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Summary Information

Creator
Kelsey, George D.

Title and Dates
George D. Kelsey Papers, 1932-1996

Abstract
George D. Kelsey was the Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Christian Ethics at Drew University, where he taught for 24 years. Prior to teaching at Drew, Kelsey taught at Morehouse College where he became a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., then a student. He also served as an executive with the Federal Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches.

Size
20 linear ft. (49 boxes)

Location
Drew University Archives, Madison, NJ 07940

Language of Material
English

Biography of George D. Kelsey

George Dennis Sale Kelsey was born on July 24, 1910 in Columbus, Georgia to Andrew Zadok Kelsey and Marie Hayward Jones Kelsey. He and his brother, Andrew II, were raised in Griffin, Georgia. In 1928, Kelsey graduated as valedictorian of his class from Cabin Creek High School, a Negro Baptist institution dedicated to the teaching of African-American students. Kelsey married Leola B. Hanks in 1930 and they had two sons, George D. Jr. and Everett Newton Kelsey.

Kelsey entered Morehouse College in Atlanta in the fall of 1928 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1934 with high honors. He graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, MA with a Bachelor of Divinity degree, and as valedictorian, in 1938. During this time, Kelsey served often as a preacher and lecturer, beginning a long tradition of public oration.

Kelsey entered the Ph.D. program at Yale University in 1937. He postponed completion of the degree program in 1938 to accept a teaching position as Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Morehouse College. Also in 1938, Kelsey was ordained as a minister in the Providence Baptist Church in Atlanta. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale in 1946. From 1945 to 1948, Kelsey served as the Director of the School of Religion at Morehouse College and was a visiting lecturer at Gammon Theological Seminary. He began to contribute to books and journals, and his first article titled “The Nature of the Christian Ethic” was published in The Journal of Religious Thought in 1945.

It was during this time that Kelsey first met Martin Luther King, Jr., who studied sociology at Morehouse. A member of the class of 1948, King received his highest marks in his first two years of college in Kelsey’s Bible class. Later, Kelsey offered criticism of a chapter in King’s Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story prior to its publication. King later cited George Kelsey as one of his main influences in pursuing the study of race and religion.

Aside from maintaining a long-running correspondence with King, Kelsey worked and studied alongside several prominent religious thinkers of his time, including Reinhold Niebuhr, Paul Tillich, and Benjamin E. Mays. Later, the writings and views of these authors formed the basis of Kelsey’s teachings on Christian ethics and civil rights.

In 1948, Kelsey took a position with the Federal Council of Churches as an Associate Secretary in the Field Department. The same year, when the Federal Council was consolidated into the National Council of the Churches of Christ, Kelsey was promoted to Associate Director of the Central Department of Field Administration. He retained this position until 1952. Kelsey became a member of the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen, the Society for the Study of Black Religion, and the National Council on Religion in Higher Education.

In 1950, Kelsey was a guest lecturer at Drew University in Madison, NJ and taught a seminar on Christian Ethics. In 1951, he accepted the position of Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Drew and was promoted to full Professor in 1957. In 1972, he was awarded the title of Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Christian Ethics at Drew, which he kept until his retirement in 1976.

During his time at Drew, Kelsey published numerous articles, chapters, book reviews and pamphlets. Kelsey’s first book, Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, was published in 1965. Social Ethics Among Southern Baptists, 1917-1969, based on his doctoral dissertation Social Thought of Contemporary Southern Baptists, was published in 1973.

In 1979, Kelsey delivered the convening prayer at the 96th Congress of the U.S. Senate in Washington D.C. In 1989, Andover Newton Theological School established the Kelsey-Owens Black Ministries Program. Kelsey was honored by Drew University in October 1992 with a luncheon and presentation of a portrait. He died after a long illness on April 3, 1996 in Madison, NJ.

Scope and Content Note

The George D. Kelsey Papers contain a comprehensive overview of Kelsey’s education, career and ministry. The collection largely consists of handwritten notes from Kelsey’s lectures, sermons, research, and manuscripts and early drafts of his published works. Documents from Drew University, Andover Newton Theological School, Morehouse College, Yale Divinity School and other colleges provide information on Kelsey’s studies and teachings. The collection includes items from conferences and conventions attended by Kelsey, and from professional organizations Kelsey worked with, including the National Council of the Churches of Christ and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. The papers also contain information pertaining to Martin Luther King Jr. collected by Kelsey. The collection consists of academic papers, agendas, books, brochures, bulletins, certificates, correspondence, conference and seminar papers, drafts, examinations, lecture notes, magazines, manuscripts, newspapers, offprints, outlines, photographs, published works, research notes, resumes, sermons, sheet music, speeches, surveys, syllabi, and yearbooks. In addition, one audiocassette, one drawing, and one printing plate are included.

