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Guide to the Robert Earl Cushman Papers, 1915; 1941-1988

Summary

Robert Earl Cushman was a professor of systematic theology at Duke University, and was dean of the Divinity School from 1958-1971. He was involved internationally in issues related to the Methodist Church, ecumenism, and theological education. This collection contains correspondence, photographs, press clippings, meeting minutes and agendas, sermons, lectures, articles, publications, and other materials documenting his work within Duke Divinity School as well as his interactions with scholars and religious leaders worldwide. Files include records about internal business, courses, recruitment outreach, and student activism at Duke Divinity School; records about Cushman’s activities with the Association of Methodist Theological Schools, the World Council of Churches, and the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church, where he was a Methodist observer during 1963-1965; writings, lectures and sermons; and personal materials.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.29.02.0159
Title
Robert Earl Cushman Papers
Date
1915, 1941-1988
Creator
Cushman, Robert Earl
Extent
25 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials are primarily in English. Some materials are in French, German, Hungarian, or Latin. Other materials may contain small amounts of Arabic, Greek, or Hebrew.

Collection Overview

This collection documents the administrative, professional, and personal activities of Robert Earl Cushman, who was dean of the Duke Divinity School from 1958-1971. The collection is organized into four series. Series, subseries and file names are based on the creator’s original folder labels and groupings of material. Duke University administrative materials focus on the business of the divinity school, including Cushman’s correspondence with faculty, students and administration; school committee reports; clippings; and materials related to the curriculum, student admissions and student activism. Professional materials include correspondence with church leaders and with the heads of theological schools; the series also includes reports, bulletins, clippings, and correspondence documenting Methodist conferences and ecumenical activities in which Cushman participated, both in the United States and abroad, such as his experience in Rome during the Second Vatican Council. The writings series contains drafts and final copies of lectures, articles, and sermons; a bound copy of Cushman’s doctoral dissertation; files related to the Wesley Works project; bound copy of his doctoral dissertation about Plato and some clippings and research materials. Personal materials contains correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues; as well as memorabilia, clippings, and miscellaneous documents, including one 1915 document from World War I. The collection contains photographs; an oversize blueprint of the proposed Divinity School renovation; and a recording of an address by King Hussein of Jordan.

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Arrangement

This series is arranged into four series: Duke University Administrative Materials, Professional Activities, Writings, and Personal Materials.

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[Identification of item], in the Robert Earl Cushman Papers, 1915; 1941-1988, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Duke University Administrative Materials, 1944-1986

Materials here include correspondence with central Duke administration, students, faculty, and alumni of the Divinity School; minutes and agendas from committee meetings; materials on a major review of the Divinity School curriculum conducted in the late 1960s; an internal Divinity School self-study conducted in 1970; and various files on student activism in the 1960s and 1970s. The series is arranged into four subseries: Correspondence: Central University Administration; Correspondence: Divinity School Business, Students and Faculty; Divinity School Committees and Operations; and Student Dissent.

Correspondence: Central University Administration, 1950-1984

Correspondents represented in this series include Duke President Hollis Edens and other Duke administrators. This subseries is filed alphabetically by correspondent last name or subject of the correspondence.

John O. Blackburn, 1970-1971
Box 1
Taylor Cole, 1960-1970

Restricted until 2040

Box 1
Dozier, John: Business, 1961-1966
Box 1
Edens, Hollis A., 1950-1968
Box 1
Edens, Hollis A., 1953-1954
Box 1
Edens, Hollis A., 1955-1956
Box 1
Edens, Hollis A., 1957-1958
Box 1
Edens, Hollis A., 1959-1960
Box 1
President Edens Reports, 1958-1960
Box 1
Edens, Dr. Hollis A., 1963-1964
Box 1
Edens' Resignation: Newspaper Clippings, 1960
Box 1
Edens' Successor, 1960-1962
Box 1
deVyver, Dr. Frank T., 1963-1969
Box 1
Vice-President Gross, 1950-1965
Box 1
Hallowell, John H.: Department of Political Science, 1968-1969
Box 1
Herring, Herbert J., Vice-President, 1960-1965
Box 1
Langford, Thomas A., 1959-1970
Box 1
The Provost Affair, 1960
Box 1
Hart, Deryl, 1961-1964
Box 1
Hobbs, Marcus, 1968-1970
Box 1
Hobbs, Marcus, 1959-1963
Box 1
Hobbs, Marcus E., 1970
Box 1
Jordan, Charles E., 1966
Box 1
President Knight: Conversations, 1964-1965
Box 1
Knight, Douglas M., 1968-1969
Box 1
Knight, Dr. Douglas Maitland 1, 1962-1965
Box 1
Knight, Dr. Douglas Maitland 2, 1966-1969
Box 1
Latty, Dean E. R., 1965
Box 1
Dr. Harold Lewis, 1969-1971

Restricted until 2041

Box 1
President Terry Sanford, 1970-1984
Box 1
President Terry Sanford, 1969-1971
Box 1
Womble, B. S.: Chairman of the Board of Trustees, 1961-1963
Box 1

Correspondence: Divinity School Business, Students, and Faculty, 1944-1986

Letters and memos between Divinity Dchool faculty members, between Cushman and students, or about particular topics relating to the Divinity School. Some have to do with Cushman’s hiring, resignation from the deanship, and retirement from Duke. Correspondents in this subseries include Dean James Cannon and Dean Thomas Langford, Cushman’s successor. This subseries is filed alphabetically by correspondent last name or subject of the correspondence.

A, 1961-1965
Box 1
Alumni: Overseas Correspondence, 1963-1965
Box 1
Alumni: Correspondence, 1960-1967
Box 1
Alumni: Bequests and Funds, 1959-1963
Box 1
Alumni Meeting: Baltimore Conference, 1966
Box 1
B, 1958-1965
Box 2
Brinkley, Dr. William L., 1963-1967
Box 2
Brower, A. S., 1961, 1964
Box 2
Book List, 1961-1965
Box 2
C, 1961-1965
Box 2
Campbell, Dennis M., Dean, 1983-1984
Box 2
Cornell College, 1959-1962
Box 2
Convocation, 1982
Box 2
Cushman, Robert E. (begin Employment), 1944-1954
Box 2
Cushman, Robert E., 1949-1957
Box 2
Cushman, Robert E., 1950-1956
Box 2
Cushman, Robert E.: REC Chair of Christian Theology, 1980
Box 2
D, 1959-1965
Box 2
Duodecim, 1964-1971
Box 2
E, 1962-1965
Box 2
Ehlhardt, Rev. Georgre (James Cannon Letter), 1961
Box 2
F, 1961-1965
Box 2
Faculty Correspondence, 1968
Box 2
Faculty Correspondence, 1975
Box 2
Ferrum Junior College, 1959-1964
Box 2
Finch, George Scholarship, 1959-1961
Box 2
The Frank Baker Library, 1960-1961
Box 2
G, 1959-1965
Box 2
Graduate Students - Current Business, 1972-1980

Restricted until 2050

Box 2
H, 1959-1965
Box 2
Hickman, Veva (Mrs. Frank S.), 1973-1974
Box 2
I, 1961-1977
Box 2
Ingram, Kelly - Langford Course on Methodism, 1980
Box 2
Inaugural and Dedication File, 1963-1965
Box 2
J, 1959-1965
Box 2
Jones, President Jas. A., 1962
Box 2
K, 1960-1965
Box 2
L, 1962-1965
Box 2
Langford, Thomas, 1962-1980

