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Guide to the McGee Family Papers, 1857-2016 and undated

Summary

John Sidney and Doris Thompson McGee were Baptist missionaries to Iwo, Igede-Ekiti, and Ikogosi, Nigeria from 1945-1977. They had two children, John David and Sidney. The McGee Family Papers represent the life work of two missionaries, John Sidney and Doris McGee. John and Doris were appointed to Nigeria in 1945 by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, and served eight consecutive tours of service. The current collection contains collection information, correspondence between the McGee family members as John and Doris served in Nigeria, as well as correspondence between other missionaries, the personal papers of Doris, John S. and John David McGee, printed materials and publications about mission work and life in Nigeria (including books authored by members of the McGee family), hundreds of photographs related to the McGee's work, and audio-visual materials.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.10042
Title
McGee family papers
Date
1857-2013 and undated
Extent
25 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

This collection involves five main series: Collection Information, Correspondence, Personal Papers, Printed Materials and Publications, Visual Materials, and Audio-Visual Materials.

The Collection Information Series was compiled by John David McGee, and it provides a detailed guide to using the McGee Family Papers. It includes lists and details of all series in the collection, background information on the family, a list of Baptist missionaries in Nigeria, and a thorough history of the Baptist Mission in Nigeria.

The Correspondence Series includes early correspondence between John S. McGee and Doris Thompson, as well as Doris Thompson and her mother and later correspondence between members of the McGee family as they were separated during various Nigerian tours. Letters from Nigerian friends and missionary kids are also included. Letters deal with a variety of subjects, including life in Nigeria and daily occurrences as a missionary, John David's academic, career, and life plans, and arrangements for visits to Nigeria.

The Personal Papers Series includes three subseries: Doris McGee, John S. McGee and John David McGee. Amongst Doris McGee's personal items are prayer diaries that span almost her entire life, attendance and report cards, diplomas and awards, her personal writings and poems, items concerning her death and various miscellaneous items such as personal correspondence with friends and historical items concerning their time in Africa. Included in John S. McGee's personal papers are diplomas and certificates, a personal diary, address books and contact lists, his personal writings and notes, and articles concerning his death. John David McGee's personal items include early homework and report cards, diplomas, documents pertaining to soccer and the U.S. Soccer National Federation, and professional references and C.V.s.

The Printed Materials and Publications Series includes five subseries: printed materials by the McGee family members, books from the library of John S. and Doris McGee, books from the library of John David McGee, printed materials by other authors, and Baptist Mission to Nigeria Minutes. The McGee family publications include bound notebooks from John S. McGee's early life, published books and memoirs, and a case study written by Erin McGee after her visit to Nigeria. Also included are several religious pamphlets and texts authored and arranged by Doris McGee. Books from the library of John S. and Doris McGee are relevant to their personal life and history and include numerous bibles, high school and college yearbooks. Books from the library of John David McGee include books focusing on the history of the Baptist Mission to Nigeria, general books on Africa, and several Yoruba dictionaries. The other authors subseries includes diaries of other Nigerian missionaries, books about African missionaries and books about life in Africa. The Baptist Mission to Nigeria Minutes include bound volumes of the annual minutes of the missionary meeting, from 1950 to 1998.

The Visual Materials series is composed of four subseries: slides, photo albums, mounted photographs, and foam-core mounted photographs. The slides subseries contains hundreds of slides of photographs from the McGee family's time in Nigeria. The slides are all numbered and grouped into several major categories (listed below) and a description of each picture can be found in the Collection Information Series. The photo albums include pictures of John S. and Doris McGee's early life in college, seminary and early Nigeria, John David's baby years, a missionary trip to Brazil, and other family pictures. The mounted photographs were furnished by Foreign Mission Board and were taken in various missionary camps in Nigeria. The foam-core mounted photographs include memorial photos of John S. and Doris McGee, various early photos, John S. and Doris McGee with their grand- and great-grandchildren and the last photographs before John S. and Doris' deaths.

