Deposited in the Methodist Archives are several thousand letters and other personal papers created by the preachers and lay-people of the Methodist Church and related evangelical movements from the early 18th century to the present.
A wide range of correspondent is represented in the collection. There are papers of important Anglican evangelicals like George Whitefield and William Grimshaw as well as letters from preachers and lay people of every social class. There are also some items relating to early American Methodism and the Episcopalian Church.
The subjects covered in the collection are extremely varied as the correspondents write of official as well as personal matters.
Researchers from several different historical disciplines will therefore find the collection valuable, especially as very few of the letters have previously been listed.
[Note: Letters written to John Wesley have not been catalogued in detail as these have been largely published most recently in the Oxford edition of Wesley's Works. In those few cases where a doubt exists, the item concerned has been catalogued in the same way as the rest of the collection.]