Arrangement

The George D. Kelsey Papers are arranged into eight series:

Access and Use

Access
The George D. Kelsey Papers are open to research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from Drew University Archives. Researchers are responsible for other copyright compliance.

Related Materials

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Processing and Other Information

Processing Information
This collection was processed by Michael Maziekien in 2006. Finding aid written by Michael Maziekien in 2006.

Descriptive Rules Used
Finding aid content adheres to that prescribed by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

Preferred Citation
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); George D. Kelsey Papers; Box and Folder Number; Drew University Archives, Madison, NJ.

Subject Headings

Kelsey, George D.
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968.
Drew University.
Morehouse College Atlanta, Ga.
Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America.
National Council of Churches.
Christian ethics.
New Jersey.
Georgia.
Correspondence.

Contents List

Series 1: Education, 1934-1959

Series Description
The Education Series contains materials relating to Kelsey’s studies. It includes notes and course materials compiled by Kelsey during his early and post-doctoral study, a draft of his thesis for Andover Newton Theological School, drafts of his dissertation for Yale University, and other academic papers.

Arrangement
Arranged chronologically when dates available, otherwise alphabetically.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

 

 

Subseries A: Morehouse College and Andover Newton Theological School-- Class Notes and Papers, 1934-1939

1

1

American Christianity

1934-1939

1

2

Christian Social Ethics

1934-1939

1

3-5

Church History

1934-1939

1

6

Church Organization

1934-1939

1

7-8

Contemporary Theology

1934-1939

2

1

Cultural Anthropology

1934-1939

2

2

English Bible

1934-1939

2

3

Greek

1934-1939

2

4

History of Christian Social Teaching

1934-1939

2

5

Homiletics

1934-1939

2

6

Industrial Relations and the Labor Movement

1934-1939

2

7

Medieval World

1934-1939

2

8

Missions

1934-1939

2

9

New Testament

1934-1939

3

1-2

Old Testament

1934-1939

3

3

Philosophy of Religion

1934-1939

3

4-5

Religious Education

1934-1939

3

6

Senior Field Work

1934-1939

3

7

Sociology

1934-1939

3

8

Speech Principles

1934-1939

4

1

Theology

1934-1939

4

2

Thesis, “The Impact of Western Economic and Commercial Forces on African Tribal Life”

1939

4

3-4

Miscellaneous Papers

1934-1939

 

 

Subseries B: Yale University – Dissertation, “The Social Thought of Contemporary Southern Baptists," 1946-1966

4

5-7

Draft 1

undated

5

1-2

Draft 2

undated

5

3

Draft 3

undated

5

4-5

Draft 4

undated

5

6

Draft 5

undated

6

1

Draft 6

1946

6

2

Outlines

undated

6

3

Correspondence

1966

 

 

Subseries C: Harvard Divinity School – Class Notes, 1958-1959

6

4

Ethics

1958-1959

6

5

Social Relations

1958-1959

6

6

Theology

1958-1959

7

1

Theology

1958-1959

 

 

Subseries D: New School For Social Research – Class Notes, Undated

7

2

Anthropology

undated

7

3

Social Philosophy

undated

7

4

Social Psychology

undated

Series 2: Academic Career, 1939-1995

Series Description
The Academic Career Series contains materials related to Kelsey’s career as an educator. Subseries A consists of notes, course materials, and examinations from his courses. Subseries B consists of documents pertaining to universities and colleges with which Kelsey was affiliated, and includes bulletins, correspondence, memoranda, minutes, schedules, student publications, and yearbooks.