  • Slides 000-999: Missionaries and Missionary Kids ("MKs")
  • Slides 1000-1999: Nigerians
  • Slides 2000-2999: Baptist Mission Churches
  • Slides 3000-3999: Baptist Mission Schools
  • Slides 4000-4999: Baptist Mission Medical Work
  • Slides 5000-5999: General Life Scenes
  • Slides 6000-7999: Places/Locations
  • Slides 8000-8999: Mission Stations
  • Slides 9001-9999: Family/Personal

The Audio-Visual Materials Series includes several recordings and films taken by the McGee family members of various tours in Nigeria. The films range from 1945 to 2009, and span the three generations of McGee missionaries. Also included is a DVD about the Conferment of Chieftaincy on John David McGee. The audio materials include several recordings of John and Doris McGee telling their life stories, talking about missionary work in Nigeria (especially regarding Baptist churches), and their first tour. The reel-to-reel tapes include audio-recordings of the McGee family as they were separated during various Nigerian tours. Ten super-8 film reels document John David McGee's trips to Nigeria from 1972 to 1983, which were the video source for the DVDs and video-cassette tapes.

This collection also contains four USB thumb drives containing digital copies of all documents and slides. These items have been transferred to Duke's Electronic Records Archivist. Please contact Research Services with questions about using digital materials.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Collection Information, 2011-2016

3 boxes

Compiled by John David McGee, the Collection Information Series provides a detailed guide to using the McGee Family Papers. It includes lists and details of all series in the collection, background information on the family, a list of Baptist missionaries in Nigeria, and a thorough history of the Baptist Mission in Nigeria. The materials reflect both the 2011 and 2013 accessions.

Outline of collection overview
Box 1
Detailed collection overview
(2 folders)
Box 1
McGee resume summaries
Box 1
Missionary Lists: 1849-1969
Box 1
The Baptist Mission to Nigeria Legacy Collection: introduction and Overview
Box 1
The Nigerian Baptist Legacy Project: introduction, history and overview
(3 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence: list and transcriptions
(2 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence: list and transcriptions
(5 folders)
Box 2
John S. McGee and Doris McGee's personal papers: list and transcription
(2 folders)
Box 3
John David McGee's personal papers: list and transcription
Box 3
Pamphlets and publications: list and details
Box 3
Slides: list and details
(2 folders)
Box 3
Nigerian Missionary Kids (MKs): Facebook comments
Box 3
An Intro Binder, 1980s, 2016
Box 35

2. Correspondence, 1940-1999 and undated

2 boxes

Includes early correspondence between John S. McGee and Doris Thompson and Doris Thompson and her mother as well as later correspondence between members of the McGee family as they were separated during various Nigerian tours. Letters from Nigerian friends and missionary kids are also included. Letters deal with a variety of subjects, including life in Nigeria and daily occurrences as a missionary, John David's academic, career, and life plans, and arrangements for visits to Nigeria.

1940-1943, John Sidney McGee to Doris Thompson
Box 4
1945, Doris McGee to her mother
Box 4
1958-1960, parents to John David
(4 folders)
Box 4
1958-1960, John David to parents
(3 folders)
Box 4
1958-1961, Sidney to parents
Box 4
1958-1964, Sidney to John David
Box 4
1960-1964, parents to John David
(5 folders)
Box 4
1960-1965, John David to parents
Box 4
1964-1965, parents to Sidney and John David
Box 4
1964-1965, Sidney to parents
Box 4
1967-1969, parents to John David
Box 4
1967-1976, Sidney to parents
Box 4
1970-1973, John to John David and Cheri
Box 5
1970-1976, John David to parents
(2 folders)
Box 5
1973-1974, John to John David and Cheri
Box 5
1975-1977, parents to John David and Cheri
Box 5
1977, from the missionaries on the occasion of the McGee's retirement
Box 5
1957-1999, letters from Nigerian friends
(2 folders)
Box 5
1957-1995, missionary kids to John David
(2 folders)
Box 5

3. Personal Papers, 1907-2013 and undated

6 boxes

This series includes three subseries: Doris McGee, John S. McGee and John David McGee.

Doris McGee

Included amongst Doris McGee's personal papers are attendance and report cards from high school, diplomas and honorary awards, poems and notes, and items concerning her death. The (mainly prayer) diaries follow Doris McGee's early life in high school and college, her time in Nigeria, and her retired life in America. Also included are several financial journals (one of which dates to high school), typed portions and a topical organization of earlier diary entries.

