Guide to the John Wilson Fleming papers, 1948-2005
Collection comprises sermons, teaching materials, writings, and other professional papers of John Wilson Fleming, Baptist pastor and professor of history, philosophy, and religion at Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Handwritten drafts of sermons date from the 1950s to the 2000s, and make up almost half of the collection. Other papers include: drafts of speeches, articles, and an unpublished full-length novel, Girded with strength; church programs; lecture notes, syllabi, and a few student papers; Shaw University administrative papers; papers pertaining to politics and school districts in Raleigh, North Carolina, 1964; and some biographical materials, including a resumé and obituary. Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.
- Collection Number
- John Wilson Fleming papers
- Fleming, John Wilson, 1916-2005
- 1.5 Linear Feet, 3 boxes
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
- Biographical/Professional, 1971-2005
- Church Programs and Related Materials, 1964-2004
- Politics and School Districts, 1964, 1967
- Sermons, 1960s-2000s
- Sermons, 1960s-2000s
- Shaw University, 1965-1997 and undated
- Teaching Materials, 1957-1990
- Writings and Speeches, 1948-2000s
- Oversize Materials, 1983, 1999
Collection comprises sermons, teaching materials, writings, and other professional papers of John Wilson Fleming, Baptist pastor, university administrator, and professor of history, philosophy, and religion at Shaw University. Handwritten drafts of sermons date from the 1950s to the 2000s, and make up almost half of the collection. Other papers include drafts of speeches, articles, and an unpublished full-length novel, Girded with strength; church programs; lecture notes, syllabi, and a few student papers; Shaw University administrative papers; papers pertaining to politics and school districts in Raleigh, North Carolina, 1964; and some biographical materials including a resumé and obituary.
The sermons and other writings by John W. Fleming, make up the bulk of the collection. There are only small amounts of correspondence. Topics of significance in the papers include: African American perspectives on religion and Christianity; study and teaching of religion, theology, history, and philosophy; African American educators and university administrators; and religious aspects of African American history, race relations, and the civil rights movement.
Acquired as part of the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture.
Arranged in the following series: Biographical/Professional; Church Programs and Related Materials; Politics/School Districts; Sermons; Shaw University; Teaching Materials; and Writings and Speeches.
Access to the Collection
Collection is open for research.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], John Wilson Fleming papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Includes a 1971 resumé, a few letters concerning professional appointments, a program from an alumni association "roast" in 2002, and John Wilson Fleming's obituary from February 16, 2005.
Programs from churches where John Wilson Fleming was pastor, 1961-1989; a sheaf of notes for a Sunday School lesson; a few condolence letters upon the death of congregants; and various other related papers.
Contains a handful of letters from 1964 relating to political campaigns based in Raleigh, N.C.; several drafts of meeting minutes from the Raleigh Citizens Society, 1964; and a few letters from 1967 written by John W. Fleming concerning the annexation of a Raleigh neighborhood and resulting changes in school districting.
This large series consists chiefly of handwritten drafts of sermons given by John Wilson Fleming during his service as pastor to several churches in North Carolina. Some of the later versions are computer print-outs. The sermons often offer insights into the religious aspects of African American life and history, the civil rights movement, and race relations.
Small group of varied materials, chiefly concerning the executive administration of Shaw University. Includes mission statements and related materials; a hand-written draft of a program to inaugurate the East Campus complex; campus initiatives and related programs; and a list of board of trustees.
Materials include a few syllabi; many hand-written lecture notes chiefly on Greek philosophy and African American history; and a few student papers, some from the 1960s.
Large series chiefly consisting of hand-written drafts of lectures, speeches and tributes, articles, and opinion pieces. Also includes a draft of a 1948 student paper by John W. Fleming, as well as a college paper by his wife, Hortense Fleming, circa late 1950s, a psychological case study of a boy and stages of adolescence and independence. Rounding out the series is an over 800-page hand-written draft of a novel, Girded with strength.
One paper by Fleming presented at a celebration of the Paul Robeson Project at Shaw University, "Deep river, my home is over Jordan," and a Presidential Citation, National Association for Equaliy in Higher Education, 1999
John Wilson Fleming (1912-2005), educator, pastor, writer, and university administrator, earned a BA from Shaw University, then a Masters in Theology from Oberlin College in 1951, and was appointed to the faculty at Shaw University in 1953, where he also served as an administrator. He also served as part-time pastor to several North Carolina Baptist churches from 1957-1969.
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- Fleming, John Wilson, 1916-2005
- John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture
- Shaw University
- African American clergy -- North Carolina
- African American college teachers
- African Americans -- Religion
- Christianity -- Study and teaching
- Race relations -- Religious aspects
- Sermons, American -- 20th century
- Theology -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- North Carolina
The John Wilson Fleming papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2018.
Processed and encoded by Paula Jeannet, June 2018.
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2018-0009.