Finding aid created by: CMV
Date: 29 Aug 1979
|3 Feb 2009||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Nelson, Claud D.|
|Title:||Claud D. Nelson Papers|
|Quantity:||3.8 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American Methodist minister, ecumenical leader (1889-1967). Collection contains correspondence (1907-1967); book manuscript, articles, book reviews, clippings, pamphlets; and memorabilia, including awards, photographs, and a scrapbook of sermons by Nelson's father and others.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Claud Dalton Nelson (1889-1967) was an American Methodist minister and ecumenical leader. Born July 13, 1889 in Jacksonville, Arkansas, to Charley Heston Nelson and Sandra See Nelson, he received his bachelor's degree (and later an honorary LLD.) from Hendrix College. He studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, receiving his M.A. from that institution. He was ordained a Methodist minister in the North Carolina Conference but never assumed a pastorate.
He worked for the YMCA from 1916-1951 and was Executive Director of the National Council of Churches' Department of Religious Liberty from 1953-1960, then worked as a reporter for the Religious News Service. He also served as editor of The Dialogue, a publication of the National Conference for Christians and Jews.
Nelson was married to the former Maud Sparks, with whom he had four sons.
The Claud D. Nelson Papers contain correspondence, memorabilia, miscellanea, personal files, photographs, printed material, published material, and writings. Correspondence includes a letter from George Washington Carver (1932). Memorabilia contains a scrapbook of sermons by Nelson's father, as well as some he copied from other sources. The books in both published material and writings deal mainly with the Catholic Church and its concerns.
Correspondence and printed material are arranged chronologically. The remaining series are arranged alphabetically by type, author, or topic as appropriate.
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Nelson, Claud D. -- Archives.
Clergy -- United States.
Clergy as authors.
Ecumenists -- United States.
Methodist Church -- Clergy.
Methodists -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Claud D. Nelson Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|Box 1||1907-1946, 1950-1967, undated (7 folders)|
|Box 1||Awards 1907-1947|
|Box 1||Certificates 1913-1965|
|Box 1||Passports 1910-1949|
|Box 1||Poster 1930|
|Box 1||Scrapbook 1945|
|Box 1||Lecture for Sherwood Eddy Group 1935|
|Box 1||Films for lecture 1935 (4 reels)|
|Box 1||Biographical material 1936-1965|
|Box 1||Miscellaneous 1930-1965|
|Box 1||Books (12 volumes)|
|Box 2||Books (28 volumes)|
|Box 3||Books (15 volumes)|
|Box 3||Clippings 1935-1968|
|Box 3||Magazines 1961-1968|
|Box 3||Newspaper clippings 1921-1967|
|Box 3||Pamphlets 1928-1968 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Articles 1935-1966|
|Box 3||Book reviews 1927-1965|
|Box 3||Church and State 1953|
|Box 4||Implementing Vatican II in Your Community 1967|
|Box 4||Religion and Society 1966|
|Box 4||The Vatican Council and All Christians 1962|
|Box 4||Clippings 1939-1962|
|Box 4||The Dialogue 1961-1967 (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Magazines 1935-1966 (2 folders)|
|Box 5||Miscellaneous 1935-1961|
|Box 5||Pamphlets 1937-1966|
|Box 5||Typescript, "Pilgrim of Rome"|