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archives Finding the Archives The Archives and History Library was established in the Parker United Methodist Conference of the Dakotas Conference of the Center in Mitchell in 1969 United Methodist Church by Dr. Matthew D. Smith, former president, dean The Commission on and 1912 graduate of Archives and History is DWU. Materials known as Dr. Matthew D. Smith archives charged by the United the Methodist Collection Methodist Book of were relocated from the Layne Library at DWU Discipline to preserve to the Conference Center. the records of the Dakotas Conference In 2002, the Dakotas Conference and Dakota of the United Wesleyan University entered into an Methodist Church and agreement to share archives space in the its predecessors George and Eleanor McGovern Library and within the conference boundaries. For Center for Leadership and Public Service. The new McGovern Library opened in October • Dakota Wesleyan University reference purposes, this collection retains 2006. With the retirement of longtime archivist Pat Breidenbach, the Dakotas Conference Archives and History Library officially moved to • Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church records of the general conferences, the the McGovern Library in March 2007. disciplines and the general minutes of all the annual conferences. The Archives and History Library is the depository for the records and other historical materials of the United Methodist Church and predecessor denominations within the boundaries of the Dakotas Conference and predecessor conferences. The holdings include: • records of closed churches, containing rolls of pastors, memberships, baptisms, George and Eleanor McGovern Library marriages and sometimes deaths; and Center for Leadership and Public Service • historical files on active and closed local churches; FOR MORE INFO • minutes/yearbooks/journals of the Dakotas Conference and predecessor conferences; Laurie Langland, Archivist DAKOTA WESLEYAN • publications/newspapers of the Dakotas Conference and predecessor conferences; • histories of conferences throughout the McGovern Library, DWU 1201 McGovern Ave. UNIVERSITY United States; Mitchell, SD 57301 George and Eleanor McGovern Library and • hymnals and gospel songbooks; Center for Leadership and Public Service Phone: 605-995-2134 • disciplines; and 1201 McGovern Ave., Mitchell, SD 57301 Fax: 605-995-2893 • local church commemoratives. 605-995-2134 • www.mcgoverncenter.com E-mail: email@example.com the history of Dakota Wesleyan University archives and Special Collections of DWU the history of the Dakotas Conference In 1883, a The George The Dakotas Conference of the United small band of and Eleanor Methodist Church was created in June 1994, Methodist McGovern with the merger of the North Dakota and the settlers meeting Library at DWU South Dakota conferences, which had been in Dakota houses the separate conferences since their beginnings in Territory secured university the 1880s. The merger meeting was held at a charter to found Aberdeen, S.D. archives and the college that special Methodist Predecessor Conferences has become collections: The North Dakota Conference had its Dakota Wesleyan Eleanor and George McGovern University. beginnings as a mission conference A small, private • Sen. Francis H. Case Collection organized in October 1884 at Fargo. The university located • Sen. George McGovern Collection South Dakota Conference had its beginnings in Mitchell, S.D., • Jennewein Western Library on two fronts in 1880: the Black Hills Mission DWU aspires to at Deadwood; and the Dakota Mission Merrill Memorial Hall, DWU The university archives consists of Conference at Yankton. During the excellence in the publications, images and memorabilia which organizations and mergers of conferences in liberal arts and professional programs. As the preserve DWU’s institutional memory. the Dakotas, three branches of the Methodist university for the Dakotas Conference of the The Case Collection Episcopal denomination merged in 1939 and United Methodist Church, Dakota Wesleyan contains more than 300 dropped Episcopal from the name, which encourages the dialogue between mind and linear feet of materials would be only Methodist until 1968. soul, simultaneously building relationships, which represent the work developing whole persons, and promoting Evangelical Predecessor Conferences of Sen. Case, a 1918 service to God and humanity. In 1884, the Dakota Conference of the DWU graduate, during his 25-year membership Evangelical Association Church was organized in the U.S. Congress and for all of Dakota Territory. The conference was Senate. divided into separate conferences for North Sen. Francis H. Case The McGovern Dakota and South Dakota in 1920. In 1951, Collection consists of an the North Dakota and South Dakota extensive collection of conferences met again and reunited as the photographs, as well as Dakota Conference of the Evangelical United campaign memorabilia Brethren Church. and personal papers of George McGovern, a United Brethren in Christ Work in the Dakotas 1946 DWU graduate and United Brethren work in the Dakotas was former faculty member. carried on by conferences headquartered in Postcard of Old College Hall, DWU J. Leonard Jennewein, Iowa and Nebraska. The Evangelical United J. Leonard Jennewein professor of history and Brethren and Methodist denominations English at DWU from 1953-68, donated the merged in 1968, creating the present-day Check online at collection known as the Jennewein Western United Methodist Church. www.dwu.edu/library/archives.htm Library, which consists of books, images, For additional information on the Dakotas for more information. audio material, and papers on the history of Conference of the United Methodist Church, South Dakota and the Middle Border region. go to www.dakotasumc.org.
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