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Guide to the William Clair Turner Papers, circa 1960s-2013

Summary

William Clair Turner, Jr. earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University in 1971, his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School in 1974, and his Ph.D. in religion in 1984. He has held several administrative positions at Duke, including Assistant Provost and Dean of Black Affairs and Acting Director of the Afro-American Studies program. In 1982 he became a full-time faculty member in the Divinity School, directing the Office of Black Church Affairs before being appointed Professor of the Practice of Homiletics. He has pastored several churches, including his current position at Mt. Level Baptist Church and was previously ordained in the United Holy Church of America, Inc. denomination. The collection documents Turner’s academic and personal activities. Materials include personal and administrative correspondence regarding Turner’s roles as pastor and administrator, manuscripts of lectures and sermons, syllabi and notes for courses taught, notes from classes taken while a student, subject files, and records of the United Holy Church of America. The collection also includes VHS, CD, and DVD recordings of some of his sermons.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.29.02.0250
Title
William Clair Turner papers
Date
circa 1960s-2013
Creator
Turner, William Clair
Extent
18.5 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

The collection documents the academic and personal activities of William C. Turner, Jr., Duke alumni and faculty member at Duke Divinity School. Materials include personal and administrative correspondence regarding Turner’s roles as pastor and administrator, manuscripts of lectures and sermons, syllabi and notes for courses taught, notes from classes taken while a student, subject files, and records of the United Holy Church of America, Inc. denomination in which Turner was deeply involved and on which he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation. The collection also includes VHS, CD, and DVD recordings of some of his sermons. Major topics covered include black student life at Duke; Turner’s involvement in the Department of Afro-American Studies, Office of Black Affairs, and Office of Black Church Studies; Turner’s academic work on the Holy Spirit and black spirituality; pastoral work in African American churches in Durham; and the history of the United Holy Church of America, Inc.

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[Identification of item], William Clair Turner Papers, circa 1960s-2013, University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Correspondence

The correspondence series primarily contains letters written to and from Dr. Turner. The general correspondence subseries is in rough chronological order. Folders for individual correspondents are arranged alphabetically. Types of materials include letters to and from church members at the various churches he pastored, administrative material related to his pastoral work, correspondence with Duke community members as a student and as faculty and administrator, invitations to speak at various locations and events, correspondence relating to various affiliations and community activities, and some personal correspondence with family and friends.

Some administrative materials are restricted for a period of 25 years from the date of origin.

Some sensitive personal correspondence is restricted for a period of 70 years from the date of origin unless permission is given by the donor.

General Correspondence, 1973-1975
Box 11
General correspondence, 1973-1975
Box 1
General Correspondence, 1973-1975
Box 11
General correspondence, 1973-1990
Box 1
General correspondence, 1975-1978
Box 1
General correspondence, 1975-1978
Box 1
General Correspondence, 1975-1982
Box 11
General correspondence, circa 1975-2012
Box 1
General correspondence, 1976-1978
Box 1
General Correspondence, 1976-1981
Box 11
General correspondence, 1976-1986
Box 1
General correspondence, circa 1976-1992
Box 1
Agbaje, S. O., 1990
Box 1
Barber, William, 1992, 1994
Box 1
Bethea, Joseph B., Rev., 1987-1992
Box 1
Clemmons, Ithiel, Bishop, 1990
Box 1
Cousin, P., Bishop, 1988
Box 1
Crews, Rowan (Claftin College), 1996
Box 1
Duncan, Greg, 1995
Box 1
Euro-American Studies Seminar, 1991-1992
Box 1
Euro-American Studies Seminar, 1992-1993
Box 1
Euro-American Studies Seminar, 1992-1993
Box 1
Euro-American Studies Seminar - Correspondence with Sheldon Sorge and Prof. Ming, 1991 and undated
Box 1
Fisher, Miles Mark, 1992
Box 1
Gopal, Arun, 1991
Box 1
Hall, Joseph Gbana, Rev., 1993-1994
Box 1
Herzog, Fred, 1990-1995

