James M. Lawson, Jr. Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS.0626

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of renowned professor, activist, and Civil Rights movement organizer Rev. James Lawson, Jr. The Papers are comprised of close to 80 linear feet of manuscript materials including documents, correspondence, and photographs. Realia/memorabilia in this collection include awards, academic gowns, and other keepsakes.

The dates for these materials range from the late 1920’s when Reverend Lawson was born (September 1928) until the present time and the establishment of the James Lawson Institute for the Research and Study of Nonviolent Movements at Vanderbilt University in early 2022.

Items relating to events in his life such as the Nashville Sit-Ins of 1960; the Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968; and his long ministry in the United Methodist Church are importantly represented in this collection.

The papers are arranged in these series: Correspondence Biographical and Personal Interviews and Writings by JML Writings about JML Early Life and Education -Baldwin-Wallace College -Korean War/Federal Prison -India -Oberlin School of Theology -Vanderbilt and the Nashville Sit-Ins -Boston University School of Theology Professional Career -Centenary United Methodist Church, Memphis, Tennessee -Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California -Church Committees -Lawson Live! -Return to Vanderbilt -Engagements (1951 – 2011) -Sermons Activities and Organizations Writings by Others Collection of Publications Subject Files Photographs Oversize Materials -Photograph Albums, Scrapbooks, Posters, Awards -Awards and Plaques

Dates

  • 1862 - 2021

Conditions Governing Access

This collection may be viewed only in the reading room of Special Collections in the Jean and Alexander Heard Library. Collections should be requested 2-3 days prior to visiting in order to facilitate easier access. For questions or to request a collection, contact specialcollections@vanderbilt.edu.

Extent

73 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection contains the papers of renowned professor, activist, and Civil Rights movement organizer Rev. James Lawson, Jr. The Papers are comprised of close to 80 linear feet of manuscript materials including documents, correspondence, and photographs. Realia/memorabilia in this collection include awards, academic gowns, and other keepsakes.

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

Title
Finding Aid for the James M. Lawson, Jr. Papers
Status
Completed
Author
Molly Dohrmann; Juanita Murray
Date
March 2022
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jean and Alexander Heard Library
419 21st Avenue South
Nashville TN 37203 United States


 

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