Guide to the Creighton Lacy Papers, 1952-1988


Creighton Lacy has seved as a professor at Duke University Divinity School since 1953.

The collection contains correspondence, reports, sermons, directories, memoranda, printed matter and clippings.

Descriptive Summary

University Archives, Duke University
Lacy, Creighton, 1919-.
Creighton Lacy papers 1952-1988
Language of Material
1 Linear Feet, 1000 Items
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Collection Overview

The collection contains correspondence, reports, sermons, directories, memoranda, printed matter and clippings. The papers include programs for the annual Symposium on Christian Missions sponsored by the Divinity school and its Missions Committee. There are several folders on Duke alumni who were active in the missions of the Methodist and other churches, particularly those in the Far East. Also included are manuscripts, memoranda, and clippings concerning the Nixon Library controversy of 1981, a civil rights sit-in at Watts Grill in Chapel Hill in 1964 and clippings and newspapers about student unrest at Duke and other campuses between 1968-1970.

Administrative Information

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For a period of twenty-five years from the origin of the material, permission in writing from the office of origin and the University Archivist is required for use. After twenty-five years, records that have been processed may be consulted with the permission of the University Archivist.

warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Correspondence (folder 1)
Box 1
Correspondence (folder 2)
Box 1
Correspondence (folder 3)
Box 1
Divinity School Alumni-Missionaries (folder 4)
Box 1
Divinity School Alumni-Missionaries (folder 5)
Box 1
Faculty Executive Council, 1970- (folder 6)
Box 1
Missions Committee, 1956-1971 (folder 7)
Box 1
Divinity School Alumni-Missionaries (folder 8)
Box 1
Nix on Nixon, 1981
Box 2
Mission Symposium, 1952-1957
Box 2
Mission Symposium, 1958-1962
Box 2
Miscellaneous Services and Speeches
Box 2
Sit-in News clippings and Trial Notes, 1961-1966
Box 2

Historical Note

Creighton Lacy was born in China in 1919. He received his A. B. (summa cum laude) at Swarthmore College, his B. D. (magna cum laude), Yale University Divinity School, and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He began teaching in the Divinity School in 1953 and was Professor of World Christianity at Duke University Divinity School. As of 1991, he is a Professor Emeritus of Parish Ministry at Duke University Divinity School.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Creighton Lacy Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


The Creighton Lacy Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1988-1989, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Archives Staff, September 2006

Encoded by Sherrie Bowser, September 2006

Accessions A88-0036, A89-0036, A98-49 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.