Inventory of the Reverend James W. Morrison Collection, 1946 - 1997 Mss.Coll.046

Inventory of the Reverend James W. Morrison Collection, 1946 - 1997
Mss.Coll.046


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Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: James W. Morrison
Title: Reverend James W. Morrison Collection, 1946 - 1997
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: This collection consists of the papers of the Reverend James W. Morrison. It includes both his writings and documents collected by him in the course of his ministerial career. Documents include financial documents, minutes, newspaper clippings, agendas, and reports. The collection includes his literary writings: sermons, essays, manuscripts, prayers, papers and class work from divinity school. The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into eleven series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Audio Recordings; Books; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Maps; Minutes; Printed Material; and Proceedings. This collection will be of interest to researchers of the history of African-American churches in the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Civil Rights Movement of the mid- to late-20th century, as well as the role and experience of African-American members of the clergy.
Extent: 3 linear feet, 3 archival boxes

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Reverend James W. Morrison Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Gift. June 2014.


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Accession Information

#2014.11.1


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Processing Information

Processed by Randall Bowman, July 2014-March 2015

Encoded by Randall Bowman, March 2015


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Biographical Note



Note: The numbers cited in parenthesis refer the researchers to the Series#: Folder# in which that name/topic will be found (example: 1:5)



Early Years and Education:
* James Woodrow Morrison was born in Pinehurst, NC, on June 26, 1918. He was the youngest of nine children; his parents were Levi and Mary Baldwin Morrison. He was raised in Pinehurst (10:21)
* During World War II, he served in the United States Army in the South Pacific theatre. He was discharged from the Army in 1946 (10:21)
* Following his return from the war, he received his high school diploma from Friendship Junior College secondary division in 1948, serving as Class Vice-President (7:4, 10:24)
*He attended and graduated from Rock Hill Junior College, and then completed his undergraduate degree from Johnson C. Smith University in 1952, graduating cum laude (7:4, 10:21)
*In 1961, he earned a Master of Divinity from the Hartford Theological Seminary Foundation in Hartford, Connecticut (7:4, 10:21)
*Reverend Morrison was awarded an honorary doctorate from Union Christian Bible Institute in Durham, NC, in 1990 in recognition of his commitment to the ministry (10:21)



Family:
*In 1940, Reverend Morrison married Lorenza Fuller, who died in 1988. They had two children, a daughter, Patricia Morrison Sneed, and a son, James Reginald Morrison (7:4, 10:21)
*In August 1989, Reverend Morrison married Mary B. Smith. There are three stepchildren: step-daughter Patsy Smith Morgan; step-daughter Sheila Smith McKoy; and step-son Christopher D. Smith (10:21)



Ministry:
*Reverend Morrison began his ministry serving as a pastor in the Congregational Christian denomination at Red Hill Christian Church in Clayton, NC, from 1949 to 1954 and First Congregational Christian Church in Troy, NC, from 1950 to 1958, as well as Children's Chapel in Graham, NC, from 1954 to 1965 (7:4, 10:21)
* He was Secretary to the Convention of the South from 1951 to 1958 and was also Treasurer of the Lincoln Convention 1954 to 1958 (7:4)
*Reverend Morrison was the first Associate Conference Minister for the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, serving in this capacity from 1965 to 1979, being elected to this office after having served in various leadership positions in the general conference (7:4, 10:21)
*In the 1970s, Reverend Morrison was involved with the Black Church Development Commission and the North Carolina Commission on the Black Church (3:3, 3:5-3:10, 3:18-3:20, 4:1-4:4, 4:7, 4:15-4:21, 5:1, 6:1, 7:21, 7:25, 7:27-7:29, 7:58, 7:61, 9:2-9:7, 10:1, 10:3-10:4)
*After he retired from being Associate Conference Minister, Rev. Morrison pastored Tabernacle United Church of Christ in Suffolk, VA, from 1979 to 1982 (7:4, 10:21)
*From 1982 to 1989, Reverend Morrison pastored Poplar Springs United Church of Christ (now Poplar Springs Christian Church) in Raleigh, NC (7:4, 10:14, 10:20, 10:21)
*After retiring from Poplar Springs, he served as Interim Pastor at several UCC churches including Maple Temple United Church of Christ and Macedonia United Church of Christ in Raleigh, as well as First United Church of Christ in Franklinton, NC (3:14-3:15, 4:8, 10:21)



Other Activities:
*Reverend Morrison was a civil rights activist; he was President of the Suffolk, VA, Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 1981-1982 (3:2, 3:11, 7:59)
*Reverend Morrison was an advocate of life-long education, and served on the Alamance County School Board. He was also on the Board of Advisors for Elon College (10:21)
*He was an active member of the Raleigh/Wake Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Johnson C. Smith Alumnae Association, and the Raleigh Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity (10:21)
*He was a 33rd degree Mason affiliated with the St. Andrew's Masonic Lodge no. 172 in Burlington, NC (10:21)