Restricted until 2050

Box 2
Mc, 1962-1964
Box 2
M, 1959-1965
Box 2
N, 1960-1965
Box 2
Nelson, Fletcher - Divinity School Development, 1968-1970
Box 2
O, 1959-1965
Box 2
Orientation Program, 1965 September 18
Box 2
Orientation Program, 1960-1965
Box 2
Orientation - Communication to Entering Juniors, 1963-1965
Box 2
P, 1961-1965
Box 3
Petry, Ray C., 1949-1957
Box 3
Divinity School Faculty - Correspondence etc., 1952-1957
Box 3
Petry, Ray C., 1972-1976
Box 3
Price, Irene, 1962-1963
Box 3
Q, 1959
Box 3
R, 1961-1965
Box 3
Ramsey, P., 1972-1988
Box 3
Recruitment Committee (ad hoc), 1965
Box 3
Recruitment, 1961-1966
Box 3
Remedial English (Ludington), 1963-1966
Box 3
Richey, McMurry S., 1972-1984
Box 3
Resignation, 1970
Box 3
REC Resignation and Data, 1970
Box 3
REC Resignation - Response andCorrespondence, 1970-1971
Box 3
Sabbatical Leave (Cushman), 1966-1978
Box 3
Smith, H. Shelton, 1977-1978
Box 3
Smith, H. Shelton - Divinity School Changes Name, 1977
Box 3
Students - Correspondence, 1949-1957
Box 3
Students - Correspondence, 1959-1966
Box 3
Students - Correspondence, 1968-1971
Box 3
Students - Correspondence, 1973-1981
Box 3
Students - Correspondence, 1982-1986
Box 3
Students - Correspondence, 1962
Box 3
Summer School, 1964
Box 3
S, 1961-1965
Box 3
Summer School, 1965
Box 3
Summer Inquiries, 1966
Box 3
T, 1960-1965
Box 3
Teaching - Cassette Tapes, 1962
Box 3
U, 1963
Box 3
V, 1963-1964
Box 3
W, 1958-1964
Box 3
Walton, A. J., 1949-1956
Box 3
Walton, A. J., 1951-1955
Box 3
XYZ, 1959-1965
Box 3

Divinity School Committees and Operations, 1952-1984, undated

Contains minutes and agendas from committee meetings; faculty and student bulletins; materials about internal business such as admissions, syllabi, and chapel convocations. There are also materials on a major review of the Divinity School curriculum conducted in the late 1960s. A number of addresses to Divinity School students (opening convocations) as well as course lectures can be found in Series 3: Writings. Information about the divinity school self-study can be found in Student Dissent subseries. The subseries is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Academic Standing Committee, 1971
Box 4
Academic Standing Committee, 1959-1963
Box 4
Administration and Public Affairs, 1968-1973
Box 4
Admissions Committee, 1958-1965
Box 4
Admissions and Recruitment, 1968-1969
Box 4
American Management Association - Operation Dialogue, 1964-1967
Box 4
Approved Supply Pastor's School, 1952-1962
Box 4
Divinity School Bequests, 1958-1962
Box 4
Black Studies, 1969
Box 4
Board of Visitors, 1969
Box 4
Black Manifesto, 1969
Box 4
Budgeting, 1965-1966

Restricted until 2036

Box 4
Christian Convocation, 1959-1962
Box 4
College Sustaining Fund, 1960-1962
Box 4
Chapel Worship Committee, 1960-1969
Box 4
Christian Responsibilty and Cultural Trends Committee, 1960-1967
Box 4
Community Life Committee, 1958-1964
Box 4
Continuing Education for Ministers, 1960-1971
Box 4
Continuing Education Seminar - The Bible in the Parish, 1981
Box 4
Convocation, 1959-1971
Box 4
Course Enrollment Memos, 1981-1982
Box 4
Course Examinations, 1973-1985
Box 4
Course Syllabi, 1960-1978
Box 4
Course Syllabi, 1955-1958
Box 4
Course Syllabi, 1974-1980
Box 4
Course Syllabi, 1982
Box 4
Course Syllabi, 1982
Box 4
Curriculum Committee: Committee for Continuing Study of Curriculum, 1967-1969
Box 4
Curriculum Committee: Committee for Continuing Study of Curriculum, 1967-1969
Box 4
Curriculum Committee, 1965-1966
Box 4
Curriculum Committee, 1965-1969
Box 4
Curriculum Committee, 1960-1964
Box 4
Curriculum Committee: Report to Graduate Faculty in Religion, 1963, 1968
Box 4
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report, 1962
Box 4
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report I - Biblical Studies, undated
Box 4
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report I - Historical Studies, undated
Box 4
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report I - Theological Studies, undated
Box 5
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report I - Professional Studies, undated
Box 5
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report I - General Comments, 1962
Box 5
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report II - Biblical Studies, undated
Box 5
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report II - Historical Studies, undated
Box 5
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report II - Theological Studies, undated
Box 5
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report II - Professional Studies, 1962
Box 5
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report II - Addendum (C.H. 40), undated
Box 5
Curriculum Committee: Jarvis Report II - Vocational Groups, undated
Box 5
Dean Selection Committee, 1970-1971
Box 5
Dean's Report to the President, 1966-1967
Box 5
Dean's Report to the President, 1967-1968
Box 5
Dean's Report to the President, 1970
Box 5
Degree Nomenclature Committee, 1966
Box 5
Duke Divinity School Bulletin: Post Office Fund, 1961-1962
Box 5
Divinity School Calendar, 1965-1966
Box 5
Divinity School Chapel, 1982
Box 5
Divinity School Enrollment, 1958-1969

Restricted until 2039

Box 5
Entrance Porch Dedication, 1965
Box 5
Divinity School Expansion: Capital Expansion - Edens, 1958-1959
Box 5
Divinity School Expansion: Suggestions, 1960-1968
Box 5
Divinity School Expansion: Photos - Architect's Designs, [1966?]
Box 5
Divinity School Expansion: Blueprint
Oversize-folder 1
Divinity School Expansion, 1966
Box 5
Divinity School Expansion, 1966
Box 5
Editorial Committee Report: Divinity School Review, 1962-1968
Box 5
Divinity School Seminars, 1959-1969
Box 5
Divinity School Seminars, 1960-1965
Box 5
Educational Affairs Council, 1969-1970
Box 5
Educational Affairs Council, 1970-1971
Box 5
Educational Goals Committee, 1964
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin vol. I, 1958-1959
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin vol. II, 1959-1960
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin vol. III, 1960-1961
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin vol. IV, 1961-1962
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin vol. V, 1962-1963
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin vol. VI, 1963-1964
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin vol. VII, 1964-1965
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin vol. VIII, 1965-1966
Box 5
Faculty Bulletins, 1966-1967
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin, 1967-1968
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin, 1968-1969
Box 5
Faculty Bulletin, 1969-1970
Box 5
Faculty Bulletins vo. XIII, 1970-1971
Box 5
Divinity School Fall Seminar, 1978
Box 6
Faculty Committee Reports, 1969
Box 6
Faculty Executive Council, 1968-1970
Box 6
Faculty Executive Council, 1970-1971
Box 6
Faculty Executive Council, 1970
Box 6
Faculty Executive Council: Special Meeting, 1969-1970
Box 6
Faculty Minutes et al., 1975-1978
Box 6
Field Education, 1970
Box 6
Field Education, 1970-1971
Box 6
Field Education Committee, 1966-1967
Box 6
Graduate Program, 1961-1971
Box 6
Graduate Program: Formation of Executive Council, 1960-1963
Box 6
Graduate Division - Official Business, 1958-1971
Box 6
Graduate School: Th. M. Degree Program, 1967
Box 6
Graduate Students, 1969 Fall
Box 6
Graduates of Doctoral Program, 1978-1981
Box 6
Graduate Procedures, 1957-1960
Box 6
Grants: Statement of Intent, 1966
Box 6
Hock Memorial Fund, 1961
Box 6
Lectures and Public Events Committee, 1958-1967
Box 6
Long Range Planning in Religion Report, 1961
Box 6
Married Students Statistics, 1960
Box 6
Ministerial Image Conference, 1965 May 8
Box 6
Ministerial Student Exemption Form, undated
Box 6
Ministering-in-Context, 1970
Box 6
Ministerial and Professional Qualification Committee, 1968
Box 6
Committee to Study the Ministry (Hyde and Esch), 1970
Box 6
North Carolina Cabinet Conferences, 1959
Box 6
Official Events, 1974
Box 6
Organizational Restructuring of Divinity School: Related Documents, 1968-1969
Box 6
Ormond Center for Planning, Research, and Development, 1980
Box 6
Planning and Development in the Department of Religion Committee, 1958
Box 6
Professional Doctorate of the Ministry Preliminary Studies, 1971
Box 6
Policy and Appointments Committee, 1966-1968
Box 6
Prayers, 1984
Box 6
Recruitment Committee (MATS), 1961-1962
Box 6
Research Grant Monies, 1975-1979
Box 6
Rudin, John, 1961-1969