Arrangement
Arranged chronologically when dates available, otherwise alphabetically.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

 

 

Subseries A: Lecture Notes, 1939-1976

7

5

Morehouse College, Bible

1939-1944

7

6

Morehouse College, Christian Ethics

1939-1944

7

7

Morehouse College, Contemporary Theology

1939-1944

7

8

Morehouse College, Ethics

1939-1944

7

9

Morehouse College, Ethics of the New Testament

1939-1944

7

10

Morehouse College, History of Christian Ethics

1939-1944

7

11

Morehouse College, History of Christian Social Teachings

1939-1944

8

1-2

Morehouse College, History of Doctrine

1939-1944

8

3

Morehouse College, History of Dogma

1939-1944

8

4-7

Morehouse College, Philosophy

1939-1944

9

1-3

Morehouse College, Religion

1939-1944

9

4

Morehouse College, Social Ethics

1939-1944

9

5

Gammon Theological Seminary, History of Christian Thought

1946-1948

9

6

Gammon Theological Seminary, History of Theology

1946-1948

9

7-9

Drew University, Black Theory in Dialogue

1950-1973

10

1-4

Drew University, Black Theory in Dialogue

1950-1973

10

5-7

Drew University, Christian Ethics 301

1950-1973

10

8

Drew University, Christian Ethics 381-S

1950-1973

11

1-2

Drew University, Christian Ethics 381-S

1950-1973

11

3-5

Drew University, Christian Faith and Natural Law

1950-1973

11

6-7

Drew University, Christian Social Thought

1950-1973

12

1-2

Drew University, The Church and the Moral Life

1950-1973

12

3-4

Drew University, Cultural Anthropology

1950-1973

12

5

Drew University, Ethics 113

1950-1973

12

6

Drew University, Ethics 131

1950-1973

12

7

Drew University, Ethics 133

1950-1973

13

1-6

Drew University, Ethics and Contemporary Society

1950-1973

14

1-4

Drew University, History of Philosophy

1950-1973

14

5

Drew University, The Interpretation of History

1950-1973

14

6

Drew University, Justice and Human Rights

1950-1973

15

1-3

Drew University, Labor and Industrial Relations

1950-1973

15

4

Drew University, Liberation Theology

1950-1973

15

5

Drew University, Love, Justice and Piety

1950-1973

15

6

Drew University, Marriage and Sexuality

1950-1973

16

1

Drew University, Marriage and Sexuality

1950-1973

16

2

Drew University, Philosophical Backgrounds of Theology

1950-1973

16

3

Drew University, Philosophy

1950-1973

16

4

Drew University, Philosophy of Education

1950-1973

16

5

Drew University, Principles of Christian Ethics

1950-1973

16

6-8

Drew University, Problem of Abortion

1950-1973

17

1

Drew University, Problem of Abortion

1950-1973

17

2

Drew University, Problems in Christian Ethics

1950-1973

17

3-6

Drew University, Seminar in Christianity and Race Relations

1950-1973

18

1-2

Drew University, Seminar in Christianity and Race Relations

1950-1973

18

3-6

Drew University, Race Relations

1950-1973

19

1-2

Drew University, Race Relations

1950-1973

19

3

Drew University, Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man

1950-1973

19

4-7

Drew University, Social Ethics

1950-1973

20

1-2

Drew University, Social Philosophy

1950-1973

20

3-5

Drew University, Social Problems and Social Change

1950-1973

20

6

Drew University, Social Relations

1950-1973

20

7

Drew University, Ph.D. Comprehensive Exams

1950-1973

21

1

Lutheran Theological Seminary, Christianity and Race Relations

1971

21

2

Pennsylvania State University, Religious Studies

1973

21

3

Bryn Mawr College, Ethics and Modern Society

1976

21

4-5

Bryn Mawr College, Ethics and Public Policy

1976

21

6

Morris Brown, Church History

undated

21

7-8

Miscellaneous

undated

 

 

Subseries B: Correspondence and Ephemera, 1941-1995

21

9

Gammon Theological Seminary

1941-1947

21

10

Yale Divinity School

1943-1993

21

11

Morehouse College

1946-1993

21

12

Spelman College

1946-1947

21

13

Atlanta University

1947

22

1

Drew University Correspondence

1950-1992

22

2-4

Drew University Ephemera

1949-1980

22

5

Howard University

1950

22

6

Harvard Divinity School

1957-1995

22

7

Luther Academy

1962

22

8

Pennsylvania State University

1972-1973

22

9

Texas Southern University

1972

22

10

Andover Newton Theological School

1975-1986

22

11

Bryn Mawr College

1976-1977

22

12

Clark College

undated

Series 3: Ministerial and Professional Career, 1932-1991

Series Description
The Ministerial and Professional Career Series contains materials from Kelsey’s ministry and non-academic career. Subseries A includes sermons (see appendix). Subseries B, Subseries C, and Subseries D contain brochures, bulletins and correspondence from conferences, ministry, and professional organizations and churches, respectively. This series contains materials from the convening prayer Kelsey delivered to the United States Senate in 1979.

