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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Sermons, 1890-1921

Personal and Family Papers, 1879-1980

Southern Methodist University

John Foster Pierce papers

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Pierce, John Foster
Title: John Foster Pierce papers
Inclusive Dates: 1879-1980
Bulk Dates: 1890-1921
Abstract: The John Foster Pierce papers consist of 1.6 linear feet of sermons, personal papers, and family records. The collection features 257 sermons written by Rev. J. F. Pierce (1863-1923), a Methodist minister and District Superintendent who served charges in northern Texas from 1890 to 1923.
Accession No: BridArch 303.32
Extent: 4 boxes (1.6 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

John Foster Pierce was born on March 16, 1863 in Madison, Georgia to Amelia Augusta Roberts Pierce and James Lovick Pierce, D.D. While attending Emory College in Oxford, Georgia John Foster Pierce joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. Upon graduating from Emory College in 1884, Pierce moved to Fannin County, Texas. He taught school at Lannius, Texas for two years while studying law. After being admitted to the bar, Pierce practiced law in Dallas, Texas for three years.

Sensing a call to the Christian ministry, John F. Pierce was licensed to preach in 1890, ordained a deacon in 1892, and ordained an elder in the North Texas Conference in 1894. His appointments included Texarkana Mission (1890-1891); Queen City Circuit (1891-1892); Denton Station (1892-1895); Terrell Station (1895-1896); Kavanaugh Station, Greenville (1896-1898 and1908); Denton Street, Gainesville (1898-1901 and 1916); Centenary, Paris (1901-1903); Travis Street, Sherman (1912-1916); and Oak Lawn (Assistant Pastor 1917-1923). Rev. Pierce also served as Presiding Elder of the McKinney District (1904-1908) and Gainseville District (1908-1912).

Rev. Pierce married Lloretta “Llora” Cullum (1866-1956), the daughter of Rev. Marcus Hiram Cullum and Elizabeth Jane David Cullum, on December 16, 1891. Their six children were Richard Lane, Charles Gillespie, George Foster, Graham Lafayette, Llora Jean, and Ella Kathryn Pierce.

Rev. John Foster Pierce died at his home in Dallas on March 3, 1923. In Pierce’s 1923 North Texas Annual Conference journal memorial, Robert Gibbs Mood reminisced:

It is no exaggeration to say that Brother Pierce was a great preacher. I have heard him on many occasions and never have I heard him preach a sermon that could in any sense of the word be termed mediocre. He was a profound student, his diction scholarly and finished, and he possessed a spiritual insight and vision into the great vital facts upon which our religion is based that is not given to many men. No congregation ever sat under his ministry without having their Christian knowledge broadened and their religious experience deepened.

Source:

Mood, Robert Gibbs. Minutes of the Fifty-seventh Annual Session of the North Texas Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. [Dallas, Texas]: The Conference, 1923.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The John Foster Pierce papers primarily document the preaching ministry of a Methodist minister and Presiding Elder who served in Texas at the turn the twentieth century. Rev. Pierce’s legacy includes 257 hand-written sermons, essays, a photograph, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and genealogical data.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized in two series:
Series 1: Sermons, 1890-1921 (ordered by Bible text citation)
Series 2: Personal and Family Papers, 1879-1980

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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.

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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.
Pierce, John Foster.
Methodist Episcopal Church, South -- Texas -- Clergy.
Sermons.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Foster Pierce papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Elizabeth Rayner Weaver Pierce, 1988.

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described in 2010 by Timothy Binkley with the assistance of Heather M. Oglevie.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Sermons, 1890-1921

