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Guide to the Whirley Family Papers, 1853-1998 and undated

Summary

Carl and Enid Whirley were Southern Baptist missionaries in Nigeria from 1947 to 1980. The Whirley Family Papers includes material from throughout their lives, beginning with Carl's studies at Howard College, now Samford University, in the 1940s and ending with his and Enid's retirement into the 1990s. Their papers include correspondence, documents and photographs from the Whirleys' time in multiple regions of Nigeria, as well as Carl's sermon notes and teaching materials. Also includes printed materials from their time as missionaries, including Nigerian newspapers and clippings, church bulletins, and other articles, books, serials, pamphlets, and newsletters.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11315
Title
Whirley family papers
Date
1853-1998 and undated
Extent
25.4 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English and Hausa

Collection Overview

The Whirley Family Papers collection is divided into seven series: Teaching Materials, Speeches and Sermons, Correspondence, Nigerian Mission, Printed Materials, Personal Materials, and Audiovisual Materials. Teaching Materials is divided into four subseries: subject files, specific course materials, Samford University administration, and Carl Whirley's personal coursework and notes. Speeches and Sermons contains three subseries: Carl Whirley's sermon notes, sermons by himself and others, and speeches by himself and others. Correspondence contains contact between Carl and Enid with personal friends as well as American churches and official organizations. Nigerian Mission includes both administrative documents from various Nigerian missionary organizations as well as some uncaptioned photographs. Printed Materials consists of eight subseries: articles, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, serials, books, programs, and church bulletins, mostly from their time in Nigeria. Personal Materials largely relates to the lives both before and after their missionary work in Nigeria.

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Arrangement

The colleciton initially arrived unsorted and has been sorted into six series: Teaching Materials, Speeches and Sermons, Correspondence, Nigerian Mission, Printed Materials, Personal Materials, and Audiovisual Materials.

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Contents of the Collection

1. Teaching Materials, 1944-1993 and undated

Teaching Materials consists of subject files, specific course materials, administrative documents, and Carl Whirley's personal coursework notes. Subject files include lecture notes on various world religions and books of the Bible, especially the New Testament. Course materials are specific to courses Carl taught while at Samford University from 1979-1987, and other institutions until 1990, including New Testament Survey and Comparative Religions. They include lecture notes, handouts, syllabi, exams, and student work samples. There is one folder of K-6 teaching material on Nigeria. Administrative documents are also from his time at Samford University. Whirley's personal coursework notes span 1944-1953. Arranged alphabetically by folder title within each sub-series.

Ancient American Religions, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 1
Bahai, 1950s-1980s

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts

Box 1
Black Muslims, undated

Handouts, pamphlets

Box 1
Buddhism, 1979

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts

Box 1
Christian Science, 1980s
(2 folders)

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts, pamphlets

Box 1
Confucianism, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 1
Gnosticism, 1980

Handout

Box 1
Greek Orthodox Church, undated

Pamphlet

Box 1
Hinduism, undated

Dr. Thomas Starkes's Tape: lecture notes, handouts

Box 1
Islam, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts

Box 1
Jainism, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 1
Jehovah's Witnesses, 1983 and undated
(2 folders)

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts, Pamphlets, Religious literature

Box 1
Judaism, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes, pamphlets, religious literature

Box 1
Krishnas, 1983-1984

Carl Whirley lecture notes, serials

Box 1
Literacy Missions, 1988-1989 and undated

Handouts and pamphlet

Box 17
Folder 1
Roy Lockhardt, 1980s

Carl Whirley lecture notes, writings, clippings

Box 1
Mormonism, 1980s
(3 folders)

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts, religious literature

Box 1
Native Chinese Religion and Taoism, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 1
Pluralism, 1983

Carl Whirley lecture notes, newspaper

Box 1
Reincarnation, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes, religious literature

Box 1
Religion in Prehistoric and Primative Cultures, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 1
Seventh-Day Adventists, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts, religious literature, student work

Box 1
Shintoism, 1980

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 1
Sikhism, undated

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 1
Theosophic Society, undated

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 1
Unification Church, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes, religious literature

Box 1
The Way International, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes, student work

Box 1
Worldwide Church of God, 1982

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 1
Zen Buddhism, undated

Carl Whirley Lecture notes, religious literature

Box 1
Zoroastrianism, undated

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 1
Genesis, 1970

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 2
Exodus, undated

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 2
Psalms, 1945

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 2
Isaiah, 1940s

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 2
Jeremiah, undated

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 2
Haggai, Zachariah, and Malachi, undated

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 2
Matthew, Gospel of, undated

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 2
Mark, Gospel of, undated

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 2
Luke, Gospel of, undated

Carl Whirley lecture Notes

Box 2
John, Gospel of, undated

Dr. William Hersey Davis's notes

Box 2
John, Gospel of, 1981, 1989

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts

Box 2
Acts, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes, serials

Box 2
Romans, 1945-1980s

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
I Corinthians, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
II Corinthians, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Galatians, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Ephesians, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Philippians, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Thessalonians, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Philemon, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Hebrews, Epistle to the, 1946-1989

