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Guide to the Vernon Lee Schmid Papers

Prepared by Myong Shin Jeon, 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
(Published for the Drew University Methodist Library)


Overview of Collection

Record Creator: Schmid, Vernon Lee
Title: Vernon Lee Schmid Papers
Title: Schmid Papers
Date Span: 1985-1997
Abstract: Vernon Lee Schmid (1934- ), American minister and writer, was born in Parsons, Kansas in 1934. He is a prolific author whose specialty is poetry on subjects that range from peace to spirituality. The collection contains various publications of Schmid's poetry as well as a news release.
Extent: 0.18 cubic feet
Resource ID: drew.ms.4506

Biographical Note

Vernon Lee Schmid (1934- ), American minister and writer, was born in Parsons, Kansas in 1934. Schmid spent his early life on farms and attended one room country schools through the eight grade. He attended highschool in Colorado and Kansas before leaving school to join the U.S. Army during the Korean Police Action serving as a military policeman. He has been a wrangler and trail guide, rough stock rodeo competitor, rock-a-billy singer and bandleader, community theater director, horse trainer and riding instructor, newspaper reporter and editor, radio newscaster, disc jockey and college professor. He entering the United Methodist ministry in 1972 and served rural, suburban and urban churches, as well as a university campus minister and denominational executive before retiring. Schmid was ordained by the United Methodist Church in 1974.

Educated at Labette Community College(A.A.), Pittsburg State University, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Blackstone School of Law (J.D.), Saint Paul School of Theology (M.Div.), Mansfield College of Oxford University, the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, and the Graduate Theological Foundation (D.Min), he has taught at Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, Missouri; Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland; Cecil College, North East Maryland; and Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado.

Recipient of a Writers Digest Poetry Prize, Kansas East Conference World Peace Award, Associated Church Press Award for editorship United Methodist Reporter for Eastern Pennsylvania, Allen Ginsberg National Poetry Competition Honorable Mention, Peninsula Conference Commission on Religion and Race Lowan S. Pitts Award for Contribution to Race Relations in Community, Peninsula-Delaware Conference Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concern Award and a Northwoods Press Poetry Prize, he is a prolific writer.

Scope Note

The collection contains various publications of Schmid's poetry as well as a news release.


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

The material is arranged by publication title.

Preferred Citation

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

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding this collection. Copyright still owned by Drew. Permissions to publish must be directed to Drew.

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.

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Subject Topics
Race relations-Religious
Subject Geographic
United States
Subject - Corporate Names
United Methodist Church (U.S.).

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
2143-4-3: 1 Advocate, The 1991
2143-4-3: 2 Alive Now! 1989-1990
2143-4-3: 3 As Tentative As Flight 1989
2143-4-3: 4 Cannonical Hours 1992
2143-4-3: 5 Human Quest, The 1993-1997
2143-4-3: 6 Of The Heart And The Bread: An Anthology of Poems for Peacemakers 1985
2143-4-3: 7 Riverrun 1988-1989
2143-4-3: 8 Sampler 1992
2143-4-3: 9 Sisters Today 1996
2143-4-3: 10 Testament 1990
2143-4-3: 11 United Methodist Reporter Communicator, The 1989
2143-4-3: 12 Upper Room, The 1989