The first series consists of 257 hand-written sermons on legal-size paper. All but twenty-four sermons have scripture citations at the top of the first page. Most sermons have titles. Square brackets indicate that a sermon did not have a title. In these cases, the first phrase of the sermon text has been listed as a substitute title. The sermons are not individually dated. The date range 1890-1921 reflect Rev. Pierce’s active pulpit ministry.
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1725A 1 Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God 1890-1921
2 Genesis 4:13 My punishment is more than I can bear 1890-1921
3 Genesis 5:24 Enoch walked with God 1890-1921
4 Genesis 8:1 And God remembered Noah 1890-1921
5 Genesis 9:13 Rainbows in clouds 1890-1921
6 Genesis 12:1-3 Attraction 1890-1921
7 Genesis 13:12 Job… towards Sodom 1890-1921
8 Genesis 15:1 [The word] 1890-1921
9 Genesis 16:13 Thou God seest me 1890-1921
10 Genesis 25:8 Abraham's death 1890-1921
11 Genesis 28:17 Reverence 1890-1921
12 Genesis 41:46 Joseph stood before Pharaoh 1890-1921
13 Genesis 47:28-30 Joseph's death 1890-1921
14 Exodus 3:3-6 [A continuous and thoughtful reading] 1890-1921
15 Exodus 14:15 Go forward 1890-1921
16 Exodus 23:20 The angel is life 1890-1921
17 Leviticus 19:30 Keep my Sabbath 1890-1921
18 Numbers 27:12-13 Death of Moses 1890-1921
19 Numbers 32:1-7 Reuben and Gad 1890-1921
20 Deuteronomy 1:19 Great and terrible misfortunes 1890-1921
21 Deuteronomy 8:18 The theology of money 1890-1921
22 Deuteronomy 11:26-28 Blessing in cursing 1890-1921
23 Deuteronomy 15:1-2 Jubilee 1890-1921
24 Deuteronomy 22:3 Thou mayest not hide thyself 1890-1921
25 Deuteronomy 29:29 Secret things 1890-1921
26 Joshua 1:1-9 [In studying history] 1890-1921
27 Joshua 4:1-3 Memorial stones 1890-1921
28 Joshua 7:18 And Achan was taken 1890-1921
29 Joshua 9:1-27 Gibeonites 1890-1921
30 Joshua 24:15 [Valedictory] 1890-1921
31 Joshua 24:15, 24 Choose ye this day whom ye 1890-1921
32 Judges 16:20 Samson wist not that God had departed 1890-1921
33 1 Samuel 25:1 Samuel 1890-1921
34 1 Kings 1:48 David and Solomon 1890-1921
35 1 Kings 9:3 Solomon's prayer answered 1890-1921
36 1 Kings 19:4-5 [But he himself went a day's journey] 1890-1921
37 1 Kings 20:40 Servant busy here and there 1890-1921
38 1 Kings 21:20 Naboth's vineyard 1890-1921
39 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people which are called by my name 1890-1921
40 Job 14:1-2 [This observation of the patriarch] 1890-1921
41 Job 19:25-26 [For I know that my Redeemer liveth] 1890-1921
42 Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man etc. 1890-1921
43 Job 42:5 [See the great powers of the word] 1890-1921
44 Psalm 8:3 When I consider thy heavens 1890-1921
45 Psalm 17:15 Behold thy face in righteousness 1890-1921
46 Psalm 19:7-8 [This Psalm falls into three divisions] 1890-1921
47 Psalm 23:1-6 The Lord is my shepherd 1890-1921
48 Psalm 37:35-36 Wicked like a green bay tree 1890-1921
49 Psalm 68:18 [Thou hast ascended on high] 1890-1921
50 Psalm 90:1-2 [The inventive resources of the mind] 1890-1921
51 Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days 1890-1921
52 Psalm 94:7-11 Practical infidelity 1890-1921
53 Psalm 116:14 Vows 1890-1921
54 Psalm 144:15 [A moment's reflection will reveal] 1890-1921
55 Proverbs 5:11-12 And thou mourn at the last 1890-1921
56 Proverbs 23:7 So he thinketh in his heart, so is he 1890-1921
57 Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 Vanity of vanities 1890-1921
58 Isaiah 6:1-9 [Isaiah has been called the "prophet of the dawn"] 1890-1921
59 Isaiah 9:6 His name shall be called wonderful 1890-1921
60 Isaiah 25:9 God a continuous revelation 1890-1921
