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This page is organized as follows:

  • Contact Info
  • Resources for Local Churches
  • Digital Archives
    • Journals & Minutes from the Conference & Antecedents
    • Conference-Related Historical Books & Papers
  • Historical Society of the California-Pacific Conference
    • Genealogical Research Guidelines
    • Biographies of Clergy & Laity
    • Hall of Fame
    • Local Church Histories & Documents
    • Publications & Links about Conference-Related Institutions
  • Mission & Purpose of Archives & History

Contact Info

Rev. Randa J. D’Aoust, Chair
Archives & History Commission

Rev. Dr. DarEll T. Weist, President
Historical Society of the California-Pacific Conference & Western Jurisdiction

Linda Larsen, Archivist
archives@calpacumc.org
(909) 447-6375

 

Resources for Local Churches

 

Digital Archives

Instructions: The files below are best reviewed by downloading to your local computer for searching and printing. Some files may load more slowly than others due to file size and resolution. Newer files may be OCR-enabled (Optical Character Recognition) and can be searched for specific text strings. Older files may not be searchable, depending on the quality of the original text.

Journals and Minutes from the Conference & Antecedents
California Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1851-1875)
California Conference, United Brethren in Christ (1862-1951)
  • 1862 No digital version available yet.
  • 1863-1951 No digital version available yet.
Los Angeles Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (1869-1921)
Southern California Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1876-1939)
Arizona Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1881-1921)
California Conference, Evangelical Associate (1884-1951)
  • 1884 No digital version available yet.
  • 1885-1951 No digital version available yet.
Western Norwegian Danish Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church (1888-1939)
  • 1888 No digital version available yet.
  • 1889-1939 No digital version available yet.
California German Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1889-1927)
Pacific Japanese Mission Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1900-1939)
  • 1900 No digital version available yet.
  • 1901-1939 No digital version available yet.
Hawaii Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1906-1939)
  • 1906 No digital version available yet.
  • 1907-1939 No digital version available yet.
Oriental Mission Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1906-1939)
  • 1906 No digital version available yet.
  • 1907-1939 No digital version available yet.
Pacific Swedish Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1908-1928)
  • 1908 No digital version available yet.
  • 1909-1928 No digital version available yet.
Latin-American Mission Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church (1920-1939)
  • 1920 No digital version available yet.
  • 1921-1939 No digital version available yet.
Arizona Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (1922-1939)
Oriental Mission Conference of the Methodist Church (1939-1944)
  • 1939 No digital version available yet.
  • 1940-1944 No digital version available yet.
Hawaii Mission of the Methodist Church (1939-1967)
  • 1939 No digital version available yet.
  • 1940-1967 No digital version available yet.
Latin-American Mission Conference of the Methodist Church (1939-1956)
  • 1939 No digital version available yet.
  • 1940-1956 No digital version available yet.
Pacific Japanese Mission Conference of the Methodist Church (1939-1964)
  • 1939 No digital version available yet.
  • 1940-1964 No digital version available yet.
Southern California-Arizona Conference of The Methodist Church (1939-1967)
California Oriental Provisional Conference of the Methodist Church (1945-1952)
  • 1945 No digital version available yet.
  • 1946-1952 No digital version available yet.
United Conference, Evangelical United Brethren Church (1951-1962)
  • 1951 No digital version available yet.
  • 1952-1962 No digital version available yet.
California Conference, Evangelical United Brethren Church (1963-1969)
  • 1963 No digital version available yet.
  • 1964-1969 No digital version available yet.
Southern California-Arizona Conference of The United Methodist Church (1968-1976)
  • 1968 No digital version available yet.
  • 1969-1976 No digital version available yet.
California-Pacific Conference of The United Methodist Church (1985-present)

 

