Tuesday: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 12:30 - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
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- Specialized collection of books on women;
United Methodists; and missions
- Reference collection containing a variety of statistical and factual titles on a broad range of knowledge
- Women's Division, Board of Global Ministries, UMC resources including minutes, mission and study publications
- Journals from various United Methodist agencies
- Personal papers of missionaries and Scarritt College faculty; Scarritt College photos; alumni/ae dissertations; and other rare documents concerning the institution's history, as a college, are kept in the archival room.
The archives of the church and community ministry are also located in the archival room.
Appointments are not necessary, but preferred. Researchers needing extensive resources should call or email the research librarian ahead of their visit, so that resources can be pulled.
For the researcher not able to come to our campus, photo or electronic copies can be sent to them.
THE VIRGINIA DAVIS LASKEY LIBRARY was dedicated and opened on April 1, 1968 at Scarritt College, Nashville, Tennessee. The library was the final building added to the Scarritt College campus and was a gift of the Woman’s Division of the Methodist Church through its Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Offering from the Woman’s Society of Christian Service and the Wesleyan Service Guild. The Woman’s Division of the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church also contributed grants. A Nashville committee under the leadership of Mrs. Henry Cannon, “Minnie Pearl” of Grand Old Opry fame, raised $50,000 for the library furnishings. The architecture is Gothic style with Crab Orchard stone, designed by Godwin and Beckett, Inc., architects of Atlanta, in consultation with W. Terrill Hall of Nashville.
The Library was named to honor Virginia Davis Laskey (Mrs. Glenn) of Ruston, Louisiana. Mrs. Laskey devoted her whole life to the Methodist/United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School for over 25 years, was a member of the Board of the Louisiana Methodist Children’s Home and the MacDonnel United Methodist Children’s Service. She was one of only five women members of the World Council of Churches and was a two-time delegate to General Conference.
In 1956 she became a director of the Woman’s Division of Christian Service and Board of Missions of the Methodist Church. She served as its president from 1964-68. During her term as president, the organization of lay women’s mission societies underwent dramatic change. She oversaw the plans for the uniting of all women’s societies of the Methodist and Evangelical United Brethren Churches; guided the conversations for having eight regional schools of mission as a means of making all schools racially inclusive across the jurisdictions; and continued to make a courageous personal witness to racial justice and equality in her local community and on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. During her tenure as a director of the Woman’s Division of Christian Service, the Charter on Racial Policies, 1962, was adopted.
During her lifetime Virginia Davis Laskey received many honors. In 1981 she was placed in the United Methodist Hall of Philanthropy and was named one of the “100 Women in Mission” during the Centennial era (1982-86). She was designated an Outstanding Alumnae at Southern Methodist University, Centenary College, and Louisiana Tech University. She served on the boards of many institutions of higher education. Scholarships in her name became the gift that allowed women students to attend United Methodist seminaries in the early 1970’s.
On March 9, 2007 the Library officially became the Virginia Davis Laskey Research Library, with a focus on organized societies of lay women. The Laskey Research Library will allow people today and future generations to understand the struggle, faith and vision of women committed to mission, justice, and peace ministries all over the world.
A SPECIAL THANKS to the Virginia Davis Laskey Research Library Founders' Circle for making the Research Library possible.