Papers (1918-1928) including correspondence, clipping, programs, magazine, and miscellaneous items.
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.
Gift of Mrs. Mary M. Bates Brown
Gift of Dr. Ralph Hardee Rives
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