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Guide to the Milton Wright Collection


Prepared by Micah Kunze, Archival Assistant, 9/5/2007

Overview of Collection

Record Creator: Wright, Milton
Title: Milton Wright Collection
Abstract: Milton Wright was a Bishop in the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. The collection contains photocopied articles and manuscripts and books by and concerning Milton Wright.
Quantity: 6.72 cubic feet
Identification: UBHC.MS.8

Biographical Note

Milton Wright was born 1828 in Indiana and was the father of Wilbur and Orville Wright, the first to successfully achieve powered flight. In 1843 Milton Wright was converted to Christianity and joined the Church of the United Brethren in Christ in 1897.

In 1850 Milton Wright preached his first sermon and in 1852 he was granted a quarterly conference license. One year later he was granted his annual license from White River Conference. In 1857 he served as missionary to the Pacific coast and taught at Sublimity College (California). Milton Wright was ordained by Bishop David Edwards in 1858. He was elected presiding elder of Marion district (Indiana) in 1861 and later in 1867.

In 1868 Milton Wright was appointed as professor of Hartsville College’s new theological department making him the first official Theological Professor in the United Brethren in Christ. In 1877 Milton Wright is elected Bishop by General Conference. His term as Bishop ended in 1881 and he was later re-elected in 1885, this term continued until he retied as Bishop in 1905. During the division of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ in 1889, he maintained his allegiance to the old constitution and was a leader throughout this crisis. Milton Wright died in 1917 at the age of 88.

Scope Note

The Milton Wright Collection contains various correspondences and articles written and edited by Milton Wright. It also contains bibliographies, photocopied articles and biographical information on Milton Wright as well as a collection of books owned by Milton Wright from his theological library. Most of the collection is focused on his letters and articles as well as numerous articles on Wilbur and Orville and their achievements in powered flight.

Arrangement

  • Series: Writings
  • Series: Articles
  • Series: Research
  • Series: Books

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, The Milton Wright Collection, United Brethren Historical Center, Huntington, Indiana. Do not make use of the item’s call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

Access Restrictions

Restriction to one file as noted in container list, otherwise there are no restrictions regarding this collection


Subject Terms

Subject Names – Additional Creators

Orville Wright

Wilbur Wright

Mary Lou Funk

Floyd O. Glass

Jacob Howe

E. C. Mason

Freeman Clark Mason

Pete Gilman

Subject Names – Personal

J. Rowe

Floyd O. Glass

Flora Reeder Glass

Oliver A. Glass

W. H. Clay

Rudolph Byrd

Ivonette Wright Miller

Estella Harris Petree

A. Bennett

Mary Wyatt

E. C. Mason

Dr. Elmer Becker

Mr. Blount

Jacob House

Christopher Wilberforce

Daniel F. Wilberforce

Susan Koerner Wright

John S. Collier

Mary Thompson

E. M. Beauchamp

Wilbur Wright

Orville Wright

Subject Names – Corporate

Christian Conservator

Religious Telescope

Church of the United Brethren in Christ (1800-1889)

Church of the United Brethren in Christ (Old Constitution)

United Brethren Publishing Establishment

Huntington University

Women’s Missionary Association

Subject Topics

Biography

Genealogy

Subject Geographic

Ohio

North Carolina

Genre

Books

Clippings

Correspondences

Articles

Occupations

Bishop

Educator

Trustee


Container List

Series: Writings    
Call Number Folder Title

Date(s)

8-1:3 Articles written by MW for Christian Conservator and Religious Telescope

1867-1909

8-1:4 The Richmond Star, ed. by MW, pc of only known extant copy, the reform leaflet

1881-1889

8-1:5 Letters from Bishop Wright, Misc. Coll.

1890-1914

8-1:6 pc and tc of letters and other items collected by Mary Lou Funk, Beauchamp letters

1853-1983

8-1:6a Letters from Milton Wright to niece Estella Harris
Petree 1-8-1900 to 3-3-1917

1900-1917

8-1:6ab Letters, post card from Milton Wright to Flora Reeder Glass, Donated by Floyd O. Glass 2-84

1885-1914

8-1:7 Letters from Milton Wright to J. Howe, 1905-14 and to E. C. Mason-1905 1905-1914
8-1:7a Envelopes from correspondence with J. Howe 1906-1912
8-1:8  Letters from Milton Wright to pub. agent E. C. Mason copied by Freeman Clark Mason 1905-1914
8-1:9 Letters from M. Wright to A. Bennett and Mary Wyatt; also Hist. of Sublimity College; col. By Pete Gilman 1872-1955
8-1:11 Publishing Board Controversy – 1901-05, articles by Milton and Wilbur. 1901-1905
8-1:14 Restricted 2 letters from Orville Wright to Dr. Elmer Becker – Carbon copies of replies 1946-1947
8-1:17 Smithsonian-Family papers and correspondence-Wright, Milton, 1881, 1887-1901 1881-1898
8-1:18 MW letter to Mr. Blount – 1905, NPC – pict. of Wilbur Pub estab RPT of expert accountants 1905-nd
8-1:19 Articles by M. Wright Probably collected by Mary Lou Funk 1869-1909
8-1:20 Photographs by the Wright Brothers 1978
8-1:21 Extracts from the written journal of the proceedings of the General Conference of the United Brethren in Christ from 1815 to 1873 inclusive 1890
8-1:22 United Brethren Church Controversy 1890
8-1:23 Constitution and helps, Womens Missionary Association 1891
8-2:1 Wright Brothers, articles by Wilbur and Orville 1908-1939
8-2:13 Milton Wright & HC from diary 1901-1906 1906-1910
     
