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Guide to the James Cannon III Papers, 1912 - 1974

Abstract

James Cannon III worked as an educator and administrator at Trinity College and Duke University from 1919 to 1960, serving as Dean of the Divinity School from 1951 to 1958. The Canon papers contain correspondence, manuscript drafts of sermons and publications, course materials, subject files, clippings, photographs, ephemera, and scrapbooks relating to the life and work of James Cannon III. Major subjects include biblical literature and the Bible as literature, religious education, missionary training, history of religion, Christianity, Buddhism, comparative religion, and the Cannon family, especially James Cannon, Jr. and James Cannon IV.

Descriptive Summary

Title
James Cannon III papers, 1912 - 1974
Creator
Cannon, James, 1892-1960.
Extent
4.6 Linear Feet , 4,500 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The Cannon papers were originally organized into three main files and arranged alphabetically within these files. Three series reflecting the original order were created: Personal files and family history, Writings, and Subject files. The Writings series was reorganized by type of writing into three subseries: Sermons, Articles, and Course materials. Some clippings files, reference materials, gradebooks, and duplicates were removed from the papers.

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Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, clippings, publications, photographs and ephemera primarily related to Cannon's life and career. Typed note cards within some of the files provide background information on major events and cross-references to other files; a family member or office assistant of Cannon most probably created these. Additional personal and family photographs, clippings, and scrapbooks can be found in Oversize Boxes 10 and 11.

Association of Methodist Theological Schools, 1958
Box 1
Bennett, William Wallace, 1939-1959
Box 1
Bermuda shorts, 1957
Box 1
Bishop Cannon's Own Story, 1950-1958
Box 1
Blackstone, [Virginia], 1960-1965
Box 1
Cannon, James, Jr., Bishop and Mrs., 1937-1964
Box 1
Cannon, Walter, 1943-1958, undated
Box 1
Cape Cod, Mass., July 1957
Box 1
Cards, undated
Box 1
Cartoons, James Cannon III, ca. 1954
Box 1
Chairman, Duke Divinity School Faculty, 1950
Box 1
Chaplaincy: Appointment, assignments, identity card, 1918-1919
Box 1
Citation, United States Army, 1918-1919
Box 1
Cleland, James T., 1950-1959
Box 1
Conference, Western North Carolina, 1959-1960
Box 1
Convocation and James A. Gray Lectures, 1953-1956
Box 1
Correspondence, 1958-1963
Box 1
Croix de Guerre, 1919
Box 1
Cushman, Robert E., 1958-1959
Box 1
Daily Suggesters [pocket calendars], 1950, 1952
Box 1
A-J, 1951
Box 1
K-Z, 1951
Box 1
Installation as Dean, 1951
Box 1
Letters, A-L, 1958-1959
