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Biographical Note

Scope and Content


Preferred Citation

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Related Material

Subject Terms

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Guide to the Peter Murray Collection on the Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church

Prepared by Lacey Brother, Student Assistant and Mark C. Shenise, Associate Archivist

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History, Madison, New Jersey


Overview of Records

Record Creator: Murray, Peter C.
Title: Peter Murray Collection on the Central Jurisdiction of the Methodist Church
Dates: 1960- 1984
Abstract: This collection deals with the elimination of the Central Jurisdiction.
Extent: 0.312 cu. feet
Resource ID: gcah.ms.1415

History Note

This collection deals with the elimination of the Central Jurisdiction, the all-black, non-geographic jurisdiction created by the Plan of Union in 1939. Many African-American Methodists protested in 1940 against the Plan of Union because it divided the jurisdiction on racial lines.

Scope Note

Consists of printed documents related to the elimination of the Central Jurisdiction including: Cincinnati Exploratory Meeting (May 26- 28, 1962); Report of the Central Jurisdiction Study and Research Committee; An Approach to the Central Jurisdiction Problem of the Methodist Church, Pre-Conference Reflections of the Jurisdictional Problem of the Methodist Church; Summary of Proposals Regarding the Central Jurisdiction; Program and Procedures for Abolishing the Central Jurisdiction; Proposed Solution to the Central Jurisdiction Problem; Proposals Suggested for Consideration by the Special Exploratory Conference of the Central Jurisdiction; The Problem of the Central Jurisdiction and the Methodist Church; Plan for Completing the Elimination of the Central Jurisdiction; Basic Premises and Responsibility of the Central Jurisdiction Study Committee; Central Jurisdiction Exploratory Meeting (March 26-28, 1962; Introductory Statement; Study document on Realignment of the Central Jurisdiction; Creative Pursuit of an Inclusive Church; Letters of transmittal (1964).


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

The collection is arranged by topic then calendar date.

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, Peter C. Murray Collection, 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

For personal papers refer to the donor form otherwise use There are no restrictions regarding this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Detailed use restrictions relating to our collections can be requested from the office of the archivist at the General Commission on Archives and History. Photocopying is handled by the staff and may be limited in certain instances. Before using any material for publication from this collection a formal request for permission to publish is expected and required.

Related Material

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United Methodist Church (U.S.). General Board of Pensions and Health Benefits Record Series

Selma Richardson reference Collection

William B. McClain Manuscript

Subject Terms

Additonal Creators - Personal
:Brawley, James P.
:Dixon, Ernest T.
:Erwin, Richard C..
:Golden, Charles Franklin
:Grahm, John H.
:Hicks, John
:Kirk, W. Astor
:Thomas, James S.
:Ward, A. Dudley
Subject Names - Corporate
Methodist Church (U.S.). Central Jurisdiction
Subject Topics
African Americans.
Subject Geographic
United States

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
1553-6-4: 1 Central Jurisdiction 1962
1553-6-4: 2 Committee of Five 1964
1553-6-4: 3 Correspondences 1960-1964
1553-6-4: 5 Jackson, Mississippi 1964
1553-6-4: 6 Manuscripts and Notes 1967
1553-6-4: 7 West Texas Conference Merger 1969