was appointed acting President of SMU, following the resignation of President Hiram Boaz.

Faerie Blanton Kilgore died on April 7, 1930 after a long illness. James Kilgore died September 25, 1950.

Sources:

"Death claims SMU founder, Dr. Kilgore, 85." Dallas Morning News. September 26, 1950.

Dr. James Kilgore’s statement for the general convocation, James Kilgore papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Grimes, Lewis Howard. A History of the Perkins School of Theology. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1993.

Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Journal of the Thirteenth Annual Session of the Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Church. Texas, 1951.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The James Kilgore papers chronicle Dr. James Kilgore’s time as Dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. The collection demonstrates that, during his career as Dean, Kilgore worked to bring young men and women from around the country to SMU to pursue their ministerial education. The Kilgore papers feature two linear feet of correspondence, receipts, apartment applications and assignments, rent balances, comparative statements for monthly expense accounts, invitations to the Fondren lectures, and invoices.


 

Arrangement of the Collection

Much of the original order has been maintained in the collection. Kilgore’s folder label designations have been preserved, and the folders remain in original order. However, the contents of each folder have been placed in chronological order.
The collection has been arranged into one series: Office Papers.

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 Director of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

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


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.
Kilgore, James, 1865-1950.
Perkins School of Theology -- Faculty.
Perkins School of Theology -- Administration -- History.
Southern Methodist University -- Administration -- History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Acquisition Information

Acquired prior to 1994.

Processing Information

These records were arranged and described in 2010 by Allison Osborn.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Office Papers, 1919-1936