restricted until 2020

Box 1
Howard University, 1988-1989
Box 1
Hoyt, Thomas, Bishop, 1994-1995
Box 11
Hunt, Michael L., 1992
Box 1
Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (Durham and Vicinity), 1990
Box 1
Johnson, Joseph, Bishop, 1990-1993
Box 1
Lincoln, C. Eric (Celebration), 1990-1993
Box 1
Livingstone College, 1994
Box 1
Ministers Association (Durham), 1990
Box 1
Mitchell, Ella, 1989
Box 1
Newsome, Geno Clarence, 1985-1996, 2009
Box 1
Owens, Alfred A., Bishop, 1991-1992
Box 1
Shockley, Grant (Obituary), 1996
Box 1
Restricted correspondence, 1975-1978

restricted until 2048

Box 14

2. Sermons, Writings, and Lectures

This series contains published and unpublished manuscripts for articles and books, lectures, and a large number of sermons. Some sermons on the same book of the Bible were filed together by Turner, and these are arranged in order of the Biblical canon. Academic writings are arranged alphabetically by title. The series also includes 1 VHS, 2 audio CDs, and 8 DVDs from 1998-2010 of Turner preaching at Mt. Level Baptist Church or other locations on various occasions.

"Exodus", undated
Box 1
"Judges", undated
Box 1
"Judges", undated
Box 1
"Chronicles", 1992 and undated
Box 1
"Isaiah, Jeremiah", undated
Box 1
"Jeremiah", undated
Box 1
"Ezekiel", undated
Box 1
"Luke", undated
Box 1
Sermons on Luke, undated
Box 2
Sermons on Luke, Acts, and other topics, undated
Box 2
"John and other Misc.", undated
Box 2
"Acts", undated
Box 2
"Romans, etc.", undated
Box 2
Sermons on Romans, undated
Box 2
Sermons on Romans, undated
Box 2
Sermons on Romans, undated
Box 2
"Colossians", undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 2
Sermons, undated
Box 3
Sermons, undated
Box 3
Sermons, undated
Box 3
Sermons, undated
Box 3
Sermons, undated
Box 3
Sermons, undated
Box 3
Sermons, undated
Box 3
Sermons and eulogies, 1993-1994 and undated
Box 3
Sermons and eulogies, 1993-1994 and undated
Box 3
Sermons and eulogies, 1993-1994 and undated
Box 3
Published sermons and devotional literature, 1973-1993 and undated
Box 3
"Seeing the Lord and Five Other Sermons", undated
Box 3
"The Fruit of the Spirit" draft, undated
Box 3
Sermons and church notes, undated
Box 3
Sermon drafts and notes, undated
Box 3
Sermon drafts and notes, undated
Box 3
Sermon drafts and notes, undated
Box 3
Sermon drafts and notes, undated
Box 3
Drafts and notes for sermons, notebook 1, undated
Box 3
Drafts and notes for sermons, notebook 2, undated
Box 3
Academic reprints, 1989-2005 and undated
Box 3
"The Crisis in the United Holy Church: A Propaedeutic", circa 1981
Box 3
"The Evangelical Character of Black Religion: Black Evangelicalism" drafts, undated
Box 3
"Lord, Let the Holy Ghost Come on Down: Pheumatology and Black Liberation Theology" final version, undated
Box 3
"Lord, Let the Holy Ghost Come on Down: Pheumatology and Black Liberation Theology" final version, undated
Box 3
"Lord, Let the Holy Ghost Come on Down" drafts, undated
Box 3
"Lord, Let the Holy Ghost Come on Down" drafts, undated
Box 3
"Lord, Let the Holy Ghost Come on Down" drafts, undated
Box 4
"Lord, Let the Holy Ghost Come on Down" drafts, undated
Box 4
"Lord, Let the Holy Ghost Come on Down" drafts, undated
Box 4
"Writing Projects: On the Holy Spirit", undated
Box 4
"Pneumatic Writing, Vol. 1", undated
Box 4
"Pneumatic Writings, Vol. 2 - Delivered at Churches", undated
Box 4
"Vol. 3" [Pneumatic Writings?], undated
Box 4
"Pneumatology: Euro-American Seminar", 1992
Box 4
"American Academy of Religion Euro-American Theology Seminar", 1991 and undated
Box 4
Euro-American Seminar, 1992 and undated
Box 4
"To Daddy William and Mother Dear: Three Essays", undated
Box 4
Academic drafts and unpublished papers, undated
Box 4
Academic drafts and unpublished papers, undated
Box 4
Academic drafts and unpublished papers, undated
Box 4
Academic drafts and unpublished papers, undated
Box 4
Emmanuel College: "God in Public Space" and "The Holy Spirit: The Giver of Life, Love and Liberty", undated
Box 4
Lectures and speeches, 1994 and undated
Box 4
Lectures and speeches, 1995 and undated
Box 4
Lectures and speeches, 1995-1996 and undated
Box 4
Lectures and speeches, undated
Box 4
Lectures and speeches, undated
Box 4
VHS, 1998
Box 14
Audio and Video recordings, 2009-2012 and undated
Box 14
Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29020250-CD-0001.iso