Arrangement
Subseries A: Arranged alphabetically.
Subseries B: Arranged chronologically.
Subseries C: Arranged chronologically.
Subseries D: Arranged chronologically.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

 

 

Subseries A: Sermons and Speeches, c. 1940-1970, Undated

23

1

A

undated

23

2

B

undated

23

3-5

C

undated

23

6

D

undated

24

1

E

undated

24

2

F

undated

24

3

G-H

undated

24

4

I-L

undated

24

5

M

undated

24

6

N

undated

25

1

O

undated

25

2-3

P

undated

25

4

Q-R

undated

25

5-6

S

undated

25

7

T-U

undated

25

8

V-X

undated

26

1-2

Untitled

undated

26

3

Notes on Sermons

undated

26

4

Prayers

undated

26

5

Orders of Worship

1968-1972

 

 

Subseries B: Conferences, 1946-1988

26

6

World Conference on Faith and Order

1951

26

7

Conference on Methodism and the Inclusive Church

1956

26

8

Consultation on Long-Range Planning

1966

26

9-10

Conference on Racism

undated

27

1

Miscellaneous Bulletins, Brochures and Schedules

1946-1988

 

 

Subseries C: Ministry, 1942-1991

27

2

Baccalaureates and Convocations

1942-1983

27

3

Weekend Services

1946-1991

27

4

Funeral Services

1974-1982

27

5

United States Senate 96th Congress Convening Prayer

1979

 

 

Subseries D: Organizations, 1932-1990

27

6

Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America

1932-1950

27

7

National Council on Religion in Higher Education

1945

27

8

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

1947-1950

27

9

National Council of the Churches of Christ

1949-1952

27

10

Fund for the Advancement of Education

1952-1961

27

11

Race Relations Institute

1955

27

12

Association of American Colleges Arts Program

1958-1972

27

13

James Library Disposition Committee

1968

27

14

Young Life Institute

1971-1972

28

1

Society for the Study of Black Religion

1973

28

2

Kelsey-Owens Black Ministries Program

1988-1990

28

3

Home Mission Board

undated

28

4

National Urban League

undated

28

5

World Council of Churches

undated

28

6-8

A Comprehensive Study of the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Advancements in Biomedical and Behavioral Research and Technology

1976

Series 4: Publications, 1943-1985

Series Description
The Publications Series contains outlines, manuscripts, drafts, copies, and offprints of Kelsey’s published works, along with related notes, correspondence and reviews. Subseries A consists of materials related to Kelsey’s two books, Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man and Social Ethics Among Southern Baptists. Subseries B consists of materials related to Kelsey’s published articles, pamphlets, essays, and chapters in symposia and other collections. Subseries C consists of book reviews written by Kelsey.

Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

 

 

Subseries A: Books, 1957-1985

28

9

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Draft 1

undated

29

1

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Draft 1

undated

29

2-3

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Draft 2

undated

29

4-5

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Draft 3

undated

29

6

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Draft 4

undated

30

1

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Draft 4

undated

30

2

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Galley Proofs

undated

30

3

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Notes

undated

30

4

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Outlines

undated

30

5

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Correspondence

1957-1974

30

6

Racism and the Christian Understanding of Man, Reviews

1965-1966

30

7-8

Social Ethics Among Southern Baptists, Draft 1

undated

31

1

Social Ethics Among Southern Baptists, Draft 1

undated

31

2

Social Ethics Among Southern Baptists, Draft 2

undated

31

3

Social Ethics Among Southern Baptists, Draft 3

undated

31

4

Social Ethics Among Southern Baptists, Outlines

undated

31

5

Social Ethics Among Southern Baptists, Correspondence

1955-1985

31

6

Social Ethics Among Southern Baptists, Reviews

1973-1974

 

 