Restricted until 2039

Box 6
Rudin, John, 1961-1966

Restricted until 2036

Box 6
Rudin, John, 1969

Restricted until 2039

Box 6
Scholarships and Financial Aid, 1965-1971
Box 6
Scholarships: Cleland Scholarship, 1961-1963
Box 6
Scholarships: Scholarship Committee, 1959-1965
Box 6
Scholarships: Miscellaneous Scholarships, 1960-1962
Box 6
Scholarships: Divinity School Fund-Choir, 1962
Box 7
Scholarship Statements: Funds and Figures, 1960
Box 7
Scholarships: Merit Scholarships, 1965-1966
Box 7
South Carolina Conference Sustaining Fund, 1960
Box 7
Social Concerns, 1969
Box 7
Student Admissions Study, 1970
Box 7
Student Association, 1970-1971
Box 7
Student Association Response to Self-Study, 1969-1970
Box 7
Student Bulletin vol. VI, 1963-1964
Box 7
Student Bulletin vol. VII, 1964-1965
Box 7
Student Bulletin vol. VIII, 1965-1966
Box 7
Student Bulletin vol. IX and vol. X, 1966, 1968
Box 7
Student Bulletin, 1969-1970
Box 7
Student Bulletin vol. XIII, 1970-1971
Box 7
Student Life and Professional Qualifications Committee, 1959-1963
Box 7
Student Records, 1964-1965
Box 7
Student Rosters, 1980-1981
Box 7
Student Rosters, 1983-1984
Box 7
Taxes Memorandum, 1961
Box 7
Traffic Regulations, 1960-1964
Box 7
Typing Bureau: Statistics, Syllabi, etc. costs, 1961-1964
Box 7
Undergraduate Faculty Council, 1964
Box 7
University Admissions Committee, 1962
Box 7
University Calendar Reconsideration, 1963-1964
Box 7
University Development Program, 1958
Box 7
University Development Program, 1958
Box 7
University Leaflets and Reports, 1958-1959, 1970
Box 7
University Leaflets and Reports, 1969-1970
Box 7
University Miscellaneous Matters, 1969
Box 7
University Planning Committee, 1962
Box 7

Student Dissent, 1953-1983

Files include materials and clippings about students and faculty—at Duke and nationwide—involved in civil disobedience and activism; and material on the internal Divinity School self-studies. There is also a file on the prayer service in the aftermath of the MLK assassination, and some redacted files on minority students at the Divinity School and on the Divinity School’s use of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory to provide psychological profiles. Some materials relate to James Cannon’s time as dean of the Divinity School in the 1950s. Material about the Divinity School self-study and curriculum review is also included in the Committees and Operations subseries. The subseries is arranged chronologically.

Student Problems (Personal), 1953
Box 7
Student Problems (Personal), 1953-1959
Box 7
Student Problems (Academic), 1958-1962
Box 7
Ingram Memoranda, 1959-1969
Box 7
Students - Arrest and Trial, 1960
Box 7
Vanderbilt Affair, 1960 May 31
Box 7
Student Testing Scores - MMPI, 1960-1962
Box 7
Mississippi Crisis (Chicago Daily News), 1962 October 1
Box 7
Hillsboro Cases: Professors - Civil Disobedience, 1964
Box 7
Civil Rights, 1964-1965
Box 7
University and Student Unrest, 1965-1971
(2 Files)
Box 7
Welch, Donald J., 1965-1969

Restricted until 2039

Box 7
Duke Board of Trustees, 1966
Box 7
Vietnam, 1967
Box 7
Pastors' School Instructors, 1967
Box 7
Perkins School of Theology: Governance Procedures, 1967-1970
Box 7
Hornets: Faculty Remonstrance, 1968
Box 7
Civil Disobedience, 1968
Box 7
Martin Luther King Event, 1968
Box 7
Special Faculty Meeting - Divinity School, 1968
Box 7
Student Vigil - Tisdale Statement, 1968
Box 7
Vigil for Non-Academic Employee, 1968
Box 7
Student Trial, 1969
Box 7
Concerned Students, 1969 February
Box 7
Divinity School Government Structure Documents, 1968-1969
Box 8
Policy Statements of Dean, 1968-1969
Box 8
Committee of Seven for Structural Study, 1968-1969
Box 8
Student Participation Standing Committee, 1969-1970
Box 8
Financial Aid: Admissions, Student Dissent, 1969-1970
Box 8
State of Divinity School, 1969-1970
Box 8
School Issues: Board of Visitors Reports, 1969-1970
Box 8
Crisis Year Documents, 1969-1970
Box 8
Student Dissent, 1969
Box 8
Student Dissent: Subversion, 1969-1971
(2 Files)
Box 8
Faculty Executive Council, 1970
Box 8
Statements of Student Assembly, Financial Aid, AATS Self-Study, etc., 1970
Box 8
Student Crisis: Week of April 21-29, 1970, 1970 April 21-29
Box 8
Robinson Affair, 1970

Restricted until 2040

Box 8
Student-FEC Conferences, 1970
Box 8
Divinity School Self-Study Commission, 1970-1971
(2 Files)
Box 8
OT 11 (Efird) Case, 1970, 1978

Restricted until 2048

Box 8
Student Publication Dissent, 1970-1971
Box 8
Report of Self-Study, 1983
Box 8

2. Professional Activities, 1947-1984

Includes correspondence with colleagues; clippings; photographs; and files on Cushman’s involvement with Methodist Church committees, especially in regard to Methodist participation in ecumenism and Methodist theological education. Also includes files about Cushman’s involvement in worldwide and nationwide Christian ecumenism and theological schools of various Christian denominations; and materials relating to his participation as a Protestant observer at the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church. Arranged into four subseries: Professional Correspondence; Methodist Church Activities; Theological Schools and Ecumenical Files; and Second Vatican Council.

Professional Correspondence, 1959-1979

Contains correspondence with colleagues primarily outside of Duke University, such as heads of other theological schools, associates from the Second Vatican Council, Methodist bishop William Cannon, and others. This subseries is filed alphabetically by correspondent last name or subject of the correspondence.