Conference-Related Historical Books & Papers
Conference-Related Historical Books & Papers
  • Bishops & Secretaries of the Methodist Episcopal Church South (1939) [Conference-owned]
  • Evangelical United Brethren and Methodism, The, by Charles Parlin (date unknown) [permission pending]
  • From Saddlebags to Satellites, A History of the Evangelical United Brethren Church in California, 1849-1862, by J. Russell Davis (1963) [permission pending]
  • History and Prospects of Hispanic Methodism in the Southern California-Arizona Conference of The United Methodist Church, by José Moreno Fernández (1973) [permission pending]
  • History of Methodism in Southern California and Arizona, by Edward Drewry Jervey (1960) [permission pending]
  • History of Religion in Southern California: 1846-1880, Chapter 2 Desperados and Churches, by Harland Edwin Hogue (1958) [permission pending]
  • History of Religion in Southern California: 1846-1880, Chapter 6 El Pueblo and Preachers, by Harland Edwin Hogue (1958) [permission pending]
  • History of Swedish Methodism On The Pacific Coast (date unknown) [permission pending]
  • History of the Arizona Missions of the Methodist Episcopal Church, by Wilbur Fisk (1934) [permission pending]
  • History of the United Brethren in Christ in California, by H. J. Becker (1879) [public domain]
  • Hole Story: Recollections of J. Wesley Hole, by J. Wesley Hole (1976) [permission pending]
  • Methodist Pioneers of California Souvenir Booklet, by John W. Winkley (1947) [permission pending]
  • Relationship Between the Southern California-Arizona Annual Conference and the University of Southern California, by Fletcher H. Scharer (date unknown) [permission pending]
  • Stories of the First Protestant Churches in Los Angeles: 1850-1880, by DarEll T. Weist (2009) [permission pending]

 

Historical Society of the California-Pacific Conference

Genealogical Research Guidelines

The Conference maintains the following information, which can be found in the Annual Journals:

  • Memorials of clergy, clergy spouses, and other significant figures who die each year (called Memorials, currently aligned as Section J in current Journals)
  • List of deceased clergy, including places of births and burials when known (called Roll of Honored Dead, currently aligned as Section K in current Journals)
  • Historical Appointment information of local churches and current clergy (called Historicals, currently aligned as Section L in current Journals). For appointment history of clergy who have died, consult the Journal from the year prior to their death. These sections also contain information on commissioning, consecration or ordination.
Biographies of Clergy & Laity
  • Hole Story: Recollections of J. Wesley Hole, by J. Wesley Hole (1976) [permission pending]
  • So I Went To Manzanar, by Kenneth Carlson (1944) [permission pending]
  • Springtime and God, by Robert Shuler Jr. (1927) [permission pending]
Hall of Fame
  • Under Development
Local Church Histories & Documents
  • Chinese UMC of Los Angeles: 1890-2010 120th Anniversary Celebration [permission pending]
  • First UMC of Honolulu: Leap of Faith – Yesterday – Today – Tomorrow [permission pending]
  • First UMC of Pasadena: Light from the Catacombs, by Pat Mann [permission pending]
  • Glendale First UMC
    • After Forty Years [permission pending]
    • Our Future Is In Our Present [permission pending]
    • First UMC of Glendale takes pride in 85 years of Christian service [permission pending]
    • To Know Him, To Make Him Known (1956) [permission pending]
    • Opening Services in the New Methodist “Cathedral of the West” (1961) [permission pending]
    • Celebrating Thirty Years in Our Sanctuary (1991) [permission pending]
    • Chronology First UMC Glendale to 2002 [permission pending]
  • Kahalu’u United Methodist Church and Community, 75th Anniversary [permission pending]
  • The Story of Methodism in Pacific Palisades by John Gabrielson [permission pending]
Publications & Links about Conference-Related Institutions

 

Mission and Purpose of Archives & History

The Commission on Archives & History is charged with a number of Discipline-mandated duties. Among these are

  • to preserve and share the historically significant records of the annual conference and its agencies, including data relating to the origin and history of the conference and its antecedents
  • to encourage and assist local churches in preserving their records, compiling their histories, and celebrating their heritage
  • to engage with other Wesleyan, Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren-related denominations in lifting up our joint heritage
  • to work with ethnic congregations of the conference and its antecedents to develop and preserve the historical records of those congregations

The Commission has established a Historical Society for the California-Pacific Conference, per the guidelines in the Book of Discipline 2016 (par 641). The mission of the Historical Society is to promote interest in the study and preservation of the history of the conference and its antecedents.