Subseries B: Chapters, Articles and Essays, 1943-1978

31

7

“The Christian Way in Race Relations”

1943

31

8

“The Nature of the Christian Ethic”

1945

31

9

“Protestantism and Democratic Intergroup Living”

1947

31

10

“The Confusion as to Means and Ends in Social Progress”

1950

32

1

“Present Crisis in Negro Ministerial Education”

1949

32

2

“Our Bread and Butter Culture”

1949

32

3

“Social Policies of Contemporary Methodism”

1951

32

4

“Racial Patterns and the Churches”

1952

32

5

“An Interpretation of the Doctrine of Stewardship”

1953

32

6

“Religious Bases of Human Rights”

1953

32

7

“The Implications of the Fall of Man for Race Relations, and Justice, The Unfinished Task of the West”

1954

32

8

“Negro Churches in the United States ”

1955

32

9

“The Plight of Man”

1956

32

10

“Churches and Freedom”

1956

32

11

“Ethico-Cultural Revolution in American Race Relations”

1957

32

12

“Meaning of Vocation in Urban Culture”

1958

32

13

“Law, Morals and American Protestantism”

1960

32

14

“The Lord of Life”

1960

32

15

“Meditations”

1962

32

16

“The Nature of the Racist Faith”

1964

32

17

“Power Available in the Church”

1968

32

18

“Your Reasonable Service”

1970

32

19

“Christian Faith and the Second Post-Reconstruction Era”

1974

32

20

“The Racist Search for the Self”

1978

32

21

“So You Want to Be in Style”

undated

32

22

Correspondence

1951-1960

 

 

Subseries C: Reviews, 1948-1974

33

1

Published

1951-1965

33

2

Manuscripts and Drafts

1948-1974

Series 5: Research and Notes, c. 1940-1969

Series Description
The Research and Notes Series contains Kelsey’s research, including handwritten notes, newspaper articles, bibliographies, and other materials. There is no indication whether these materials were used for Kelsey’s lectures, writings, studies, or personal research. Subseries A contains Kelsey’s written notes on various authors and subjects, including a lengthy manuscript titled “The Nature of Racism.” Subseries B contains photocopied material collected by or given to Kelsey.

Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

 

 

 

Subseries A: Notes, c. 1940-1970

33

3

Authors, Ba – Be

undated

33

4

Authors, Br – F

undated

33

5

Authors, H – M

undated

33

6

Authors, N – Ram

undated

33

7

Authors, Raw – Sa

undated

34

1

Authors, Sid – Sim

undated

34

2

Authors, Tillich

undated

34

3-4

Authors, Troltsch

undated

34

5

Authors, W

undated

34

6

Articles

1954-1961

34

7

Bibliographies

undated

34

8-9

Nature of Racism

undated

35

1-6

Notes

1940-1949

35

7

Notes

1950-1959

35

8

Notes

1960-1969

36

1-7

Notes

undated

37

1

Notes

undated

 

 

Subseries B: Research, undated

37

2

Authors, C – F

undated

37

3

Authors, G – J

undated

37

4

Authors, L – M

undated

37

5

Authors, N

undated

37

6

Authors, O – R

undated

37

7

Authors, T

undated

37

8

Authors, W

undated

37

9

Miscellaneous Authors

undated

38

1

Subjects, A

undated

38

2

Subjects, B-Chr

undated

38

3

Subjects, Chu

undated

38

4

Subjects, Ci-E

undated

38

5

Subjects, F-M

undated

38

6

Subjects, N-R

undated

39

1

Subjects, Seg-Sex

undated

39

2

Subjects, Sexual Ethics

undated

39

3

Subjects, So-W

undated

Series 6: Correspondence, 1941-1996

Series Description
The Correspondence Series consists of letters written and received by Kelsey. See Series 1 for Drew University correspondence, Series 3 for correspondence related to publications, and Series 6 for Martin Luther King, Jr. correspondence.

Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

39

4

Correspondence

1941-1950

39

5

Correspondence

1951

39

6

Correspondence

1952

39

7

Correspondence

1953

39

8

Correspondence

1954

40

1

Correspondence

1954

40

2

Correspondence

1955

40

3-4

Correspondence

1956

40

5-6

Correspondence

1957

41

1-2

Correspondence

1958

41

3

Correspondence

1959

41

4

Correspondence

1960

41

5-6

Correspondence

1961

41

7-8

Correspondence

1962

42

1

Correspondence

1962

42

2-4

Correspondence

1963

42

5-6

Correspondence

1964

43

1

Correspondence

1964

43

2

Correspondence

1965

43

3

Correspondence

1966

43

4-5

Correspondence

1967

43

6

Correspondence

1968

44

1

Correspondence

1968

44

2-3

Correspondence

1969

44

4-5

Correspondence

1970

44

6-7

Correspondence

1971

45

1-2

Correspondence

1972

45

3

Correspondence

1973

45

4

Correspondence

1974

45

5

Correspondence

1975

45

6

Correspondence

1976

45

7

Correspondence

1977

46

1

Correspondence

1978

46

2

Correspondence

1979

46

3

Correspondence

1980-1982

46

4

Correspondence

1983-1986

46

5

Correspondence

1987-1988

46

6

Correspondence

1989-1990

46

7

Correspondence

1991-1996

47

1-2

Correspondence

undated

Series 7: Biographical and Miscellaneous, 1828, 1943-1996

Series Description
The Biographical and Miscellaneous Series contains materials which summarize the life and career of Kelsey. Subseries A includes biographies, curricula vitae, newspaper and magazine articles, and information on the honorary luncheon and portrait presentation by Drew University in 1992. Subseries B contains miscellaneous materials related to Kelsey’s family, finances, and personal schedules, photographs, artwork, and other personal papers. There is a small amount of material related to Martin Luther King, Jr., including one signed letter from King.

Arrangement
Subseries A: Arranged chronologically.
Subseries B: Arranged alphabetically.

Box

Folder

Title

Date

 

 

Subseries A: Biographies, 1947-1999

47

3

Biographical Statements

1947-1986

47

4

Curricula Vitae

1948-1979

47

5

Newspaper Clippings

1952-1987

47

6

“George D. Kelsey: An Estimate of His Scholarship” by Donald G. Jones

1979-1980

47

7

Drew Magazine

1992

47

8

Presentation of Portrait by Drew Theological School

1992

47

9

Obituaries

1996

47

10

The Pastor Scholar Special Edition: Unsung Hero: The Legacy of George Kelsey

1999

 

 

 

Subseries B: Family and Miscellaneous Papers, 1828-1994

47

11

Addresses

undated

47

12

“American Dream” Proposal

1992

47

13

American Society for Colonizing the Free People of Color

1828

47

14

Appointments

1974

47

15

Kelsey, Leola

1941-1984

48

1

Kelsey, Everett

1953-1954

48

2

Kelsey, George II

1946-1966

48

3

Kelsey Family

1965-1994

48

4-5

Finances

1950-1988

48

6

Lawsuit – NJ Department of Transportation vs. Lakeland Properties

1972

48

7

Materials Related to Martin Luther King, Jr.

1956-1994

48

8

Photographic Plate

c. 1955

48

9

Photographs and Artwork

undated

48

10

Sheet Music

1943-1951

48

11

Miscellaneous

1950-1990

Series 8: Reading Notes, undated

Series Description
The Reading Notes Series contains four sets of index cards with citations and notes of articles and books read.

Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically.

Box

Title

Date

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Reading Notes (2 sets)

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50

Reading Notes

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51

Reading Notes

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Appendix

Sermons and Speeches (Series 3) 

