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Elizabeth Hargrave papers, 1977-2010 3.7 Linear Feet — 1576 Items

Elizabeth Hargrave is an Episcopal lay woman and multi-issue activist who served as the Chair of the Davidson County (N.C.) Commissioners, the N.C. Council of Churches Committee for Equal Rights, and Episcopal Diocese of N.C. Collection contains religious and activist conference and workshop materials, printed materials, clippings, a campaign T-shirt, one audiocassette, photographs, Davidson County (N. C.) Commissioner campaign materials, Charlotte Women's Political Caucus materials, and files related to public education in North Carolina. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Collection (2007-0120)(1500 items, 3.4 lin. ft.; dated 1977-1989) contains religious and activist conference and workshop materials, printed materials, clippings, a campaign T-shirt, one audiocassette, photographs, Davidson County (N. C.) Commissioner campaign materials, Charlotte Women's Political Caucus materials, and files related to public education in North Carolina. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Addition (2011-0109)(2 items, 0.1 lin. ft.; dated 2010) comprises materials related to the celebration of the North Carolina Council of Churches' 75th anniversary. Includes a copy of Hargrave's remarks and a sheet of digital photographs.

Addition (2010-0186)(1 item, 0.1 lin. ft.; undated) T-shirt,

Addition (2013-0031) (75 items, 0.1 lin. ft.; dated 1987-1990) comprises comprises organizing documents from a feminist group in the Triad, subject files on pay equity, women's health care, reproductive rights, and an academic paper.

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Hilrie Shelton Smith papers, 1941-1983 2 Linear Feet — 1,500 Items

Hilrie Shelton Smith began his long association with Duke University in 1931 as Professor of Religious Education. He remained at Duke until his retirement in 1963. He H. Shelton Smith was an expert on American religious thought and was considered the dean of American ecclesiastical thought and history. His collection contains material pertaining to his life including materials such as Smith's correspondence with colleagues; the correspondence and printed reviews concerning his individual books; and his sermons, addresses, and lectures. Materials in the collection date from 1941-1983.

Collection contains material pertaining to the life and career of H. Shelton Smith. Subjects addressed in the collection include the name change of the School of Religion to the Divinity School in 1941, the origins of the Kearns fellowships and professorships, and the N.C. Council of Churches. However, the bulk of the material consists of Smith's correspondence with colleagues; the correspondence and printed reviews concerning his individual books; and his sermons, addresses, and lectures.

Among his correspondents are Jimmy Carter, Theodore Hesburgh, Perry Miller, Reinhold Niebuhr, Roland Bainton, Paul Ramsey, John Hope Franklin, and Paul Green. The folders entitled "Publications: Correspondence and Reviews" contain substantive discussions and descriptions of theological trends contemporary with the times in which the books were published. The folder "Correspondence 1966-1982" contains letters from friends and colleagues that often mention theological and political issues in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

The sermons and addresses deal not only with race but also with general politics, and include a condemnation of U.S. involvement with Indochina. The lectures and unpublished writings are largely or elucidations of many of the themes he has touched on in published works, including the Southern mind, race and the Southern church, the concepts of original sin and Christology, and the general history of American theology. Five folders contain course lecture notes in typed form on similar topics, but also include notes for a course in the American Social Gospel.

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North Carolina Council of Churches records, 1935-2019 104.25 Linear Feet — 104.25 linear feet

Primarily office files, including commission and committee meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, financial records, printed material, and other items. The files document the council's attempts to marshal churches in N.C. to act on a variety of social concerns, including race relations, poverty, immigration, the death penalty, war and peace, and ecumenism. Special topics include the United Church Women, NCCC Social Ministries, and outreach to migrant and aging populations. The collection includes a scrapbook for the United Church Women, 460 black-and-white and 66 color photographs, 43 color slides, and 60 black-and-white and 142 color negatives. (59,739 items; 94.45 lf; 1935-2001 (bulk 1969-1994)(01-100, 01-135)

Addition (dated 1971-1975 and undated) contains materials related to the organization's ministry with the aging. There are brochures, fliers, publications, and manuals, many regarding how to establish a meals-on-wheels program. This accession is unprocessed.

The 2006 addition (2007-0133)(5,000 items, 6.6 lin. ft.; dated 1966-1982) contains operational and subject files, including correspondence, executive board meeting files, minutes, reports from sub-committees, and files related to similar religious organizations.

Addition (2020-0094)(3.0 linear feet; dated 1947-2019) contains materials generated by Church Women United in North Carolina, a covenant partner of the North Carolina Council of Churches. These materials include the Constitution of the NC Council of Church Women, annual meeting minutes, annual reports and records, newsletters, directories, bylaws, reports, speeches, projects, brochures, board meeting minutes, budgets, and materials from local units.