61 Isaiah 40:28 Hast thou not known? 1890-1921
62 Isaiah 40:29 He giveth power to the faint 1890-1921
63 Isaiah 42:15-16 [A misapprehension of the true nature] 1890-1921
64 Isaiah 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his maker 1890-1921
65 Isaiah 50:4 A word to the weary 1890-1921
66 Isaiah 52:1 Put on thy strength 1890-1921
67 Isaiah 63:1 Mighty to save 1890-1921
68 Isaiah 64:4 Oh that thou wouldst rend the heavens 1890-1921
69 Jeremiah 8:20 The harvest is past 1890-1921
70 Jeremiah 9:23-24 Glorying 1890-1921
71 Jeremiah 18:4 The potter 1890-1921
72 Jeremiah 35:1-19 The Rechabites 1890-1921
73 Jeremiah 50:5 They shall ask way to Zion 1890-1921
74 Hosea 4:17 Ephraim joined… idol 1890-1921
75 Amos 5:1 A lamentation 1890-1921
76 Amos 5:18 The Day of the Lord 1890-1921
77 Micah 4:1 But in the latter days it shall come to pass 1890-1921
78 Habakkuk 3:2 Revive thy work 1890-1921
79 Zechariah 9:12 [The 9th verse proclaims that the Messiah is at hand] 1890-1921
80 Malachi 3:16 [They that feared the Lord] 1890-1921
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1725B 1 Matthew 1:21 Save his people from their sins 1890-1921
2 Matthew 5:8 Pure in heart ... see God 1890-1921
3 Matthew 6:9 Hallowed be thy name 1890-1921
4 Matthew 6:12 Forgive us our debts etc. 1890-1921
5 Matthew 7:12 Christ: moral standard 1890-1921
6 Matthew 7:29 They were astonished… having authority 1890-1921
7 Matthew 9:14 [Christ was always confronted] 1890-1921
8 Matthew 10:1-22 Christ's charge to his disciples 1890-1921
9 Matthew 11:28-29 Rest 1890-1921
10 Matthew 15:19-20 The heart 1890-1921
11 Matthew 16:13-19 Thou art the Christ 1890-1921
12 Matthew 16:17, 23 Blessed art thou ... Get behind me 1890-1921
13 Matthew 16:24-28 The soul … Christ's 1890-1921
14 Matthew 16:25 For whosoever will save his life 1890-1921
15 Matthew 16:25 Lose life … find it 1890-1921
16 Matthew 20:23 Degrees in glory 1890-1921
17 Matthew 20:28 Vicarious sacrifice 1890-1921
18 Matthew 21:17-19 [The cursing of the fig tree] 1890-1921
19 Matthew 26:1-5 Finished work 1890-1921
20 Matthew 27:22 What shall I do with Christ 1890-1921
21 Mark 4:28 First the blade ... corn in the ear 1890-1921
22 Mark 4:28 The blade, the ear, the corn 1890-1921
23 Mark 8:35 Whosoever will save his life 1890-1921
24 Mark 10:17 [The hour has a person addressing Christ] 1890-1921
25 Mark 13:1-2 External and internal 1890-1921
26 Mark 13:1-9 [The setting of the parable] 1890-1921
27 Mark 13:3 Can ye not discern the signs of the times? 1890-1921
28 Mark 14:8 She hath done what she could 1890-1921
29 Mark 14:34 My soul is exceeding sorrowful 1890-1921
30 Luke 1:6 Family 1890-1921
31 Luke 2:8-18 The shepherds 1890-1921
32 Luke 4:18 The spirit of the Lord is upon me 1890-1921
33 Luke 6:38 Give and it shall be given you 1890-1921
34 Luke 7:28 [For I say unto you] 1890-1921
35 Luke 7:33-34 John and Jesus 1890-1921
36 Luke 11:1 Teach us to pray 1890-1921
37 Luke 12:15 A man's life consisteth not 1890-1921
38 Luke 12:20 The Rich Fool 1890-1921
39 Luke 12:42 Stewardship 1890-1921
40 Luke 13:3 Except ye repent 1890-1921
41 Luke 14:28-33 Count the cost 1890-1921
42 Luke 16:3 [Stewardship] 1890-1921
43 Luke 17:17 The Ten Lepers 1890-1921
44 Luke 24:6 He is risen 1890-1921
45 John 1:12 As many as believed in him 1890-1921
46 John 1:14 The Word … flesh 1890-1921
47 John 1:29 Behold the Lamb of God 1890-1921
48 John 1:43-50 Philip found Nathanael 1890-1921
49 John 3:4 Regeneration 1890-1921
50 John 4:21-23 Spiritual worship 1890-1921
51 John 4:38 Ye have entered into their labors 1890-1921
52 John 5:15 Lest a worse thing 1890-1921
53 John 6:2 A great multitude followed him 1890-1921
