Rupert Davies Papers

Date range: 1964-1994.

Dr Rupert Eric Davies (1909-1994) was educated at St Paul's School and Balliol College, Oxford, before training for the Methodist ministry at Wesley House, Cambridge.

He was ordained in 1937. After five years in the circuit ministry in Bristol he was appointed tutor in church history at Didsbury College, Bristol, and from 1967 until 1973 he served as Principal of Wesley College. Davies later returned to circuit work and in 1976 he took up an appointment as Warden of the New Room, Bristol.

He served as President of the Methodist Conference in 1970, sat on numerous committees and councils, and was a prolific writer in the fields of Church history, theology and ecumenicity.

The collection contains material relating to Dr Davies as an ecumenicist, educationalist, minister, writer, Church historian and advocate of Church unity.

Material includes:

  • diaries
  • a typescript autobiography
  • lecture and sermon notes
  • correspondence
  • photographs
  • newspaper cuttings
  • papers relating to the presidential year 1970-1
  • draft and published copies of Davies's books, articles and reviews
  • papers of the Harborne Group
  • papers relating to the Church overseas, especially in Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Korea, the United States, Canada, Portugal and Burma
  • papers relating to Anglican/Methodist conversations, ecumenism, the World Council of Churches and the British Council of Churches

Finding aids

Catalogue available online via ELGAR.


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