Academics, 1933-1939
Box 5
Certificates and honors, 1935-1994
Box 6
Personal diaries, 1934-1976
(4 folders)
Box 6
Personal diaries, 1982-1995
(3 folders)
Box 7
Typed portions of the first diary started in Nigeria and a second part from 1965-1966, undated
Box 7
Financial journal, undated
Box 7
Topical organization of previous diary entries, undated
Box 7
Writings, 1987-1995, bulk undated
(3 folders)
Box 8
Death, 1998
(2 folders)
Box 8
Biographical-related data, 1946-1997
Box 8
Items concerning Baptist history in Nigeria, 1950-1999
Box 8
Correspondence from friends, 1975-1991
Box 8
Personal correspondence, 1947-1999
Box 8
Materials pertaining to Mars Hill reunion, 1989-1995
(1 folder)
Box 8
Materials pertaining to Mars Hill reunion, 1989-1995
(2 folders)
Box 9
John S. McGee

Items in this series include diplomas and other honors; contact lists and address books of friends and missionaries; sermon notes, chapter notes and classroom notebooks; a diary; condolences for death of John S. McGee and items pertaining to his memorial.

Certificates and honors, 1949-1995 and undated
Box 9
Certificates and honors, 1968-1989
(1 oversize folder)
Box 30
Diary, 1960
Box 9
John S. McGee's parents' marriage certificate, 1907
Box 9
Address books and contact lists, 1996 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 9
Items pertaining to the trust established by John S. and Doris McGee, 1985-1997
Box 10
Documents concerning the Mars Hill College gift return, 2011
Box 10
Writings
(5 folders)
Box 10
Death
(2 folders)
Box 10
John David McGee

Items include homework, report cards, diplomas; correspondence with friends and family; documents pertaining to soccer, the U.S. Soccer National Federation and youth revival; and professional references, notes, C.V.s.

Academics, 1950-1984
(3 folders)
Box 11
Certificates and honors, 1943-1979
Box 11
Correspondence personal to John David McGee, 1961-2013
(3 folders)
Box 11
Extracurricular activities, 1972-2010
(3 folders)
Box 11
Professional, 1991-2000
Box 11
McGee letters and correspondence, 1965-1966
Box 35
McGee passport, 1948, 1952
Box 35
McGee Nigerian driver's permit, summer of 1960
Box 35
McGee personal items, 1960, 1984
Box 35

4. Printed Materials and Publications, 1857-2010 and undated

13 boxes

The series includes five subseries: printed materials by the McGee family members, books from the library of John S. and Doris McGee, books from the library of John David McGee, printed materials by other authors, and Baptist Mission to Nigeria Minutes.

McGee Family

Includes bound notebooks from John S. McGee's early life, published books and memoirs, and a case study written by Erin McGee after her visit to Nigeria. Also included are several religious pamphlets and texts authored and arranged by Doris McGee.

“Notebook for Bible 210” , by John S. McGee, 1941
Box 12
“Notebook for Bible 221” , by John S. McGee, 1941
Box 12
“Paul and his Writings” , by John S. McGee, 1942
Box 12
“Notebook-Bible” , by John S. McGee, undated
Box 12
“Concerning Preachers” , by John S. McGee, undated
Box 12
“To His Glory” , by Doris and John S. McGee, early 1990s
(2 copies)
Box 12
Various pamphlets and publications, arranged and authored by Doris McGee, undated
(4 folders)
Box 13
“An Amazing Story” , by John David McGee, 2009
(2 copies)
Box 13
“The Reminiscence: An Amazing Story” , by John David McGee, 2009
Box 14
“Confessions of a Professional Holy Man” , by John David McGee, 2010
Box 14
Journal of Erin McGee, 1993
Box 14
“Case Study: Life of Hansen's Disease Victims, Baptist Health Services, Ogbonnoso, Nigeria, West Africa” , by Erin McGee, 1993
Box 14
Summer of 1962, by John David McGee, 2015-2016
Box 35
Summer of 1962 original documents, by John David McGee, 1962
Box 35
Books from the library of John S. and Doris McGee

These books were relevant to John S. and Doris McGee's personal life and history. Includes numerous bibles, high school and college yearbooks. Some books may include personal notes by Doris or John S. McGee.