Box 2
Letters, M-Z, 1958
Box 2
Deanness, 1951
Box 2
Death and funeral notices, 1960
Box 2
Diary, War years, 1918
Box 2
Discharge, Army, 1918-1919, 1960
Box 2
1951-1958
Box 2
1958-1960
Box 2
Divinity School students, 1953-1967
Box 2
Duke Circuit Rider, 1952
Box 2
Duke Divinity School Bulletin, First editor, 1946
Box 2
Duke University, 1938-1955, undated
Box 2
Duke in Scotland, 1957
Box 2
Edens, A. Hollis, President, 1949-1960
Box 2
Edinburgh [University], 1919
Box 2
Faculty resolutions on death, 1960
Box 2
Faculty resolutions on retirement, 1958
Box 2
Famous Virginians' Dinner, 1957
Box 3
Federal Council of Churches, 1925
Box 3
First Division, 1918-1960
Box 3
Football, undated
Box 3
France and Germany, World War I [photographs and post cards], ca. 1920
Box 3
Funeral, 1960
Box 3
Garrett Biblical Institute, 1924
Box 3
[Graduate Department of Religion], 1959
Box 3
History of Southern Methodist Missions, 1924-1927
Box 3
Holy Land [photographs], ca. 1937
Box 3
Honorary degrees, 1938, 1956
Box 3
Hope Valley [photographs], undated
Box 3
Ireland, World War I, ca. 1920
Box 3
Italy, Army YMCA, ca. 1918
Box 3
Jimmy [James Cannon IV], 1923-ca. 1934
Box 3
Kendall, Helen M., 1957-1958
Box 3
Kodak pictures (Assorted) [photographs of James Cannon III], 1938-1959
Box 3
Library Lectures, Duke Divinity School, 1955, 1959
Box 3
Memorial service, April 19, 1960
Box 3
Methodist Theological Seminaries, 1958-1960
Box 3
Missions, Courses in; Missionary Institutes; Missionary Alumni, 1950-1966
Box 4
National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1960-1961
Box 4
Painting, Lura Bennett Cannon, 1957, undated
Box 4
Phi Beta Kappa, 1925, 1957-1960
Box 4
Photographs, 1914-1960, undated
Box 4
Princeton Theological Seminary, 1915-1917, 1924-1925, 1951
Box 4
Princeton University, 1924
Box 4
Princeton University Alumni Association, 1960
Box 4
Publications, 1925-1931
Box 4
Publications, 1932-[1958]
Box 4
Randolph-Macon College, 1956
Box 4
Registration Cards, 1917, 1942
Box 4
Those Who Remembered, 1960
Box 4
The Richmond Virginian, 1915
Box 4
Rocky Mount, North Carolina, 1921
Box 4
Seminars, Duke Divinity School, 1952-1956
Box 4
Sigma Chi [certificate of membership], 1912
Box 4
Spence, H. E., 1942-1963, undated
Box 4
Standard Training Schools, M. E. Church, South, 1922, 1924
Box 4
The Stars and Stripes, 1918
Box 4
Stockham, Herbert C., 1958-1960
Box 4
Supply Pastors' School, Duke Divinity School, 1954-1955
Box 4
A Tribute to Dean Cannon, 1958
Box 4
Trinity College, 1913-1955
Box 4
Wedding, 1920
Box 4
Who Was Who, 1960
Box 4
York Chapel, 1951-1958
Box 4
YMCA -- Army, 1917-1918
Box 4
Correspondence, Margaret Faw, 1917-1919, undated
[5 folders]
Box 5
Automobile accident, 1952
Box 5
O'Brien-Glass correspondence, other papers in re-trial
Box 5
Guest book from memorial service for James Cannon III, 1960
Box 5
Reviewers Club, 1974
Box 5