Altizer, Thomas J. J., 1965-1966
Box 8
Anderson, Bernhard, 1963-1970
Box 8
Father Anthony, 1968-1971
Box 8
Belmont Abbey College, 1970
Box 8
Belmont Abbey College, 1966 May 24
Box 8
Bennett, John Coleman, 1968
Box 8
Blackburn, Bishop Robert M., 1973-1974
Box 8
Binkley, Dean Olin: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1961-1971
Box 8
Bowles, Dr. Charles P., 1963-1966
Box 8
Brauer, Dean Jerald C., 1962-1969
Box 9
Cannon, Bishop William R., 1968-1980
Box 9
Cannon, Bishop William R., 1967-1977
Box 9
Cavert, Samuel McCrea: Union Seminary, 1963
Box 9
Centenary College, Lousiana Conference, North Mississippi Conference, 1965-1966
Box 9
"Church and Renewal in the World" Columbia, SC, 1966
Box 9
Colwell, Ernest C., 1966-1968
Box 9
Correspondence in Connection with the Vatican Council, 1963-1966
Box 9
Crum, Jack, 1968-1971
Box 9
Day, Peter, 1974-1975
Box 9
Dickhaut, John W., 1959-1965
Box 9
Dickson, Fagan, 1974-1976
Box 9
Drew University - Madison, NJ, 1970
Box 9
Dunn, Dr. Van Bogard, 1959-1969
Box 9
Dunn, Dr. Van Bogard, 1979
Box 9
Engagements (Past), 1959, 1963-1964
Box 9
Engagements (Past), 1964-1965
(2 folders)
Box 9
Engagements (Past), 1965-1966
Box 9
European Travel Plans, 1963
Box 9
Gamboa, Chaplain Jose C., Jr. - Philippine Wesleyan College, 1967-1968
Box 9
Gettemy, James N.: Hartford Seminary Foundation, 1965
Box 9
Griswold, Dr. Whitney A., President of Yale University, 1962
Box 9
Gross, Dr. John O., 1960-1971
Box 9
Hamilton, Harold P., 1959-1971
Box 9
Harmon, Bishop Nolan B., 1974-1976
Box 9
Holt, D. D., President of Scarlet College Nashville, TN - Pfeiffer College Misenheimer, NC, 1964-1976
Box 9
Houston, Dr. Robert W., 1973-1974
Box 9
Huston, Hollis W., 1967-1969
Box 9
Kirkpatrick, Dow, 1968
Box 9
McCulloh, Gerald O.: Board of Education, 1968-1977
Box 9
McCulloh, Gerald O.: Current, 1968-1971
Box 9
McCulloh, Gerald O.: Methodist Board of Education, 1958-1967
(2 folders)
Box 9
McKay, Orville H., 1965-1970
Box 9
Miller, Dean Samuel H., 1962
Box 9
Muelder, Dean Walter G., 1962-1970
Box 9
Nelson, Fletcher, 1961-1979
Box 9
Nelson, Fletcher, 1965-1970
Box 9
Nelson, Fletcher, 1965-1976
Box 9
Nestbit, Wilson, 1963-1976
Box 10
Niebuhr, H. Richard, 1962
Box 10
Outler, A. C., 1966-1980
Box 10
Miscellaneous, 1973-1977
Box 10
Miscellaneous, 1974-1978
Box 10
Quillian, Joseph D., Jr. (Dean), 1959-1971
(2 folders)
Box 10
Ramsey, Paul, 1958-1971
Box 10
Ranson, Charles (Dean), 1966
Box 10
Rurak, Reverend Henry, 1968-1970
Box 10
Schafer, Tom A., 1961-1967
Box 10
Sewall, John Ives, 1969-1973
Box 10
Shipley, David, 1971
Box 10
Sittler, Joseph, 1961-1966
Box 10
Stokes, Mack B. (Candler), 1959-1968
Box 10
Taylor, Eben: Visiting Alumnus Lecturer, 1965-1971
Box 10
Taylor, Kenneth, 1968-1972
Box 10
Thigpen, Richard E., 1960-1961
Box 10
Trott, Norman L., 1959-1973
Box 10
Watts, Ewart G., 1973
Box 10
Weldon, Dr. Wilson O., 1968-1971
Box 10
Wesley Theology Seminary, 1962-1969
Box 10
Yzermans, Monsignor Vincet A., 1968-1978
Box 10

Methodist Church Files, 1947-1984

Focuses on the conferences and committees Cushman served on within the wider Methodist Church. Includes files on The Association of Methodist Theological Schools (AMTS, later AUMTS), Methodist ecumenical commissions, and the Methodist General Conference. Some of the AMTS files may overlap particularly with the Divinity School self-study and curriculum review files contained in Series 1: Duke University Administrative Materials. Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

AMTS Minutes, 1958-1965
(2 folders)
Box 10
AMTS Minutes, 1965-1970
(2 folders)
Box 10
AMTS Church Support for the Theological Schools, 1964-1965
Box 10
AMTS Executive Council Business, 1964-1969
Box 10
AMTS 1965 Meetings Correspondence, 1965-1966
Box 10
AMTS Study of Financial Needs and Resources for Theological Education, 1965-1967
Box 10
AMTS 1967 Faculty Convocation, 1965, 1969
Box 10
AMTS 1966 Meetings Correspondence, 1965-1968
Box 10
AMTS Correspondence re. past meetings, 1966-1967
Box 10
AMTS Manifesto, 1966-1967
(2 folders)
Box 10
AMTS Miscellaneous Documents, 1967
Box 10
AMTS Meeting January 27-28 1968, 1967-1968
Box 10
AMTS Annual Meeting: Sheraton Jefferson Hotel, Dayton, OH, 1968
Box 10
AUMTS Student Enlistments (Likins), 1969
Box 11
AUMTS Meetings and Correspondence, 1969-1970
Box 11
AUMTS: Nashville, Tennessee, 1970-1971
Box 11
Association of the United Methodist Seminars, 1969?
Box 11
Black Power - Civil Rights, 1966
Box 11
Board of Education, The United Methodist Church - Nashville, TN, 1959-1971
(2 folders)
Box 11
COCU: Consultations on Church Union, 1965-1968
Box 11
COCU: Methodism, 1967
Box 11
COCU: Consultation on Church Union, 1969
Box 11
COCU: Plan of Union, 1970
Box 11
Committee on Alternative Rituals, Commission on Worship - Chicago, 1971
Box 11
Drew University Crisis, 1967-1968
(2 folders)
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: Commission on Ecumenical Consultation, 1957-1964
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: Commission on Ecumenical Consultation, 1959-1966
(3 folders)
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: Commission on Ecumenical Consultation, 1964-1966
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: Huston, Robert W. - General Secretary, Commission on Ecumenical Affairs, 1965-1970
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: Commission on Ecumenical Affairs - Sunday Papers, 1966-1967
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: Commission on Ecumenical Affairs, 1966-1968
(2 folders)
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: Commission on Ecumenical Affairs, 1967-1968
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: United Methodist Guide to Ecumenical Commitment, 1968
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: General Commission on Ecumenical Affairs, 1969
Box 11
Ecumenical Affairs: General Commission on Ecumenical Affairs, 1969-1971
Box 12
Ecumenical Affairs: Paper 1969 "Some Ecumenical Dimension in Theological Education" Commission on Ecumenical Affairs, 1969
Box 12
Ecumenical Affairs: Dr. Robert E. Cushman Executive Committee CEA, 1970
Box 12
Ecumenical Affairs, 1971-1972
Box 12
Ecumenical Affairs: General Commission on Ecumenical Affairs, Executive Committee Meeting St. Louis, 1971
Box 12
Financial Needs of Theological Education - Report, 1967
Box 12
General Conference of the Methodist Church, 1960
Box 12
General Conference of the Methodist Church Memorials, 1964
Box 12
General Conference, 1964
Box 12
General Conference: Evangelical United Brethren Merger Plan, 1964
Box 12
General Conference: Methodist General Conference Committee, Chicago, 1966
Box 12
General Conference Documents, 1968
Box 12
General Conference, 1968
Box 12
General Conference 1968 Legislative Materials, 1966-1968
Box 12
General Conference, 1970
Box 12
General Conference: Correspondence concerning Generael Conference Memorials, 1963-1964
Box 12
Louisiana Methodist Conference: Gov. McKeithen's Address, 1966
Box 12
General Conference: Denominational Decision Making Case Study - J. M. Ormond Center, 1979
Box 12
Interpreter's House - Lake Junaluska, 1967-1969
(2 folders)
Box 12
Methodist Bishops' Addresses, 1984
Box 12
Department of Ministerial Education: Special Study of the Methodist Theological Studies, 1962-1963
Box 12
United Methodist Church Miscellaneous, 1970
Box 12
Methodism Clippings, 1947-1951
Box 12
German Methodism, 1957
Box 12
North Carolina Conference: Commission on Ecumenical Affairs, 1967-1971
Box 12
North Carolina Conference, 1973-1980
Box 12
North Carolina Conference Business, 1974-1975
Box 12
On the Ministry, 1955-1956, 1959
Box 12
One Percent Plan, 1959-1960
Box 12
Re-Write of Desciplines - Ministry, 1974-1975
Box 12
Southeastern Jurisdiction Conference - Lake Junaluska, NC, 1968
Box 12
University Senate of the Meathodist Church Documents, 1965-1967
(2 folders)
Box 13
University Senate of the Meathodist Church Documents, 1965-1971
Box 13
Wesley Society, 1957-1963
Box 13
World Methodist Conference, OSLO, 1960
Box 13
World Methodist Council Conference, England, 1966
Box 13
World Methodist Council: Oxford Institute, 1981-1982
Box 13

Theological Schools and Ecumenism Files, 1948-1984

This subseries contains files about ecumenical initiatives and theological education in which Cushman participated that are not centered on the Methodist churches and schools but that are made up of various Christian denominations. Includes files on the Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Studies in Jerusalem, including clippings on the Middle East in general and a recording by King Hussein of Jordan on the subject of Jerusalem; files on the World Council of Churches; and general files on ecumenical and educational issues, including ATS (American Association of Theological Schools). Files are arranged alphabetically by subject.