“Bible” , Chain-Reference, 1935
Box 14
“Bible” , Revised Standard Version, 1962
Box 14
“Bible” , New Testament, 1978
Box 14
“Bible” , King James Version, 1986
Box 14
“Bible” , Good News, 1976
Box 15
“The Nugget” , 1935
Box 15
“Laurel” , 1936
Box 15
“Laurel” , 1940
Box 15
“I Dare You” , by W. Danforth, 1938
Box 15
“God Moving in My Behalf” , by Ella Pierce, undated
Box 15
“A Story to Tell” , by Carlton Whirley, 1988
Box 16
“Round Up” , 1941
Box 16
“Mars Hill 50th Reunion” , 1939-1989
Box 16
“Bragtown 50th Reunion” , 1935-1985
Box 16
Nigerian "MK" Facebook comments, 2015
Box 35
Books from the library of John David McGee

Includes books on the history of the Baptist Mission to Nigeria, general books on Africa, and several Yoruba dictionaries.

“Islam and Christianity: Ninety Questions and Answers” , by Abd-Ul-Masih, 1965
Box 16
“So This Is Africa” , by Susan Anderson, 1946
Box 16
“On the Trail of Livingston” , by W.H. Anderson, 1919
Box 16
“Moon of Africa” , by Mrs. A. Bamijoko, undated
Box 16
“The Poor Christ of Bomba” , by Mongo Beti, 1971
Box 16
“Central Africa: Adventures and Missionary Labors” , by T.J. Bowen, 1857
Box 16
“Planting the Redeemer's Standard” , by Edgar Burks, 1994
(2 copies)
Box 16
“Through African Eyes” , ed. Leon Clark, 1973
Box 16
“The Baptist Mission of Nigeria, 1850-1993” , by Travis Collins, 1993
(2 copies)
Box 16
“Sunburnt Africa” , by Kent Cottrell, undated
Box 17
“The Selfless Rabbi” , by Deacon Ojo Fadelu, undated
Box 17
“Lokotown” , by Cyprian Ekwensi, 1970
Box 17
“How to Be a Nigerian” , by Peter Enahoro, 1972
(2 copies)
Box 17
“An Outline of Nigerian History” , by M.C. English, 1959
Box 17
“Nuer Religion” , by E.E. Evans-Pritchard, undated
Box 17
“The Wimpy Harper Story” , by Jesse Fletcher, 1966
Box 17
“Memorials of Anna Hinderer” , by Anna Hinderer, 1873
Box 17
“Beyond the River Bend” , by Heinrich Görtz, 1979
Box 17
“Conversations with Ogotemmêli” , by Marcel Griaule, 1970
Box 17
“Traditional African Environments” , by Toyin Huntar, 1981
Box 17
“Taiwo Ati Kehinde” , by Iwe Kini, 1948
Box 17
“The History of the Yorubas” , by O. Johnson, 1937
(2 copies)
Box 18
“Basil Lee Lockett” , by Elkin Lightfoot Lockett, 1936
Box 18
“The Religion of the Yorubas” , by J. Olumide Lucas, 1948
Box 18
“Day Dawn in Yoruba Land” , by Charles Maddry, 1939
Box 18
“The Trial of Christopher Okigbo” , by Ali A. Mazrui, 1971
Box 18
“Along the African Path” , by Dorothy McConnell, 1952
Box 18
“Memoirs of Nigerian Days” , by Mary McCormick, 1981
Box 18
“Modern Poetry from Africa” , eds. Gerald Moore and Ulli Beier, 1963
Box 18
“Missionary Family Album” , eds. Marjorie E. Moore and Inez Tuggle, 1948
Box 18
“Ikale: Culture and Traditions” , Oba Alayeluwa George Babatunde Faduyile-Adegun, 2008 undated
Box 18
“Life Principles: Lessons from the Lives of Abraham and Joseph” , by S.A.K. Olaleye, 2008
Box 18
“The Pathway to Purposeful Life” , by S.A.K. Olaleye, undated
Box 18
“Continent in Commotion” ,by Ira N. Patterson, 1957
(2 copies)
Box 19
“African Religions” , by Benjamin C. Ray, 1976
Box 19
“A Century in Nigeria” , by George W. Sadler, 1950
Box 19
“In the Shadow of the Sacred Grove” , by Carol Spindel, 1989
Box 19
“Nigerian Hairstyles” , by Susie, undated
Box 19
“Between Niger and Nile” , by Arnold Toynbee, 1965
Box 19
“An Assessment of Reentry Issues of the Children of Missionaries” , by Doris L. Walters, 1991
Box 19
“Builders of a New Africa” , by Nan Weeks, 1944
Box 19
“Bible, in Yoruba” , 1943
Box 19
“The Broadman Hymnal” , by 1940
Box 19
“A Dictionary of the Yoruba Language” , 1950
Box 19
“Teach Yourself Yoruba” , 1969
Box 19
“Evangel Bells” , by undated
Box 20
“Iwe Orin Ti Ijo Baptist Ni Nigeria”
(3 copies)
Box 20
“The Koran” , undated
Box 20
“Longmans' Yoruba Series: Reader One” , 1944
Box 20
“The Round-Up” , Baylor Yearbook, 1941-1942
Box 20
“Masterlife I”
(2 folders)
Box 21
“Masterlife II”
(2 folders)
Box 21
“Tropical Africa” , 1966
Box 21
Various pamphlet publications, 1972-1992 and undated
(8 items)
Box 21
Other Authors