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Title: Southern District Convocation CD

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Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29020250-CD-0002.iso

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Title: Being the Body of Christ in 2012

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Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29020250-DVD-0001.iso

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Title: Southern District Convocation DVD

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Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29020250-DVD-0002.iso

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Title: Dr. WC Turner Jr, 5/8/211 10:45 am

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Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29020250-DVD-0003.iso

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Title: Dr. WC Turner April 12, 2009 10:45 part 1

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Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29020250-DVD-0004.iso

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Title: Dr. WC Turner April 12, 2009 10:45 part 2

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Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29020250-DVD-0005.iso

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Title: Dr. WC Turner 9/5/10 10:45

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Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29020250-DVD-0006.iso

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Title: Dr. WC Turner October 4, 2009 Deacon Ordination Service

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Electronic Record (Master File) : UA29020250-DVD-0007.iso

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Title: Dr. WC Turner DVD0007

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3. Duke University Materials

This series pertains to Turner’s time as a staff and faculty member at Duke University. He served as acting director of the Department of Afro-American Studies (formerly known as Black Studies and now African and African American Studies), dean of the Office of Black Affairs (now Office of Minority Affairs), and Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. He was also involved with the Divinity School's Office of Black Church Studies. Course materials include syllabi and planning/lecture notes for courses he taught; they are arranged alphabetically by course code where known. Materials in the other sub-groups contain administrative materials and are arranged chronologically.

BCS 100 Introduction to Black Theology, 1984-1986
Box 6
"BCS 124 Volume I", circa 1984-1989
Box 6
"BCS 124 Volume II", circa 1984-1989
Box 6
BCS 124 The Black Church in America, miscellaneous, 1987-1992
Box 6
"1992 Collection BCS 124", 1992
Box 6
BCS 124 The Black Church in America, course notes, undated
Box 6
BCS 124 The Black Church in America, course notes, undated
Box 6
BCS 126 Black Religion and Social Conflicts in America, 1982-1993
Box 6
BCS 126 Black Religion and Social Conflicts in America, 1982-1993
Box 6
"BCS 126, etc.", Fall 1983
Box 6
BCS 126 Black Religion and Social Conflicts in America, Fall 1993
Box 6
BCS 126 Black Religion and Social Conflicts in America, Fall 1993
Box 6
BCS 126 Black Religion and Social Conflicts in America, Fall 1993
Box 6
BCS 144 Topics in Black Church History, 1989-1995
Box 6
BCS 168 Leadership in the African-American Churches for the Twenty-First Century, Fall 1993