Later Years:
*In 1997, he attended Wake Technical College to take a computer course in order to prepare to write his memoirs and to compile his sermons (10:21)
*Reverend Morrison died on November 15, 1997, at the age of 79, at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, NC. The cause of death was prostate cancer (10:21)



Biographical Sources:
Mss.Coll.#46-3:2, 7:4,10:21, 10:24


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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of the papers of the Reverend James W. Morrison. It includes both his writings and documents collected by him in the course of his ministerial career. Documents include financial documents, minutes, newspaper clippings, agendas, and reports. The collection includes his literary writings: sermons, essays, manuscripts, prayers, papers and class work from divinity school. In addition, there are two audio cassette tapes with recordings of worship services in which Dr. Morrison preached.

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into eleven series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Audio Recordings; Books; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Maps; Minutes; Printed Material; and Proceedings.

This collection will be of interest to researchers of the history of African-American churches in the Southern Conference of the United Church of Christ, the Civil Rights Movement of the mid- to late-20th century, as well as the role and experience of African-American members of the clergy (3:13-3:14, 3:16, 4:5-4:6, 4:8-4:13, 7:8, 7:25). Many of Reverend Morrison's writings, including his sermons and essays, deal with the plight of African-Americans in general, as well as the state of African-American churches and their congregations (3:3, 7:26, 7:56-7:58, 7:60).

The largest series in the collection, Literary Productions, includes many of Reverend Morrison's sermons, as well as essays, prayers, and his work as a student at the Hartford Theological Seminary Foundation in Connecticut (7:1-7:2, 7:5-7:7, 7:11-13, 7:16-7:19, 7:22-7:24, 7:30-7:55, 7:62). The sermons deal with a wide range of matters both spiritual and secular; many of his sermons directly address the lives and troubles of African-Americans, especially issues involving the state of civil rights in the United States, as well as the status of African-Americans in American society.

Printed Material is also a large series. It contains materials written by others and collected by Reverend Morrison. It includes editorials, newspaper clippings, handbooks, religious programs, and newsletters. Many of the articles address not only issues pertaining to the Civil Rights Movement, but also the state of spirituality in American society (10:2, 10:5, 10:16-10:17, 10:20, 10:22). There is also material about church administration (10:6-10:10, 10:15).

In addition, the collection has a number of documents specifically about the trial of the Wilmington 10, resulting appeals, and the controversy surrounding the trial (2:1, 3:8-3:10, 10:18).


Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of materials into eleven series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Audio Recordings; Books; Correspondence; Financial Documents; Legal Documents; Lists; Literary Productions; Maps; Minutes; Printed Material; and Proceedings.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Morrison, James W.,1918-1997.
Christian Church (South)-- History.
Congregational Christian Churches -- History.
United Church of Christ. Southern Conference -- History.
Clergy.
Elon University -- Archival resources.

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Related Material

For related materials pertaining to the Wilmington 10, please refer to the following collections listed below.