Includes diaries of Nigerian missionaries, books about African missionaries and about life in Africa.

“This Is my Father's World” , by Margaret T. Applegarth, 1947
Box 22
“Hausa-English Dictionary” , by Babbaa Ju-Gora ga Turanci, 1965 undated
Box 22
“The Baptist Mission of Nigeria” , by Travis Collins, 1993
Box 22
“More Than a Song” , by James Draper, 1970
Box 22
“Throw Momma From the Brain” , arranged by Dave Hill, undated
Box 22
Tullock Memoirs, by Helen Tullock, 1975-1976
Box 22
“The Diaries of T. Keith Edwards, M.D., written in Africa from 1957-1968”
(2 folders)
Box 22
“Brighter Grammar” , by P.A. Ogundipe, 1983
Box 22
“Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: Devotional Messages” , by Dr. I.N. Patterson, 1964
Box 22
“The Romance of Missions in Nigeria” , by Samuel George Pinnock, 1917
Box 22
“Handbook for Nigerian Mothers” , by Carmella Schnautz, 1967
Box 22
“The Peoples of Nigeria” , by E. Spicer, 1962
Box 22
“Baptist Work in Igede Ekiti” , 2001
Box 22
“Directory, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary” , 1965
Box 22
“Good News: Easy Reading Book B-1”
Box 22
“This Is Your Life” , 1971
Box 22
When we were young in Africa, by Polsgrove, undated
Box 35
Lines Fallen in Pleasant Places, by Louise Hill, undated
Box 35
Baptist Mission to Nigeria Minutes
Minutes of the Baptist Mission Nigeria (photocopies), 1850-1940
Box 35
Minutes of the Baptist Mission Nigeria (photocopies), 1903-1942
Box 35
Minutes of the Baptist Mission Nigeria (photocopies), 1938-1943
Box 35
Minutes of the Baptist Mission Nigeria (photocopies), 1953-1956
Box 35
Roberson Collection "Index", 1984
Box 35

5. Visual Materials, 1941-1998 and undated

9 boxes

This series is divided into four subseries: slides, photo albums, mounted photographs, and foam-core mounted photographs.

Slides

The slides subseries is chiefly composed of hundreds of slides from the McGee family's time in Nigeria. The slides are all numbered and grouped into several major categories (listed below). A description of each picture can be found in the Collection Information Series. Newer additions have been placed at the back of each major category.

  • Slides 000-999: Missionaries and Missionary Kids ("MKs")
  • Slides 1000-1999: Nigerians
  • Slides 2000-2999: Baptist Mission Churches
  • Slides 3000-3999: Baptist Mission Schools
  • Slides 4000-4999: Baptist Mission Medical Work
  • Slides 5000-5999: General Life Scenes
  • Slides 6000-7999: Places/Locations
  • Slides 8000-8999: Mission Stations
  • Slides 9001-9999: Family/Personal

Slides 100s-200s
Box 24
Slides 300s
Box 24
Slides 400s, 500s, 1000s
Box 24
Slides 1100s, 1200s, 1300s, 2000s, 2100s
Box 24
Slides 2200s-2300s
Box 24
Slides 3000s
Box 24
Slides 4000s
Box 24
Slides 5000s
Box 25
Slides 6000s
Box 25
Slides 8000s
(2 folders)
Box 25
Slides 9000s
Box 25
Photo albums

The photo albums include pictures of John S. and Doris McGee's early life in college, in seminary and in early Nigeria, John David's baby years, a missionary trip to Brazil, and other family pictures.

