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Preliminary Guide to the Peter Storey papers, 1950-2006

Abstract

South African Methodist Church leader and anti-apartheid activist.

The Peter Storey Papers contain correspondence, datebooks, articles, lectures, sermons, committee and subject files, clippings, scrapbooks, videotapes, and electronic records. The collection documents Peter Storey's leadership and active involvement in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, the South African Council of Churches, the Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Gun Free South Africa, and other religious and anti-apartheid groups. Major subjects include Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, urban ministry, crisis intervention, and political violence and elections in South Africa. Materials range in date from circa 1950 to 2006. Acquired as part of the Human Rights Archive.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Storey, Peter John, 1938-
Title
Peter Storey papers 1950-2006
Language of Material
English
Extent
9.0 Linear Feet, 5000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Peter Storey Papers contain correspondence, datebooks, articles, lectures, sermons, committee and subject files, clippings, scrapbooks, videotapes, and electronic records. The collection documents Peter Storey's leadership and active involvement in the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, the South African Council of Churches, the Central Methodist Mission in Johannesburg, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Gun Free South Africa, and other religious and anti-apartheid groups. Major subjects include Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, urban ministry, crisis intervention, and political violence and elections in South Africa. Materials range in date from circa 1950 to 2006. Acquired as part of the Human Rights Archive.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, 1971-1989
(20 folders)
Box 1
Correspondence, 1990-1997 and undated
Box 2
Datebooks, 1963-1972
(10 items)
Box 3
Datebooks, 1973-1984
(12 items)
Box 4
Datebooks, 1985-1990
(6 items)
Box 5
Datebooks, 1991-1996
(6 items)
Box 6
Winnie Mandela saga, 1989-1998
(8 folders)
Box 2
Soweto Happenings, 1976-1978
Box 2
Miscellaneous
Box 2
South African Council of Churches (SACC) Ecunews, 1979-1988
Box 2
God & Caesar material
Box 7
Central Methodist Mission (CMM) quarterly meetings, 1976-1991
Box 7
Central Methodist Mission Leaders meetings, 1976-1991
Box 7
Central Methodist Mission staff meetings, 1990
Box 7
P. W. Botha trial, 1996-1998
Box 8
Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 1993-1998
Box 8
Gun Free South Africa, 1992-2001 and undated
Box 8
Lectures on South Africa
Box 9
Evangelism and Bible studies
Box 9
John Wesley -- Methodism
Box 9
National Peace Accord -- Elections
Box 9
Race
Box 9
City Ministry
Box 9
Linda W. Kiester interview, 1986-1987
Box 9
Kiester notes: Packet 1.1-1.3
Box 9
Kiester notes: Packet 2.1-2.2
Box 9
Kiester notes: Packet 2.3
Box 9
Miscellaneous interviews
Box 9
Peace, Non-Violent
(3 Folders)
Box 10
Preaching
(2 folders)
Box 10
Addresses and Articles, 1970-1989
(2 folders)
Box 10
Addresses and Articles, 1990-1997
(2 folders)
Box 10
CMM Staff Meetings, 1976-1984
(Folders 1-2 of 3)
Box 10
CMM Staff Meetings, 1976-1984
(Folder 3 of 3)
Box 11
South African Council of Churches (SACC) Presidium, 1976-1981
(3 folders)
Box 11
SACC, Rees, June 16, Other, ELOFF
Box 11
SACC Finance, 1977-1980
(3 folders)
Box 11
Addresses on South Africa
Box 11
Misc. Articles, Conferences, Notes
Box 12
SACC Exec, 1975-1980
(2 folders)
Box 12
SACC Exec, 1981-1990s
(2 folders)
Box 12
Unfiled SAAC (not on CDs)
Box 12
Not on CDs
Box 12
Addresses and Articles, 1998-2006
(3 folders)
Box 12
Press clippings
Box 11
Press clippings, 1950-2003
Box 13
Winnie Mandela clippings
Box 13
Photocopies of newspaper clippings
Box 14
Scrapbook, 1979
Box 14
Scrapbook, 1980-1984
Box 14
Photocopies of newspaper clippings
Box 15
'This we can do for justice and for peace' - Tutu & Storey
Box 16
PJS Speaks on TRC in Minneapolis, 1994
Box 16
'The Peacemakers' - One day in the life of South Africa's Peace Accord
Box 16
National Peace Accord Peace Song Compilation
Box 16
Talking about God - Where is God in your life?
Box 16
'Healing the Memories' (USA) Central District Synod, July 1999
Box 16
When Love Takes You Prisoner Peter Storey - Pasadena, April 29, 2000
Box 16
Holy Communion - "God's Wholeness for a Broken World" Western North Carolina Conference, 1998
Box 16
Friday Morning Worship - "Relentless Hospitality of the Holy Spirit" Western North Carolina Conference, 1998
Box 16
Saturday Morning Worship - "God's Gift of Newness for us All" Western North Carolina Conference, 1998
Box 16
Discipline-Making Congregations Nashville, 2001
Box 17
PJS Farewells, SABC i/vs, TRC Willie Mandela Hearing
Box 17
Elections, PJS on Tope Level, Mandela victory speech
Box 17
Gospel Truth and Power - The Church as an Alternative Community University United Methodist Church, February 21, 2003
Box 17
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Peter Storey University United Methodist Church, February 22, 2003
Box 17
Lecture 1: "God's Power to Speak the Truth," October 11, 1998 "Gospel Truth and Power" - MTSO Schooler Lectures, 1997
Box 17
Lecture 2: "Speaking God's Truth to Power," October 12, 1998 "Gospel Truth and Power" - MTSO Schooler Lectures, 1997
Box 17
The Way of The Powerless Jesus, October 13, 1998 - MTSO Schooler Institute Worship Service, 1997
Box 17
Resistance & Reconciliation - The Church's Ecumenical Role in Ending Apartheid. The Kathleen & John F. Bricker Memorial Lecture, March 16, 1999
Box 17

Series consists of data CDs containing scanned versions of documents found in the Correspondence and Subject Files Series of the Peter Storey Papers. The contents of each disk have been transferred to an archival storage server. The majority of the files are Portable Document Format (PDF), with few JPG and other formats present. Disks 19 and 20 of 21 were not received. A complete list of the file names and directory structure of the disks is available for reference. Please contact the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library for more information.