54 John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know 1890-1921
55 John 8:7 He that is without sin, cast stone 1890-1921
56 John 8:21 I go my way and you shall seek me 1890-1921
57 John 8:51 [Verily, verily I say unto you] 1890-1921
58 John 8:57 Not yet 50 years old 1890-1921
59 John 10:10 Life more abundant 1890-1921
60 John 10:41 John did no miracle 1890-1921
61 John 11:7-8 Let us go into Jerusalem 1890-1921
62 John 12:20-22 Resurrection 1890-1921
63 John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than God 1890-1921
64 John 13:7 Not now – Afterwards 1890-1921
65 John 13:36 Not now – Afterwards 1890-1921
66 John 14:1-3 [Jesus had accomplished his last journey] 1890-1921
67 John 14:7 Christ revealing God 1890-1921
68 John 14:9 He that hath seen me hath seen the Father 1890-1921
69 John 14:21 If he love me … I will love him 1890-1921
70 John 14:35 White … to harvest 1890-1921
71 John 17:4 [I have glorified thee on earth] 1890-1921
72 John 18:36 Kingdom not of this world 1890-1921
73 John 19:30 [When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar] 1890-1921
74 John 20:8 Unconscious influence 1890-1921
75 John 20:13 Mary 1890-1921
76 John 20:25 Thomas 1890-1921
77 John 20:31 These are written … Son of God 1890-1921
78 Acts 1:7-8 It is not for you to know 1890-1921
79 Acts 4:20 [Events immediately preceding the text] 1890-1921
80 Acts 4:33 Great grace was upon … all 1890-1921
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1725C 1 Acts 5:1-11 The early Church 1890-1921
2 Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen 1890-1921
3 Acts 8:1-8 Stephen's burial place 1890-1921
4 Acts 8:26-40 The eunuch 1890-1921
5 Acts 9:1-22 Paul's conversion 1890-1921
6 Acts 15:1-2 Paul at Antioch 1890-1921
7 Acts 16:6-10 Paul at Troas 1890-1921
8 Acts 17:29 Paul at Athens With transcript 1890-1921
9 Acts 20:17 Paul at Ephesus 1890-1921
10 Acts 20:24 [But none of these things move me] 1890-1921
11 Acts 24:25 Paul before Felix 1890-1921
12 Acts 26:12-20 Saul and Paul 1890-1921
13 Acts 27:20-24 Paul in shipwreck 1890-1921
14 Acts 28:30-31 Paul's last days 1890-1921
15 Romans 1:1-14 Debtor to Greeks and Romans 1890-1921
16 Romans 1:16 Not ashamed of the gospel 1890-1921
17 Romans 1:16 Not ashamed of gospel 1890-1921
18 Romans 1:20 [For the invisible things of him from the creation] 1890-1921
19 Romans 5:8 The cross 1890-1921
20 Romans 8:16 Spirit ... beareth … our spirit 1890-1921
21 Romans 12:1-3 Present your bodies 1890-1921
22 1 Corinthians 1:21 The world by wisdom knew not God 1890-1921
23 1 Corinthians 1:22-24 Christ crucified 1890-1921
24 1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural man …receiveth not 1890-1921
25 1 Corinthians 3:9 [Relations to God] 1890-1921
26 1 Corinthians 3:22-23 All things are yours; ye are Christ's 1890-1921
27 1 Corinthians 9:24 [So run that you may obtain] 1890-1921
28 1 Corinthians 13:12 [For now we see through a glass, darkly] 1890-1921
29 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am 1890-1921
30 1 Corinthians 15:20 Easter 1890-1921
31 1 Corinthians 15:58 Be ye sanctified 1890-1921
32 1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye stand fast in the faith 1890-1921
33 Galatians 3:1-3 [If ye then be risen with Christ] 1890-1921
34 Galatians 3:4 [Law and Gospel contrasted] 1890-1921
35 Galatians 3:24 The law our school-master 1890-1921
36 Galatians 6:17 The marks of Jesus 1890-1921
37 Ephesians 1:22-23 Church 1890-1921
38 Ephesians 3:20 Above all we can ask 1890-1921
39 Philippians 1:21 [With the exception of Christ] 1890-1921
40 Philippians 2:12-13 [Conflicting theories] 1890-1921
41 Philippians 3:13-14 [In the verses preceding] 1890-1921
42 Philippians 4:3 Help those women who labored 1890-1921