Old album, probably from Doris McGee's side of the family
Box 26
John David McGee's baby book
Box 26
Doris and John S. McGee's college, seminary and early Nigeria
Box 26
Doris McGee's college and seminary years
Box 27
John S. and Doris McGee's send-offs, 1977
Box 27
John S. and Doris McGee's Foreign Mission Board retirement service, 1978
Box 27
Mission trip to Brazil, 1980s
Box 28
From Doris McGee to John S. McGee and children for Christmas, 1990s
Box 29
Mounted Photographs

Seven 16x20 mounted color prints furnished by Foreign Mission Board in various missionary camps in Nigeria and photographed by Gerald S. Harvey. Captions are original.

Joinkrama: literacy class, with pastor teaching children outside
Box 30
Ikogosi: Nigerian Baptist Youth Camp, devotions; with John S. McGee leading
Box 30
Kontagora: grass church, outdoor service; pastor preaching to members and Mrs. L. Gene Legg, missionary
Box 30
Igede: Araromi Baptist Church, building, sign; Missionary John B. Hill with men
Box 30
Ogbomosho: Baptist Health Service, Lockett Memorial Baptist Church; people leaving worship service, building in the background
Box 30
Ogbomosho: Western Nigerian Blind Training Farm, devotional; Mrs. David N. Mayhall, missionary, playing accordion
Box 30
Ogbomosho: Baptist Hospital, building; missionary Valda Long, R.N., in front with people, sign at right
Box 30
Foam-core mounted photographs

Includes memorial photos of John S. and Doris McGee, early photos, John S. and Doris McGee with their grand- and great-grandchildren and the last photographs before John S. and Doris' deaths.

Rev. John S. McGee memorial photo
(11x17.5)
Box 31
Doris T. McGee memorial photo
(11x17.5)
Box 31
Doris T. McGee, around college years
(8x10)
Box 32
John S. and Doris McGee wedding photo, 1941
(8x10)
Box 32
McGee family in Nigeria, 1950-1951
(8x10)
Box 32
Doris T. McGee with great-grandson, Angus
(8x10)
Box 32
Doris T. McGee with great-granddaughter, Se Ferrel
(8x10)
Box 32
John S. and Doris McGee with granddaughter, Erin McGee Ferrell
(8x10)
Box 32
McGee's at Erin's graduation, Mount Holyoke College, 1994
(8x10)
Box 32
John S. and Doris McGee at Ft. Lauderdale; last Christmas together, 1997
(8x10)
Box 32
John S. and Doris McGee, Christmas, 1997
(8x10)
Box 32
John S. and Doris McGee, last photograph together, 1998
(8x10)
Box 32
John S. and Doris McGee, last (close-up) photograph, 1998
(8x10)
Box 32
John S. and Doris and Erin McGee on porch swing, early 1990s
(8x10)
Box 32
John S. and Doris McGee, Christmas, 1997
(8x10)
Box 32
John S. and Doris McGee, Fruitland, early 1990s
(8x10)
Box 32

6. Audiovisual Materials, 1945-2009 and undated

3 boxes

The Audio-Visual Materials Series includes several recordings and films taken by the McGee family members of various tours in Nigeria. The films range from 1945 to 2009, and span the three generations of McGee missionaries. Also included is a DVD about the Conferment of Chieftaincy on John David McGee. The audio materials include several recordings of John and Doris McGee telling their life stories, talking about missionary work in Nigeria (especially regarding Baptist churches), and their first tour. The reel-to-reel tapes include audio-recordings of the McGee family as they were separated during various Nigerian tours. Ten super-8 film reels document John David McGee's trips to Nigeria from 1972 to 1983, which were the video source for the DVDs and video-cassette tapes.