The American Creed, the Supreme Court, and the N.A.A.C.P.
Applying Religion to Society
The Authority of the Bible in Christian Ethical Decision Making
Biblical Basis for Christian Social Action
Biblical Foundations for World Democracy
Blessed Are the Humble
Blocks to Racial Equality and Justice
The Challenge of Our Economic Culture to the Churches
Christ and Life after Death, Mark 12:24 -27
A Christian Approach to the Abortion Issue
Christian Attitudes Towards War
Christian Faith and Democracy
Christian Faith and Reaction
Christian Faith and Secularism
Christian Faith and Socialism
Christian Faith and Sexuality
The Christian Interpretation of Human Rights ( See also A Christian Understanding of Human Rights)
Christian Justice ( See also The Meaning of Christian Justice)
Christian Marriage, Matt. 19: 1-12
Christian Motivation for Political Action
A Christian Understanding of Human Rights (See also The Christian Interpretation of Human Rights)
A Christian View of Marriage
The Christian Witness to the Secularist Mind
Christianity and the Struggle for Emancipation
Christianity as a Social Ethical Force
Christianity, Individualism and Universalism
Christians as Citizens
The Church and Contemporary Problems
The Church and Social Service
The Church and the Economic Orders in Review
The Church and the Individual
The Church as Educator
The Church as a Missionary Agency
The Church in Prospect
The Church in a Strange Land
The Churches and Race Relations
The Churches and Social Justice
The Churches and Voluntary Service ( See also The Philosophy of Voluntarism)
Civil Rights
Commitment to Christ
The Communist Challenge to Christian Faith
The Comparative and the Ideal, Luke 22:24
The Contribution of the Elementary Teacher to the Emotional Stability of the Child
The Contributions of City and Country to Our National Life
Covenant Theology and Christian Social Ethics
Creation and Dominion
The Cultural Challenge to Evangelism
Current Strategy in U. S. Race Relations
Current Trends in Ecumenicity
Dating
Developing Democratic Citizens through Elementary and Secondary Education
Developing the Democrat Within the Family Circle
Digging Again the Wells, Gen 26:18
The Discontinuity of the Christian Life
Distinctive Character of Southern Rural Life: A Legacy of Slavery
Diversity in the Church
Do It Now (Children's Sermon)
Do Protestants Have an Adequate Social Ethic?
The Doctrinal Bases of Protestant Action
Double Immortality ( See also Our Double Immortality)
Dr. King and the Civil Rights Struggle in Perspective
The Dualism of Interim and Eschatological Ethics
Economic Reform vs. Population Limitation (Social Reform)
Economic World Which Student Faces
Ecumenical Church
The Ecumenical Movement
The Effect of Racial Patterns on American Church Life
Equality and Differentiation of Treatment
Establishing the Relevance of the Gospel through Preaching
The Eulogy in the Memorial Service of Mrs. Elizabeth Whitman
Eulogy for Frances Sellers
Eulogy of Margaret Pielstick
A Evaluation of the Christian Ethical Tradition of Marriage
The Evangelistic Task of the Church
The Evolution of Color Caste
The Evolution of Racism in America
Expressing My Convictions in Group Relations
Faith Amidst Confusion, Hab. 1:12-2:4
Faithfulness in Small Things
The Family in Service
The Federal Council at Work Today
The Foolishness of Preaching ( See also The Proclamation of Foolishness)
For What Shall We Give Thanks?
Freedom Worth Seeking
The Function of the Theological Seminary
General Introduction to Ethics
Genesis 22:1-14
Genesis 22:3
Genesis and Evolution
Good Community Relations
Gospel, Church, World
Historical Background and Analysis of the Present Racial Crisis
The Holiness of Obligation
How Are People Related?
How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land ?
Human Sexuality
The Imprecatory Attitude in Religion
Integration Trends in Education and Some Implications for the Negro
Is a World Culture Possible in Our Time?
Joyfulness of the Christian Life
Justice – A Social Goal
Justice – The Unfinished Task of the West
The King Nobody Knew
Let God Be God, Romans 5:1-11
Life's Stabilizing Force
Like a Tree Planted by the Rivers of Water
Little Big Men and Big Little Men
Live Out Your Faith, Kings 18:17-39
Making Ethical Decisions
Man-Centered or God-Centered Religion – Which?
Marriage as a Christian Community
Martin Luther King and His Experience of God in Christ
Matthew 16:24, Matthew 10:34-39
The Meaning of Christian Justice ( See also Christian Justice)
The Meaning of Christian Love
The Meaning of Sin
The Meaning of the Christian Law of Love
The Meaning of the Fall (of Man)
The Meaning of the Resurrection
The Meaning of Vocation in Urban Culture
Ministering to Today's World
My Religious Responsibility
The National Council of Churches
