Southern Methodist University

Dallas Area Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club scrapbooks

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Dallas Area Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club
Title: Dallas Area Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club scrapbooks
Inclusive Dates: 1936-1966
Abstract: The Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club of Dallas, Texas was founded in 1934. The organization was formed to strengthen the bond between ministers’ wives in a social and spiritual way. The Dallas Area Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club scrapbooks include three scrapbooks assembled by the organization to chronicle their activities and contributions in the Dallas area. The scrapbooks contain newspaper articles, minutes, photographs, yearbooks, and programs.
Accession No: BridArch 302.22
Extent: 2 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

In 1934, Dr. Eugene B. Hawk became the Dean of the School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. In order to take the position, he and his wife, Dora Patterson Hawk, moved from Louisville, Kentucky to Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Hawk felt lost in Dallas because she did not know any of the ministers’ wives by name.

While attending services at the Munger Place Church in the fall of 1934, Dora Hawk met Eula Mae Mcquire Baker. Mrs. Baker held a party so Mrs. Hawk could meet the other ministers’ wives in the Dallas district. Bess Selecman, Emma Gregory, Marguerite Jones, Vera Richardson, Enola Hunter Carlyon, and Elenora Smith Webb were some of the women in attendance at the party. Dora Hawk made a motion to organize a Ministers’ Wives’ Club in Dallas, and the women enthusiastically agreed.

At their first regular meeting, the women decided to name the organization the Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club. Mrs. Hawk read the constitution used by her former club in Louisville, and with a few revisions it was adopted for the Dallas club. The mission of the club was to strengthen the naturally existing bond between Methodist Episcopal Church, South ministers’ wives in a social and spiritual way.

The club expanded in 1937 to include wives of Dallas area Methodist Protestant Church clergy. Some of the women in the Dallas club also participated in the North Texas Conference Ministers’ Wives’ Club (formed in 1939), and the two organizations often held events together. In 1954, the Dallas club was divided into two groups: the Dallas-Northeast and Dallas-Southwest Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Clubs.

Sources:

"Good Methodists Work Hard Even Though Weather is Hot; Man Friday for All is Woman."Dallas Morning News. October 28, 1939.

Ministers’ Wives’ Club Dallas, TX Scrapbook, Dallas Area Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club scrapbooks, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

"Ministers' Wives Tea to Honor Mrs. Martin."Dallas Morning News. May 29, 1955.

"Worley’s Dallas (Texas) City Directory Vol. 1934-35 XLVII" Dallas: John F. Worley Directory Company, 1935.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Dallas Area Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club scrapbooks document the activities and accomplishments of the women in the organization. The three scrapbooks contain newspaper articles, photographs, yearbooks, programs, minutes, and summaries of events. The newspaper articles document wedding anniversaries, retirements, deaths, club meetings, and achievements and honors of the ministers and their wives.


 

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into one series:
Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1936-1966

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.
Dallas Area Methodist Ministers' Wives Club.
Spouses of clergy -- Texas -- Dallas.
Methodist women -- Texas -- Dallas.
Women -- Social life and customs -- Texas -- Dallas.
Scrapbooks -- Texas – Dallas -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Dallas Area Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club scrapbooks, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Enola Hunter Carlyon (Mrs. J. T. Carlyon), 1966.

Processing Information

The scrapbook pages were scanned and the scrapbooks unbound. In two of the scrapbooks, pages were placed in mylar sleeves. In the third scrapbook, acid-free paper was placed between pages.

This collection was arranged and described in 2011 by Allison Osborn.

Finding aid written by

Allison Osborn, 2011.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Scrapbooks, 1936-1966

The series consists of three scrapbooks from the Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club in Dallas, Texas documenting the activities and contributions made by the club. The remaining folders in this series contain related documents: printouts of scrapbook pages and the original donation letter.
Box Folder
2011A 01 Printed scans of Ministers’ Wives’ Club of Dallas scrapbook pages 1936-1952
02 Printed scans of Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club of Dallas scrapbook pages 1952-1957
03 Printed scans of obituaries from 1952-1957 scrapbook 1956
04 Ministers’ Wives’ Club of Dallas, Texas scrapbook 1936-1952
05 Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club of Dallas scrapbook 1952-1957
Box Folder
2011B 01 Printed scans of Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club Dallas N. E. District scrapbook pages 1957-1962
02 Donor letter 1966
03 Methodist Ministers’ Wives’ Club Dallas N. E. District Scrapbook 1957-1962