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
James, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Peter, the First Epistle, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
I, II & III John, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Revelation, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Apocrypha, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Deaconesses, 1980s

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts

Box 2
Holy Spirit Today, 1993 and undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes, newspaper

Box 2
Life of Paul, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Parables of Jesus, 1991

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Pauline Epistles, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Sermon on the Mount, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 2
Christian Denominations, undated

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts

Box 2
Hymn Texts: English, undated
Box 2
Pedagogy, undated

Handouts

Box 2
Poetry Clippings, undated
Box 2
Population Trends, 1983

Handout

Box 2
Course Evaluations, 1980s

Student Course Evaluations of Carl Whirley

Box 2
Samford University Administrative Memos, 1967-1969
Box 2
Religion Department, 1982

Department report

Box 2
Carl Whirley Retirement Ceremony, 1986

Handouts, correspondence, programs

Box 2
Carl Whirley Retirement Ceremony, 1986

Invitation

Box 17
Folder 2
Directories and Admissions Information, 1979-1989

Student directories, program requirements

Box 2
Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity Documents, 1979-1986

Correspondence, meeting minutes, memos

Box 2
Phi Kappa Phi Fraternity Documents, 1981-1991

Correspondence, memos, programs

Box 17
Folder 4
Samford University Missionary Apartments (SUMA), 1980s

Correspondence, committee reports, notes

Box 2
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, 1981-1993 and undated

Newsletter, agendas, minutes. Some materials for the Southeast Region section.

Box 17
Folder 3
Resumes and Biographies, 1982-1983
Box 2
Scholarships, 1991-1992

Scholarship application resumes

Box 2
Truman Scholar Documents, 1980s

Handout, application materials

Box 2
Africa (Religion 498), 1980s
(2 folders)

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts, syllabi

Box 3
Africa Today, 1967

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 3
Africa Today (Religion 498), 1980s

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts

Box 3
Christianity in Black Africa (Religion 498), 1980s

Carl Whirley lecture nores, syllabi, exams

Box 3
Comparative Religions (Religion 301), 1980s
(2 folders)

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts, exams

Box 3
Contemporary Ethical Issues (Philosophy/Religion 300), 1980s

Carl Whirley lecture notes, exams

Box 3
Discipleship, undated

Leader materials guide

Box 3
Elementary Greek, 1980s

Handouts, syllabi, exams

Box 3
Goal Indicators, 1987-1990 and undated
(2 folders)

Carl Whirley syllabi, handouts, examinations, correspondence with registrar.

Box 17
Folder 6-7
Religion 300, Graduate Level, 1980s

Handouts, syllabi

Box 3
History of Preaching, 1970s
(3 folders)

Untitled book in manuscript form, outlines, Dr. Osad Imasogie papers

Box 3
Western Civilization (History 101), 1982

Carl Whirley lecture notes, syllabus

Box 3
Independent Studies, undated

Outlines

Box 3
Introduction to Southern Baptist Missions (200-530), 1989-1990 and undated

Course held at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Includes correspondence, information sheet, articles of religious belief for faculty, notes for registrar, handouts.

Box 17
Folder 8
Islam Today (Religion 471), 1980

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts

Box 3
New Testament Survey (Religion 102), 1979-1986
(4 folders)

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts, syllabi, exams

Box 3
Old Testament, 1970

Carl Whirley lecture notes

Box 3
Old Testament Survey (Religion 101), 1980-1986
(3 folders)

Carl Whirley lecture notes, syllabi, exams, study guides

Box 3
Other Religions and Cults (Religion 184D), 1982

Carl Whirley lecture notes, handouts

Box 4
A Salute to Nigeria, 1984

K-6 grade. Published by the Birmingham Festival of Arts Association, Inc.

Box 17
Folder 5
Student Work Samples, 1970-1983

Student essays, outlines, exams

Box 4
Ancient Greek - Contemporary, undated

Carl Whirley course notes, outlines

Box 4
Card File for Subjects and Books
Box 19
Carl Whirley Term Papers, 1945
Box 4
Christian Sociology 91, 1944-1946

Carl Whirley course notes, outlines, handouts

Box 4
Church Administration 101, 1945

Carl Whirley course notes, untitled text in manuscript form

Box 4
Colossians Notes, undated

Carl Whirley course notes

Box 4
Counseling, undated

Manuscript text: The Pastor as a Marriage and Family Couselor by Wayne E. Oates

Box 4
Draft Notes on Courses, undated
Box 17
Folder 9
History of Interpretation, undated

Untitled text in manuscript form

Box 4
Homolectics, 1945

Carl Whirley course notes

Box 4
Miscellaneous Course Handouts, 1951-1953
Box 4
Missions, History of (Missions 51), 1945-1946
Box 17
Folder 10
Pastorals Class, 1951

Carl Whirley course notes

Box 4
Philippians Notes, 1947

Carl Whirley course notes

Box 4
The Philosophy of Christian Mission, 1950-1951

Carl Whirley course notes, handouts literature

Box 4
Program Requirements, 1950s

Requirements for Graduate Study (Th.D.) in the Field of New Testament, Howard College)

Box 4
Thesis, undated

Carl Whirley thesis notes

Box 4
Miscellaneous Notes, 1940s
(4 folders)

Carl Whirley course notes

Box 4

2. Speeches and Sermons, 1887-1994 and undated

Speeches and Sermons contains Carl Whirley's sermon notes in both notebooks and loose-leaf papers, with handwritten and typed outlines, drafts, and notes. Also included are manuscripts of both sermons and speeches by himself and others. Arranged chronologically by year.

