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Guide to the Andrew Spencer Turnipseed Papers, 1902-2002 and undated (bulk 1928-1965)

Collection Overview

Collection consists primarily of manuscripts and research materials related to Turnipseed's writings (1902-1960s), in particular his multivolume, unpublished autobiography I Tried: An Autobiography of Andrew Spencer Turnipseed. The collection documents Turnipseed's ancestry, early life, and roles as a theologian and activist. Includes many folders of personal and professional correspondence (1929-1980s); lectures and sermons (including 13 audio cassettes); course materials; and travel files. In addition, there are subject files on topics such as Methodism; civil rights; race relations and Southern politics; and public education, including higher education for African-Americans in Alabama. Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Collection Number
RL.01316
Title
Andrew Spencer Turnipseed papers,
Date
1902-2002 and undated (bulk 1928-1965)
Creator
Turnipseed, Andrew Spencer, 1911-2002
Extent
32.7 Linear Feet, 20,050 Items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

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Collection is open for research. However, original audio materials are closed to use; listening or viewing copies must be made before contents can be accessed. Also, some collection materials may need preservation work before use.

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Contents of the Collection

Contents of Box 1:
Box 1
Loose miscellaneous materials, 1957-2002
Box 1
Personal and professional correspondence, 1954-1982
Box 1
Manuscript, I Tried: An Autobiography of Andrew Spencer Turnipseed
Box 1
Contents of Box 2:
Box 2
Manuscript, I Tried
Box 2
Contents of Box 3:
Box 3
Manuscript, I Tried
Box 3
Manuscript, untitled
Box 3
Contents of Box 4:
Box 4
Manuscript, untitled
Box 4
Contents of Box 5:
Box 5
Theology notes
Box 5
Audio tapes
Box 5
Contents of Box 6:
Conditions Governing Access note

[Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Use of these materials may require production of listening or viewing copies. Please contact Research Services before coming to use this collection.]

