Abingdon Press is the book publishing arm of the United Methodist Publishing House which publishes sheet music, ministerial resources, Bible-study aids, and other items, often with a focus on Methodism and Methodists. Abingdon Press was begun in the early 1900s by the Methodist Church, with headquarters in Nashville, Tennessee. The name of the imprint is a reference to the town of Abingdon, Maryland, location of the Methodist university Cokesbury College. In 1923 the Methodist Episcopal Church, South adopted the name Cokesbury for its own publishing concern. When the northern and southern branches of the Methodist Episcopal Church reunified in 1939, the name Abingdon-Cokesbury was chosen as the name of publishing house of the unitary Methodist Church.