General Files: National Council of Chruches, 1963-1970
(2 folders)
Box 13
General Files: Ecumenical and Unity Services, 1965-1966
Box 13
General Files: Roman Catholic Leadership Personnel, 1966-1967
Box 13
General Files: North Carolina Council of Churches, 1968-1973
Box 13
General Files: Latin American Catholicism after 2nd Vatican Council, 1968
Box 13
General Files: Canon Law School Symposium Dayton, OH, 1969
Box 13
General Files: Theological Education and Clergy, 1971
Box 13
General Files: American Theological Society (ATS), 1972-1984
Box 13
General Files: American Theological Society (ATS), 1972
Box 13
General Files: American Theological Society (ATS) - Avery Dulles, S. J. 1979 Address, 1979
Box 13
General Files: Theological Education Developments and Centers, 1967
Box 13
AATS Catholic Membership, Maryknoll Meeting, 1966
Box 13
AATS Bulletin, 1970
Box 13
AATS: Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1960-1970
Box 13
AATS: Jesse H. Ziegler Correspondence, 1961-1970
Box 13
AATS: Staff Reports, 1962-1967
(2 folders)
Box 13
AATS: Executive Committee, 1962-1968
(2 folders)
Box 13
AATS Biennial Meeting - St. Louis, 1968
Box 13
AATS: Report of the Committee on the Professional Doctorate as a First Degree, 1969-1971
Box 13
AATS: Harvard Divinity School Visitation, 1970
Box 13
AATS: Evaluation at Duke Divinity School, 1970
Box 14
Middle East: Institution of Advanced Ecumenical Studies - Jerusalem (creation of), 1965
Box 14
Middle East: Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Studies - Jerusalem, 1970-1978
Box 14
Middle East: Jerusalem and Institute, 1971-1978
(2 folders)
Box 14
Middle East: Palestine - Christmas and Festivals, Jerusalem, 1971-1973
Box 14
Middle East: Jerusalem Ecumenical Institute - Colleagues Correspondence, 1973-1978
Box 14
Middle East: Interfaith Conference in Palestine - Ingram Correspondence, 1976-1977
Box 14
Middle East: St. Georges College - Jerusalem, 1973
Box 14
Middle East: Tantur Institute Newsletter, 1982
Box 14
Middle East: Israel Clippings, 1969-1976
Box 14
Middle East: Israel Clippings, 1971-1973
Box 14
Middle East: "Jerusalem in Captivity" - A Personal Message from H.M. King Hussein of Jordan, 1972

This item has been separated from the "Middle East: Israel Clippings, 1971-1973" file, which contains a 1972 letter that accompanied the audio recording.

Audio-phonodisc UA29020159-PD-0001
Middle East: Judaism Clippings, 1973-1974
Box 14
Middle East: Palestine and Middle East Clippings, 1972-1974
Box 14
Middle East: Palestine: Israel - Internal Affairs Clippings, 1972-1974
Box 14
Middle East: Palestine Mixed Clippings, 1973-1978
Box 14
Middle East: Arab Nations Clippings, 1973-1976
Box 14
Middle East: Israeli State Clippings, 1973-1976
Box 14
Middle East: World Reaction, 1973-1976
Box 14
Middle East-Russia-USA, 1973-1974
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Church Unity - Ecumenism, 1948-1954
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Third World Conference on Faith and Order - Lund, Sweden, 1952
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Addresses - Lund, Hug. (Brilioth et al.), 1952
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Successive Drafts of Lund Report, 1952
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Lund Report and Constitution (Official Final Version), 1952
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Photograph - Lund Conference, 1952
Oversize-folder 2
Oversize-folder 2
World Council of Churches: Lund (Hungarian Commentary), 1952
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Commission on Worship, 1954-1959
(2 folders)
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Commission on Worship, 1960-1962
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Oberlin Conference, 1957
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Oberlin Conference, 1957
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Correspondence (Ecumenism), 1959-1965
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Confidential Communications, 1960-1962
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Faith and Order - Montreal, 1962-1963
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Montreal Conference Report, 1963
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Conference on Faith and Order, 1963
(2 folders)
Box 14
World Council of Churches: Montreal Conference written Critiques for Section IV, 1963
Box 15
World Council of Churches: Montreal Conference - Papers and Agenda, 1963
(2 folders)
Box 15
World Council of Churches: Montreal Conference, 1963
Box 15
World Council of Churches: Montreal - Notes, 1963
Box 15
World Council of Churches: Secretariat on Religious Liberty, 1964-1965
Box 15
World Council of Churches: Uppsala Communication, 1968
Box 15
World Council of Churches: United States Conference, 1968-1969
Box 15
World Council of Churches, 1972-1975
Box 15

Second Vatican Council, 1963-1971

Focuses on Cushman’s role as a Protestant observer at Sessions 2, 3, and 4 of the Second Vatican Council of the Roman Catholic Church. It includes his notes on some of the sessions; drafts of the major documents produced by the council, with his comments and notes; some correspondence about the trip; official bulletins about the proceedings of three sessions; official photographs of the council participants; and some written reflections Cushman gave or published regarding his views as a Methodist observer. Additional materials about the Second Vatican Council can be found in the Professional Correspondence subseries of Series 2: Professional Activities, and in Series 3: Writings; and may also be present in Series 4: Personal Files. Oversize magazines include Cushman’s notes on articles about the Council. This subseries is arranged into general files (largely by session); documents produced at the Council; and news bulletins.

