Sunday, May 26, 2013
Church Record Sunday: The American Methodism Project
There is so much on the Internet that can benefit our research. Much of it isn't always easy to find. One of my favorite websites is the Texts collection on Internet Archive. There is so much there that a whole presentation could center on just that one website. For Church Record Sunday, you may want to check out The American Methodism Project.
From the home page, it states:
The American Methodism Project is a digitized collection of interdisciplinary and historical materials related to American Methodism. The primary goal of this project is to provide both the digital tools and the digitized texts of American Methodism to better understand both Methodism and the United States. Contemporary questions of church and state boundaries, the role of government, moral development, education, leadership, labor, immigration, family, etc. are topics which can benefit from debates and reflections contained within this corpus of materials.
There's some interesting works here including memoirs and histories.One series of books, Martyrdom in Missouri discusses persecution during the Civil War. Make sure to browse the "M" titles for a list of memoirs that includes women's letters and diaries. There are also minutes from various conferences posted here. The great thing about Internet Archive is because all of the work is in the public domain you can download the entire book for free.
The American Methodist Project is a partnership between the United Methodist-related seminary libraries, the Internet Archive, the United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, and the Methodist Librarians Fellowship. Additional materials will be selected from the partner libraries, other related institutions, historical societies, scholarly societies, publishers, other libraries and archives, annual conferences, United Methodist agencies, local churches, and other Methodist-related denominations.