Carl Whirley Sermon Notes, 1943-1957
(13 folders)

Notebooks and looseleaf papers, with both handwritten and typed outlines, drafts, and notes

Box 4
Carl Whirley Sermon Notes, 1959-1994 and undated
(40 folders)
Box 5
Carl Whirley Sermon Notes, undated
(3 folders)
Box 6
Marriage Ceremonies, undated

Carl Whirley ceremony notes and outline

Box 6
Notes Regarding Prayer, undated

Sermon notes, outlines, and handouts focused on the power of prayer

Box 6
Sermons by Carl Whirley, 1972-1983 and undated

Sermon manuscripts

Box 6
Sermons by Carl Whirley and Others, 1980-1989 and undated
Box 17
Folder 11
Sermons by Assorted Individuals, 1947-1982

Sermon manuscripts

Box 6
Sulligent Sermons Entertainment, 1982-1990
(3 folders)

Sulligent, Alabama.

Box 17
Folder 12-14
The Healing of the Blind Man, undated

Choral Drama by Agnes Durant Pylant, adapted from a dramatic sermon by Stackhouse

Box 6
Speech Reference File, undated
Box 17
Folder 15
Speeches by Carl Whirley, 1963-1982

Speech manuscripts; often religious in topic but not delivered at church services

Box 6
Speeches by Assorted Individuals, 1887-1987 and undated
(2 folders)

Speech manuscripts, cover a variety of topics, from religion, theology, and prayer to historical accounts of Nigeria

Box 6
Southern Baptist Convention President's Addresses, 1965-1966
Box 6

3. Correspondence, 1941-1998 and undated

Correspondence between Carl and End Whirley with family and friends as well as various American churches and official organizations. Includes handwritten letters, typed correspondence, and emails. Official organizations include the Baptist State Executive Board, various churches in the United States, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Foreign Mission Board, Women's Missionary Union, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. There are also letters from Nigerians. Arranged chronologically by year.

Carl and Enid Whirley Correspondence, 1941-1968
(21 folders)

Correspondence arranged chronologically by year between Carl and Enid Whirley family, friends; Official correspondence between Whirleys and Baptist State Executive Board, Churches in the United States, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Foreign Mission Board, Women's Missionary Union, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; 1 letter from 1981 contains photograph

Box 6
Carl and Enid Whirley Correspondence, 1969-1993
(30 folders)
Box 7
Carl and Enid Whirley Correspondence, 1994-1995 and undated
(4 folders)
Box 8
Carl and Enid Whirley Correspondence, 1954-1998 and undated
(5 folders)
Box 17
Folder 16-20
Letters from Nigerians, 1966-1979 and undated
(2 folders)
Box 17
Folder 21-22
Address Labels, undated
Box 8
Doc and Qami, undated

Handwritten notes between Doc and Qami

Box 8
Carl Whirley Personal Directory, 1993
Box 8
Samford University Correspondence, 1979-1986
(2 folders)

Correspondence between Carl Whirleyand Samford faculty and administration

Box 8

4. Nigerian Mission, 1853-1993 and undated

Nigerian Mission includes administrative documents from official organizations and schools, group portraits, photographs of Nigerian mission buildings and personnel, materials for missionaries, and Carl and Enid Whirley's date books from the 1960s-1970s. Organizations include the American Baptist Mission, Baptist Education Board, Baptist Mission of Nigeria, Christian Workers' Board, Foreign Mission Board, Lagos Baptist Association, and the Women's Missionary Union. Schools include Baptist College, Hausa Pastor's School, Hillcrest School, Newton Memorial School, Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Olivet Baptist High School. Missionary materials include handbooks and guides for new missionaries, hymn texts in foreign languages such as Hausa, church year guides, and church leadership information. Also included is the "Whirley Day" Scrapbook, made by the Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Alabama. It contains correspondence between the Whirleys and several American church congregations. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

American Baptist Mission, 1950-1956
(2 folders)

Ibadan, Nigeria; Meeting minutes

Box 8
American Baptist Mission Education Board, 1960-163

Nigeria; Meeting minutes

Box 8
American Baptist Mission Building Administrative Committee, 1962-1963

Nigeria; Meeting minutes

Box 8
American Baptist Mission Finanical Documents, 1958-1963

Nigeria; Budgets and funding documents

Box 8
Army Children's School, 1961-1962

Kaduna, Nigeria; Administrative papers and correspondence

Box 8
Assorted Finanical Documents, 1947-1981

Budgets, receipts, and notes

Box 8
Assorted Meeting Notes, 1966

Nigeria; Meeting notes

Box 8
Assorted Missionary Reports, 1956-1964

Nigeria, Sierra Leone; Survery reports and outlines

Box 8
Assorted Nigerian Missionary Campus Photographs, undated

Ede, Nigeria

Box 8
Baptist Education Board, 1962

Ibadan, Nigeria; Meeting minutes

Box 8
Baptist Hospital, 1962

Kontagora, Nigeria; Advisory board meeting minutes

Box 8
Baptist College, undated

Iwo, Nigeria; decal

Box 8
Baptist Mission Executive Committee, 1979-1980
Box 17
Folder 23
Baptist Mission of Nigeria, 1970-1978