Course taught by a different instructor

Box 6
BCS 192 African-American Spirituality, Fall 1996
Box 6
Black Studies 113 Introduction to African Philosophy, Fall 1976
Box 6
Black Studies 113 Introduction to African Philosophy, Fall 1976
Box 6
Black Studies 113 Introduction to African Philosophy, Fall 1976
Box 6
CHURCHMIN 120 The Holy Spirit and Ministry, Fall 2007
Box 6
CHURCHMIN 120 The Holy Spirit and Ministry course notes, undated
Box 6
CM 10 The Church's Ministry, 1987-1989
Box 6
CM 10 The Church's Ministry course notes,, circa 1991
Box 6
CM 10 The Church's Ministry, Fall 1992
Box 6
CM 10 The Church's Ministry, Fall 1992
Box 6
CM 10 The Church's Ministry, Fall 1992
Box 6
CM 10 The Church's Ministry, Fall 1992
Oversize-box 15
CM 10 The Church's Ministry, undated
Box 6
"CM 10 Documents", undated
Box 6
CT 32 Introduction to Christian Theology, 1986-1993
Box 6
CT 32 Introduction to Christian Theology, Spring 1989
Box 7
CT 108 Major Types of Protestant Theology, Fall 1986
Box 7
CT 108 Major Types of Protestant Theology course notes, Fall 1986
Box 7
CT 112 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, 1985-1987
Box 7
CT 112 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit course notes, undated
Box 7
CT 134 Theology of Pentecostalism, 1985-1986
Box 7
CT 134 Theology of Pentecostalism course notes, 1986
Box 7
CT 134 Theology of Pentecostalism, 1986-1995
Box 7
CT 220 and PR 183, Fall 2002
Box 7
CT 220 and PR 30, course notes, Spring 2007
Box 7
PAR 164, Spring 2006
Box 7
"A Sermon Reader, PR 30", Spring 1995
Box 7
PR 30 Theology and Practice of Preaching, 1995-2002
Box 7
PR 30 Theology and Practice of Preaching, 1996-1999
Box 7
PR 30 Theology and Practice of Preaching, 1998-1999
Box 7
PR 30 Theology and Practice of Preaching, 1999-2006
Box 7
PR 30 Theology and Practice of Preaching, Spring 2006
Box 7
PR 30 Theology and Practice of Preaching lectures, undated
Box 7
PR 170 Contemporary Pneumatology and Preaching, "Preaching in Our Current Crisis", circa 2001 Sept. 11
Box 7
PR 170 Contemporary Pneumatology and Preaching course notes, undated
Box 7
PR 183 Preaching in the Black Community and PR 189 Preaching in Context, Spring 1985
Box 7
PR 183 Preaching in the Black Community and PR 189 Preaching in Context, 1985-1998
Box 7
PR 183 Preaching in the Black Community, Fall 1993
Box 7
PR 183 Preaching in the Black Community, Fall 1998
Box 7
PR 183 Preaching in the Black Community, Fall 1993
Box 7
PR 189 Preaching in Context, 1987-1989
Box 7
PR 193 Theology in Preaching, 1996-1997
Box 7
PR 193 Theology in Preaching, Fall 2001
Box 7
PR 193 Theology in Preaching and BCS 144 Topics in Black Church History course notes, Fall 1990
Box 7
PR 195 Preaching about Social Crisis, Spring 1998
Box 7
Course syllabi and handouts, 1981-1990
Box 7
Course syllabi and lectures, 1987-1999 and undated
Box 7
Course syllabi, notes and readings, 1992-1996
Box 7
Course syllabi, lectures and notes, 1996-2014
Box 7
Course syllabi, 2000-2007
Box 7
Course notes, Spring 2004
Box 7
Course syllabi and notes, 2007-2009
Box 7
United Christian College course, Spring 1985
Box 7
Course readings, "The Epistle to the Romans," and notes, undated
Box 7
Course readings, "Epistle to the Romans", undated
Box 7
Course notes and lectures, undated
Box 7
Course notes and lectures, undated
Box 7
Course notes and lectures, undated
Box 8
Black Studies reports and memos, 1972-1973 and undated
Box 8
Black Studies materials, 1975-1977
Box 8
Black Studies materials, 1975-1977
Box 8
Black Studies materials, 1975-1977
Box 8
Black Studies materials (restricted), 1975-1977

restricted until 2046

Box 14
Black Studies courses, 1977
Box 8
Black Studies to-do lists and notes, undated
Box 8
"Black Church Studies Evolution", 1970-1980
Box 8
"Four Year Dual Degree Student Minister Placement Proposal for the Tent-Making Churches in the Southern Conference," proposal and correspondence, 1972
Box 8
Black Church Affairs correspondence, 1989, 1995
Box 8
Black Directory, 1974-1975
Box 8
Office of Black Affairs, 1976-1989 and undated
Box 8
President's Council on Black Affairs, 1986-1991
Box 8
President's Council on Black Affairs, 1990-1991
Box 8
"Report to the President's Council on Black Affairs on the Office of Minority Affairs", 1995
Box 8
President's Council on Black Affairs, 1985-1987
Box 8

4. United Holy Church of America Records

This series contains correspondence, minutes, reports, programs, and publications of the United Holy Church of America, Inc. denomination, in which Turner was an elder and pastor for a number of years and on which he wrote his Ph.D. dissertation. Much of the correspondence is between bishops of the denomination and pertains to a rift between member districts in the mid-1970s. Folders are arranged alphabetically by title.