Research notes, manuscript drafts, clippings, programs, and bulletins related to Cannon's sermons, publications, and courses. Additional course-related material can be found in the Subject Files series.

Organized by type of writing into the following subseries: Sermons, Articles, and Course materials; then arranged alphabetically by title within each subseries.

At Ease with God, Randolph-Macon College Commencement, June 3, 1956
Box 6
Christ and Human Need, Duke University Church, February 28, 1954
Box 6
Christian Faith, Duke University Chapel, January 20, 1957
Box 6
The Christian Message, St. Paul Methodist Church, Durham, N. C., August 5, 1951
Box 6
The Christian Ministry; or, How Shall They Hear Without a Preacher? 1951
Box 6
The Consolations of God, Duke University Church, March 15, 1953
Box 6
The Daily Cross, undated
Box 6
Easter Message, Duke University Chapel, undated
Box 6
Jesus Christ: Who He Was; What He Did, York Chapel Talk, undated
Box 6
Men of Conviction, Duke University Church, January 13, 1952
Box 6
The Opportunity of a Chain, undated
Box 6
The Pilgrims, Duke University Chapel, July 13, 1952
Box 6
The Pure Flame of Truth, Phi Beta Kappa address, undated
Box 6
Three Ways of Life: the Communist Way, the American (Democratic) Way, the Christian Way, Duke University Church, July 15, 1951
Box 6
Truth and Faith, undated
Box 6
When Our Ideals Betray Us, undated
Box 6
Women in Today's World, Columbia College Commencement, 1941
Box 6
An Appreciation of the Duke Endowment, North Carolina Christian Advocate, May 31, 1956
Box 6
Can the Hebrew Old Testament be Relied Upon? undated
Box 6
David Livingstone, undated
Box 6
A Day's Work for a Day's Pay, Christian Advocate, September 4, 1925
Box 6
The Department of Religious Training, Trinity Alumni Register, undated
Box 6
The Doctrine of the Future Life in India, The Union Seminary Quarterly, January 1926
Box 6
Every Christian a Missionary, Christian Advocate, June 5, 1925
Box 6
Figures by Which the Church is Represented in the New Testament, undated
Box 6
The Functions of a College Department of Missions, North Carolina Christian Advocate, May 14, 1925
Box 6
Future Life among Animistic Peoples, Methodist Quarterly Review, October 1925
Box 6
The Gospel of Barnabus, The Moslem World, April 1942
Box 6
Habakkuk, a Monograph on Faith, Nashville Christian Advocate, February 19, 1926
Box 6
Investment Opportunity, North Carolina Christian Advocate, August 16, 1951
Box 6
Japanese Indigenous Christianity, South Atlantic Quarterly, July 1925
Box 6
The Linguistic Argument for the Late Date of Canticles, Methodist Quarterly Review, April 1925
Box 6
Methodist Theological Schools Are Growing, North Carolina Christian Advocate, July 31, 1952
Box 6
Missionary Education at the Home Base, The Missionary Review of the World, April 1926
Box 6
Missionary Families, undated
Box 6
The Order of the Green Mustaches, [Poem], undated
Box 6
Our Missionary Literature, Christian Advocate, March 13, 1925
Box 6
The Philosophy of Missions, World Outlook, April 1952
Box 7
Proofs of the Christian Life, Christian Advocate, July 9, 1926
Box 7
The Search for Saviors, undated
Box 7
Shinto: Literary Sources and Popular Cultus, The Review and Expositor, July 1925
Box 7
The Teaching of Missions in Colleges, Christian Advocate, March 27, 1925
Box 7
Transmigration and Karma in Hinduism, undated
Box 7
The Vital Breath of Missions, North Carolina Christian Advocate, August 16, 1928
Box 7
Who Should Pay for Educating Methodist Ministers? Virginia Methodist Advocate, Nov. 23, 1950
Box 7
Will We Run Out of Preachers? Shepherds, April 1952
Box 7
The Witness of the Roman Catacombs to Early Christianity, New York Christian Advocate, undated
Box 7
The World Outlook of Duke University, World Outlook, July 1941
Box 7
The Bible as literature, Summer school, undated
Box 7
The Bible, The use of in public schools, Summer school, ca. 1920
Box 7
Bo tree, 1944-1951
Box 7
Buddhism, Miscellaneous, 1929-1933
Box 7
Buddhism in Ceylon, Burma, Cambodia, Siam, undated
Box 7
Buddhism in China, ca. 1929
Box 7
Buddhism in India, undated
Box 7
Buddhism in Japan, undated
Box 7
Christianity and world movements, undated
Box 7
The Church on the mission field, ca. 1947
Box 7
College courses in missions, 1929, 1949
Box 7
Divinity School, early days, 1926
Box 7
Divinity School faculty, 1926-1958
Box 7
Ethical ideals and social practice in the religions of the world (Comparative Religion), undated
Box 8
Expansion of Christianity to the Reformation, Summer school, ca. 1920
Box 8
Great preachers and missionaries, undated
Box 8
Ideas of future life [Religion 284: Comparative Religion], ca. 1941
Box 8
The idea of God, Comparative Religion, ca. 1945
Box 8
The idea of salvation, Comparative Religion, undated
Box 8
The idea of sin (Comparative Religion), ca. 1942
Box 8
Hinduism, 1940-1950
Box 8
How religions have spread, undated
Box 8
Judaism, ca. 1947
Box 8
Latin America, Christian work in, ca. 1936
Box 8
Missionary education, suggested program for a local church, ca. 1944
Box 8
Missions in the modern world, 1935-1960
Box 8
The nature and early development of religion [Religion 181], undated
Box 8
Preaching, Expository, undated
Box 8
Religions of Eastern Asia, China, Korea, Japan, ca. 1943
Box 8
Religions of India, Religion S285, 1939-1947
Box 8
Rise and expansion of Islam, undated
Box 8
Superstitions, ca. 1949
Box 8
Theological scholarships, ca. 1950
Box 8

