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Guide to the Jim Hunt Papers, 1950s-2000s

Summary

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 Details

Collection Number
RL.11216
Title
Jim Hunt papers
Date
1950s-2000s
Creator
Hunt, James D., 1931-2011
Extent
8.0 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

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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Contents of the Collection

Hinduism
Box 1
Hindu-N.C.
Box 1
India-Unitarians
Box 1
DALITS/ Untouchable, 1970s-2004
Box 1
Aurobindo, 1970s
Box 1
Hindi-Sanskrit
Box 1
Jainas and Sikhs, 1950s-1990s
Box 1
Vinoba, 1970-1980s
Box 1
Wellock, 1960s-1988
Box 1
Zoroaster/ Parsis, 1972, 1986, undated
Box 1
Satyagraha: class notes, 1973-1998, undated
Box 1
Nonviolence, 1970s-1989, undated
Box 1
Glass Opera, 1980s
Box 1
Civil disobedience satyagraha, 1963-1992
Box 1
Hindu/ USA, 1990s, undated
Box 1
Hindu/ USA: movements, groups
Box 1
India, 1970s, 1990s, undated
Box 1
India research, 1966-1974, undated
Box 1
India Perspectives, 1996
Box 1
Miscellaneous newsletters
Box 1
Modernization of 19th century India
Box 1
Hindu sociology, 1980-1994, undated
Box 1
Temples, 1995-2004, undated
Box 1
Hindu-prints and slides
Box 1
Hindu-Myth, 1979-1992, undated
Box 1
Hindu-basic notes, 1990s-2000s
Box 1
South Africa, 1960-1985, undated
Box 1
South Africa: Administration TVL Cencus
Box 1
South Africa structure: economy, labor
Box 1
South Africa, 1977
Box 1
South Africa: Extrajudicial execution, 1990s
Box 1
South Africa: Churches and race, 1970s-1990s
Box 1
South Africa: Travel, 1977-1978
Box 1
South Africa: prints, 1977, undated
Box 1
Association for Asian Studies (AAS)-San Francisco, 1988
Box 1
Indian Opinion papers
Box 1
Gandhi's Editor
Box 1
South Asia Group, 1990-1999
Box 1
Greenleaf Books, 1979-1980s, 2000-2001, undated
Box 1
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), 1972-1982
Box 1
Important articles on M.K.Gandhi
Box 2
Herman Kallenbach Diary
Box 2
Mayo: writings on Tolstoy
Box 2
Tolstoy Texts
Box 2
Ferdinands
Box 2
A. Maude, 1990s-2000s
Box 2
Tolstoy and Gandhi on Sex, 2000
Box 2
Wolpert: "Gandhi's Passion", 2001
Box 2
Book reviews
Box 2
Hocking: "Belinda the Backward"
Box 2
Transcriptions from India libraries
Box 2
Biography
Box 2
Search lists
Box 2
Research guides
Box 2
Hind Swaraj sources
Box 2
Anthony Parel on Hind Swaraj, 1992-1998
Box 2
Public Record Office (PRO) and Parliamentary papers
Box 2
Stephen Hay history papers, 1972-1990
Box 2
Stephen Hay papers, 1975-2000
Box 2
Pyarelal-Manuscript plan
Box 2
D.H. Butani: "Resurrection of Gandhi", undated
Box 2
Sriram Mehrotra
Box 2
Book Lists, 1993, 1996-1997
Box 2
Gandhi Biography, 1955-1970, undated
Box 2
Arrival of M.K. Gandhi in South Africa, 1893-1894
Box 2
Gandhi-to 1888
Box 2
Gandhi in India-from 1915
Box 2
Gandhi and Thoreau
Box 2
John Haynes Holmes: Gandhi in Unity
Box 2
Bibliography and writings on Gandhi
Box 2
Teaching material from "Gandhi" film, 1983
Box 2
Gandhi-Teaching unit
Box 2
Study of MKG, 1980s
Box 2
Gandhi, 1969-1983
Box 2
Gandhi-Life, 1967-1997
Box 2
Gandhi-Life lecture notes, 1981-1985
Box 2
Gandhi-notes chronology
Box 2
Gandhi-Myth, 1973-1987
Box 2
MKG-misc, 1964-1990, undated
Box 2
Gandhi Newsletters, 1969, 1983
Box 2
Trusteeship-MKG, undated
Box 2
Leo Tolstoy Texts
Box 2
D.M.Manilal Texts, 1911-1913
Box 2
Thambi Naidoo, 1965-2000
Box 2
E.S.Reddy's Papers, 1988-1995
Box 2
Dr. P.J.Metha Texts, 1970s
Box 2
Arun Gandhi, 1985-1999
Box 2
Uma Duphelia Texts, 1981-1994
Box 2
Polak Texts, 1990s-2000s
Box 2
Gandhi-U.S.A
Box 2
Reddy-Gandhi Letters to Americans, 1994
Box 4
Reddy-Gandhi and America, 1994
(4 folders)
Box 4
Nazar-letter book, 1976
Box 4
Nazar
Box 4
The British ethical societies:Mackillop, Ian Duncan, 1986
Box 4
Huttenback Papers
Box 5
MLK and MKG
Box 3
M.L.King-Campaigns, 1960s-1980s
Box 3
M.L.King-Family education, 1960s-1990s
Box 3
Gandhi and King comparisons, 1977-1983
Box 3
M.L.King-Life
Box 3
Gandhi in London-comments, 1975-1990s
Box 3
G.I.L-correspondence about reviews, 1978-1980
Box 3
G.I.L-reviews
Box 3
G.I.L-Name lists
Box 3
Gandhi and The Nonconformists-Book review, 1980s
Box 3
Gandhi and The Nonconformists-review
Box 3
Misc Papers (1 of 2)
Box 3
Misc Papers (2 of 2)
Box 3
Manuscripts
Box 3
Memo (original), 1972-1973
Box 3
Note Book, undated
Box 3
Gandhi photo book
Box 3
Origami Buddha
Box 3
South Africa negatives and proofs, 1977
Box 3
Paintings and sculptures on MKG
Box 3
Oversize-folder 1
Miscellaneous Booklets
Box 3
India-pictures
Box 3
Natal places
Box 3
Phonodiscs, 1961-1969 and undated
(3 items, 3 phonodiscs)