Wilmington 10 Collection Mss.Coll.027

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Audio Recordings. 1975.
1 Folder. 2 Items.
The items in this series are two audio cassette tapes. One tape is labeled St. Luke Pinehurst - 3-7-75. The other cassette tape is labeled Gospel Time! Both have recordings of Reverend Morrison's preaching.
Folder 1. Cassette Tapes. 1975.
2. Books. 1977.
1 Folder. 1 Item.
The single item in this series is a photocopy of the book Wilmington 10 Editorials and Cartoons: A Chronological Collection by Rev. Benjamin Chavis, dated 1977. It is a compilation of editorial cartoons and articles about the Wilmington 10 trial and aftermath.
Folder 1. Books. 1977.
3. Correspondence Inclusive: 1946-1996.Bulk: 1972-1983.
20 Folder. 47 Items.
Items in this series include business and personal correspondence written by Reverend Morrison, as well as correspondence written to him. A number of items relate to church administration, as well as financial matters for the North Carolina Commission on the Black Church and the Black Church Development Commission of the Southern Conference.
Folder 1. Letters. 1946.
Folder 2. Letters. 1963.
Folder 3. Letters. 1972.
Folder 4. Letters. 1973.
Folder 5. Letters. 1974.
Folder 6. Letters. 1975.
Folder 7. Letters. 1976.
Folder 8. Letters. 1977.
Folder 9. Letters. 1978.
Folder 10. Letters. 1979.
Folder 11. Letters. 1982.
Folder 12. Letters. 1983.
Folder 13. Letters. 1993.
Folder 14. Letters. 1994.
Folder 15. Letters. 1995.
Folder 16. Letters. 1996.
Folder 17. Memos. Undated.
Folder 18. Memos. 1974.
Folder 19. Memos. 1977.
Folder 20. Memos. No Date.
4. Financial Documents. Inclusive: 1976-1999. Bulk: 1976-1979.
21 Folders. 45 Items.
The majority of items in this series pertain to the Black Church Development Commission of the Southern Conference.
Folder 1. Budgets. 1976.
Folder 2. Budgets. 1977.
Folder 3. Budgets. 1978.
Folder 4. Budgets. 1979.
Folder 5. Budgets. 1993.
Folder 6. Checks. 1978.
Folder 7. Expense List. 1978.
Folder 8. Expense List. 1979.
Folder 9. Financial Notes. No Date.
Folder 10. Financial Notes. 1995.
Folder 11. Financial Statements. 1994.
Folder 12. Financial Statements. 1995.
Folder 13. Invoices. 1994.
Folder 14. Invoices. 1999.
Folder 15. Proposals. No Date.
Folder 16. Proposals. 1976.
Folder 17. Proposals. 1977.
Folder 18. Proposals. 1978.
Folder 19. Receipts. 1978.
Folder 20. Requisitions. 1976.
Folder 21. Requisitions. 1978.
5. Legal Documents. No Date.
1 Folders. 5 Items.
The items in this series are constitutions and by-laws for the United Church of Christ, The North Carolina Commission on the Black Church, the Black Church Development Commission of the Southern Conference, and Ministers for Racial and Social Justice of North Carolina and Virginia.
Folder 1. Constitutions and By-Laws.No Date.
6. Lists. No Date.
2 Folders. 8 Items.
This series consists of directories of members of the North Carolina Commission of the Black Church, the Board for the Black Church Development Commission of the Southern Conference, and church membership lists.
Folder 1. Directories. No Date.
Folder 2. Membership Lists. No Date.
7. Literary Productions. 1959-1982.
76 Folders. ca. 850 Items.
This is by far the largest series in the collection. The authorship of a few of the items in this series is not clear, but he majority of the works are by Reverend Morrison. It includes many of his sermons, as well as essays, prayers, and his work as a student at the Hartford Theological Seminary (7:1-7:2, 7:5-7:7, 7:11-13, 7:16-7:19, 7:22-7:24, 7:30-7:55, 7:62). The sermons deal with a wide range of matters both spiritual and secular; many of his sermons directly address the lives and troubles of African-Americans, especially issues involving the state of civil rights in the United States, as well as the status of African-Americans in American society. Other sermons address universal spiritual matters. Folders for sermons are not arranged by date; the majority of the sermons are not dated. Sermons are organized alphabetically by the first word of the title.
Folder 1. Bibliographies. No Date.
Folder 2. Book Reviews. No Date.
Folder 3. Booklets. No Date.
Folder 4. Brochures. 1982.
Folder 5. Class Notes. No Date.
Folder 6. Class Notes. 1959.
Folder 7. Class Notes. 1960.
Folder 8. Creeds. No Date.
Folder 9. Devotional Programs. No Date.
Folder 10. Devotional Programs. 1972-1979.
Folder 11. Essays. No Date.
Folder 12. Essays. 1961.
Folder 13. Essays. 1972.
Folder 14. Histories. No Date.
Folder 15. Lyrics. No Date.
