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Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church Administrative records

Identifier: WUA035

Scope and Contents

The Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church (OMEC) papers include church membership, General Conference issues, charges brought against pastors and other church administrators, votes on women delegates, a plan for the Salem Circuit, and correspondence from two U.S. Presidential secretaries.


  • 1851-1945


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open to researchers.

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Biographical / Historical

In 1833 the Methodist Foreign Mission Society drew up a plan to send missionaries to Oregon. Reverend Jason Lee was superintendent of the mission, accompanied by Reverend Daniel Lee and teacher Cyrus Shephard. The missionaries settled in the Willamette Valley, ten miles north of what is now Salem. In 1841 they moved to Salem and established a headquarters for the Methodist Episcopal Church. Jason Lee was one of the thirteen charter members of the church.

In 1849 the Oregon and California Mission Conference was organized to include missions in Oreogn, Idaho, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and part of Montana. Most of the churches within the conference were in the Willamette Valley. By 1852 the Oregon and California Mission Conference divided, creating The Oregon Conference. The two conferences remained independent until 1969 when they formed the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)


The Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church Administrative records contain documents created by various members of the Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church that deal with subjects such as church membership, discipline of pastors, purchasing and selling church property, and election of church delegates.


These papers are arranged into three series: I. Judicial records, II. Business records, and III. Presidential correspondence.

Items are arranged alphabetically by name or subject.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Related Materials

The Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church holds historical information about the organization as well as organizational archives.
Guide to the Oregon Methodist Episcopal Church Administrative records, 1851-1945
Finding aid processed by Rose Marie Walter.
© 2012
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States