Nigeria; Annual meeting minutes, notes, handouts

Box 8
The Baptist Union of Switzerland, 1970

Religious creed with scripture annotations

Box 8
Biographies, undated

Biographies of church members and missionaries

Box 8
Candid Photographs, undated

Iwo, Nigeria and other

Box 8
Certificates, 1946-1968

Miscellaneous certificates from school children and Sunday school

Box 8
Christian Workers' Board, 1958-1961

Ibadan, Nigeria; Meeting minutes

Box 8
Church Administration and Leadership, 1940s

Manuals and guides on various roles in church leadership positions

Box 8
Church Year, undated

Church calendar and service guides

Box 8
Committee on Condition of Service for Doctors and Dentists, 1958

Nigeria; Meeting minutes and notes

Box 8
Carl and Enid Whirley Date Books, 1955-1977
(2 folders)

Date books with meetings and events notated

Box 8
Evangelical Evaluation, 1974

Lusaka, Zambia; Conference handouts

Box 9
Exercepts from Untitled Publication, undated

Photographs of Nigerian mission

Box 9
Foreign Hymn Texts, undated

Hymn texts in foreign languages, including Hausa

Box 9
Foreign Mission Board, 1971-1981

Eku, Nigeria and other; Administrative documents, search committees, meeting minutes

Box 9
Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1979-1982

Form letters, administrative forms, handouts

Box 9
Foundation Laying at Ede Baptist High School, 1968

Photographs of Carl Whirley at foundation laying, correspondence included

Box 9
Group Portraits, undated

Group portraits of Nigerian missionaries and church members

Box 9
Hausa Pastor's School, 1961

Nigeria; Staff meeting minutes

Box 9
Hillcrest School, 1961-1971

Jos, Nigeria; Letters to parents, meeting minutes

Box 9
Information for New Missionaries, 1947, 1952

Handouts and guidelines for new missionaries

Box 9
Intermediate Book, 1967

Manuscript textbook by Carl Whirley

Box 9
Lagos Baptist Association, 1964 and undated

Directory and Lagos postcard

Box 9
A Listing of Missionaries by Country, 1979

Pamphlet listing international missionaries

Box 9
Maguire Missionary Scholarship, 1990 and undated
Box 17
Folder 24
Maps and Posters, 1971 and undated

Map of Southern Baptist Missions in Africa; Poster for Week of Christian Prayer in Nigeria; Poster for Women's Missionary Union Golden Jubilee Fundraising (Ibadan, Nigeria)

Box 9
Mission Executive Committee, 1963

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Meeting minutes

Box 9
Missionary Evangelism, 1952-1964
Box 9
Missionary Orientation Group Photograph, 1950s

Richmond, Virginia

Box 9
Missionary Account and Travel Log, 1853-1856

Lagos, Nigeria

Box 9
Missionaries Reunion, 1993

Directory

Box 9
Namecard Ephemera, undated

Carl and Enid Whirley namecards

Box 9
Newton Memorial School, 1961-1966

Osogbo, Nigeria; Letters to parents, administrative documents, yearbook

Box 9
Nigeria-Alabama Partnership in Mission, 1983-1984
Box 17
Folder 25
Nigerian Baptist Convention Minutes, 1914-1979

Nigeria; Meeting minutes

Box 9
Nigerian Baptist Convention Administration, 1962

Administrative documents and correspondence

Box 9
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, 1980 and undated
Box 17
Folder 26
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Administration, 1966-1978
(2 folders)

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Administrative documents, faculty meeting minutes, calendars

Box 9
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Annual Candidate Report, 1980

Ogbomosho, Nigeria

Box 9
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Board of Governors, 1979-1981
(2 folders)

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Meeting minutes

Box 9
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Student Handbooks, 1967, 1977

Ogbomosho, Nigeria

Box 9
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Institutional Self Study, 1988
Box 9
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Outline, 1966

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Outline of Nigerian history

Box 9
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Whirley Retirement Materials, 1979
Box 17
Folder 27
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Worship, 1970-1972

School worship handouts

Box 9
Nigerian Mission Planning, 1947-1951

Financial documents and outlines

Box 9
Nigerian School Materials, undated

Indigenous languages student work

Box 9
Nigerian School Speeches, 1971

From the Principal's Desk handouts

Box 9
Ogbomosho School Papers, 1970s

Lecture notes, handouts, exams, student work

Box 9
Olivet Baptist High School, undated

Oyo, Nigeria; School crest

Box 10
Orashi Delta Students' Union Group Portrait, undated

Iwo, Nigeria; Baptist College

Box 10
Orientation Conference for Missionary Appointees, 1963

Handouts and conference outlines

Box 10
Pastoral Training, 1974

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Handouts, conference outline