Box 6
Audio tapes of sermons and speeches, ca. 1952-1963
Box 6
Contents of Box 7:
Box 7
Theology notes
Box 7
Course materials, ca. 1936-1937
Box 7
Contents of Box 8:
Box 8
Course materials, ca. 1936-1937
Box 8
Contents of Box 9:
Box 9
Autobiographical research materials, 1928-1932
Box 9
Contents of Box 10:
Box 10
Autobiographical research materials, 1928-1932
Box 10
Contents of Box 11:
Box 11
Autobiographical research materials, 1928-1932
Box 11
Loose miscellaeous materials
Box 11
Contents of Box 12:
Box 12
Subject Files
Alabama Temperance Alliance
Box 12
Council on Human Relations
Box 12
Southern Regional Council, Inc.
Box 12
Contents of Box 13:
Box 13
Family budget, corresopndence, and church material, 1940-1941 and undated
Box 13
Annual Methodist Church Conference, Panama City, 1940
Box 13
Methodist Federation for Social Action
Box 13
Invitations, 1954-1959
Box 13
Correspondence, Panama City
Box 13
Panama City Conference Advocates, 1940-1944
Box 13
Contents of Box 14:
Box 14
Annual Methodist Church Conference, Panama City, 1940
Box 14
Mission trips and Holy Land tour, 1962-1964
Box 14
Correspondence, 1940-1941
Box 14
Correspondence, legal papers (deed), notes, and large index sheets, 1940s
Box 14
Contents of Box 15:
Box 15
Travels
Racial Imbalance in the Public Schools
Box 15
Professional correspondence, 1964-1965
Box 15
Contents of Box 16:
Box 16
Professional correspondence, ca. 1954-1959
Box 16
Methodist Federation for Social Action
Box 16
Conferences, speeches
Box 16
Reviews, items about Turnipseed
Box 16
Miscellaneous materials
Box 16
Contents of Box 17:
Box 17
Professional correspondence, ca. 1950s
Box 17
Correspondence about scholarships, conference reports, various clippings and print material, and school papers by Turnipseed, circa 1932-1962
Box 17
Notebook, Classified Sermon Record
Box 17
Autobiographical research material
Box 17
Contents of Box 18:
Box 18
Personal and professional correspondence, ca. 1960s
Box 18
Travel Journal
Box 18
Material concerning the death of Martha Turnipseed Moore, daughter
Box 18
Correspondence from travels
Box 18
Contents of Box 19:
Box 19
Material related to Methodist Federation for Social Action
(3 folders)
Box 19
Telephone and moving
Box 19
Events
Box 19
Autobiographical research material
Box 19
Contents of Box 20:
Box 20
Vol. II, Chap. 8
(3 folders)
Box 20
Autobiographical research material
Box 20
Professional correspondence, Methodist leaders, 1949-1950s
Box 20
Press publications, general, 1947-1952
Box 20
Cooperation, Boswell Amendment, Town and Country Commission, Montgomery Ministerial Assoc., 1946-1949
Box 20
Writings and print materials, 1947, 1952 and undated
Box 20
Contents of Box 21:
Box 21
Professional and personal correspondence, 1960s
Box 21
Miscellaneous material
Box 21
Church Reports
Box 21
Theology Orientation
Box 21
Editorial corrections [untitled work]
Box 21
Contents of Box 22:
Box 22
Personal and professional correspondence, 1950s-1980s
Box 22
Loose miscellaneous material
Box 22
Contents of Box 23:
Box 23
Correspondence, personal and church-related, 1942-1944, 1961-1975 and undated
(3 folders)
Box 23
Personal correspondence from J.M. Dannelly, ca. 1929-1930
Box 23
Citizen Advisory and Education Council
Box 23
Speaking engagements, 1959
Box 23
General interest, Greenville
Box 23
Registered war rations book and various writings, clippings, and bulletins, 1943, 1961, 1971-1980 and undated
Box 23
Contents of Box 24:
Box 24
Cooperation
Box 24
Education files
Box 24
Celestial politics, 1947
Box 24
Articles and correspondence
Box 24
Pulpit Echoes, newspaper column, 1947
Box 24
Youngblood, research notes, 1947-1951
Box 24
Contents of Box 25:
Box 25
Professional correspondence from Clare Purcell, ca. 1958
Box 25
Education files
(4 folders)
Box 25
Christian Action for World Peace
Box 25
Alabama Temperance Alliance - constitutional correspondence
Box 25
Contents of Box 26:
Box 26
Personal and professional correspondence, ca. 1950s-1960s
Box 26
Pulpit Echoes, 1958
Box 26
Contents of Box 27:
Box 27
Professional correspondence, 1960-1961
Box 27
Events, conferences, engagements, ca. 1950s-1970s
Box 27
Course materials
Box 27
Methodist Children's Home
Box 27
Contents of Box 28:
Box 28
Children's Home
Box 28
Transition files
Box 28
Contents of Box 29:
Box 29
Professional correspondence
Box 29
Events, engagements
Box 29
White House Task Force
Box 29
Annual report, Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church, 1960s-1970s
Box 29
Medical records/insurance information
Box 29
Correspondence and clippings, 1957-1959, 1994
Box 29
Contents of Box 30:
Box 30
Hanson Place Central United Methodist Church
Box 30
Transition from St. Paul's to Hanson Place
Box 30
Contents of Box 31:
Box 31
Niagara Falls, 1962-1966
(2 folders)
Box 31
Europe and USSR Trip, 1962
Box 31
Pulpit Echoes, 1948-1950
(4 folders)
Box 31
Efforts to move from Niagara Falls, 1963-1965
(2 folders)
Box 31
Contents of Box 32:
Box 32
Toppins correspondence, 1961-1973
Box 32
Research material and notes, Timely Therapy, 1916-1920