Barbados District Convention program, 1982
Box 8
Bermuda District Convention program, 1980
Box 8
Bible Church School and Young People's Holy Association General Convention programs, 1962, 1974, 1980
Box 8
Bishop's Council session minutes, 1967
Box 9
"A Brief History of the United Holy Church of America, Incorporated," by Reverend H. O. Latta, undated
Box 9
Central District Convention programs, 1977, 1986 and undated
Box 9
Committee of Concerned Churchpersons minutes, 1975
Box 9
"Contribution" by Ted Shine; "Destination" by Lorraine Anderson, Marsha Eaglin, and Joy Lewis; "He Leadeth Me beside the Still Waters" by Mary Alice Moseley, 1970, circa 1986, and undated
Box 12
"The Function and Design of YPHA Literature", undated
Box 9
General Bible Church School and Young People's Holy Association Department minutes, circa 1971-1973
Box 9
General Bible Church School and Young People's Holy Association Department minutes, 1974 and 1976
Box 9
"General District Records of U. H. C. A. Inc.", 1956-1957
Box 9
General Workers Conference including Pastorial and Ministerial Retreat programs, 1983-1988
Box 9
The Holiness Union, October 1974-March 1976
Box 9
The Holiness Union, June 1976-July 1981, Jan.-Feb. 2006
Box 9
Home and Foreign Missionary Department Convention minutes, 1976
Box 9
Latta, H. O. correspondence, 1973-1977
Box 12
New England District Convocation program, 1985
Box 9
Northern District Young People's Holy Association progress report, 1983
Box 9
Northwestern District Convocation programs, 1958 and 1976
Box 9
Northwestern District Missionary Department historical review, 1985
Box 9
"An Overview of the Development of Sites 1 and 2, City of Durham, North Carolina," the Leon Bridges Company, 1981
Box 9
"Report of the Young People's Holy Association", 1983
Box 9
"Revival at Faith Gospel Tabernacle", undated
Box 9
Sanford District Convention programs, 1976
Box 9
Southern District Convocation programs, 1975 and 2010
Box 9
"Standard Manual and Constitution and By-Laws of the United Holy Church of America, Incorporated", 1966
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. budgets, 1960-1972
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. Department of Education reports, 1952
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. doctrine, policies, and history, 1980-1981 and undated
Box 12
United Holy Church of America, Inc. General Annual and Quadrennial Convocation minutes, 1966-1972
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. General Annual and Quadrennial Convocation minutes, 1975-1985
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. General Convocation programs, 1970-1991
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1965-1979 folder 1 of 2
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1965-1979 folder 2 of 2
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1972-1977
Box 12
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1972-1977
Box 13
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1972-1977
Box 13
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1972-1977
Box 13
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1974-1976
Box 13
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1974-1986
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1975-1982
Box 13
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1976-1978
Box 13
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, 1984-1986
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. materials, undated
Box 9
The United Holy Church of America, Inc. vs. the Original United Holy Church of the World, 1977
Box 9
United Holy Church of America, Inc. yearbook, 1928
Box 9
"The United Holy Church's Ecclesiology: History, Polity and Doctrine," by Elijah Williams, 1991
Box 9
Virginia District Convocation constitution, circa 1966
Box 9
Virginia District Convocation minutes, 1975
Box 9
Virginia District Convocation programs, 1977-1985
Box 9
"Wading through the Old Testament: An Old Testament Survey," by Elroy Lewis, 1988
Box 9
West Virginia District Convocation programs, 1980-1985
Box 9
Western North Carolina District Convocation minutes, 1974-1979
Box 9
Western North Carolina District Convocation minutes, 1980
Box 9
Western North Carolina District programs, 1975-1989 and undated
Box 10
"Yearbook of the United Holy Church of America, Inc.", 1935
Box 10
Young People's Holy Association Quarterly, Oct.-Dec. 1956 - July-Sept. 1960
Box 10
Young People's Holy Association Quarterly, July-Sept. 1961 - Apr.-June 1968
Box 10
Young People's Holy Association Quarterly, Oct.-Dec. 1968- Jan.-March 1973
Box 10
Young People's Holy Association Quarterly, Apr.-June 1974 - July-Sept. 1976
Box 10
Young People's Holy Association Quarterly, Jan.-March 1977 - Oct.-Dec. 1981
Box 10
Young People's Holy Association Quarterly, Jan.-March 1983 - July-Sept. 1983
Box 10
Young People's Holy Association Quarterly, July-Sept. 1983 - Oct.-Dec. 1984
Box 10
Young People's Holy Association Quarterly, Oct.-Dec. 1984 - Jan.-March 1989
Box 10

5. Subject Files

Organized alphabetically, the subject files series comprises materials on various topics, some brought together by Turner and some by the archivist. Original folder titles are in quotation marks. Topics include areas of academic interest, churches pastored, civil rights ephemera, and reflections on Turner’s experience as a black student at Duke, including involvement with the Allen Building Takeover. The folders "Student Affairs" also include a report on black student attrition at Duke.

