October 25, 1984, 68 items; Correspondence (1918-1928), programs, clippings, and miscellaneous materials of Methodist Protestant minister. Gift of Mrs. Mary M. Bates Brown, Roanoke, Virginia.
June 21, 1989, (unprocessed addition 1), ca. 50 items; Papers (1936-1988), including correspondence, reports, clippings, programs, photographs, and a 1939 conference roster. Donor: Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives.
March 2, 2009, (unprocessed addition 2), 102 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Papers (1904-2009) of an Asheboro, and Western North Carolina Methodist Protestant minister and church official and including correspondence with church members, his daughter, Mary Margaret Bates (Mrs. S. W.) Brown and his son-in-law, S. W. Brown, of Roanoke Rapids, NC; also his daughter's correspondence with Ralph Hardee Rives, of Enfield and Greenville, NC, including receipts, newspaper clippings and ephemera on the career of Rev. Bates and aspects of the Methodist Protestant Church; and oversized newspaper clippings. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives.
Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Cuthbert Warner Bates Papers (#495), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
- Gift of Mrs. Mary M. Bates Brown
- Gift of Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives
Reverend Bates (1884-1957) was a distinguished Methodist Protestant clergyman who served as secretary of the N.C. Annual Conference of the Methodist Protestant Church, secretary of the national conference of the church, and secretary of the executive committee of the church. During his pastorate, he served twenty-two different churches throughout North Carolina.
Correspondence is concerned entirely with Methodist-related activities and includes letters from such state and national denominational leaders as Robert Macon Andrews, Neil Graham Bethea, John Calvin Broomfield, Thomas Hamilton Lewis, Jarrett M. Sheridan, A. G. Dixon, Charles H. Beck, and Lyman E. Davis. The correspondence deals mostly with denominational concerns including the Children's Home (November, 1920), the Pastor's Summer Conference, and a dispute over the removal of the Chestnut Street Methodist Protestant Church in Asheville, N.C., to an area near a "sister denomination" (January, 1926).
Also included is a copy of the centennial edition of the
Methodist Protestant (1928), which elaborates on the history of the denomination; newspaper clippings; and other miscellaneous items.