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Guide to the Taylor Family Papers, 1850-1975

Summary

Missionaries to Nigeria for the Southern Baptist Foreign Missions Board, 1955-1962. Family letters, photographs, and diaries from the Taylor family's mission work in Nigeria and their return voyage to the United States. Also includes a selection of photocopied letters from T. J. Bowen to James A. Taylor, 1850-1867, documenting Bowen's life as a missionary to Africa.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.01277
Title
Taylor family papers
Date
1850-1975 and undated
Extent
3.0 Linear Feet, 1000 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Material in English, Yoruba

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Contents of the Collection

1. Papers

1 box

Family letters, photographs, and diaries from the Taylor family's mission trip to Nigeria and their return voyage to the United States. Also includes a selection of photocopied letters from T. J. Bowen to James A. Taylor, 1850-1867, documenting Bowen's life as a missionary to Africa.

Collection and genealogical information
Box 1
Evelyn Taylor's diary, 1954-1962

From appointment to the Mission Board through the first years in Nigeria.

Box 1
"My Life," by O.W. Taylor, 1955

Autobiography written as part of Taylor's application for the Foreign Missions Board.

Box 1
Programs, schedules, and bulletins from the Nigerian mission, 1957-1978

Includes Newton School programs, finances, political and public events in Iwo, and other memorabilia from the Taylors' work and school.

Box 1
Newton News newsletters, 1958
Box 1
Correspondence between Michael Taylor and his parents, 1955-1960

Written from his time boarding at the Newton Memorial School.

Box 1
Correspondence between Evelyn Taylor and her family in the United States, 1955-1962
Box 1
Itineraries and diary from the family's trip home, 1962
Box 1
O.W. Taylor's Encyclopedia of Southern History contributions re: Duke University, 1975
Box 1
Photographs from Nigeria, 1950s-1960s
Box 1
Photographs from the Nigerian Baptist Missionaries reunion, undated
Box 1
Taylor family photographs, undated
Box 1
Correspondence from T.J. Bowen to Rev. James B. Taylor, 1850-1867 (photocopies)

Includes details on Bowen's missionary work in Africa and South America, his family's health, and some discussion of the Civil War. Collected by O.W. Taylor for a research project.

Box 1
Application for Missionary Service: Evelyn Taylor, 1954-1955
Box 2
Article for West African Journal of Education, 1962 March
Box 2
Untitled Notes, 1977
Box 2
Baptist Atlas, by Albert Wardin, 1980
Box 2
Nigerian Baptist Proceedings, 1959
Box 2
Missionary Album and Foreign Missions Directory, 1954-1995
Box 2
O.W. Taylor's Bible in Nigeria and at Duke, 1960-1962
Box 2
The Story of Sacred Wood Carvings, From One Small Yoruba Town, 1957
Box 2
Yoruba Bible, 1955
Box 2
Yoruba Bible, 1958
Box 2
ODU: A Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies (No. 7), 1959
Box 2
Fentola: A Little Girl of Africa, by Margaret Marchman, 1950
Box 2
Nigerian Baptist Mission 1961 Minutes
Box 2
Foreign Mission Week Programme, 1961
Box 2
Manuals for Missionaries, 1954 and 1957
Box 2
Taiwo Ati Kehinde, by Iwe Keji, 1951
Box 2
Tales from Ire, by Barbara Epperson, 1957
Box 2
Bible Presented to O.W & Evelyn Taylor upon leaving Nigeria

Cambridge Bible

Box 2
Christianity in West Africa: The Nigerian Story, 1978
Box 2
Dictionary of the Yoruba Language
Box 2
A History of Indigenous Labour on the Nigerian Railway, 1970
Box 2
Yoruba Language and Grammar Book
Box 3
Cloth Commemorating 150th Anniversary of Baptist Work in Nigeria

Two pieces of cloth

Box 3
Duro Ladipo's Oba Koso: Dance-Drama with Yoruba Festival Music (2 disc set), 1975
Audio-phonodisc LP 1
The African Mbira: Music of the Shona People of Rhodesia, 1971
Audio-phonodisc LP 2
 

Historical Note

Duke alumnus Orville Walters "Tom" Taylor (Ph.D., 1956) and his wife, Evelyn Taylor, went as missionary teachers to Nigeria with their son Michael in 1955. While there the Taylors had three daughters: Priscilla, Melissa, and Penelope. The family returned to the United States in 1962.


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Provenance

The Taylor Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2013 and 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, September 2013; Ben Saalfeld, April 2016

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, September 2013; Ben Saalfeld, April 2016

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2013-0135, 2015-0143

Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.