"The African American Catholic Congregation Movement under the Leadership of George Augustus Stallings, Jr: Newspaper and Magazine Articles," compiled by Jon Michael Spencer, 1990
Box 8
Faith Gospel Tabernacle United Holy Church materials, 1979-1981 and undated
Box 8
Fisher Memorial United Holy Church materials, 1973-1975
Box 11
Fisher Memorial United Holy Church materials, 1975-1977 and undated
Box 8
Fisher Memorial United Holy Church materials, 1976 and undated
Box 8
Fisher Memorial United Holy Church materials, 1977-1979
Box 11
Fisher Memorial United Holy Church materials, undated
Box 8
"Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity", 1975-1976
Box 12
"Lincoln, C. Eric", 1978, 1982 and undated
Box 8
"Mack's Chapel United Holy Church", 1986 and undated
Box 8
"Magazine and newspaper clippings", circa 1980-2000
Box 12
"Magazine and newspaper clippings", circa 1980-2000
Box 12
"Magazine and newspaper clippings", circa 1980-2000
Box 12
"Magazine and newspaper clippings", circa 1980-2000
Oversize-box 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Committee, 2006-2007

restricted until 2032

Box 8
Mount Level Missionary Baptist Church Deacon Studies, 1999
Box 8
Newsweek, with cover article "Martin Luther King Jr., 1929-1968", 1968 April 15
Box 8
"On Aboriginal Religion," W. E. H. Stanner, 1960
Box 12
"Pentecostalism and UHCA miscellaneous", undated
Box 8
"Pentecostalism and UHCA miscellaneous", undated
Box 12
"Pentecostalism and UHCA miscellaneous", undated
Oversize-box 15
"Pentecostals Reconciliation Dialogue", 1994
Box 8
"Practical Preaching in Zion: Somebody Ought to Say Something," Bishop Joseph Johnson, undated
Box 8
"Pictures, etc. from Pre-Civil Rights South", 1958-1965
Box 8
"Student Affairs", 1975-1977
Box 8
"Student Affairs", 1975-1977
Box 8
"Society for Pentecostal Studies," Sixteenth Annual Meeting, 1986 Nov. 13-15
Box 8
"Society for Pentecostal Studies," Sixteenth Annual Meeting, 1986 Nov. 13-15
Box 8
"Theomusicology and Miscellaneous Articles", 1989-1990
Box 8
"My Vision Becoming a Reality" Deacon and Deaconess Class, 2013
Box 8
William Turner and black student life at Duke, 1985-1991 and undated
Box 12
Wilmington Ten materials, 1976
Box 8

6. Personal Papers

This series contains Turner's personal materials such as copies of his resume, daily planners, collected ephemera, awards, and syllabi, class notes, and papers from his time as an undergraduate and graduate student at Duke. Student materials are ordered chronologically where the date is known, ending with dissertation materials, while the other folders are alphabetical.

OT 11, Fall 1970
Box 4
"The Blues Men: Priests, Theologians, Philosophers" and other papers and notes, 1970-1972
Box 4
Class notes, readings, and papers, 1970-1978
Box 5
Class notes, readings, and papers, 1970-1978
Box 5
Class notes, readings, and papers, 1971-1972
Box 5
Class notes, readings, syllabi, and papers, 1972-1976 and undated
Box 5
"The Use of Scripture in Christian Ethics" and other papers and notes, 1973 and undated
Box 5
Book summaries, 1977 and undated
Box 5
Class syllabi and papers, 1977-1980
Box 5
"Afro-Americans and the Great Awakening", 1978

