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Guide to the Taylor Family Papers, 1850-1975

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Taylor Family.
Title
Taylor family papers 1850-1975 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.6 Linear Feet, 500 Items
Location
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Contents of the Collection

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

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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

Processing Information

Processed by Meghan Lyon, September 2013

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, September 2013

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

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 local Style Guide.