Guide to the Jim Hunt Papers, 1950s-2000s
Dr. Jim D. Hunt was a Professor of Ethics and Religion at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC for almost 30 years. He studied the philosophy of Mohandas K. Gandhi and published several authoritative books on Gandhi, satyagraha, civil rights and peace. The Jim Hunt Papers span the years 1950s-2000s and document Hunt's academic career as a Professor of Religion and his personal life as an activist for social changes. Items in the collection include research materials, correspondence, writings by and about Dr. Hunt, manuscripts, clippings, printed materials, notebooks, information and multimedia packets, photographs, slides, videos and sound recordings, as well as a few artifacts.
- Collection Number
- Jim Hunt papers
- Hunt, James D., 1931-2011
- 8.0 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
The Jim Hunt Papers span the years 1950s-2000s and document Hunt's academic career as a Professor of Religion and his personal life as an activist for social changes. Items in the collection include research materials, correspondence, writings by and about Dr. Hunt, manuscripts, clippings, printed materials, notebooks, information and multimedia packets, photographs, slides, videos and sound recordings, as well as a few artifacts.
The Research/Subject Files series contains research materials on India and South Africa, writings about Mahatma Gandhi and Martin L. King, book reviews, manuscripts, subject files, photos, and academic papers by Dr. Hunt and others.
The Correspondence series includes personal and professional correspondence received and sent by Dr. Hunt throughout his adult life.
Most of the maps in the Maps series were drawn or collected by Jim Hunt. The bulk of the series was from either India or South Africa.
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How to Cite
Jim Hunt papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Includes: Gandhi: Man on Trial (BBC, 1969); India I (A Musical Anthology of the Orient); and Hindi Language Record Course (Conversa-Phone Institute, 1961).
Item PD 2
Item PD 3
Includes 4 titles (6 reels total): The Story of Bapu (3 rolls); Glimpses of India (1 roll); Gandhi f.s. (1 roll); and Gandhi movie filmstrip (1 roll)
Includes 5 cassettes: Talk with Prabhudas Gandhi on 29/1/92 at Rashtriy Ashala, Rajkot about the relation of the Phoenix settlers to native Africans; BBC Program on Gandhi; Filmstrip soundtrack: Gandhi (2 versions); National Youth Camp., India.
2 card file boxes: Religions; Nazav letterbook calls/Early Phoenix settlers/Hinduism/1931 London
Dr. Hunt was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 28, 1931. He graduated from East Greenwich, R.I. High School in 1948, Tufts College in 1952, and Boston University in 1958 upon receiving his Masters of Theology. He earned a Ph.D. from Syracuse University in 1965. His thesis was "James Luther Adams and his Demand for an Effective Religious Liberalism.â
In 1968, Shaw University, a predominantly black institution in the South, appointed Dr. Hunt through a civil rights era program. For almost 30 years he was a Professor of Ethics and Religion at Shaw University. In the course of his academic life, Dr. Hunt was also involved in various Civil Rights organizations. He published four books on Mahatma Gandhi and three of them are mentioned in the collection: Gandhi in London, Gandhi and the Nonconformists: Encounters in South Africa, and An American Looks at Gandhi.
Dr. Hunt died on January 12, 2011, in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was 79 years old.
Click to find related materials at Duke University Libraries.
- Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948
- Hunt, James D., 1931-2011
- King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
- Shaw University. Theological Department
- Anti-apartheid movements -- South Africa
- Civil rights movements -- United States
- Passive resistance
- Protest movements -- South Africa
The Jim Hunt papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016.
Processed by Dan Chen, 2016 June
Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0072