Related collections at the University Library

On deposit at the Library are rich printed and manuscript collections relating to several nonconformist traditions other than Methodism. Together these add up to over sixty thousand printed books and pamphlets, nearly ten thousand periodical volumes and over fifty thousand manuscripts relating to the Baptists, Congregationalists, Presbyterians, Unitarians, Quakers, Moravians and the Christian Brethren. Moreover, the numbers given do not include the many thousands of items held outside identifiable denominational collections. This wealth of material across the nonconformist spectrum gives weight to the claim that The University of Manchester Library is one of the world's leading centres for original research in this field.

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Printed books

  • British History: A Guide to Research Resources in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester by Dorothy Clayton (John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 1993).
    [ref. MAC 1g]
  • Methodist Women - A Guide to the Literature by Kenneth E. Rowe (United Methodist Bibliography Series No. 2) (General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church, 1980).
    [ref. MAB M 1873]
  • Women in the Wesleyan and United Methodist Traditions: A Bibliography (Bowker, 1992).
    [recent accession]
  • Catalog of Methodist Archival and MS Collections (Part 6) compiled by Homer L. Calkin (World Methodist Historical Society, 1984).
    [ref. MAC 1g]
  • Guide to Methodist Accessions 1984-94 compiled by Gareth Lloyd (John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 1995).
    [ref. MAC 1g]
  • Susanna Wesley and the Puritan Tradition in Methodism by John Anthony Newton (Epworth Press, 1968).
    [ref. MAW M 956]
  • Women of Mr Wesley's Methodism by Earl Kent Brown (Studies in Women and Religion, Vol. 11) (Edwin Mellen Press, 1983).
    [ref. MAR 215 A.60]
  • John Wesley and the Women Preachers of early Methodism by Paul Wesley Chilcote (U.M.I., 1984).
    [Recent accession]
  • The experience of Mrs [Hester Anne] Rogers. written by herself. To which are added some select letters written to John Wesley (1796).
    [ref. MAB M 290]
  • Memorable Women of Irish Methodism in the Last Century by Charles Henry Crookshank (Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1882).
    [ref. MAW M 172]
  • Eminent Methodist Women by Annie E. Keeling (C.H. Kelly, 1897).
    [ref. MAW M 170]
  • Biographical Sketches of the Lives and Public Ministry of Various Holy Women, in which are included several letters from the Rev. John Wesley never before published by Zachariah Taft (Kershaw, 1825).
    [ref. MAB M 1200-1]
  • The Women of Methodism, its three Foundresses, Susanna Wesley, The Countess of Huntingdon, and Barbara Heck, with sketches of their female associates and successors in the early history of the denomination by Abel Stevens (Carlton & Porter, 1866).
    [ref. MAB B 1169]
  • The Life of Mary Fletcher by Henry Moore (J. Peart & Son, 1817).
    [ref. MAB B 356-357]
  • 'Anne Carr and the Female Revivalists of Leeds' by D. Colin Dews. In Women in English Religion 1760-1930 edited by Gail Malmgreen (Croom Helm, 1986).
    [Recent accession]
  • Remarks on the Ministry of Women by Hugh Bourne (Primitive Methodist Office, 1808). Reprinted in The Memoirs of the Life and Labours of the late venerable Hugh Bourne Vol.1 by John Walford (T. King, 1855).
    [ref. MAW M 6]
  • Chosen by God: the female travelling preachers of early Primitive Methodism by E. Dorothy Graham (Wesley Historical Society, 1989).
    [recent accession]
  • Prophetic Sons and Daughters: female preaching and popular religion in industrial England by Deborah Valenze (Princeton U. P., 1985).
    [recent accession]
  • Concerning Sisterhoods...[Wesley Deaconess Order] by Thomas Stephenson (London, 1890).
    [ref. MAR 216E.19]
  • Ministering Women by Henry Smith (London, 1923).
    [ref. MAR 216E.20]
  • Where are the Women? by Pauline Mary Webb (People in the Pew Series) (Epworth Press, 1979).
    [ref. MAB B 1256]
  • Women and the ordained ministry: report of an Anglican-MethodistCommission...(S.P.C.K, 1969).
    [ref. MAW Kf]

Journal articles

  • Sources for the Study of Protestant Nonconformity in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester' by Clive Field (Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 71 (2) 1989).
    [ref. MAC 1g]
  • ti-Methodist Publications of the Eighteenth Century: A Revised Bibliography' by Clive Field (Bulletin of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, 73 (2) 1991).
    [ref. MAC 1g]
  • The Women Itinerant Preachers of Early Methodism' by Wesley F. Swift Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, 28/5 March 1952, 89-94; 29/4 December 1953, 75-83).
    [ref. MAC P2f]
  • John Wesley and Sarah Crosby' by Frank Baker (Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society, 27/4 December 1949, 76-82).
    [ref. MAC P2f]

Serial Publication

Bibliography of Methodist Historical Literature compiled by Clive Field. Published annually as a supplement to the Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society.
[ref. MAC P2f]