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Guide to the Office of Black Church Studies records, 1968-2013

Summary

The Office of Black Church Studies was established as an initiative of the Duke Divinity School in the early 1970s. The office was created to support African American students and faculty in the Divinity School and sustain a specific curriculum on black preaching and the black experience with Christianity. There are materials related to African American churches, civil rights, and the status of African American students and faculty in universities across the country. Materials related to Martin Luther King, Jr.; Benjamin Chavis; Gardner C. Taylor; and Prathia Hall Wynn are included. Some items relate to black church studies at other academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and churches. The collection includes manuscripts, black-and-white and color photographs, digital images, and electronic records contained on compact discs. There are publications that predate the creation of the office.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.19.05.0001
Title
Office of Black Church Studies records
Date
1968-2013
Creator
Duke University. Office of Black Church Studies
Extent
3 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The Office of Black Church Studies was established as an initiative of the Duke Divinity School in the early 1970s. The office was created to support African American students and faculty in the Divinity School and sustain a specific curriculum on black preaching and the black experience with Christianity.There are materials related to African American churches, civil rights, and the status of African American students and faculty in universities across the country. Materials related to Martin Luther King, Jr.; Benjamin Chavis; Gardner C. Taylor; and Prathia Hall Wynn are included.Some items relate to black church studies at other academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and churches. The collection includes manuscripts, black-and-white and color photographs, digital images, and electronic records contained on compact discs. There are publications that predate the creation of the office.

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Arrangement

Organized into the following series: Correspondence, Events, Committees and Organizations, Administrative Files, Articles and Publications, and Visual Materials. Correspondence is organized chronologically. Other series are primarily organized alphabetically.

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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.

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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.

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How to Cite

[Identification of item], Office of Black Church Studies Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence, 1972-2004 and undated

Series includes incoming and outgoing correspondence from 1972-2004, primarily related to administrative matters. Correspondence is from office directors, including Grant S. Shockley, William C. Turner, Jr., and Tiffney Marley. Correspondence is related to admissions, the creation and administration of the Office of Black Church Studies, and various administrative matters.

Correspondence, 1972-1984
Box 1
Correspondence, 1985-1991
Box 1
Correspondence, 1992
Box 1
Correspondence, 1993
Box 1
Correspondence, 1994-2004 and undated
Box 1

2. Events, 1972-2013 and undated

Series includes correspondence, publicity materials, and photographs related to events sponsored by the Office of Black Church Studies, primarily lecture series named for Gardner C. Taylor and Martin Luther King, Jr. Other major events include pilgrimages to South Africa and Haiti, sponsored by the office; memorials for affiliated individuals; and Christian education seminars. Materials are primarily from 1972 to 2013.

Christian Education Roundtable, 1984-1985
Box 1
Conference on Black Church Studies in the Southeast, 2004
Box 1
Continuing Education seminars, 1972-1985
Box 1
Funerals and memorials, 1982-2004
Box 1
Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series, 1975-1999
Box 1
Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series, 2000-2005
(2 folders)
Box 1
Gardner C. Taylor Lecture Series, 2006-2013
Box 1
Gardner C. Taylor Worship Workshop, 2004
Box 1
Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrations, 1974-2006
Box 1
Martin Luther King, Jr., Lecture Series, 1974-2002
Box 1
Martin Luther King, Jr., Lecture Series, 2003-2013
Box 1
Miscellaneous events, 1978-2007
Box 1
South Africa pilgrimage, 2004
Box 1

3. Committees and organizations, 1971-2005 and undated

Series includes materials related to campus organizations that interact with the Office of Black Church Studies, the Black Seminarians Union, but also other student and campus organizations. The series includes rosters, meeting minutes, budgets, and organizational events, primarily related to the Black Seminarians Union. Materials are primarily from 1971 to 2005.

Afro-American Studies program, 1991
Box 1
Black Church Affairs file lists, undated
Box 1
Black Church Studies reports and committees, 1973-1995 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 1
Black Seminarians Union 30th anniversary, 2000
Box 2
Black Seminarians Union constitution, 1971-1998 and undated
Box 2
Black Seminarians Union budgets, 1981-1991
Box 2
Black Seminarians Union minutes, 1975-2005
Box 2
Black Seminarians Union, miscellaneous, 1984-2005 and undated
Box 2
Black Seminarians Union National Conference, 1979-1980
Box 2
Black Seminarians Union officers, 1989-2005 and undated
Box 2
Black Seminarians Union rosters, 1978-2006
Box 2
Divinity School Council minutes, 2004
Box 2
International Studies Committee, 2004
Box 2
Student Representative Association Files, 1993-1996 and undated
Box 2

4. Administrative files, 1972-2004 and undated

Series includes materials related to admissions and recruitment, course materials, bibliographies, and faculty and job posting files. The series also includes photographs and newspaper clippings related to Julian Abele, the architect of West Campus. Materials are primarily from 1972 to 2004.

Admissions and recruitment, 1972-2000 and undated
Box 2
Bibliographies and book lists, undated
Box 2
Black Ministers in the N.C. Conference lists, undated
Box 2
Course materials, 1972-1993 and undated
Box 2
Faculty files, 1984-2004 and undated
Box 2
Job postings and descriptions, 1972-2004
Box 2
Julian Abele files, 1991
Box 2

5. Articles and publications, 1968-2005 and unated

Series includes newspaper clippings, departmental publications, scholarly articles, sermons and addresses and unpublished drafts of materials written primarily by students or staff members of the office. Materials are primarily from 1968 to 2005.

Miscellaneous publications and drafts, 1968-2004 and undated
Box 2
Newspaper articles and clippings, 1973-2000 and undated
Box 2
Prayers, undated
Box 2
Recipes, undated
Box 2
Scholarly articles, 1996-2005
Box 2
Sermons and addresses, 1974 and undated
Box 2
The Sojourner, 1982 and 1993
Box 2
Unpublished materials, 1984-2004 and undated
Box 2

6. Visual materials, 1990-1996 and undated

Series includes both physical photographs and compact discs containing photographs. Primarily includes photographs from Black Seminarians Union events, and "Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope," a 2005 event involving Duke students, faculty, and alumni visiting Rwanda and Uganda to explore the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in South Africa. Materials are primarily from 1990 to 1996.

Compact discs, undated
Box 2
General photographs, 1990-1996 and undated
Box 2
South Africa photographs, undated
Box 2
 

Historical Note

The Office of Black Church Studies was created as an initiative of the Duke Divinity School in the early 1970s. The office was created to support African American students and faculty in the Divinity School and support a specific curriculum on black preaching and the black experience with Christianity.

The Office of Black Church Studies assists the theological formation of seminarians by supporting the work of the faculty, especially those teaching and administering courses in black church studies; counseling black seminarians and prospective students; providing educational opportunities through events, lectures, and domestic and international field education. It also helps students of color gain the greatest value from their theological formation, while supporting all students in deepening communion across racial and cultural boundaries.

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Provenance

The Office of Black Church Studies records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in January, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by: Patrick Dollar, October 2014

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.