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Guide to the McGee Family Papers, 1857-2013 and undated

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
McGee
Title
McGee family papers 1857-2013 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
20 Linear Feet, 10000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

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

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 of 7 folders
Box 1
Correspondence: list and transcriptions
5 of 7 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

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

This series includes three subseries: Doris McGee, John S. McGee and John David 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 of 3 folders
Box 8
Materials pertaining to Mars Hill reunion, 1989-1995
2 of 3 folders
Box 9

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

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

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.

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

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

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 OgotemmĂȘli, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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)
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
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
Ten reels documenting John David McGee's trips to Nigeria from 1972 to 1983
Box 23

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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

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: 2011-1041

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.