43 Colossians 1:21-22 [In the Scripture] 1890-1921
44 Colossians 3:10-11 Race 1890-1921
45 1 Timothy 1:18-19 [There are some who] 1890-1921
46 1 Timothy 3:16 God was manifest in the flesh 1890-1921
47 Titus 2:11 Grace … bringeth salvation 1890-1921
48 Hebrews 2:3 [The gracious way] 1890-1921
49 Hebrews 4:16 [Explain what is meant by coming boldly] 1890-1921
50 Hebrews 7:25 [Wherefore he is able also to save] 1890-1921
51 Hebrews 11:1 Faith 1890-1921
52 Hebrews 11:24-26 [By faith Moses … refused] 1890-1921
53 Hebrews 11:27 Man's value to society 1890-1921
54 Hebrews 11:40 Through us they are perfected 1890-1921
55 James 1:13-15 God tempts no man 1890-1921
56 James 1:22 [But be ye doers of the word] 1890-1921
57 James 1:22-25 [The necessity for searching into divine things] 1890-1921
58 James 2:17 Works 1890-1921
59 1 Peter 1:5 [Faith is genesis of Christian life] 1890-1921
60 1 Peter 1:18-19 The cross 1890-1921
61 1 Peter 3:13-15 Zealous for the good 1890-1921
62 1 Peter 3:18 [For Christ also hath once suffered for sins] 1890-1921
63 1 Peter 4:12-13 Trial 1890-1921
64 2 Peter 1:4 Partisanship 1890-1921
65 2 Peter 3:9 Not slack but long-suffering 1890-1921
66 1 John 2:1 If any man sin, an advocate with the Father 1890-1921
67 1 John 2:15 The things of the world 1890-1921
68 1 John 3:20 [If our heart] 1890-1921
69 1 John 5:18-20 We know 1890-1921
70 Jude 1:1 Servant of Jesus Christ 1890-1921
71 Revelation 3:4 Thou hast a few names in Sardis 1890-1921
72 Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne 1890-1921
73 no text Missions 1890-1921
74 no text [Lord and Master] 1890-1921
75 no text [The declaration that the Church of God] 1890-1921
76 no text [Opportunity gone] 1890-1921
77 no text [Compare this with the words of hope] 1890-1921
78 no text [Henceforth let us endure hardness] 1890-1921
79 no text [The supreme test of the measure of a man] 1890-1921
80 no text [I am keenly sensitive] 1890-1921
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1726A 1 no text New Birth 1890-1921
2 no text [I shall not utilize this] 1890-1921
3 no text [Prayer is both an action] 1890-1921
4 no text I have fought a good fight 1890-1921
5 no text My heart is fixed 1890-1921
6 no text Philip and Eunuch 1890-1921
7 no text [Worldliness] 1890-1921
8 no text They that found the Lord etc. 1890-1921
9 no text Elijah 1890-1921
10 no text [Fought a good fight] 1890-1921
11 no text [Change and decay on the love of life] 1890-1921
12 no text [Barring the opening and concluding chapters] 1890-1921
13 no text [It has been said that recognition] 1890-1921
14 no text Go teach all nations 1890-1921
15 no text [Jesus bothered with little questioning] 1890-1921
16 no text Transfiguration 1890-1921
17 no text [My heart risen … Israel may be] 1890-1921

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Series 2:
Personal and Family Papers, 1879-1980

The second series is comprised of nine folders of written materials other than sermons, an undated photograph of Rev. Pierce, newspaper clippings, and family history materials.
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1726A 18 Ledger of essays by J. F. Pierce on topics of personal interest 1879
19 Travelogue or slide show notes (30 sites in the Holy Lands) 1890-1921
20 Photograph of Rev. J. F. Pierce 1880-1890
21 Letter from J. F. Pierce to Llora Cullum 1891
22 Letter from Ella Kathryn Pierce Webb to Llora Cullum Pierce 1930-1940
23 Shipping memorandum: Cullum & Boren Co. 1919
24 Newspaper Clippings 19??
25 Pierce family genealogy: Conference journal memorials 1885-1923
26 Pierce family genealogy book: The Pierces and Their Posterity 1980

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