Scope and arrangement
The collection is divided into four series: Delaware Conference; Delaware - Philadelphia District; Zoar Methodist Church; and St. John's Church, Spring Lake, New Jersey. The Zoar Methodist Church Series, largest of the four, is divided into seven subseries: History, Vital Records, Organizational Records, Pastors, Financial, Legal, and Bulletins and Miscellaneous Printed Material.
The Zoar United Methodist Church records, [microform] is arranged in four series:
The series contains minutes dating from the original organizational meeting in 1864 through its first twenty-five years of existence. The growth of the conference is documented in annual statistics, records of personnel changes, and reports of committees including temperence, freedman's aid, Sunday Schools, and missions. Individual annual reports of each member church are also included in the minutes. The reports often discuss administrative and financial difficulties.
Other significant early material in the series includes membership rolls as well as reports and minutes of layman's conferences and associations. (Additional layman's reports are scattered throughout the Official Board and Joshua E. Licorish sub-series of the Zoar series). Also included are records of disciplinary proceedings against clergymen (1884-1934). These contain minutes of hearings, supporting documents, and decisions in cases often involving intoxication, embezzlement, or sexual misconduct.
The dissolution of the Delaware Conference of the Central Jurisdiction and its merger into other geographic conferences is documented by minutes, resolutions, and other supporting material of its centennial meeting in 1964.
The series includes financial reports and memoranda concerning meetings and other routine administrative matters. Additional reports may be found in the Licorish papers of the Pastor's series.
The ZOAR UNITED METHODIST CHURCH series, 1841-1986,is divided into seven sub-series. The History sub-series includes souvenir journals which commemorate various anniversaries at Zoar and provide brief narrative histories as well as lists and photographs of parish committees and activities. Background research material for the histories, much of it gathered by Rev. Licorish, includes lists of pastors, early members, and important dates in Zoar history. There are additional notes relating to Zoar's history among Licorish's papers in the Pastors series.
The ST. JOHN'S CHURCH series, 1887-1964,documents the activites of a summer parish in Spring Lake, New Jersey administered by Zoar Trustees and serving the employees of resort hotels. It contains correspondence regarding repairs, invoices for summer festivities (fairs, ice cream socials), legal documents, and clippings detailing the history of the church and the need for a major fundraising campaign in the 1960s.