Photos
Box 15
Photos
Box 15
Clippings, Memorabilia, and Miscellaneous Documents, 1963
Box 15
Clippings, Memorabilia, and Miscellaneous Documents, 1964-1965
Box 15
Clippings, Memorabilia, and Miscellaneous Documents, 1964
Box 15
Clippings, Memorabilia, and Miscellaneous Documents, 1964-1965
Box 15
Clippings, Memorabilia, and Miscellaneous Documents, 1965-1966
Box 15
Clippings, Memorabilia, and Miscellaneous Documents, 1971
Box 15
Magazines
Oversize-folder 3
First Session, 1962
Box 15
Second Session: Notes, 1963
Box 15
Special Masses, 1963
Box 15
Second Session: Vatican Council Clippings, 1964-1965
Box 15
Second Session: Commendations of Vatican II Report, 1964
Box 15
Observers, 1963-1965
Box 15
Papal Discourses, 1963
Box 15
Rome Trip Fall 1963, 1962-1963
Box 15
Cushman Commentary, 1963
Box 15
Ecumenical Challenge to Methodism (Junaluska), 1963
Box 15
Third Session: A Protestant Report on Vatican Council II, circa 1964
Box 15
Third Session Clippings, 1964
Box 15
Third Session: Federal Council of Protestant Churches in Italy, 1964
Box 15
Papal Discourse: Paul VI, 1964
Box 15
Rome Trip Fall 1964, 1964
Box 15
Audience Observers with Paul VI, 1964
Box 15
Clippings - Barbara Cushman Article, 1964-1967
Box 15
Articles by Dean Cushman on the Second Vatican Council, 1964-1965
Box 15
Fourth Session, 1965
Box 15
Fourth Session: Remarks, R.E.C., [1965?]
Box 15
Fourth Session: Clippings, 1965
Box 15
Fourth Session, 1965
Box 15
Fourth Session, 1965
Box 15
Fourth Session: Final Report, 1966
Box 15
Final Ceremonies with Observers, 1965
Box 15
Rome Trip Fall 1965, 1965
Box 15
"Informal" Lecture, 1965-1966
Box 15
Methodist Church in Rome: Keighley, Rev. D. Alan, 1965
Box 15
"Ecumenism and Renewal", 1966
Box 15
Roman Catholic Church: Birth Control - Pastoral Statements, 1966
Box 15
Council Documents: De Sacra Liturgia, 1963
Box 16
Council Documents: De Ecclesia - Strugnell's Translation, 1963
Box 16
Council Documents: De Ecclesia - Strugnell's Translation, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: Divine Revelation, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: De Divinia Revelatione, 1964-1965
Box 16
Council Documents: The Church in the Modern World, undated
Box 16
Council Documents: On Catholic Schools, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: On Jews and Religious Liberty - De Oecumenismo, 1963-1964
Box 16
Council Documents: Declaration on Religious Freedom, 1965-1966
Box 16
Council Documents: Declaration on Religious Liberty, 1965
Box 16
Council Documents: Catholic-Jewish Relations, undated
Box 16
Council Documents: Non-Christian Religions, 1965
Box 16
Council Documents: Instrumentis Communicationis, 1963
Box 16
Council Documents: Oriental Churches, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: On Bishops and the Government of Dioceses, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: On Liturgy, 1965
Box 16
Council Documents: Ecumenism, 1963-1964
Box 16
Council Documents: On Religion, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: Of Missions, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: On the Lay Apostolate, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: On Priesthood VII, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: Sacrament and Matrimony, 1964
Box 16
Council Documents: Miscellaneous Copies, 1965, undated
Box 16
News Bulletins: Second Session, 1963
(2 folders)
Box 16
News Bulletins: Third Session, 1964
Box 16
News Bulletins: Third Session, 1964
Box 16
News Bulletins: Third Session, 1964
Box 16
News Bulletins: Fourth Session, 1965
Box 16
News Bulletins: Fourth Session, 1965
Box 16
Bulletins: Dutch Documentation Centre (DOC), 1965
Box 16
Bulletins: Divine Word News Service, 1963
Box 16
Bulletins: Divine Word News Service, 1965
Box 16
Bulletins: Divine Word News Service, 1964
Box 17
News Releases: Bureau of Information, National Catholic Welfare Conference, 1964
Box 17

3. Writings, 1942-1987

Includes correspondence, memos, and other materials from the Wesley Works Project; course lectures; Divinity School addresses; other lectures; published articles; sermons; and letters to the editor. The series also contains a bound copy of Cushman’s unpublished 1942 doctoral dissertation on Plato, and a copy of The Heritage of Christian Thought; Essays in Honor of Robert Lowry Calhoun (1965). It also contains a few files of research materials. Arranged into three subseries: Wesley Works; Course Lectures; and Articles, Speeches, and Other Writings.

Wesley Works, 1960-1987

Includes correspondence, memos, financial reports, proofs; and other materials related to the Wesley Works Project of Oxford University Press. Files are arranged chronologically.

Wesley Works Editorial Project - Publicity, 1960-1964
Box 17
Organization of the Wesley Works Editorial Project, 1960-1967
Box 17
Reports on Contributions, 1960-1973
Box 17
Abingdon Press - Emory S. Bucke, 1960-1963, 1970
Box 17
Unfinished Business, 1961-1973
Box 17
Editorial Board, 1961-1975
Box 17
Oxford Press, 1961-1977
Box 17
Minutes, 1961-1966, 1971
Box 17
Editorial Consultants, 1962-1966
Box 17
Wesley Works Working Papers, 1963-1965
Box 17
Wesley Works Meeting - Dallas, TX, 1964
Box 17
Drew University, 1965-1966, 1970
Box 17
Editorial Directors of the Oxford Edition of Wesley's Works, 1965-1974
Box 17
Copy Text Editor, 1966, 1969
Box 17
Wesley Works Editorial Project, 1967
Box 17
Wesley Works Editorial Project Meeting, 1967-1969
Box 17
Minutes: Board of Directors - Washington, D. C., 1969
Box 17
Personnel Information, 1970-1972
Box 17
Orlando G. Folsom - Financial Statements, 1972
Box 17
Editorial Conference, 1970
Box 17
Board of Directors - Nashville, TN, 1970-1971
Box 17
Heitzenrater, Richard P., 1975
Box 17
Wesley Works Editorial, 1970-1974
Box 17
Quillian, Joseph, 1971-1979
(2 folders)
Box 17
Baker, Frank, 1972-1980
Box 17
Wesley Works, 1974-1976
Box 17
Wesley's Work vol. II - Page Front Copy, 1974
Box 18
Kresge Foundation Application, 1976
Box 18
Promotional Documents and Minutes, 1976-1977
Box 18
Incorporation, 1976-1977
Box 18
Wesley Works Editorial Project: Budget, 1976-1978
Box 18
Development Planning, 1976-1978
Box 18
Minutes and Bulletin, 1977-1978
Box 18
Teer, Dillard, 1977
Box 18
Committee on Calendar of Publications, 1978-1983
Box 18
Oxford Editions, 1980
Box 18
Correspondence, 1980-1987
(2 folders)
Box 18

Course Lectures, 1942-1978, undated

Contains Cushman’s lectures for courses he taught at Duke Divinity School, Yale University, and the University of Oregon. This subseries is arranged in chronological order.

Christian Ethics and Problem of Evil, undated
Box 18
(C. T. 20) I. Introduction, Theological Method, Man, 1942-1958
Box 18
Outline: Philosophy of Religion and Systematic Theology - Yale, 1942
Box 18
Systematic Theology Introduction and Theological Encyclopedia, 1942
Box 18
Theological Method, 1942
Box 18
Theology as Empirical Science - Macintosh Exposition and Critique, 1942-1943
Box 18
Doctrine of God, 1943
Box 18
Miscellany - Notes on Person of Christ, Work of Christ, 1943
Box 18
Sacraments and Immortality, 1943
Box 18
Systematic Theology Revelation, 1943
Box 18
Psychology of Religion, 1944-1945
Box 18
Christian Theology (C. T. 20) Former Introduction, 1946-1955
Box 18
Conceptions of Men in Western Thought, [1946?]
Box 18
Philosophical Theology I (Former Notes), 1946-1955
Box 18
C. T. 20 (Present Notes: Parts I, II, III), 1948-1965
Box 18
Christian Theology, 1948
Box 18
II. 19th Century Theology, 1951
Box 19
C. T. 20 II., 1951-1955
Box 19
Theology and Philosophy in the 19th Century I., 1951, 1955
Box 19
Philosophical Theology I - Revised Notes, 1952-1958
Box 19
Philosophical Theology, 1954, 1956
Box 19
C. T. 20 Moody Smith's Notes, 1955
(2 folders)
Box 19
Seminar in 20th Century Theology, 1955
Box 19
Platonism and Christianity, 1956-1959
Box 19
Christian Theology C. T. 32, 1957-1969
Box 19
Philosophical Theology 325-326 Records and Program, 1972-1977
Box 19
Philosophical Theology, 1973
Box 19
Philosophical Theology, 1974-1975
Box 19
C. T. 325-326 Philosophical Theology, 1976-1977
(2 folders)
Box 19
Philosophical Theology I Plato, 1978
Box 19

Articles, Speeches, and Other Writings, 1944-1986, undated

Contains addresses, lectures, and sermons; as well as articles, letters to the editor, bound journals, a copy of The Heritage of Christian Thought; essays in honor of Robert Lowry Calhoun (1965), Cushman’s doctoral dissertation, and a few files of research materials. Files are arranged alphabetically by title or subject of the work.