Box 10
Photographs, undated
Box 17
Folder 28
Photographs, undated
Oversize-folder 1
Race Relations, 1960s

Handouts

Box 10
Report of Site Visit, Baptist Medical Centre, Ogbomosho...., 1986
Box 17
Folder 29
Ridgecrest Conference, 1979, 1981

Notes, handouts

Box 10
Royal Ambassadors Pennant, 1963
Box 10
Royal Ambassadors Purpose Statement, undated
Box 10
Shades Mountain Baptist Church, 1972

Alabama; Directory, announcements

Box 10
Southern Baptist Convention West Africa Map, undated
Box 17
Folder 30
Travel Documents, 1961-1963 and undated

Transportation tickets, maps, brochures

Box 10
Uncaptioned Group Portraits, undated
(3 folders)

No location

Box 10
Uncaptioned Group Portraits, undated
(4 folders)

Iwo, Nigeria; Kaduna, Nigeria

Box 16
University College, 1963

Ibadan, Nigeria; Handouts, letters to parents, form letter correspndence

Box 10
Volleyball Cup Group Portrait, 1957

Class of 1957

Box 16
West African Association of Theological Institutions, 1975

Conference handout

Box 10
Western Division Building Company, 1970-1972

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Meeting minutes

Box 10
Whirley Personal Effects, 1974 and undated

Inventory of Whirley personal effects

Box 10
Whirley Day' Scrapbook, 1960 June 12

Shades Mountain Baptist Church, Alabama; Contains correspondence between Whirleys and American church congregations

Box 10
Women's Missionary Union, 1959-1973

Meeting minutes, administrative papers and notes

Box 10
World Mission Conference, undated

Broadside

Box 10

5. Printed Materials, 1927-1990s and undated

Printed Materials includes articles, newsletters, newspapers, pamphlets, serials, books, programs, and church bulletins, mostly published during the Whirleys' time in Nigeria, 1947-1980. The publications are both international and from the United States. Many of the newsletters are from local communities in Africa, including the Girls Auxiliary Bulletin, Helps for Sunbeam Leaders, Lydia Bulletin, Mubi Minutes, and Zambian Gazette. Newspapers include several issues of the Nigerian Daily Times and New Nigerian, as well as newspaper clippings from both American and Nigerian newspapers. Pamphlets include materials intended to be distributed to Nigerian peoples on family planning, sexual health, and various religious subjects. Serials include many publications based in Nigeria, including academic publications by Baptist College, the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary (NBTS), and Women's Missionary Union. Books contain several publications written by Nigerian people, with others published by the Southern Baptist Convention for distribution in Nigeria. One text, Onise Alase, is in the Hausa language. Programs contain conference and convention programs from a variety of events in both the United States and Nigeria, most of which are from the NBTS, Women's Missionary Union, and Women's Training a Department (a branch of the NBTS). Arranged alphabetically within material type.

The church bulletins contain assorted church service programs, including regular Sunday worship and special services. From various churches in both Nigeria and the United States. Many of the Nigerian programs are in local languages such as Hausa. There is one folder of miscellaneous printed material gathered by a colleague of Carl Whirley. Arranged chronologically by decade. Programs for funerals have been placed in their own folder.

West African Catechism, 1958
Box 17
Folder 31
Assorted Newsletters from Africa, 1941-1980

Religious newsletters from Africa in English

Box 10
Assorted Newsletters from Africa, 1981-1995
Box 17
Folder 32
Assorted Newsletters from the United States, 1944-1992

Newsletters from churches and religious organizations

Box 10
Assorted Newsletters from the United States, 1980
Box 17
Folder 33
Belief Bulletin, 1983-1988

United States

Box 10
Bulletin for Emeritus Missionaries, 1980

United States

Box 10
The Calvary Baptist, 1954

Birmingham, Alabama; The Calvary Baptist Church

Box 10
The Cook Book, undated

Alabama

Box 10
Facts and Trends, 1969

United States; Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

Box 10
Foreign Mission News Digest, 1971-1976

United States, Updates on missionaries from around the world

Box 10
Foreign Mission News Summary, 1982-1989

United States, updates on missionaries from around the world

Box 10
Foreign Mission Week of Prayer, 1968-1970

United States, Devotions and prayers

Box 10
Foreign Missionary Intercom, 1980-1995

United States, Communicating overseas operations to Southern Baptists

Box 10
Girl's Auxiliary Bulletin, 1966-1967

Ede, Nigeria

Box 10
Helps for Sunbeam Leaders, 1966-1967

Nigeria

Box 10
The Herald, 1963-1971

Birmingham, Alabama; Shades Mountain Baptist Church

Box 10
Home Mission Week of Prayer, 1960-1971

Nigeria; Women's Missionary Union

Box 10
Journeyman, 1968-1969

Updates of African missionaries

Box 10
Lagos State Baptist Conference Book of Reports, 1979

Yaba Baptist Church, Lagos, Nigeria; Conference report

Box 10
Light, 1983

United States; Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

Box 10
Lydia Bulletin, 1966-1967

Iwo, Nigeria

Box 10
Mission Morsels, 1959-1994

Ibadan, Nigeria; Missionary updates

Box 10
Missionary Intercom, 1971-1976

United States

Box 10
Mubi Minutes, 1992-1993

Nigeria

Box 10
Nigerian Baptist, 1971

Carl Whirley becomes president of Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary

Box 10
Nigerian Baptist Convention, 1950-1979

Nigeria; Annual session reports

Box 10
Nigerian Baptist Convention Book of Reports, 1963-1984
(2 folders)

Nigeria; Conference reports

Box 10
Samford University Alumnus, 1971

United States

Box 10
The Outreach, 1987

Vernon, Alabama; First Baptist Church

Box 10
Perception, 1974-1976

Africa

Box 11
Phi Kappa Phi Newsletter, 1981-1982

Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama

Box 11
Theologian News, 1972-1977

Theological Assistance Program of the World Evangelical Fellowship

Box 11
Tidings, 1960-1962

United States, Agency of the Southern Baptist Convention

Box 11
The Tie, 1944-1982

United States, Published by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Box 11
Women's Missionary Union, 1966-1988

Ede, Nigeria; Birmingham, Alabama; Quarterly and monthly newsletters

Box 11
World Digest, 1982

United States; Monthly newsletter published by Foreign Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

Box 11
Zambian Gazette, 1981-1983

Lusaka, Zambia; Newsletter published by the Baptist Theological Seminary

Box 11
American Newspaper Clippings, 1940s-1980s
(3 folders)

Newspaper clippings on a variety of topics; many from Birmingham, Alabama. Includes Baptist Witness, The Alabama Baptist, The Birmingham News, Problems with the Christian Life

Box 11
American Newspaper Clippings and Magazine, 1964-1992
Box 17
Folder 34
Nigerian Newspaper Clippings, 1960s

Includes Daily Sketch, Daily Times, New Nigerian, Nigerian Tribune, Headlines,

Box 11
Obituaries Clippings, 1975-1979 and undated

United States and Nigeria

Box 11
Daily Times, 1966-1975
(2 folders)

Nigerian newspaper. Most issues are from 1966

Box 11
New Nigerian, 1966
(2 folders)

Nigerian newspaper, daily, morning, and evening editions

Box 11
Samford Today, 1980

Monthly university publication

Box 11
African Continent, 1963-1985

Subject information on Nigeria and the African continent

Box 11
Assorted Religious Pamphlets, 1972 and undated
(2 folders)

Topics on various religious subjects, including: stewardship, youth ministery, vocation, heaven, science or religion, spiritual development

Box 11
Assorted Religious Pamphlets, 1934-1974

Missions in Nigeria, prayer, pamphlet in Hausa

Box 17
Folder 35
Baptist Faith, 1945-1963

Specific to the Baptist faith, including: Baptist Ideals; Baptists, Roman Catholics, and Religious Freedom, The Baptist Faith and Message

Box 11
The Bible Speaks On…, undated

United States, Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; Topics include race, sex, economcis, christian life, war and peace

Box 11
Christian Principles According To…, undated

United States, Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; Topics include Daily Work, Citizenship, Race

Box 11
Family Planning, undated

Subject information on family planning. Intended for Nigerian distribution

Box 11
Health, 1943-1977

Subject information on a variety of helth topics, including: angina, first aid, measles, smallpox, tuberculosis, health for girls and boys

Box 11
History of Baptist Work at Iwo, Nigeria, 1922-1941

Historical account in pamphlet form

Box 11
Issues and Answers, undated

United States, Christian Life Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Topics include communisim, drugs, poverty, pornography, race relations, juvenile delinquency, gambling, mass media, abortion, urban crisis, black power

Box 11
The Radio Committee Sermons, 1944-1945

Atlanta, Georgia, Southern Baptist Convention; Sermon transcripts on a variety of religious topics

Box 11
A Souvenir of the Baptist Hour, 1943-1945

Atlanta, Georgia, Radio Committee; Sermon transcripts on a variety of religious topics

Box 11
Tithing, undated

Subject information on tithing to the church

Box 11
What Christians Should do About…, undated

United States, Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas; Topics include communism

Box 11
All Africa Conference of Churches Bulletin, 1974

Nairobi, Kenya

Box 12
Africa Report, 1966-1967

Washington D.C.

Box 12
Assorted Serials, 1945-1984
(2 folders)

Both United States and international publications on both religious and non-religious topics

Box 12
College Observer, 1954-1968

Baptist College; Iwo, Nigeria

Box 12
The Commission, 1953-1980
(3 folders)

United States, Southern Baptist Foreign Missions Journal

Box 17
Folder 36-38
The Commission, 1964-1973
Box 12
Drum, 1964-1966

Nigeria; Special Christmas 1964 issue

Box 16
Editorial Research Reports, 1968

Nigeria at War by Russell Warren Howe

Box 12
Evangelism Plan Book, 1967-1970

Atlanta, Georgia; Division of Evangelism, Home Mission Board

Box 12
Nigerian Baptist, 1971

Photocopied article on Carl Whirley

Box 17
Folder 39
Ogbomosho Journal of Theology, 1989-1991

Ibadan, Nigeria

Box 12
Proclaim, 1972-1978

Women's Missionary Union

Box 12
Review and Expositor, 1968-1975
(2 folders)

