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Guide to the Roberson Family Papers, 1917-1977

Abstract

Cecil F. and Marie Roberson were Southern Baptist missionaries in Nigeria between the 1950s and 1970s.

Collection consists largely of historical essays and archives written and collected by Cecil Roberson to document the history of Baptists in Nigeria. Roberson's own writings are complemented by photocopies and reproductions of the Thomas Jefferson Bowen and Lurana Henrietta Davis Bowen Papers, as well as a series of correspondence written to and from Louis M. Duval between 1917 and 1934. This collection is part of the Nigerian Southern Baptist Missionary Collection held at the Rubenstein Library.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Roberson family
Title
Roberson family papers 1917-1977
Language of Material
English
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, 2250 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection consists largely of historical essays and archives written and collected by Cecil Roberson to document the history of Baptists in Nigeria. Roberson's own history writings are complemented by photocopies and reproductions of the Thomas Jefferson Bowen and Lurana Henrietta Davis Bowen Papers, as well as a series of correspondence written to and from Louis M. Duval between 1917 and 1934.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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

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The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

A series of research essays, notes, and writings created by Cecil Roberson recounting the history of various Baptist missionary projects in Nigeria and Lagos. A subseries, The Papers by Cecil Roberson, represent the Robersons' arrangement of the materials prior to their arrival at the Rubenstein Library.

"A Chronology of the Baptists in Nigeria, West Africa, and Related Subjects"
(3 folders)
Box 1
Cliff Lewis manuscript of Bowen Letters and Cecil Roberson's Bowen biography
Box 2
"The Story of Buguma Baptists" and "A History of the Baptist of Oyo, Nigeria, 1856 to 1925," by Cecil Roberson
Box 2
"A History of Baptists in Nigeria, 1849-1935," by Cecil Roberson
(3 folders)
Box 2
"Bowen, or an Evidence of Grace," and "Egunleti, Second Bada of Shaki: Farmer, Warrior, and Exemplary Christian," by Cecil Roberson
Box 2
Bibliography
Box 2
"A History of Lagos Baptists," undated
Box 2
"How to Build a Mud House in Mississippi," 1979, and "The Baptist Property, Ago Ijaiye, Abeokuta," undated
Box 2
"Speech Delivered before the Ede General Workers' Confederence, 8th Feb. 1963" and "Some Errors in the Brochure 'A Short History of the Ebenezer Baptist Church,'" undated
Box 2
"Batonu Children Learn to Pray," and "Some Points Relative to the Legal Status of the Baptist Mission and Its Missionaries," 1965

Includes a letter from Cecil Robinson regarding an archival collection of Nigerian Baptist missionary materials, 1966.

Box 3
"Criticism of Proposed Joint Proprietorship of the Baptist Press Between the Foreign Mission Board and the Nigerian Baptist Convention," undated; "My Work in Nigeria," undated; "Nigerian Baptist Communion," 1963; "Historical Development in the Field of Education in the Baptist Mission-Nigeria," undated
Box 3
"Church and State Relations," 1957; "Some Suggestions Relative to Mission Organization and Strategy," 1963; "Transition," 1963
Box 3
"Baptist Academy Founder's Day Address," 1962; "My Answers to Questions on Nigerian Mission Work," 1962; "Some Lessons from Baptist History in Nigeria," 1963
Box 3
"Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary," undated; "Notes on History of the Qtun Gbede Baptist Church," undated; "Baptist Evangelism in Nigeria," 1968; "Pastors and Leaders/Locations of Buildings Used for Services by the First Baptist Church, Lagos," 1969-1970
Box 3
"100th Anniversary of the First Baptist Church, Lagos," undated; "Life Sketch of Rev. I. A. Adejunmobi," 1963; list of subjects for the Nigerian Baptist History Column; "The Idere Incident, 1908-1913," undated
Box 3
"How to Play the African Game Ayo," undated; "Land Notes-Abeskuta," undated; "Brief History of the Baptist People of Nigeria," 1954; "God's Preparation for Missions in Nigeria," undated
Box 3
"Pin-point Focus on the Origin of the Yoruba Mission," 1964; "Historical Inserts," 1966; "Let These Historical Things Abide," 1955; "Brief Study of Discipline in the Nigerian Baptist Mission," undated; "Story of a Picture," undated
Box 3
"Baptist Involvement in the Treatment of Leprosy in Nigeria," undated; "Report on Materials Collected for Baptist Foreign Mission Board from the estate of Dr. and Mrs. J. B. Rice," 1953; "Points Relative Directly to Production of a History of Baptists in Nigeria," undated; "Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Library," undated
Box 3
"Biographical Notes on Rev. Isaac Adekuule Adejunmobi," 1977; "A Missionary Loan to the Foreign Mission Board," undated; "Baptist Female Education Until 1910," 1965; "Origin of the First Baptist Church, Ede," undated
Box 3
"Moses Ladejo Stone," undated and 1955; "Some Observations on the Ministerial Career of Rev. Moses Ladejo Stone," 1966; "The Nigerian Baptist," undated; "The Dawn (Imole Owuro)," undated; "The Nigerian Baptist Women's Missionary Union," undated
Box 3
"Nigerian Baptist Convention," undated; "Yoruba Baptist Association," undated; "First Native Workers' Conference," undated; "Workers' Institute," undated; "Missionary Experiences," undated
Box 3
Minutes of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, 1978
Box 3

The Bowen Papers

(1.5 boxes)

Research and preparatory materials collected and created by the Robersons about the Rev. Thomas Jefferson Bowen and his wife, Lurana Henrietta Davis Bowen; also includes research papers written by others (unnamed) in honor of the Robersons.

Preparatory Materials for the Bowen Papers, Volume II, compiled by the Robersons
Box 3
Ah, Africa: The Letters of Lurana and Thomas Jefferson Bowen, 1849-1875
(2 folders)
Box 3
The Bowen Papers: A Compilation of the Papers of Rev. Thomas Jefferson Bowen and his wife Lurana Henrietta (Davis) Bowen, compiled by the Robersons, 1953-1959
(3 folders)
Box 4

Photocopies and reproductions of correspondence to and from Louis M. Duval, a missionary from St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, who served in Oyo, Nigeria, in the early twentieth century.

Correspondence, 1917-1934 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 4

Historical Note

Cecil F. and Marie Roberson were Southern Baptist missionaries in Nigeria between the 1950s and 1970s.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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

Processing Information

Processed by Elisabeth Narkin; Meghan Lyon, March 2014

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, March 2014

Accession(s) described in this collection guide: 2014-0050

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