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This series may contain original audiovisual materials which are closed to patron use. Some use copies are available in the collection. Otherwise, Research Services staff need to produce use copies before contents can be accessed.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

DVD: “Nigeria: 1972” ; DVD: “Old Nigeria: 1945-1957”
Box 33
VHS: “McGee and Schmidt's trip to Nigeria (summer of 1971) - edited for VCR in 1990 (Master Copy)”
Box 33
VHS: “Nigerian Films: from 16mm movies by John S. McGee during 1945-1953 - transferred to VHS in 1991”
Box 33
DVD: “Visitation and Conferment of Chieftaincy of Mr. and Mrs. John David McGee, 2009” ; DVD: McGee Nigeria Footage, July 2009 “”
Box 33
CDs
(2 folders)
Box 33
“Old Nigeria”
Box 33
“Nigeria”
Box 33
“Igede Fairwell”
Box 33
“JS McGee Final Sermon”
Box 33
JS McGee Life Story
(6 CDs)
Box 33
Doris McGee
(3 CDs)
Box 33
First Tour
(4 CDs)
Box 33
Churches
(4 CDs)
Box 33
Reel-to-Reel Tapes
Box 34
McGees to John David, 1963
(10 tapes)
Box 34
Possibly John David to parents, 1963-1964
Box 34
McGees to John David, possibly from Oshogbo, 1963
Box 34
Sidney to John David, possibly from Oshogbo, 1963
Box 34
John David to parents, from Mars Hill College, circa 1964
Box 34
John David to Gail Thompson, circa 1964
(5 tapes)
Box 34
Sidney to John David (?), from Newton School, circa 1964
Box 34
McGees to Humphreys (?), circa 1964
Box 34
Sidney to McGees, from Louisville, circa 1964
Box 34
McGees to John David
(2 tapes)
Box 34
Uncertain persons and date, circa 1968 (?)
Box 34
Dr. I.N. Patterson, circa 1964 (?)
Box 34
Dr. J.T. Ayorinde, circa 1964 (?)
Box 34
From McGees, 1964 (?)
Box 34
Sidney to John David (?), circa 1964 (?)
Box 34
Super-8 Film
Ten reels documenting John David McGee's trips to Nigeria from 1972 to 1983
Box 23
Audio cassette tapes

Talking letters and other recordings from the McGees in Nigeria and Seattle. Supplemental information provided by John David McGee.

Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Contact Research Services in advance to request the production of listening copies.

Notes on tapes, 2016
Box 35
Tapes A-E, 1-35, 1972-1977
(42 Cassettes)
Box 36
Tapes 36-75A, 1972-1977
(42 Cassettes)
Box 37
Tapes 76-117, 1972-1977
(42 Cassettes)
Box 38
Tapes 118-144, 1972-1977
(42 Cassettes)
Box 39
Tapes 145-168; S-190-S-207, 1972-1977, 1981-1982
(42 Cassettes)
Box 40
Tapes S-208-S-249, 1982-1983
(42 Cassettes)
Box 41
Tapes S-250-S-260, M-261-M-265, 1984-1991
(16 Cassettes)
Box 42
 

Historical Note

Biographical and Historical Note

John Sidney (1913-1999) and Doris (1918-1998) McGee were appointed on April 11th, 1945 by the Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention to Nigeria, where they served eight consecutive terms. Their primary role was that of "missionary advisors," or "field evangelism" for church development. They served at the Baptist College of Iwo from 1945-1948, and then at the Baptist Mission in Igede-Ekiti (Western Nigeria) and Ikogosi from 1949-1977. In 1956, they helped establish the sixth Baptist high school in Nigeria: the Ekiti Baptist High School, in Igede. In 1957, they were made "Chief Gbaiyegun of Igede," by the Onigede and Chiefs of Igede-Ekiti. In 1961, they were made paramount chief by the Ewi of Ado, on behalf of the Ekiti Baptist Association. In 1977, they were made "Chief Akorewolu of Ikogosi" by Loja and Chiefs of Ikogosi-Ekiti. The couple retired in 1978 after thirty-three years of missionary service.

John Sidney and Doris had two sons, John David (b. 1943) and Sidney (b. 1948). The McGees' children stayed with them in Nigeria until John David returned to the US for high school in 1958, where he stayed with a foster family. Much of the correspondence between family members takes place when the McGee children are in the United States to finish their education.

Separated Material

Separated Material

Baptist Mission to Nigeria Minutes: bound volumes of the annual minutes of the missionary meeting, dating from 1950 to 1998. These have been removed and cataloged separately.


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Provenance

The McGee Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in August 2011, August 2013, and July 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, Chloe Rockow, Joanne Fairhurst, April 2012 and September 2013

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, Chloe Rockow, Joanne Fairhurst, April 2012 and September 2013

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2011-1041a, 2013-0125, 2016-0106