Series: Articles    
Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
8-1:10 Bishop Milton Wright and Susan Koerner Wright biographical material. 1877-1969
8-1:12 Katharine Wright Hasker 1929-nd
8-1:13 Wright Brothers, Orville & Wilbur newspaper clippings 1909-1986
8-2:3 Wright Brothers - Photocopied magazine articles 1908-1990
8-2:4 Wright Brothers - Photocopied articles about them 1906-2003
8-2:5 Wright Brothers - UB publications about them 1903-1978
8-2:7 Wright Brothers - Publications about them 1947-2001
8-2:8 The Wright Brothers - HC, UB misc. papers about them 1891-2003
8-2:11 Wright Bros. in Huntington; memory speech 1935 1937
8-2:14 79-80 Exhibitions 1890-1935
8-2:15 Wright Brothers misc. pub./Langley biog. & pic and articles 1907-1982
8-2:16 Wright Brothers legacy symposium – Dayton, OH Oct. 22, 1999. 1999-2001
8-2:18 Wright Flyer, VIN FIZ 1 & 2 In Huntington, IN, 1911, 1986 1986
8-2:20 Wright Family – Spurious information 2001-nd
     
Series: Research    
Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
8-1:1 Index to materials-Wright State 1977-nd
8-1:2 M. L. Funk Corres. - Locating Christian Cynosure articles by Milton Wright, 4 pages from Wright Diary-articlein Cynosure by MW and article mentioning UBC 1878-1982
8-1:15 Annotated Bibliographies on Milton Wright & his family, notes & misc. Mary Lou Funk 1862-1968
8-1:16 Research correspondence Re: Wright family – Archives and others 1941-1979
8-2:2 Wright family photocopies for exhibit 1868-1995
8-2:6 Wright Brothers Location of archives of Wright Co. 1909-18 1996-1999
8-2:9 Wright, Milton and Susan biography chronology by MLF 1866-2003
8-2:10 Corres. – Ivonette Wright Miller – ML Funk 1967-nd
8-2:12 Wright Brothers - Information collected by Robert Kaehr 1992-2001
8-2:17 Wright Family corres. About donation 1980-1993
8-2:19 Wright Genealogy 1909-1999
8-2:21 Outline for researchers n.d.
     
Series: Books    
Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
8-3:1 Popular manual of theology 1908
8-3:2 Proceedings of the sixteenth Gen. Conf. of the U. Brethren in Christ 1873
8-3:3 Proceedings of the seventeenth General Conference of the United Brethren in Christ 1877
8-3:4 Twentieth General Conference of the United Brethren In Christ 1889
8-3:5 U. B. General Conference proceedings 1913
8-3:6 Proceedings of seventeenth General Conference of the United Brethren in Christ 1877
8-3:7 Constitution and Discipline 1929
8-3:8 Manual of rules of order for conducting business in deliberative assemblies 1858
8-3:9 United Brethren Discipline 1893

8-3:10

Constitution & Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1901

8-3:11

Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1850

8-3:12

Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1865

8-3:13

Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1845

8-3:14

Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1849

8-3:15

Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1861

8-3:16

Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1861

8-3:17

U. B. Discipline

1877

8-3:18

Origin, Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1873

8-3:19

Novum Testamentum Ad Exemplar Milianum

1851

8-3:20

Origin, Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1846

8-3:21

The discipline of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America

1876

8-3:22

Republican United Brethren Discipline

1853

8-3:23

Origin, Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1854

8-3:24

U. B. C. Discipline

1881

8-3:25

Origin, Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1909

8-3:26

Origin, Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1826

8-3:27

Origin, Doctrine, Constitution and Discipline of the United Brethren in Christ

1913

8-3:28

Ursprung, Lehre, Constitution und Bucht Ordnung

1841

8-3:29

Uriprung, Lehre, Constitution und Kirchenordnung

1873

8-3:30

Uriprung, Lehre, Constitution und Kirchenordnung

1870

8-3:31

Ursprung, Lehre, Constitution und Bucht Ordnung

1853

8-3:32

Constitution und Kirchenordnung

1857

8-3:33

Ursprung, Lehre, Constitution und Bucht Ordnung

1845

8-3:34

Uriprung, Lehre, Constitution und Kirchenordnung

1865