American Religious History Resources in the Special Collections Research Center
This is a guide to religious organization records, papers of religious leaders, laypeople's diaries, religious periodicals, and other items in the Special Collections Research Center which can be used to study American religious history.
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consists of comprehensive papers, including notes on ministerial duties and texts of sermons, of Episcopalian minister who served parishes in Alaska and Virginia and who was bishop of Alaska and director of overseas missions, 1922-1987, Mss 82 B44
correspondence of this Anglican clergyman in Virginia and Maryland who denounced the American Revolution and fled to England. He later was involved in the Anglican Church in England and Scotland, Mss 93 B66
correspondence, brief diaries, student notebooks, sermons, and other papers of Presbyterian minister who served congregations in Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana, including material on his work with the YMCA in World War I and the National War Labor Board in Louisiana during World War II. He also worked with Home Missions, 1918-1931. The collection also includes a volume detailing his wife Evelyn Smith Christian's religious work with young people, Mss 71 C46
includes some religious writings and sermon notes of this William and Mary president (1827-1834), who also served as rector of Bruton Parish. There are also several letters from the anti-slavery Grimke sisters that refer to religious matters. Mss 65 Em7
includes correspondence, diaries, and other materials relating to Howard Spilman Galt and his wife Louise Alberta West Galt, missionaries in China from 1899-1940, as well as correspondence from their daughter Mable Mildred Galt Raible, wife of a minister in the United States
includes account books with information on births, marriages, and funerals performed by Cyrus Rosser James, Methodist minister, on the Buckingham (1889-1890), North Mecklenburg (1890-1894), Heathsville (1894-1898), and Whitestone (1898-1901) circuits, as well as financial information and lists of stewards, etc., at the churches he served. Also includes notes on sermons, 1910-1915; letters about Methodist conferences in the late 19th century; and letters by Benjamin Rosser James about his experiences as a Methodist minister in the early 20th century, Mss 81 J23
includes more than 1200 sermons and other materials relating to this longtime rector of Bruton Parish in Williamsburg, but more than half of this large collection focuses on the reaction to the sermon Lewis preached in 1967 with President Lyndon Johnson in the audience. Lewis criticized U.S. policy, and the majority of the letters in the collection support his stance, Mss 1997.26
the papers of this Baptist minister from Williamsburg most notably include a huge number of records he kept detailing his ministry as a chaplain in World War I, with notes, letters, and photographs of the young men he aided, Mss 39.2 L72
extensive papers of Episcopal minister Samuel Sayre include his diaries, 1918-1963, and family and ministerial correspondence. The diaries start while he's in the hospital service corps in World War I, continue through seminary, and throughout his working life. He served a parish in Pennsylvania during the 1930s and California, 1939-1961.
This collection contains letters, diaries, speeches, and other material written by Silas totten, a professor at the College of William and Mary. Included in the collection is a letter from Silas Totten to Ebenezer Faxon requesting him to come to the college and draw architectural plans for a new college building after the 1859 fire. Other letters in the collection were written by and to members of the Totten family. A certificate of Silas Totten's admission to the Holy Order of Priests and minutes from a meeting of students at the College of William and Mary are also included.