Guide to the Walter Albert Stanbury Papers, 1915-1954


Methodist clergyman of Ashboro (Randolph County), North Carolina. Correspondence, articles, sermons, addresses, and other papers relating to Stanbury's (d. 1854) religious activities in North Carolina; together with reports, minutes, and correspondence of the Wesley Foundation, a Methodist student organization, in various North Carolina colleges and universities.

Collection Details

Collection Number
Walter Albert Stanbury papers
Stanbury, Walter Albert
12.4 Linear Feet, 2,676 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

These papers consist of 2015 sermons delivered by the Reverend Stanbury between 1915 and his death in 1954; addresses; articles; general correspondence; reports, minutes, correspondence, etc. concerning the work of the Wesley Foundation, a Methodist student organization, in N.C. colleges and universities; constitution and minutes of the N.C. Council of Churches, 1935-1937; Homecoming Day address by the Rev. Stanbury at Greensboro College and a copy of the program, March 9, 1940; outlines for conferences on parental education, 1925-1934; correspondence relative to Centenary Methodist Church of Winston-Salem, 1941-1943; folder of correspondence with Irene Price, artist, about a portrait of Furnifold M. Simmons.

In the general correspondence there are letters in 1945 about the appointment of Prof. James T. Cleland to teach homiletics in the Duke Divinity School. The folder labeled "Special Addresses" contains an address the Reverend Stanbury delivered at the funeral of Henry R. Dwire at Winston-Salem in 1944.

There is a scrapbook of newspaper accounts of the Sunday morning service at West Market St. Methodist Episcopal Church, Greensboro, N.C., covering Stanbury's pastorate, 1933-1937.

At some point in his life the Reverend Walter Albert Stanbury changed his middle name from Adair to Albert. His wedding invitation (1909) and his listing in the annuals of Trinity College use "Adair." However, his obituary in the 1954 minutes of the Western North Carolina Conference, his published book, Who's Who in America, and his son Walter Albert Stanbury, Jr., (who wrote both a thesis and a dissertation at Duke University) all use "Albert."

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Contents of the Collection

1. Walter Albert Stanbury Papers, 1915-1954

31 boxes

The bulk of this collection is sermons given by Walter Albert Stanbury over the course of his career. Some boxes in the collection are out of sequential order from the whole.

Information Folder
Box 1
Box 1
Box 1
Box 1
Box 2
Box 2
Box 2
Sermons 1-37
Box 2
Sermons, 38-124
Box 3
Sermons, 125-216
Box 4
Sermons, 217-289
Box 5
Sermons, 290-365
Box 6
Sermons, 366-459
Box 7
Sermons, 460-567
Box 8
Sermons, 568-644
Box 9
Sermons, 645-725
Box 10
Sermons, 804-870
Box 11
Sermons, 726-803
Box 12
Sermons, 937-1010
Box 13
Sermons, 871-936
Box 14
Sermons, 1011-1083
Box 15
Sermons, 1145-1202
Box 16
Sermons, 1084-1144
Box 17
Sermons, 1203-1266
Box 18
Sermons, 1267-1321
Box 19
Sermons, 1322-1380
Box 20
Sermons, 1381-1432
Box 21
Sermons, 1433-1488
Box 22
Sermons, 1489-1545
Box 23
Sermons, 1546-1593
Box 24
Sermons, 1594-1651
Box 25
Sermons, 1652-1713
Box 26
Sermons, 1714-1779
Box 27
Sermons, 1780-1844
Box 28
Sermons, 1845-1898
Box 29
Sermons, 1899-1958
Box 30
Sermons, 1959-2015
Box 31

Historical Note

Methodist clergyman of Ashboro (Randolph County), North Carolina.

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The Walter Albert Stanbury Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1948 and 1956.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library staff, 1956

Encoded by Carrie Mills and Meghan Lyon, May 2011

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 48-1772, 56-0198

Materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.