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 1
Item PD 2
Item PD 3
Film Strips

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)

Box 6
Slide sets

Includes personal and published sets collected by Hunt including topics such as India, Hinduism, Gandhi, South Africa, London, and other images related to Hunt's research and teaching. Some are captioned.

Box 6
Audio cassettes

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.

Box 6
Card files

2 card file boxes: Religions; Nazav letterbook calls/Early Phoenix settlers/Hinduism/1931 London

Box 6
Papers
(4 folders)
Box 3
Paper in Indo-British Review, 1979, 1981
Box 3
Article: MK Gandhi in South Africa, 1977
Box 3
Sushila Nayar, 1985-2001
Box 4
Surendra Bhana, 1980s-2005
Box 4
E.S.Reddy, 1993-1998
Box 4
Toronto/brock, 1984-1991
Box 4
Dennis Dalton, 1975-1990s
Box 4
South Africa, 1978-1993
Box 4
General correspondence
Box 4
Haridas Muzumdar, 1977-1982
Box 4
Michael Johnson
Box 4
Ian LeMaistre, 1977-1982
Box 4
Stephen Hay
Box 4
Dr.Sarid, 1990s-2000s
Box 4
Martin Green, 1970s, 1990s
Box 4
General correspondence, 1978, 1980s-1990s
Box 4
Stephen Murphy, 1998-1999
Box 4
Burnett Britton
Box 4
Myron Phelps
Box 4
Durban Library letter
Box 4
India maps and technology assessment, 1970s
Box 5
Oversize-folder 1
Natal-Durban, 1970s
Box 5
Johannesburg (JHB), 1980s
Box 5
MKG-Battlefield
Box 5
JHB, 1919
Box 5
Zulu
Box 5
PreToria, undated
Box 5
Transvaal and Johannesburg, 1980s-1990s
Box 5
Natal
Box 5
Gujarat
Box 5
Namibia, undated
Box 5
Southern Asia, 1957
Box 5
Gandhi in England
Box 5
 

Historical Note

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.”

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.


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Provenance

The Jim Hunt papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Dan Chen, 2016 June

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0072