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W. Maynard Sparks Papers

Prepared by Joseph Strausbaugh, Student Assistant and Mark C. Shenise, Associate Archivist

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church


Overview of Collection

Record Creator: Sparks, W. Maynard
Title: W. Maynard Sparks Papers
Title: W. Maynard Sparks Papers
Date Span: 1959-1981
Extent: 1.35 cubic feet
Resource ID:

Biographical Note

W. Maynard Sparks (1906-1999) was an Evangelical United Brethren bishop. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College in 1927, United Theological Seminary in 1930, and from the University of Pittsburgh in 1936. He was licensed as a Quarterly Conference minister in 1919, granted a license to preach in 1923 by the Allegheny Conference of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, and ordained by that conference in 1930. In 1931 he married Blanche M. Frank. Sparks pastored for sixteen years in western Pennsylvania and then elected Superintendent of the Allegheny Conference of the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1946. He served in this position until 1950. In 1950 he was elected to the faculty of Lebanon Valley College to serve as Assistant Professor of Religion. In 1958 he was elected bishop and assigned to the Western Area where he resided in Sacramento, California. Sparks later served in the Seattle Area. Sparks also served overseas in Sierra Leone (1961-1967), Germany and Switzerland (1965), and Brazil (1967). He was also a member of the Commission on Church Union. Sparks died August 17, 1999.

Scope Note

Bishop Sparks correspondence concerns Sierra Leone from 1966 until 1973. The oral history interview was conducted as part of the Center for the Study of Evangelical United Brethren History, Oral History Program. This program was part of the EUB Heritage Project. The interview was conducted by John R. Knecht on February 21, 1981, in Sacramento, California. There is one cassette tape with this interview as well as a twenty-one page typed transcript.


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

The folders are arranged by record type and topic.

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, W. Maynard Sparks Papers, United Methodist Church Archives - GCAH, Madison, New Jersey. Do not make use of the item's call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Restrictions on Use

No restrictions to access.

Related Materials

Portland Episcopal Area Records and Seattle Epsicopal Area Records

Index Terms

Subject Geographic
Sierra Leone.
Oral Histories.
Subject - Corporate Names
Evangelical United Brethren Church

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
1599-1-1: 1 Correspondence 1966
1599-1-1: 2 Correspondence 1967
1599-1-1: 3 Correspondence 1968-1969
1599-1-1: 4 Correspondence 1969
1599-1-1: 5 Correspondence, Folder 1 1970
1599-1-1: 6 Correspondence, Folder 2 1970
1599-1-1: 7 Correspondence, Folder 1 1971
1599-1-1: 8 Correspondence, Folder 2 1971
1599-1-1: 9 Correspondence, Folder 3 1971
1599-1-2: 1 Correspondence, Folder 1 1972
1599-1-2: 2 Correspondence, Folder 2 1972
1599-1-2: 3 Correspondence 1973
1599-1-2: 4 Reports 1959
1599-1-2: 5 Reports and Minutes 1966-1968
1599-1-2: 6 Reports and Minutes 1969
1599-1-2: 7 Reports and Minutes 1970
1599-1-2: 8 Reports and Minutes 1971
1599-1-2: 9 Reports and Minutes 1972
1599-1-2: 10 Reports and Minutes 1973
1599-1-3: 1 Clippings 1967-1972
1599-1-3: 2 Constitutions for Autonomous Churches Undated
1599-1-3: 3 "Inside Rhodesia" Columns 1968-1969
1599-1-3: 4 Invitations and Programs 1969-1971
1599-1-3: 5 Invitations and Programs 1972-1973
1599-1-3: 6 Position Papers on Sierra Leone 1968
1599-1-3: 7 Proposed Discipline of the United Methodist Church of Sierra Leone Undated
1599-1-3: 8 Oral History Interview Transcript 1981