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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Epworth League, 1899-1949

Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions, 1897-1949

North Texas Conference Missionary Societies, 1904-1914

Picture Frames, circa 1908-1940

Southern Methodist University

Mary Hay Ferguson Eller papers

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Eller, Mary Hay Ferguson
Title: Mary Hay Ferguson Eller papers
Inclusive Dates: 1897-1949
Bulk Dates: 1906-1930
Abstract: Mary Hay Ferguson Eller (1884-1964) was a Methodist laywoman from McKinney, Texas who served in positions of leadership within the North Texas Conference Epworth League and was founder of the Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions. This collection consists of pamphlets, programs, correspondence, minutes, photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, record books, frames, and a scrapbook created or collected by Mary Hay Ferguson Eller and reflecting her experiences in the Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society, the Woman’s Missionary Society, the Epworth League, and the Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions.
Accession No: BridArch 303.56
Extent: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Mary Hay Ferguson was born in McKinney, Texas in 1884, the daughter of Mary Phillips Ferguson and John Hay Ferguson. As a young adult, Mary Ferguson held leadership positions in the North Texas Conference Epworth League. Her work on behalf of the League included founding the Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions. The Council of Missions promoted missionary vocations and raised money in support of Methodist missions in memory of Ruby Rachel Kendrick (1883-1908). Ruby Kendrick was a young woman from Plano, Texas who died in Korea after serving less than one year in the mission field.

In 1920 Mary Hay Ferguson married banker Horace P. Eller (1878-1965) of McKinney. The Ellers moved to Dallas and joined Grace Methodist Church. Mary Eller served as an officer in the Daughters of the American Revolution, Dallas Patriotic Association, Dallas Federation of Women’s Clubs, Dallas Woman’s Forum, and Women’s Chamber of Commerce. In Dallas, H. P. Eller became a successful banker, attorney, and real estate broker.

Sources:

“Deaths and Funerals.” Dallas Morning News, July 21, 1964, 4.

“Dallas Social Affairs.” Dallas Morning News, November 24, 1920, 10.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Through publications, correspondence, minutes, photographs, record books, and a scrapbook this collection documents Mary Hay Ferguson Eller’s participation in Methodist Episcopal Church, South-related organizations between 1900 and 1930. Items of special significance include early records of the McKinney District Epworth League and documents from the formation and work of the Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection has been arranged into four series:
Series 1: Epworth League, 1899-1949
Series 2: Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions, 1897-1949
Series 3: North Texas Conference Missionary Societies, 1904-1914
Series 4: Picture Frames, circa 1908-1940

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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.
Eller, Mary Hay Ferguson.
Kendrick, Ruby.
Women missionaries -- Korea.
Methodists -- Texas.
Epworth League (U.S.)

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Related Material

For additional material pertaining to missionary work in Korea, see:

Alfred W. Wasson papers (BridArch 105.18), Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

For additional material pertaining to Epworth Leagues, see:

Collection on the North Texas Epworth League (BridArch 302.23), Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Mrs. W. B. Wright scrapbook on Epworth League, 1888-1932 (A2006.0019c), DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mary Hay Ferguson Eller papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired prior to 1994.

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described in 2010 by Allison Osborn as the “Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions records.” The collection was reprocessed and renamed in 2012 by Timothy Binkley.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2011 and Ada Negraru, 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Epworth League, 1899-1949

The first series consists of thirteen folders of publications, correspondence, photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, and record books produced by local, state, regional, and national chapters of the Epworth League.
Box Folder
1556 01 Dallas District 1911-1913
02 McKinney District 1905-1928
03 McKinney District record books 1899-1904
04 Loose items from the McKinney District record books 1909
05 Sulphur Springs chapter account books 1925-1927
06 North Texas Conference Epworth League 1904-1921
07 North Texas Conf. Epworth League Yearbook & Journal 1921-1925
08 North Texas Conf. Epworth League Yearbook &Journal 1926-1928
09 Texas State Epworth League 1906-1912
10 Western Epworth League Assembly 1924
11 Epworth Era (four issues) 1914-1929
Box Folder
2010 04 Texas Christian Advocate May 15, 1913
05 McKinney Examiner May 16, 1929

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Series 2:
Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions, 1897-1949

The second series contains seventeen folders and a scrapbook focusing on the life of Ruby Rachel Kendrick and the ministries carried on in her memory by the North Texas Conference Epworth League.
Box Folder
1556 12 Ruby Kendrick biographical data 1928-1937
13 Cloth samples: burial dress and coffin lining 1908
14 Missionary work in Korea 1906-1916
15 Ruby Kendrick Memorial Church 1913-1916
16 Ruby Rachel Kendrick memorial exhibit 1908-1930
17 Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions 1908-1929
18 Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions publications 1910-1919
19 Ruby Kendrick Council of Missions publications 1920-1928
20 Memorial Fund financial records 1908-1917
21 Memorial Fund pledge cards 1912-1913
22 Missionary degree system 1914-1915
23 SMU Ruby Kendrick scholarship fund 1928-1949
24 J. P. Luton, Jr. missionary emblem 1929
25 Ansil Lynn Epworth League collaboration 1928-1930
Box Folder
2010 01 Ruby Kendrick Memorial Scrapbook 1897-1929
02 Printouts of Kendrick memorial scrapbook pages 1897-1929
03 Loose items from the Kendrick memorial scrapbook 1913-1924

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Series 3:
North Texas Conference Missionary Societies, 1904-1914

The third series includes two folders. The first holds an event ribbon from the North Texas Conference Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society meeting of 1904. The second contains a program and group photograph of the North Texas Conference Woman’s Missionary Society annual meeting of 1914. Both events were held in McKinney, Texas, Mary Hay Ferguson Eller’s home town.
Box Folder
1556 26 Woman’s Foreign Missionary Society 1904
27 Woman’s Missionary Society 1914

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Series 4:
Picture Frames, circa 1908-1940

During processing, framed items were scanned and then removed from their frames. The four wooden frames in this series were retained for future exhibition purposes due to their aesthetic appeal.
Box
1557 Four decorative picture frames circa 1908-1940

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