Box 32
Correspondence from C. G. Gomillion, 1987
Box 32
Contents of Box 33:
Box 33
Sledd Club, 1943-1945 and undated
Box 33
Research material and notes, Timely Therapy
Box 33
Pulpit Echoes, 1948
Box 33
Contents of Box 34:
Box 34
Research material and notes, Timely Therapy
(4 folders)
Box 34
Draft, Timely Therapy
(4 folders)
Box 34
Contents of Box 35:
Box 35
Draft, Timely Therapy
(11 folders)
Box 35
Contents of Box 36:
Box 36
Survival-Assistance, 1961
Box 36
Personal and professional correspondence, 1920s-1960s
Box 36
Research material and notes, Timely Therapy
Box 36
Draft, Timely Therapy
Box 36
Mose, 1930
Box 36
Emory correspondence, 1929-1930
Box 36
Contents of Box 37:
Box 37
Methodist Federation for Social Action, 1945-1951 and undated
Box 37
A Positive Program for the South, 1948
Box 37
Pulpit Echoes, 1948-1950
Box 37
Committee on Higher Education, Negroes, 1949, 1952
(2 folders)
Box 37
Niagara Falls Ministry material
(2 folders)
Box 37
Contents of Box 38:
Box 38
Sermons by J.F. McLeod, undated
Box 38
Personal and professional correspondence, 1960s-1970s
Box 38
Niagara Falls Ministry material, 1961-1968 and undated
Box 38
Material related to Rev. Frank Donnelly, 1960-1963
Box 38
Contents of Box 39:
Box 39
Personal and professional correspondence, [1960s]
Box 39
Clippings regarding race, politics, violence in the South, 1957-1958
Box 39
Address book
Box 39
Daily planner, 1967
Box 39
Centennial Anniversary, St. Paul's Church, Niagara Falls
Box 39
College materials, Marti Turnipseed (daughter), Boston Univ., Christian Century, 1963-1964
Box 39
Contents of Box 40:
Box 40
Methodist Children's Home, 1950s
(6 folders)
Box 40
Birmingham-Southern lunch counter sit-in, Marti Turnipseed, 1963-1965
(3 folders)
Box 40
Contents of Box 41:
Box 41
Research files and notes, ca. 1920
Box 41
Manuscript, Timely Therapy
Box 41
Methodist Children's Home
Box 41
Contents of Box 42:
Box 42
Articles on religion, 1921
Box 42
Research files, ca. 1914-1920
Box 42
Original chapters, autobiography
Box 42
Contents of Box 43:
Box 43
Autobiographical research material, ca. 1902-1920
Box 43
Contents of Box 44:
Box 44
Original chapters, autobiography
Box 44
Contents of Box 45:
Box 45
Autobiographical research material
Box 45
Education files
Box 45
Contents of Box 46:
Box 46
Autobiographical research material
Box 46
Church Forces Organized for Good Government
Box 46
Board of Temperance and Social Service, 1951-1954
Box 46
Michigan Christian Advocate and Citizens Advisory and Educational Council materials, 1943-1953
Box 46
Contents of Box 47:
Box 47
Professional correspondence, 1947-1954
Box 47
Cooperation, 1946-1953
Box 47
Making Methodism Methodist, publications
Box 47
Original chapters, autobiography
Box 47
Contents of Box 48:
Box 48
Professional correspondence with A.E. Barnett, 1945-1954
Box 48
Research material, untitled manuscript
Box 48
Youngblood
Box 48
Pulpit Echoes, 1952
Box 48
Methodist Federation for Social Action
Box 48
Commission on World Peace
Box 48
Contents of Box 49:
Box 49
Pulpit Echoes
Box 49
Autobiographical research material
Box 49
Loose miscellaneous material
Box 49
Contents of Box 50:
Box 50
Research material, untitled manuscript
Box 50
Methodist Federation for Social Action
Box 50
History as a Center of Contemporary Theological Orientation
Box 50
Notes, essays on the Gospels and New Testament
Box 50
Contents of Box 51:
Box 51
Loose miscellaneous materials
Box 51
Notes on the Synoptic Gospels
Box 51
A History of the Christian Church, Williston Walker, Manuscript
Box 51
Contents of Box 52:
Box 52
A History of the Christian Church, Williston Walker, manuscript
Box 52
Research material and original chapters, untitled manuscript
Box 52
Contents of Box 53:
Box 53
Research material and original chapters, untitled manuscript
Box 53
Butts, Thomas, Niagara Falls (sermons and correspondence), [1960s]
Box 53
Contents of Box 54:
Box 54
Protestant and Jewish Association for Care of Blind and Infirm Negroes, 1952-1955 and undated
Box 54
Pulpit Echoes, columns and other items, 1947-1948, 1953
(4 folders)
Box 54
Citizens' Advisory and Education Council, 1947-1957
Box 54
Dexter Avenue Methodist, 1954
Box 54
Interdenominational Alliance, 1952 and undated
Box 54
Miscellanous writings and correspondence, 1946-1959
Box 54
Contents of Box 55:
Box 55
Miscellaneous correspondence, sermons, writings, and clippings, 1945-1950
(6 folders)
Box 55

Historical Note

Methodist minister in Alabama, Florida, and New York State from 1933 to 1978. Leader of the progressive wing within Alabama's Methodist Church during 1940s and 1950s; noted for involvement in civil and human rights issues.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Andrew Spencer Turnipseed Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Andrew Spencer Turnipseed Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2002.

Processing Information

Processed by Kate Crassons

Completed February 6, 2003

Last Updated March 4, 2004

Encoded by Elizabeth Arnold

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