The series, Office Papers, consists of 150 folders of administrative records generated and collected by James Kilgore during his years of service to SMU. The majority of the collection is correspondence between students and the School of Theology administrative staff. The procedure for applying to the SMU School of Theology and the requirements and cost of the program are represented.
Box Folder
5 01 A-General 1927-1933
02 Apartments-Asbury Hall 1928-1934
03 Apartments-Marvin & Pierce 1928-1933
04 Apartment Rent 1933
05 Applications for Apartments-Asbury Hall 1927
06 Applications for Apartments-Marvin & Pierce 1927-1928
07 Applicants for Positions 1926-1929
08 Appointments for Members of School of Theology 1927
09 B-General 1925-1933
10 Beck, E.L. 1928
11 Bergin, J.W. 1927-1929
12 Bergin, Mrs. J.W. 1926-1928
13 Bishop, C.M. 1927-1934
14 Board of Christian Education TX Conference 1928-1936
15 Board of Education/Stonewall Anderson 1926-1928
16 Board of Education/W.E. Hogan 1926-1932
17 Board of Trustees 1928
18 Bradfield, W.D. 1926-1933
19 Bridges, E.W. 1926-1929
20 Byrd, W.N. 1933
21 C-General 1926-1934
22 Cannon, J.L. 1927-1929
23 Catalog Material 1926-1927 School Year 1925-1927
24 Catalog Material 1927-1928 School Year 1927
25 Catalog Material 1928-1929 School Year 1928-1929
26 Catalog Material 1929-1930 School Year 1930
27 Catalog Material 1930-1931 School Year 1930
28 Catalog Material 1931-1932 School Year 1930
29 Catalog Material 1932-1933 School Year [1932-1933]
30 Catalog Material 1933-1934 School Year [1933-1934]
31 Catalog Requests 1927-1934
32 Chapel 1929-1930 School Year 1929-1931
33 Chapel 1930-1932 School Year 1930-1932
34 Cokesbury Press 1929-1930
35 Comparative Statements-Expense Accounts 1926-1932
36 D-General 1927-1934
37 Dickenson, Robert E. 1930-1931
38 E-General 1926-1931
39 Eady, Virgil Y.C. 1926-1929
40 Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary 1933
41 Endowment on Scholarship 1927
42 Epworth League Chair of Missions 1927-1929
43 Extension School-Correspondence School 1925-1933
44 Extension School for Pastors 1925-1927
45 Extension School-Bank Statements 1927-1929
46 Extension School-Armistead, M.H. 1927-1928
47 Extension School-Adams, W.W. 1926-1928
48 Extension School-Brown, J.E. 1926-1928
49 Extension School-Carnell, John W. 1927
50 Extension School-Carson, A.B. 1929
51 Extension School-Carter, A.A. 1927
52 Extension School-Cole, John P. 1927
53 Extension School-Dorris, C.L. 1927
54 Extension School-DuBois, H.H.S. 1927
55 Extension School-Eckle, C.L. 1927
56 Extension School-Finck, W.F. 1927
57 Extension School-Forsythe, W.E. 1927
58 Extension School-McClure, M.P. 1926-1928
59 F-General 1926-1934
60 Faculty Memos 1926-1928
61 Fondren Lectures 1926-1927 School Year 1926-1927
62 Fondren Lectures 1927-1928 School Year 1926-1928
63 Fondren Lectures 1928-1929 School Year 1927-1930
64 Fondren Lectures 1929-1930 School Year 1926-1930
65 Fondren Lectures 1930-1931 School Year 1930-1932
66 Fondren Lectures 1932-1933 School Year 1933
67 G-General 1926-1932
68 General Board of Christian Education 1932
69 General Conference 1930-Invited Speakers 1930
70 Godfrey, John A. 1929
71 Goodloe, Robert W. 1927
72 Grades [1926-1927]
73 H-General 1926-1933
74 Hayter, Bernie 1926-1929
75 Hicks, J.H. 1927-1929
76 Hill, B.O. 1927
77 Householder Award 1926-1932
78 Hughes, Eldora 1929
79 I-General 1931-1933
80 Invoices 1926-1927 School Year 1926-1927
81 Invoices 1927-1928 School Year 1927-1928
82 Invoices 1928-1929 School Year 1928-1930
83 Invoices 1929-1930 School Year 1929-1930
84 Invoices 1930-1931 School Year 1930-1931
85 Invoices 1931-1932 School Year 1931-1932
86 Invoices 1932-1933 School Year 1932-1933
87 J-General 1926-1933
88 K-General 1924-1933
89 KeeLox Manufacturing Co. 1928-1929
90 Kern, Paul B. 1927-1928
91 Kilgore, James-Condolences 1930
92 Kilgore, James-Correspondence 1919
93 Kilgore, James-Correspondence 1925-1926
94 Kilgore, James-Correspondence 1927
95 Kilgore, James-Correspondence 1927-1929
96 Kilgore, James-Correspondence 1929
97 Kilgore, James-Correspondence 1930
98 Kilgore, James-Correspondence 1931
99 Kilgore, James-Correspondence 1932
100 Kilgore, James-Correspondence 1933-1934
101 King, Harry F. 1927-1930
102 King, H.K. 1931
103 Klingman, C.C. 1928-1930
104 Koenig, H.H. 1930
Box Folder
6 1 L-General 1926-1932
2 Lacaster, J. Douglas 1926
3 Lewelling, R.H. 1928-1930
4 Library Funds 1926-1934
5 Lists-Mailing 1927-1929
6 Loans 1925-1932
7 Loan-Baird, Sidney S. 1927
8 Loan-Baker, C.D. 1925-1930
9 Loan-Fletcher, E.L. 1925-1934
10 Loan-Gatti, Herbert E. 1926-1927
11 Loan, Gist, Joe 1925-1927
12 Loan-Greer, Charles A. 1929-1931
13 Loan-Lemons, Robert Lee 1929-1931
14 Loan-McPheeters, J.C. 1924-1931
15 Loan-Mason, Otis F. 1930-1932
16 Lokey, C.M. 1925-1928
17 Love, Frances M. 1927
18 M-General 1925-1932
19 Master in Church Administration 1927
20 McCormick, J.T. 1925-1928
21 McDaniel, W.A. 1929-1930
22 McMurray, W.F. 1927
23 Martin, C.L. 1926
24 Martin, W.C. 1927-1928
25 Mills, J.W. 1925-1932
26 Miner, Ora 1930-1933
27 Missions Board 1925-1931
28 Moreland, G.M. 1925-1928
29 Mother’s Club SMU 1928-1931
30 Mullins, T.H. 1928
31 Prospective Students-A 1927-1935
32 Prospective Students-B 1926-1933
33 Prospective Students-C 1925-1935
34 Prospective Students-D 1926-1933
35 Prospective Students-E 1927-1933
36 Prospective Students-F 1928-1932
37 Prospective Students-G 1927-1933
38 Prospective Students-H 1925-1933
39 Prospective Students-I 1927-1932
40 Prospective Students-J 1926-1934
41 Prospective Students-K 1929-1932
42 Prospective Students-L 1926-1931
43 Prospective Students-M 1925-1933
44 Railroad Passes 1926-1933
45 Requests for Conference Journals 1927-1933
46 T-General 1928