Disk Label: CMM Staff minutes; Central Circuit quarterly min. 1976-1991; Central MM Staff meetings 1976-1989; CMM leaders minutes 1976-1991; Articles & Conferences Notes 1959-1997; NPA - Elections; PJS Addresses & Articles 1970-1989; PJS Addresses & Articles since 23001 (this should read: 1990-May 2000); Prayers by PJ Storey; Preaching
(14 files)
Disk Label: ORIGINAL; Articles from Sunday Independent; First Alan Walker lecture; Ministry and Issues; Protest and Resistance; Remembering SA; Sing the Lord's Song in Hostile Land; Things that Make for Peace; God and Caesar Reading Kit
(18 files)
Disk Label: Bible Study(s)
(1 file)
Disk Label: Peace (aaa01164); Evangelism; Peace and Non-violence (Damaged)
(3 files)
Disk Label: Peace and Non-Violence
Disk Label: Poor
(1 file)
Disk Label: SACC 1982; Eloff Commission; JC Rees; R...; Venola; Naribia; Mokena; Race
(2 files)
Disk Label: City; SACC Exec meetings 1972-1980
(2 files)
Disk Label: Praesidium; SACC 1977-1980; SACC Finance Committee 1978-1982
(2 files)
Disk Label: June 16, 1976; Roelotse - Mokoena; SACC Exe Meetings 1981-1982 plus audits
(3 files)
Disk Label: Asingeni - Chetty; Discussion on Wesley; Misc Interview et al (DAMAGED); Miscellaneous: Some Eloff PJS, Some SACC, Letter to PM, Meeting with Botha 1980, Invite to O...; Radio Talks July 1996; SACC Exec Meetings (DAMAGED)
(5 files)
Disk Label: JCR - PJS Resignation; SACC 1981; Wesley & Methodism
(3 files)
Disk Label: GFSA
(139 files)
Disk Label: Misc.; Interview part one
(1 file)
Disk Label: Soweto; Misc.; Lectures on SA
(15 files)
Disk Label: Truth and Reconciliation Commission; W. Mandela; Botha
(180 files)
Disk Label: Correspondence, 1971-1987
(599 files)
Disk Label: Correspondence, 1988-1997 and undated
(238 files)
Disk Label: Our Ancestors
(84 files)

Historical Note

Peter Storey (b. 1938) was schooled in Cape Town, South Africa, spent some time in the South African Navy, and then trained for the Methodist ministry at Rhodes University. Storey pastored churches in Cape Town, and later served as a chaplain to Robben Island prison, where he ministered to Nelson Mandela. After two years in Australia, Storey returned to District Six, a "coloured" community in Cape Town whose people faced forced removal under apartheid law. Storey was prominent in the fight against these removals, at the same time launching a number of ministries, including The Carpenter's House, Cape Town's first non-racial community center, and founded Dimension, the national newspaper of the Methodist Church, which took an uncompromising anti-apartheid stance under his nine-year editorship.

He was appointed to Johannesburg's Central Methodist Church in 1976, the year of the Soweto uprising, and immediately questioned the all-white nature of the congregation. The following years saw the loss of some 200 white members, but also the creation of the first fully integrated Methodist church in the land. The Central Methodist Mission--as it became known--was a center of protest action against apartheid, often being surrounded and sometimes invaded by government Security Forces.

During this period Storey became Vice President of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and was elected President of this body in 1981. In this position, he and Bishop Desmond Tutu, who was then General Secretary, steered the SACC through its most controversial and embattled era of anti-apartheid action. This included facing the notorious Eloff Commission of Inquiry into the SACC. His testimony to the Commission has been published under the title Here We Stand.

In 1984 Storey was elected President of the Methodist Church and co-lead an ecumenical delegation to the United Nations and Europe to urge international pressure against the South African Government's forced removal policy. He then became Bishop of the Central District, including Johannesburg and Soweto. He also headed up the Journey to the New Land transformation process, which has redesigned the Methodist Church for its mission in the new South Africa.

Committed to peacemaking, he co-chaired the Wits-Vaal Peace Secretariat, responsible for keeping the peace in the Johannesburg region in the run-up to the first democratic elections and became Patron of the Methodist Order of Peacemakers, which focused on non-violence. He was first chairperson of the Gunfree South Africa movement, and he was a member of President Mandela's Selection Committee for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Storey has received honorary Doctor of Divinity and Doctor of Law degrees. His international ministry has included frequent preaching and lecturing journeys to the United States, Europe, and Australia, and he has addressed many conferences related to the situation in South Africa, the truth and reconciliation process, and world peace.

[Biographical Note adapted from: "February 11, 1999 - Rev. Dr. Peter Storey at STH." Boston University School of Theology, March 24, 2003. http://www.bu.edu/sth/news/archive/storey.html]

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

The Peter Storey papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Katte, John Mayrose, Patrick Stawski, March 2007

Encoded by Jill Katte, March 2007

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 our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.