Folder 16. Manuscripts. No Date.
Folder 17. Manuscripts. 1980-1981.
Folder 18. Manuscripts. 1986.
Folder 19. Manuscripts. 1987.
Folder 20. Poetry. No Date.
Folder 21. Position Papers. No Date.
Folder 22. Prayers. No Date.
Folder 23. Prayers. 1960.
Folder 24. Prayers. 1961.
Folder 25. Reports. No Date.
Folder 26. Reports. 1966-1967.
Folder 27. Reports. 1970.
Folder 28. Resolutions. 1974-1975.
Folder 29. Resolutions. 1977.
Folder 30. Sermons. A. No Date.
Folder 31. Sermons. B. No Date.
Folder 32.1. Sermons. C. No Date.
Folder 32.2. Sermons. C. No Date.
Folder 32.3. Sermons. C. No Date.
Folder 33. Sermons. D. No Date.
Folder 34. Sermons. E. No Date.
Folder 35. Sermons. F. No Date.
Folder 36.1. Sermons. G. No Date.
Folder 36.2. Sermons. G. No Date.
Folder 36.3. Sermons. G. No Date.
Folder 37.1. Sermons. H. No Date.
Folder 37.2. Sermons. H. No Date.
Folder 38.1. Sermons. I. No Date.
Folder 38.2. Sermons. I. No Date.
Folder 39. Sermons. J. No Date.
Folder 40. Sermons. K. No Date.
Folder 41.1. Sermons. L. No Date.
Folder 41.2. Sermons. L. No Date.
Folder 42.1. Sermons. M. No Date.
Folder 42.2. Sermons. M. No Date.
Folder 43. Sermons. N. No Date.
Folder 44. Sermons. O. No Date.
Folder 45.1. Sermons. P. No Date.
Folder 45.2. Sermons. P. No Date.
Folder 46. Sermons. Q. No Date.
Folder 47. Sermons. R. No Date.
Folder 48.1. Sermons. S. No Date.
Folder 48.2. Sermons. S. No Date.
Folder 49.1. Sermons. T. No Date.
Folder 49.2. Sermons. T. No Date.
Folder 50. Sermons. U. No Date.
Folder 51. Sermons. V. No Date.
Folder 52.1. Sermons. W. No Date.
Folder 52.2. Sermons. W. No Date.
Folder 52.3. Sermons. W. No Date.
Folder 52.4. Sermons. W. No Date.
Folder 53. Sermons. X. No Date.
Folder 54. Sermons. Y. No Date.
Folder 55. Sermons. Miscellaneous. No Date.
Folder 56. Situation Analysis. No Date.
Folder 57. Speeches. No Date.
Folder 58. Speeches. 1978.
Folder 59. Speeches. 1981.
Folder 60. Speeches. 1982.
Folder 61. Statements. No Date.
Folder 62. Syllabi. 1959-1960.
8. Maps. No Date.
1 Folder. 1 Item.
This small series contains only one map, a floorplan of a house.
Folder 1. Maps. No Date.
9. Minutes. 1971-1979.
7 Folders. 25 Items.
This series is small and contains meeting minutes from the Black Church Development Commission, the North Carolina Commission on the Black Church, and the Advisory Committee on the Needs of Black Churches.
Folder 1. Minutes. 1971.
Folder 2. Minutes. 1973.
Folder 3. Minutes. 1974.
Folder 4. Minutes. 1975.
Folder 5. Minutes. 1976.
Folder 6. Minutes. 1978.
Folder 7. Minutes. 1979.
10. Printed Material. Inclusive: 1938-1996.Bulk: 1971-1989.
34 Folders. 50 Items.
Printed Material is the second largest series in the collection. It contains materials written by others and collected by Reverend Morrison. It includes agendas, articles, editorials, newspaper clippings, booklets, and religious programs. Reverend Morrison's obituary is included (10:21). Many of the items address not only issues pertaining to the Civil Rights Movement, but also the state of spirituality in American society(10:2, 10:5, 10:16-10:17, 10:20, 10:22). There is also material about church administration (10:6-10:10, 10:15).
Folder 1. Agendas. 1971.
Folder 2. Agendas. 1973.
Folder 3. Agendas. 1974.
Folder 4. Agendas. 1978.
Folder 5. Editorials. 1965.
Folder 6. Guidelines. No Date.
Folder 7. Guidelines. 1983.
Folder 8. Guidelines. 1984.
Folder 9. Handbooks. No Date.
Folder 10. Handbooks. 1992.
Folder 11. Journals. 1938.
Folder 12. Magazine Clippings. No Date.
Folder 13. Newsletters. 1958.
Folder 14. Newsletters. 1958.
Folder 15. Newsletters. 1996.
Folder 16. Newspaper Clippings. No Date.
Folder 17. Newspaper Clippings. 1963.
Folder 18. Newspaper Clippings. 1977.
Folder 19. Newspaper Clippings. 1979.
Folder 20. Newspaper Clippings. 1982.
Folder 21. Obituaries. 1997.
Folder 22. Policy Statements. No Date.
Folder 23. Programs. No Date.
Folder 24. Programs. 1948.
Folder 25. Programs. 1953.
Folder 26. Programs. 1971.
Folder 27. Programs. 1976.
Folder 28. Programs. 1977.
Folder 29. Programs. 1978.
Folder 30. Programs. 1979.
Folder 31. Programs. 1981.
Folder 32. Programs. 1982.
Folder 33. Programs. 1986.
Folder 34. Programs. 1993.
11. Proceedings. 1918-1958.
1 Folder. 22 Items.
This series consists of photocopies of the covers of proceedings of annual meetings of various conferences of the Southern Convention of the Christian Church and the Congregational Christian Church. Note that only the cover page of each proceeding is included.
Folder 1. Proceedings.1918-1958.