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Charles David Williams papers, 1878-1923

3 linear feet

Bishop of the Michigan Diocese of the Episcopal Church, 1906-1923, and advocate of the "social gospel" views of Walter Rauschenbusch. Papers consist of correspondence, notebooks on labor and social issues, and biographical material.

The papers of Charles D. Williams, Episcopal bishop of Michigan, include correspondence concerning personal and church affairs and the social gospel movement, including correspondence with Walter Rauschenbush, Samuel Mather, and Lucretia Garfield; also sermons and addresses, 1885-1923, journals of European trips, 1896, 1917, and 1921, notebooks on social and labor problems, material on the 1908 forest fire at Metz, Michigan (Presque Isle County), and material on the Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio in 1898; biographical writings by his sons, Benedict Williams, his wife Lucy V. Williams, and his secretary, Charles O. Ford; letters of condolence from fellow clergy, including Reinhold Niebuhr; also photographs.


Chrystal G. Tibbs papers, circa 1890-2015 (majority within 1960-2013)

9.2 linear feet — 1 oversize box — 1 oversize folder

The Chrystal G. Tibbs Papers comprise over a half-century of documents pertaining to Tibbs's membership in various chapters of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and to the history of the sorority at large. Founded at Howard University in 1908, A.K.A. was the first sorority established by African-American women and currently has approximately 250,000 members. The collection's four series contain papers pertaining to Tibbs's personal participation in sorority activities (including those related to her tenure in various administrative posts), materials from several Michigan chapters, sorority publications, and audiovisual materials. In addition, the collection contains work done by Tibbs and family members to document the Powell, Webster, and Winchester family history.

The Chrystal G. Tibbs Papers comprise materials accumulated through Tibbs's participation in Alpha Kappa Alpha conferences, chapter meetings, and special interest groups at the local, state, regional, and national level over a span of fifty years. The activities of Michigan-based chapters are particularly well represented. Materials also include personal and professional documentation directly related to Tibbs and her immediate family. The collection is divided into four series: Personal Papers, Professional Career, Powell Family Papers, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.


Danske Udvandrerarkiv (Aalborg universitetscenter) papers, 1873-1923

4 microfilms

Danes Worldwide Archives located in Aalborg, Denmark. Collection of materials, largely in Danish, concerning the immigration of Danes to the United States as reflected in letters home, journals, and family histories; also include letters of Danish pastors concerning the work of the church in Ashland, Gowen, and Manistee, Michigan.

This microfilm is a selection of letters written from individuals who had immigrated from Denmark to the United States. The letters selected were from individuals who had settled in Michigan communities, notably Ashland, Gowen, and Manistee. Other materials in the collection include journals and family histories.


David S. Evans papers, 1954-1979

1 linear foot

Methodist minister. Working files detailing his opposition to ballot proposals that would have legalized charity gambling in 1954 and 1956; also files concerning his opposition to a parochiaid proposal in 1970.

The David Evans papers document the processes used by church and educational organizations in Michigan to educate and mobilize the public on behalf of ballot proposals. The collection consists of the working files of Dr. David Evans and relates to the two proposals, the first in the 1950s that would have allowed charity gambling and the second in the period of 1968 to 1971 which would have allowed the expenditure of public money on parochial schools. Documents in the collection include minutes, reports, background information, clippings, press releases, and related materials.


Florence Ernestine Schleicher Teed papers, circa 1860-1890, 1919-1953

2.3 linear feet

Graduate of University of Michigan and ordained Methodist minister. Correspondence; Sermons and other inspirational writings; Course materials, Published materials; and Photographs.

The collection includes correspondence, student papers, sermon outlines, newspaper clippings, and religious and inspirational writings by Mrs. Teed, Ralph W. Sockman, Seth C. and Paul S. Rees, Joseph H. Smith, and others relating to preaching, the role and activities of women in the church, the holiness movement within Methodism, and personal affairs. There is also information concerning the Women's Society of Christian Service of the Methodist Church, the American Association of Women Ministers, the Detroit Holiness Tabernacle, and the Michigan Association for the Promotion of Holiness. The photographs consist of one ambrotype and four daguerreotypes of Schleicher family children, ca. 1860-1890.


George W. Baber Papers, 1942-1970

1 linear foot

Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, pastor of various churches in Michigan and elsewhere. Correspondence, prayers and speeches, clippings, and programs; collected A.M.E. minutes, published material, and miscellaneous; and photographs illustrative of his career activities.

The papers of Bishop George Wilbur Baber are divided into seven series: biographical, correspondence, prayers and speeches, clippings, programs, African Methodist Episcopal Church, and photographs.


H. Edmund Curch papers, 1884-1964

1 linear foot

Disciples of Christ clergyman; ministerial papers.

The H. Edmund Curch collection includes correspondence and other materials concerning pastorates in Trowbridge and Belding, Michigan. There are also papers relating to organizational work for the denomination, including establishing new congregations and arrangements for holding conventions and conferences. Also retained were related state and national denominational printed material. Some of the papers are of his wife, Nettie Curch.


Howard Cyrus Lawrence Papers, 1916-1966

25 linear feet — 2 oversize volumes

Grand Rapids, Michigan businessman and Republican politician. Correspondence, business records, speeches, and other papers relating to state politics, charitable and civic interests, banking issues, the Grand Rapids Varnish Corporation, the Michigan Trust Company of Grand Rapids, and the Ypsilanti-Reed Furniture Company of Ionia, Michigan; also materials on Albion College, the Methodist Church, the Ionia Free Fair, and Republican Party politics, especially the campaign of Arthur H, Vandenberg for the presidency in 1940.

The collection documents the business, civic, and political interests of Howard C. Lawrence. The series in the collection are: Correspondence; Speeches and speech material; Financial; Business Interests; Charitable and Civic Interests; Clippings; Miscellaneous; Photographs; and Notebooks.


Isaac Newton Elwood papers, 1866-1885

2.5 linear feet

Methodist Episcopal clergyman; sermons.

The Elwood collection consists of sermons and outlines and notes for sermons delivered in Marquette, Fenton, Saginaw, Morenci, Ann Arbor, Port Huron, Ypsilanti, and Flint, Michigan. Also included are sermons on temperance, an essay on Charles Sumner (1866), and a brief history of Sunday School in Morenci, Michigan.


John E. Meally Papers, 1893-1949

1 linear foot

Methodist minister; Correspondence and other papers relating primarily to his ministerial career.

The collection divides into three series: Correspondence; Ministerial Papers; and Miscellaneous.