Louisville, Kentucky

Box 12
The Theologue, 1973-1978

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Students of the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary

Box 12
WMS Magazine, 1965-1967

Baptist Women's Missionary Union of Nigeria

Box 17
Folder 40
WMS Magazine, 1966-1970
Box 12
Adult Literacy Education Handbook, 1965

Nigerian Baptist Convention

Box 12
Africa: Arrows to Atoms

by V. Lavell Seats

Box 18
Baptist Women of Ghana, undated

Weekly programs

Box 13
Bible Heroes, undated

United States, Southern Baptist Convention Press; Written by Ethel Hudson Williams

Box 13
The Bible Translator, 1950

London; United Bible Societies

Box 12
Black Eagle

by Marjorie Jones

Box 18
Christian Home Week, undated

Nigeria; Women's Missionary Union

Box 13
Church Members' Handbook, 1946

Washington D.C.; Pentworth Baptist Church

Box 12
Church and Community Survey Workbook, 1970

United States; Convention Press; A guide for identifying church needs

Box 12
Daily Bible Readings with Notes for Homes in Nigeria for 1984

by Dr. W. R. Ola. Ojo

Box 18
Growing in Knowledge of the Bible, undated

United States, Southern Baptist Convention Press; Written by Helen Cannon Graves

Box 13
Hausa-English Dictionaries and Grammar Books, 1959-1980
Box 12
Humanist Manifestos I and II, 1980

Buffalo, New York; Prometheus Books; Edited by Paul Kurtz

Box 12
Manual for Missionaries, 1975

United States; Foreign Mission Board

Box 12
A Measure of Success, 1986

by Roberta McBride Damon

Box 17
Folder 41
Men Who Told His Story, undated

United States, Southern Baptist Convention Press; Written by Johnnie Human

Box 13
Missionary Paul, undated

Nigeria; Women's Missionary Union

Box 13
Missions for Tomorrow

by Bill O'Brien

Box 18
My Life, 1962

Written by Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello

Box 12
The New English Bible, 1970

Oxford Press

Box 12
Personal Service Plans, undated

Nigeria; Women's Missionary Union

Box 12
Onise Alase, 1973

Nigeria; Ihinrere Nipa Jesu Kiristi, Nigerian language

Box 12
Religion of the Yorubas

by J. Olumide Lucas

Box 18
Safari for Souls with Billy Graham in Africa, undated

Written by Tom McMahan

Box 12
Sick and Ye Visited Me

by Franklin T. Fawler, M.D.

Box 18
Strategy Program Base Design, 1982

Ibadan, Nigeria; Baptist Mission of Nigeria

Box 13
The Story of St. Savior's Colonial Church, 1952-1953

Lagos, Nigeria

Box 13
A Study in the Growth of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, undated

Ibadan, Nigeria; Written by Dr. J.T. Ayorinde

Box 13
"The Sunday School": A Priceless Heritage of the Nigerian Baptists, undated

Written by I.A. Adedoyin

Box 13
Touch Typing Made Easy, 1957

Written by G.B. Wright

Box 13
American Programs, 1927-1990s and undated
(7 folders)

Assorted church service programs, including regular Sunday worship and special services. Majority of the programs are from Alabama.

Box 13
Funeral Programs, 1970-1991

Church service programs from funerals in Nigeria and the United States

Box 13
Nigerian Programs, 1950s-1970s
(8 folders)

Assorted church service programs, including regular Sunday worship and special services. From various churches in Nigeria. Majority of the programs are in English, but many are in local languages.

Box 13
Nigerian Programs, 1963-1973
Box 17
Folder 42
Nigerian Programs, 1980s
Box 14
Undated Programs, undated

Assorted church programs from both Birmingham, Alabama and Ogbomosho, Nigeria.

Box 14
Assorted Convention Programs, 1941-1979

Assorted conventions, including several from Nigeria.

Box 14
Baptist Student Conference, 1970

Ede, Nigeria; Convention program

Box 14
Baptist Training Union, 1954-1976

Iwo, Nigeria; Convention programs

Box 14
Covenant Church, undated

Birmingham, Alabama; Welcome packet

Box 14
Foreign Mission Board, 1955-1965

United States; Conference programs

Box 14
Governor Adeloayo's Farewell Tour, 1971

Nigeria; Programme for his farewell tour

Box 14
Nigerian Baptist Convention Assorted Programs, 1969-1980

Nigeria; Programs for assorted conventions

Box 14
Nigerian Baptist Convention Services, 1970-1977

Nigeria; Programs for assorted church services at the Nigerian Baptist Conventions

Box 14
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, 1957, 1971

Ogbomosho, Nigeria. 60th Anniversary Program, 1971 Inaugural Ceremonies

Box 17
Folder 43
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, 1967-1984

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Assorted bulletins and programs

Box 14
Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Pastor's Conference, 1969-1978

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Assorted programs

Box 14
Women's Missionary Union-Nigeria, 1959-1979

Nigeria; Assorted convention programs

Box 14
Woman's Missionary Union-United States, 1955-1984

United States; Assorted conference programs and directory

Box 14
Women's Training Department, 1973-1978

Ogbomosho, Nigeria; Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, assorted programs

Box 14
Printed Religion Materials from Bill (Cowley), 1955-1986 and undated

Includes an theological essay by Nels Ferré, a paper on the Okunovu of Idjerhe, a Samford University Library Special Collection register for materials on the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, a Religion 102 Outline of the Interbiblical Period and Genealogy of the English Bible, a program for the Phi Kappa Phi Samford University Chapter initiation banquet in 1986, a copy of Biblical Illustrator (Summer 1985), handouts regarding witnessing to world religions, and a paper on changes in the form of passage rites in contemporary Nigeria.