Biblical Elections as Sacred History, 1975
Box 19
Christology - Bultmann and Knox (Published Paper), 1958
Box 19
Church Doctrinal Standards, 1975
Box 19
The Church and the Theological Task - Methesco Address - May 21, 1979
Box 19
The Church and Theological Education (I), undated
Box 19
The Church and Theological Education (II), undated
Box 20
The Church and Theological Education (III), undated
Box 20
The Church and Theological Education (IV), undated
Box 20
Commencement Address - William and Mary College, VA, 1967
Box 20
Constitution on the Church: Iliff Lectures, 1967
Box 20
Constitution on the Church: Iliff Lectures, undated
Box 20
Constitution on the Church: Lecture I, Iliff School of Theology, 1967
Box 20
Constitution on the Church: Lecture II, Iliff School of Theology, undated
Box 20
Constitution on the Church: Lecture III, Iliff School of Theology, undated
Box 20
Critique of Paper by Harold De Wolf, [American Theological Society], 1958
Box 20
Davies, W. D. - Commentary on Paul, 1974-1975
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Lectures): Lecture I (Section 2) Original, 1976
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Lectures): Lecture I (Original), undated
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Lectures): Original Lectures 2, 3, 4 for Shelton Smith, undated
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Lectures): Lecture II (Original) (with Revision?), undated
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Lectures): Lecture II (Original), undated
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Lectures): Lecture III (Original) - Divine Grace and Human Responsibility, 1976
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Lectures): Lecture IV Original, undated
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Lectures): Reformation - Wesley Notes - New Lecture IV, undated
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Book Chapters): Chapter I (Revised), 1976
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Book Chapters): Chapter V - Final Form - Calvin - 2nd Copy (Original and 1 copy), undated
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Book Chapters): Chapter III Cicero on Divine Sovereignty (Final), undated
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Book Chapters): Chapter IV - Divine Sovereignty - Augustine - Latest (2nd Copy and MSS), 1976
Box 20
Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility (Book Chapters): Chapter IV - Omnipotence and Foreknowledge of God - Augustine, undated
Box 20
Divinity School: 50 Years of Theology at Duke - Convocation Addresses, 1977
Box 20
Divinity School: Cushman - Address Divinity School Alumni, 1970
Box 20
Divinity School: Dean's Desk, 1969
Box 20
Divinity School: Dean's Address to Senior Class, 1962, 1964-1965, undated
Box 20
Divinity School: Dean's Discourse, 1966-1970
Box 20
Divinity School: Dean's Discourse, 1969
Box 20
Divinity School: Dean's Discourse, 1970
Box 20
Divinity School: Dean's Reflections on the 40th Year of the Divinity School Alumni Association Luncheon, 1965
Box 20
Divinity School: Dean's Statement on "Moratorium", 1969
Box 20
Divinity School: Cushman Address - Martin L. King Memorial, 1968
Box 20
Divinity School: Opening Convocation - Divinity School Talks and Themes, 1965
Box 20
Divinity School: Opening Convocation, 1963
Box 20
Divinity School: Opening Convocation, 1965
Box 20
Divinity School: Opening Convocation, 1966
Box 20
Divinity School: Opening Convocation, 1967-1968
Box 20
Divinity School: Opening Convocation, 1968-1969
Box 20
Divinity School: Opening Convocation, 1969
Box 20
Divinity School: Opening Convocation: "Worship, Our Ministry", 1970
Box 20
Divinity School: Orientation Address, 1965
Box 20
Divinity School Summer Clinic Lectures: Crisis of Tradition; Crisis of Authority; Crisis of Worship, 1970
Box 20
Duke Divinity School Review (1 of 2), 1970-1971, 1976-1978
Box 20
Duke Divinity School Review (2 of 2), 1970-1971, 1976-1978
Box 21
The Ecumenical Challenge to Methodism, 1965
Box 21
The Enpersonalization of Worship, undated
Box 21
Faith and Buildings, 1975
Box 21
Freedom and Choice in Plato and Augustine, 1979
Box 21
Gray Lectures et al., 1964-1966
(2 folders)
Box 21
The Heritage of Christian Thought: Essays in Honor of Robert Lowry Calhoun (Book), 1965
Box 21
Heritage of Christian Thought: Negotiations with Harper and Row, Calhoun - Festschrift, 1964-1965
Box 21
R. H. Calhoun - Festschrift Occasion, 1965
Box 21
Hippies in Theological Perspective, 1968
Box 21
Holy Spirit Miscellaneous Papers (Duodecim), 1952
Box 21
Is the Incarnation a Symbol? (Theology Today), 1958
Box 21
"The Jewish-Christian Encounter", 1966, 1969
Box 21
Kansas Lectures, 1963-1967, 1975
Box 21
Karl Barth and the Holy Spirit - Barth Outline Dogmatik, 1954
Box 21
"Lex Orandi, Lex Credenti" Published, 1962
Box 21
Methodist Bishops' Pastoral Letter: First Draft - In Defense of Creation: A Foundation Document on the Nuclear Crisis and Just Peace, 1984
Box 21
Methodist Bishops' Pastoral Letter: Political Comment and Action - Clippings, 1984-1986
Box 21
Methodist Bishops' Pastoral Letter: Letter to Methodist Bishops, 1984-1985
Box 21
Methodist Bishops' Pastoral Letter: Emendations, 1985-1986
Box 21
Methodist Bishops' Pastoral Letter: Letter to Council of Bishops, 1984-1986
Box 21
Methodist Bishops' Pastoral Letter: Bishops' Replies to Open Letters, 1984-1985
Box 21
Methodist Bishops' Pastoral Letter: Bishops' Letter and Response, 1986
Box 21
The Methodist Church and the World Council of Churches: Address to Council of Bishops, 1957
Box 21
The Methodist Discipline - Rewrite Paragraphs 301-314, 1974
Box 21
A Modern Revolt Against Kant, 1944
Box 21
Mutual Responsibility of Church and Seminary in Education for Ministry, 1969
Box 21
New Testament Faith and Mind of Church Today, undated
Box 21
North Carolina Annual Conference Ordination Sermon, 1979
Box 21
Not-Being and the Problem of Evil in Plato (Doctoral Dissertation), 1942, 1980
Box 22
Doctoral Dissertation: Explanation Letter, 1980
Box 22
Palestine in Religious and Political Perspective Lebanon Valley Coolege, PA, 1972
Box 22
Palestine: Cushman Commentary - Erwin, Sam, open letters, etc., 1973-1976
Box 22
Palestine: Addresses and Talks, undated
Box 22
Pastoral School Lecture (Oklahoma), 1989
Box 22
Place of Wesley in the Christian Tradition - Drew University, 1974
Box 22
Preface - Religion and World Politics, University of Oregon Lectures in Religion, 1945
Box 22
The Problem of Miracle, 1957
Box 22
A Protestant Understanding of Justification by Faith, 1963-1964
Box 22
Purpose of Christian Education - Allentown, PA, 1947-1948
Box 22
Radio Talks - Methodist Hour, 1949
Box 22
Reconciliation Yesterday and Today, 1969
Box 22
Roman Catholic Renewal and Vatican Council II: A Protestant Observer's View (Review and Exposition), 1967
Box 22
"Sacred Secularity" Clemson, 1969
Box 22
Second Vatican Council's Meaning to Methodists: 1) Kentucky Wesleyan, 2) Pfeiffer College, 1966
Box 22
The Shape of Christian Faith (Iliff Review), 1956
Box 22
6 Lectures on the Christian Faith, 1956
Box 22
Stewardship Seminar - General Board of Lay Activities, Chicago, 1967
Box 22
Theological Education and the Church, undated
Box 22
Theology in the Evangelical Tradition, 1978
Box 22
Theological Reflections on Occasion of the Forthcoming Retirement of a Master Theologian and Teacher - Professor David Shipley, 1971
Box 22
Theological Perspective of Stewardship, 1969
Box 22
Theological Trends Today and the Nature of the Church, 1958
Box 22
Toward a Revised Theological Method Duodecim, 1968
Box 22
Vision, Vocation, and Authority - Baccalaureate Sermon on Retirement, 1971
Box 22
Wesley Lectures and Methodism, undated
Box 22
West Virginia Conference Lectures, undated
Box 22
Miscellaneous Writings and Off-Prints, 1945-1976
Box 22
Addresses to Annual Conferences (Miscellaneous), 1960-1961
Box 22
Miscellaneous Papers and Sermons, 1968-1982
Box 22
Sermons - Ruth Petry - Davies Library (Miscellaneous Sermons), 1962-1981
Box 23
Wainwright, Geoffrey: Bibliography (Research), 1982
Box 23
God Is Dead - Theology - Clippings (Research), 1965-1966
Box 23
H. Leonard - Bibliographies (Research), 1973-1980
Box 23
Occasional Addresses (Unpublished), 1947-1954
Box 23
Occasional Lectures - Christology, 1957-1961
Box 23

4. Personal Files, 1915, 1941-1988

Contains correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, and former students; as well as photographs, pamphlets from church celebrations, and other memorabilia. Cushman also collected some papers created by Duke Divinity School professor H. Shelton Smith. Arranged into two subseries: Personal Correspondence; and Documents and Memorabilia.