copy 1

Box 5
"Afro-Americans and the Great Awakening", 1978

copy 2

Box 5
Class notes, Fall 1978
Box 5
"Handbook on the Study of Religion" collection of papers and notes, 1978-1980
Box 5
Class syllabi and papers, 1979-1980 and undated
Box 5
"Notes", undated
Box 5
"Notes on Fathers' Preaching and Paper and Luke", undated
Box 5
Materials from Professor C. K. Robinson, undated
Box 5
Class notes, undated
Box 5
"Black Theology, Black Evangelism" and other papers, undated
Box 5
"Black Theology, Black Evangelism", undated

copy 2

Box 5
"Black Theology, Black Evangelism", undated

copy 3

Box 5
"Dissertation Draft", undated
Box 5
"Redrafted Chapters, Sections, etc.", undated
Box 5
"Notes for Dissertation Redrafting", undated
Box 5
Dissertation materials, undated
Box 5
"The United Holy Church of America: A Study in Black Holiness-Pentecostalism", undated
Box 5
"The United Holy Church of America: A Study in Black Holiness-Pentecostalism", undated
Box 6
"The United Holy Church of America: A Study in Black Holiness-Pentecostalism", undated
Box 6
Certificates and plaques, 1979-2007 and undated
Box 10
Church programs, 1974-1979
Box 10
Church programs, 1980-1983
Box 10
Church programs, 1997 and undated
Box 10
Commencement and reunion programs, 1974-2006
Box 10
Curriculum vitae and photographs, undated
Box 10
"Daily Meditations and Other Entries", 1983
Box 10
Diary, 1978
Box 10
Diary, 1989
Box 10
Diary, 1989-1990
Box 10
Diary, 1991
Box 10
Diary, circa 2002-2008
Box 10
Ephemera, 1964-1986
Box 10
Ephemera, 1987-2013 and undated
Box 10
Ephemera, 1964-2013
Oversize-box 15
Publications, 1970-1976
Box 14
Publications, 1977-2013
Box 14
"Celebrating the Turner Legacy," Gatherings, Summer 2008 (mounted article with handwritten notes), 2008
Oversize-box 59
 

Historical Note

William Clair Turner, Jr. was born April 26, 1948 in Richmond, VA to Ruth Randolph Turner and William Clair Turner, Sr. In 1971 he earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Duke University – playing on the football team as an undergraduate – followed by a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School in 1974 and his Ph.D. in religion from Duke in 1984. He also held several administrative positions at Duke; in 1974 he became Assistant Provost and Dean of Black Affairs (now the Office of Intercultural Affairs), and from 1975 to 1977 he was Acting Director of the Afro-American Studies program (now African and African American Studies). In 1982 he became a full-time faculty member in the Divinity School. He taught theology and black church studies, directing the Office of Black Church Affairs, before being appointed Professor of the Practice of Homiletics. His academic interests include pneumatology, or the study of the Holy Spirit, and the spirituality and preaching of the black church. Turner currently teaches courses on preaching and doctrine of the Holy Spirit; he also fulfills many speaking engagements as preacher and lecturer.

Turner has been deeply involved in pastoral ministry in Durham. In 1973 he was ordained in the United Holy Church of America, a Christian denomination started near Raleigh, NC in 1886 as the oldest African American Holiness-Pentecostal denomination. Turner pastored Fisher Memorial United Holy Church from 1974-1979 and Faith Gospel Tabernacle United Holy Church beginning in 1979. In the 1970s and 1980s he was deeply involved in the work of the denomination, participating in multiple committees and serving as President of the Young People’s Holiness Association, a department focused on outreach and support for the church’s youth. In 1990 Turner began his current position pastoring Mt. Level Baptist Church in Durham, NC and was ordained in the East Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Association shortly after. Turner has dedicated time to working with parishioners in need, particularly the incarcerated, as well as connecting Divinity School students with field experience assignments. He has also been involved with other local ministries and social justice groups in the region, such as the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Durham and Vicinity and Churches for Action.

Related Material

Allen Building Takeover Collection, 1969-2002, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Black History at Duke Reference Collection, 1948 - 2001 and undated, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Department of African and African American Studies records, 1966-1981, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Divinity School Records, circa 1920-2005, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Divinity School Reference Collection, 1926-ongoing, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Office of Black Church Studies records, 1968-2013, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Office of Minority Affairs records, 1969-1993, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.


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Provenance

The William Clair Turner Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in June, 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by: Jamie Patrick-Burns, May 2015.

Accessions described in this finding aid: UA2014-0043.