Box 17
Folder 44

6. Personal Materials, 1937-1994 and undated

Personal Materials contains ephemera related to the Whirley's personal lives, as well as papers from after their retirement as missionaries. Personal papers include: homemade mad libs, meal schedules from the 1970s while at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, a hospital visitor's book from Carl's hospital stay in 1975, and miscellaneous family snapshots. Papers from their activities following retirement include conferences and retreats they attended, church council meeting minutes, church building plans, and itineraries from United States speaking trips. The series also contains reports from the Louisville Baptist Orphan's Home and Kentucky Baptist Children's Home at Glendale from 1943, when both Carl and Enid were students at Howard College. Arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Carl and Enid Whirley Mad Libs and Meal Schedule, 1976 and undated
Box 14
Carl and Enid Whirley United States Trips, 1980s

Itineraries, brochures, maps

Box 14
Carl Whirley Passport and Travel Documents, 1954-1984
Box 18
Folder 2
Certificates and awards, 1979, 1982
Box 18
Folder 3
Church Building Plans, 1994 and undated

Birmingham, Alabama: Baptist Church of the Covenant; Fort Walton Beach, Florida: First Baptist Church

Box 15
Church Council, 1982-1983

Birmingham, Alabama; meeting minutes

Box 15
Deacon's Retreat, 1982, 1983

Riverside, Alabama; Cook Springs; notes and handouts

Box 15
Carl and Enid Whirley Diaries, 1954-1980
Box 18
Folder 1
Carl and Enid Whirley Diaries and Spiral Notebooks, 1947 and undated
Box 15
Draft Whirley Memory Book, undated
Box 18
Folder 4
Enid Leolyn Pate High School Diploma, 1937

Birmingham Public Schools, Alabama

Box 16
Enid Whirley Passport and Travel Documents, 1954-1984
Box 18
Folder 5
Enid Whirley Press Release, 1963
Box 18
Folder 6
Foreign Mission Fellowship Conference, 1981

Shocco Springs, Alabama; meeting agendas, directory

Box 15
Great Truths of Life, undated

by Doris McGee

Box 18
Folder 7
Helena Baptist Church Constitution, undated

Alabama

Box 15
Carl Whirley Hospital Visitor Book, 1975
Box 15
International Recipes, 1982-1995
Box 18
Folder 8
Journeyman Memory Book, 1968
(2 folders)
Box 18
Folder 9-10
Louisville Baptist Orphan's Home and Kentucky Baptist Children's Home, 1943-1944

Louisville, Kentucky and Glendale, Kentucky; Visitor reports and pamphlet

Box 15
Miscellaneous Documents, 1959 and undated
Box 15
Mscellaneous Family Snapshots, 1971-1974 and undated
Box 15
Missionary Kids Directories, 1988
Box 18
Folder 11
Pine Grove Baptist Church Notes, 1986-1987 and undated
Box 18
Folder 12
Carl and Enid Whriley Resumes, undated
Box 18
Folder 13
To His Glory Memory Book, 1997

by Doris and John McGee

Box 18
Folder 14

7. Audiovisual Materials, 1988

This series contains a videocasette copy of the video "Baptist Missionaries in Nigeria," produced in 1988.

Original audiovisual materials are closed to use. Contact Research Services to request the production of use copies.

Baptist Ministries in Nigeria, 1988
(1 VHS)

For use with the Foreign Mission Study

Box 18
Video-cassette RL-11315-VHS-001
 

Historical Note

Carl and Enid Whirley were Southern Baptist missionaries to Nigeria from 1947 to 1980. In 1943 both graduated from Howard College, now Samford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. Carl completed a Doctor of Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary while in Nigeria in 1958. Enid completed the Woman's Missionary Union Training School. They began their time as missionaries at the Olivet Baptist High School, then called the Oyo Baptist Boys' High School, in 1948. Carl served as the school's principal. Thereafter they worked at the Baptist College in Iwo, Hillcrest School in Jos, and Newton Memorial School in Osogbo. From 1971-1979, Carl was president of the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary in Ogbomosho. Enid continued to remain active in the Women's Missionary Union of Nigeria. Upon retirement, Carl served as a professor in the religion department at Samford University until 1987. The Whirleys also returned to the United States on several occasions during their time as missionaries, during which they spoke at churches throughout the American South.

Related Material

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Provenance

The Whirley Family Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2016 and 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Paul Sommerfeld, September 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0163, 2017-0103

Updated to include accession 2017-0103 by Alice Poffinberger, October 2017