Personal Correspondence, 1945-1988, undated

This subseries is arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent or subject of the correspondence.

Correspondence A-G, 1975-1987
Box 23
Agorides, Savas, 1968-1976
Box 23
Annual Conference Retirement, 1979
Box 23
B Correspondence, undated
Box 23
Bailey, Lloyd, 1988
Box 23
Barr, Browne, 1968-1979
Box 23
Bernabeo, Paul: Encyclopedia of Religion, 1983
Box 23
Bucke, Emory Stevens, 1965-1975
Box 23
Cannon, William, undated
Box 23
Carlton, John William, Rev., Dr., 1989
Box 23
Christmas Greeting Replies, 1960
Box 23
Christmas Greeting Replies, 1961
Box 23
Christmas Greeting Replies, 1971
Box 23
Cleland, James T., 1971-1979
Box 23
Cole, Anne Curtis, 1981-1983
Box 23
Cushman, Commendation of, 1959-1960
Box 23
Cushman, Robert E. (Uncle), 1967
Box 23
D, 1981, 1984
Box 23
Deanship, Letters of Congratulation, 1958
(2 folders)
Box 23
Dunn, Van Bogard, 1981-1982
Box 23
F, 1980
Box 23
H, 1980-1982
Box 23
H-Mc, 1974-1986
Box 23
Henry, Stuart, 1979
Box 23
Herzog, Frederick, 1972-1985
Box 23
Hildebrandt, Franz, 1982-1986
Box 23
Hill, Sam S.: Dictionary of Southern Religion, 1981-1985
Box 23
Invitations, 1981
Box 23
J, 1981
Box 23
Jones, Jameson, 1981-1982
Box 23
L, 1980-1983
Box 23
Langford, Thomas (Dean), 1979-1984
Box 23
Letters on Retirement from Divinity School, 1979-1980
Box 23
M-Q, 1975-1985
Box 23
The Methodist Publishing House and Abingdon Press, 1959-1970
Box 23
Meyers, Eric, 1982
Box 23
Nasir, Elizabeth and President - Birzeit College, 1972-1976
Box 23
Nelson, W. Fletcher, 1974-1981
Box 24
P, 1980-1982
Box 24
Personal Letters, 1945-1949
Box 24
Miscellaneous, 1945-1977
Box 24
Personal Correspondence, 1960-1982
(13 folders)
Box 24
Personal Correspondence - Copies, 1980-1981
Box 24
Reception Responses: Bob and Barbara Cushman, 1979
Box 24
Q, 1980-1981
Box 24
Quick, William K., 1972-1974, 1989
Box 24
Quillian, Joseph Dean, 1979, 1982
Box 24
R, 1981
Box 24
R-U, 1975-1990
Box 24
S, 1980-1981
Box 24
Schafer, Thomas A., 1980
Box 25
Smith, H. Shelton, undated
Box 25
Sommer, Gunter (Student), 1973-1987
(2 folders)
Box 25
Spence. Dr. Hersey E., 1960-1971
Box 25
Stiles, Elizabeth (Sister), 1960-1971
Box 25
V-Z, 1975-1982
Box 25
W, 1980-1981
Box 25
Y, 1980
Box 25
Photographs, undated
Box 25
Photographs, 1963-1966
Box 25
Photos and Clippings, 1957-1979
Box 25
Old Documents (Lane), 1915
Box 25
Documents and Clippings, 1964-1971
Box 25
Documents: Personal and Institutional, 1970-1975
Box 25
Miscellaneous Papers, 1971-1983, undated
(2 folders)
Box 25
Great Britain: Ecclesiastical Architecture, undated
Box 25
Travel Guide - Great Britain, 1982
Box 25
Charles Robinson MSS, undated
Box 25
James T. Cleland: Memorial Documents, 1978-1979
Box 25
90th Anniversary South Meriden Methodist Church Brochure, 1941
Box 25
Nuclear Shelters, 1958-[1968?]
Box 25
Osborn Documents, 1980-1984
Box 25
Trinity Church 150th Anniversary, 1982
Box 25
Voegelin - Pauline Vision of the Resurrection, 1975
Box 25
Wit and Humor, undated
Box 25
H. Shelton Smith: General Correspondence, 1976-1985
Box 25
H. Shelton Smith: A Marriage Service for Linda and Keith, undated
Box 25
H. Shelton Smith: Final Report on Worship and the Sanctuary of the United Church of Christ, undated
Box 25
H. Shelton Smith: Reprints, 1956
Box 25
H. Shelton Smith: Christianity and Human Rights in a Changing South, 1979
Box 25
H. Shelton Smith: Nuclear Warfare, undated
Box 25
H. Shelton Smith: North Carolina Council of Churches, 1982-1983
Box 25
H. Shelton Smith: Obituary and Other Papers, 1973-1987
Box 25
H. Shelton Smith: Memorial, 1979-1987
Box 25
 

Historical Note

Robert Earl Cushman was born December 26, 1913, in Fall River, Mass. His father, Ralph, was a Methodist pastor and bishop. Robert Cushman graduated with his A.B. from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., in 1936; was ordained a Methodist minister, and received his doctorate from Yale University in 1942. He taught theology at Yale and the University of Oregon before joining the faculty of Duke Divinity School in 1945 as a professor of systematic theology. Cushman was appointed dean of the Divinity School in 1958 by Duke President Hollis Edens, succeeding former Divinity School Dean James Cannon. Cushman’s tenure as dean (1958-1971) included a physical expansion of the Divinity School as well as an intensive self-study of the school’s admission policies and course curriculum. He participated in the 1968 prayer service at Duke after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and examined how other social issues, including the Vietnam war, race relations, and the “hippie” movement, affected the values and behavior of incoming divinity students.

Cushman was involved internationally in issues related to the Methodist Church, ecumenism, and theological education. He was a Methodist observer at three sessions of the Second Vatican Council of the Catholic Church, in 1963, 1964, and 1965. Throughout his term as dean and in his professional life, he continually stressed the importance of a solid theological education for those being trained for the ministry. He took part in visitations of other theological schools; served on the General Conference of the Methodist Church and the World Council of Churches; and was involved in establishing The Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Studies in Tantur, near Jerusalem, which saw its first scholars take residence in 1971. The institute grew out of the ecumenical associations formed between Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox Christians at the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II). Cushman also lectured widely and published numerous articles, including the James A. Gray lectures on the Second Vatican Council (with Fr. Godfrey Leo Diekmann); co-edited a volume of essays in honor of theologian Robert Lowry Calhoun (Harper & Row, 1965); and published the book Faith Seeking Understanding: Essays Theological and Critical with Duke University Press (1981). In the 1960s and 1970s, he was an editor with the Wesley Works project with Oxford University Press, which was aimed at producing a comprehensive set of volumes on the works of John Wesley.

After a sabbatical following his resignation as dean, Cushman returned to full-time teaching in 1972 and retired in 1979, dividing his time between Durham and Maine. In 1980, the Robert E. Cushman Chair of Christian Theology was established at Duke Divinity School. In the early 1980s, Cushman continued to write, correspond with former students and colleagues, teach distance courses, and direct graduate students. He also took up painting, and preached memorial services for several friends, including Duke theology professor H. Shelton Smith and other former divinity school faculty members. Cushman died on June 8, 1993. He and his wife Barbara had three children, Robert Earl Cushman, Jr., Thomas, and Elizabeth.

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