Research notes, correspondence, clippings, and other materials related to Dr. Cannon's teaching and writing. Some files contain outlines for courses included in the Course materials subseries above.

Africa, ca. 1943
Box 9
Program of Advance in Foreign Ministries, October 1948
Box 9
Chronology of China, undated
Box 9
Cleland, James T., 1955-1965
Box 9
Comparative religion, Outlines, undated
Box 9
Garber, Bishop and Mrs. Paul N., 1947-1963
Box 9
February 10, 1945 - October 5, 1945
Box 9
October 11, 1945 - March 12, 1946
Box 9
March 13, 1946 - December 15, 1946
Box 9
March 22, 1947 - September 4, 1947
Box 9
Hindu sacred literature, course notes, undated
Box 9
History of Religion 15, Examination, 1951
Box 9
Islam, lecture notes, ca. 1939
Box 9
Living religions, course outline, undated
Box 9
The philosophy of the Christian world mission, lecture notes, 1946-1951
Box 9
Bibliography, undated
Box 9
Clippings, ca. 1945
Box 9
Nature and Development of Religion [Religion 181], undated
Box 9
Petry, Ray C., 1950-1964
Box 9
Phi Beta Kappa, 1960
Box 9
Photographs, undated
Box 9
Schweitzer, Albert [Clippings], 1947
Box 9
World mission of the Christian religion, course, ca. 1930
Box 9
The Book of Jimmy Cannon

This scrapbook details the life of James Cannon IV, son of James Cannon III. The book contains photographs, ephemera, correspondence and other materials.

Box 10
Scrapbook
Box 11
Photographs
Box 11
Clippings
Box 11

Historical Note

From 1919 to 1960, Reverend Dr. James Cannon III worked as an educator and administrator at Trinity College and Duke University, serving as Dean of the Divinity School from 1951 to 1958. He was born on November 30, 1892 in Farmville, Virginia to Bishop James Cannon, Jr., and Lura Bennett Cannon. He earned a bachelor's degree from Trinity College in 1914 and a master's degree at Princeton University in 1917. Cannon served in the military as a chaplain during World War I, for which he merited the French Croix de Guerre in 1919. Later that year, he returned to Trinity College to teach Biblical Literature and Missions. While he taught at Trinity, he continued his graduate studies at the Princeton Theological Seminary, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in theology in 1925. When the Duke University Divinity School opened in 1926, Cannon became the Ivey Professor of the History of Religion and Missions, a position he held until his death on March 9, 1960.

In addition to his work at Duke University, Cannon actively participated in several religious and educational organizations and authored and edited a number of scholarly publications. In 1958, he was elected president of the Association of Methodist Theological Schools. Cannon also served as president of the Professors of Missions in Eastern Universities in 1941. He was secretary of the Duke chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and served on the Phi Beta Kappa National Senate in 1953. He wrote the History of Southern Methodist Missions (Cokesbury Press, 1926) and co-authored A Guide to the Study of the English Bible (Duke University Press, 1926). Cannon also edited periodicals such as Christian Advocate and The Muslim World.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Chapel Sermons [sound recordings]. (University Archives, Duke University.)
  • James Cannon, Jr. papers. (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], James Cannon III Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The James Cannon III Papers was received by the University Archives as a gift in 1974.

Processing Information

Processed by Jill Katte

Completed July 2002

Encoded by Jill Katte, September 2003

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