Guide to the James Boykin Papers, 1950s-2001


Author and scholar of religion and African American studies.

Collection includes Boykin's drafts and published writings on religion, African American history, imperialism, and AIDS. Also contains a small amount of books from his personal library, diplomas and other personal papers, and unidentified microfilm reels.

Descriptive Summary

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Boykin, James.
James Boykin papers 1960-2001
Language of Material
2.5 Linear Feet, 1500 Items
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Collection Overview

The collection includes Boykin's manuscripts, drafts, and writings on various subjects including African American history, Black Power, AIDS, and North Carolina history. Contents range from draft to published versions of his many texts. Also includes school records and transcripts, diplomas, and copies of Boykin's dissertation from Heed University. The collection also contains a number of books from Boykin's personal library, covering topics such as African American history and culture, politics, and teaching techniques. The final portion of the collection contains unidentified microfilm rolls, believed to hold copies of Boykin's articles.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Contents of the Collection

Includes manuscripts, writings, and other materials by Boykin on subjects such as African American history, religious history, imperialism, and foreign relations. Along with his writings, Boykin's papers include lecture notes and drafts, graduate school transcripts, clippings, and diplomas.

(2 folders)
Box 1
Readings in American History manuscript
Box 1
Spanish manuscript, 1967
Box 1
Lecture notes and manuscripts
Box 1
Graduate school records and transcripts
Box 1
Publishing, 1980s-1990s
Box 1
Clippings, 1990s
Box 1
Box 1
Genesis of Early Carolina, dissertation
(2 folders)
Box 2
Separate But Equal proofs, 1951
Box 2
Inter-ethnic Death Rate Differential in Florida, 1976
Box 2
Thank God for Black Power, 1983
Box 2
Political Intrigue in the Establishment of the Identity of Jesus and Mary, 1986
Box 2
World Blacks: Self Help and Achievement, undated and 1986
Box 2
Imperialism Theory and Practice, 1987
Box 2
North Carolina in 1861, 1989
Box 3
Essays on AIDS, 1994
Box 3
The Quest for Consensus, 1997
Box 3
Emerging Trilogy: The Rise of 3 Great Faiths, 2001
Box 3
Swahili lessons
Box 3
Diplomas and certificates
(2 folders)
Box 3
Family/Black history materials
Box 3

Unidentified microfilm reels; potentially they hold more of Boykin's writings.

9 boxed reels
Box 4


(2 boxes)

Assorted published books from Boykin's personal library, including texts on African Americans in American culture, film, politics, and war, as well as some texts on teaching American history.

Box 4-5

Historical Note

James Boykin is an author and scholar of religion and African American studies.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Boykin Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The James Boykin Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, June 2012

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, June 2012

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2012-0054

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.