The Nature of Christian Justice
Nature of Christian Stewardship
The Nature of the Christian Life
The Nature of the Church
The Nature of Value
The Need for Opportunities of a Youth Program in the Church
The Need of Vision in Life
Negro Americans What Now?
Negro Education: Its Successes and Difficulties
The Negro Spiritual Speaks of Life and Death
The Negro Today: the Problems Which He Faces
New Developments in Race Relations in Church Life
New Life in Christ, Matt. 5:38-48
Notes on the Racist Consciousness
Notes on the Two Lessons, Isaiah 58:1-12, I John 1:5-2:11
Objectives of Religious Education
The Oneness of the Family of God
Our Double Immortality ( See also Double Immortality)
Our Pastoral Ministry to Youth
Our Knowledge of God
Our Need of a Better Christianity
Our Present World Disorder
Overcoming
Overcoming, Joshua 14:12, Numbers 13 and 14
Overcoming the Barriers to Ecumenicity
The Peculiar Status of Black People in America
Pentecost, the Criterion for the People of God
People of God, The, Romans 2:17 -29
Philosophy of Life
Philosophy of Voluntarism ( See also The Churches and Voluntary Service)
The Place of Economic Values in the Scale of Human Values
The Positiveness of the Good Life
Poverty and Conscience
Practical Preaching
Preaching in the Post-Christian Era
The Problem of Gambling
Problem of God-Talk in the Urban Situation
Problems of the Christian Ethic
The Proclamation of Foolishness ( See also The Foolishness of Preaching)
The Product of the Christian College
The Proposed Council of Churches and the Spirit of the Reformation
Protestant Orthodoxy
Pure and Undefiled Religion, James 1:27
Questions on the Nature of God
Race Relations in the World and the Nation: Racism in Relation to Certain Other Factors of Western Culture
Racial Structure of the Church
Racism in Relation to Certain Other Factors of Western Culture
Racist Transformation of Christian Morality
A Realistic View of Man for Future Student Action
Re-Creation
The Relation of Religious Ideas to Group Experiences as Seen among the Hebrews of O.T. Period and Negroes During American Slavery
Relation of the Educational Program to Religion
The Relationship of the College Student to the Church
Religion and Science: Friends and Foes
Religion as Fear-Dispelling Agency
Religion and the Productive Life
Religion in Education
Religion in the State-Supported School
Religious Ideas in the Causation of Social Problems
Religious Influences on Prejudice
The Revealed Nature of God
The Role of Ethics in Desegregation
The Role of the Religious Institution in Modern Times
The Root of Evil
Secularism in the Church – The Practical Atheists
The Secularist Mind
Serving Under Authority, Gal. 1:1-12
Should Negroes Leave the South?
Should Treatment of the Moribund Person be Terminated
Sin and Racism
Social Responsibility and Capital Punishment
The Social Role of the Church
The Social Task of the Church
A Soldier Bears Message to Napoleon
Some Guiding Principles by Which the College Student May Conduct His Life
Some Important Facts Concerning a Local Council of Churches
Some Lessons from Jesus
Some Moral and Spiritual Aspects of the American Racial Situation
Some Moral Responsibilities of Public Speakers
Some Observations Regarding Martin Luther King Jr. as a College Student
Some Points to Parents in Their Relation to Their Children
The Spirit Itself Beareth Witness with Our Spirit, That We Are the Children of God: Romans 8
Statement of Appreciation on Behalf of the Faculty of the Theological Seminary at Drew University
Stations on the Way to Freedom: Action
Student Aid in Perpetuating Morehouse's Traditions
The Student that a Christian College Should Produce
Sympathy
The Task of Christian Missions in the Light of Social Conditions in the Mining Areas of Africa
The Task of Education in a Secularist Culture
Teaching Methods
Theological Analysis and Criticism of Racism in the Thought of Benjamin E. Mays
The Theological Bases for the Social Concern of the Religious Community
There is Something Wrong with Life
The True Jews, Romans 2:17-29
The Truth Shall Make You Free, John 8:32
Unity Against Diversity, Gen. 26:18
The Value of a Vision in Life
War from the Point of View of a Christian Moralist
What Ails Man?
What Does the Coming of Christ Mean for Us?
What is Social Ethics?
What is the Church?
What Men Live By
What Responsible Leadership Should Do
What Shall We Think of Man?, I Kings 19:14 -18
What State Council Welfare Dept. Can Do
What the Contemporary Theological School Should Do for Its Students
Where are the Churches on the Race Question?
Why Does God Permit Tyrannical Injustice? Hab. 1:1-17
Why Intergroupal Struggle
Witnessing in a Strange Land
The Word of God on Sunday Morning
Work
Work and Vocation
Work of the Local Council
Xmas as a Revival