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Collection Number: 04029

Collection Title: Bernard Henry Boyd Papers, 1946-1976

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Size 13.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 10,000 items)
Abstract Bernard Henry Boyd (1910-1975), professor of religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1950-1975, was recognized as an inspiring teacher and interdenominational leader. He was particularly interested in Biblical archaeology and led summer archeological expeditions in Israel. The collection contains papers relating to lectures delivered by Boyd at colleges and churches throughout the South; correspondence with students and former students from the University of North Carolina; instructional notes; material about archaeological expeditions in which Boyd participated; lectures on archaeology delivered by Boyd; correspondence with archaeologists; and miscellaneous correspondence, including correspondence with friends Karl and Lynn Prickett of Greensboro, N.C., and correspondence relating to Boyd's employment by the University of North Carolina, his work with the Department of Religion, and his work with the Presbyterian Church in North and South Carolina. Also included are audio discs of sermons delivered by Boyd.
Creator Boyd, Bernard Henry, 1910-1975.
Language English
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Bernard Henry Boyd Papers, #4029, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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Bernard Henry Boyd (1910-1975), professor of religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1950-1975, was recognized as an inspiring teacher and interdenominational leader. He was particularly interested in Biblical archaeology and led summer archeological expeditions in Israel. Boyd was educated at Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C.; Princeton Theological Seminary; Princeton University; and Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Va. He was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1943. During World War II, he served as a chaplain with the United States Naval Reserves in the Pacific arena, 1943-1945, and was awarded a Purple Heart for his actions at Okinawa, Japan.

Boyd held positions as professor of Bible at Presbyterian College, Laurinberg, N.C., 1936-1946; professor of Bible at Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., 1946-1950; James A. Gray Professor of Biblical Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1950-1975; and chairman of the Department of Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1952-1960. Also noteworthy are Boyd's extensive speaking engagements, his participation in educational television on biblical matters, and his lecture tours for the Archaeological Institute of America.

His lecturing with the Archaeological Institute of America was indicative of his interest in archaeology, particularly related to biblical study. He participated in archaeological exploration in Israel during the summers of 1963-1968 and 1970-1974; organized the Archaeological Expedition to Tell ed-Duweir (Lachish) in 1966; co-directed the University of North Carolina-Hebrew University Archaeological Expedition to Tell Arad, Israel in 1967; directed the Lynn Prickett Archaeological Expedition to Tell ed-Duweir (Lachish) in 1968; and organized expeditions to Beer Sheba, Israel, 1970-1974. Boyd served as educational director for the Institute from Mediterranean Studies from 1965-1967 and as Archaeological Director for the same organization beginning in 1968.

Boyd was recognized for his outstanding interdenominational teaching and inspirational leadership. He was twice the recipient of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Tanner Award for Distinction in College Teaching and the recipient of the Nicholas Salgo Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1973.

Boyd's membership in learned societies included the Society of Biblical LIterature, the American Schools of Oriental Research, the American Academy of Religion, and the Archaeological Institute of America. His fraternities included Sigma Upsilon, Pi Kappa Delta, Gamma Sigma, Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Golden Fleece.

Bernard H. Boyd married Thelma Hicklin of Richburg, S.C., in 1954. They had two children: Donald Beaty and Karen Elizabeth.

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The collection includes papers relating to lectures delivered by Bernard Henry Boyd at colleges and churches throughout the South; correspondence with students and former students from the University of North Carolina; instructional notes; material about archaeological expeditions in which Boyd participated; lectures on archaeology delivered by Boyd; correspondence with archaeologists; and miscellaneous correspondence, including correspondence with friends Karl and Lynn Prickett of Greensboro, N.C., and correspondence relating to Boyd's employment by the University of North Carolina, his work with the Department of Religion, and his work with the Presbyterian Church in North and South Carolina. Also included are audio discs of sermons delivered by Boyd.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series A. College and University Lectures, 1946-1976.

About 1500 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by name of institution

This series consists of incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence, scattered lecture notes, printed programs and notices, receipts and expense vouchers, and other material related to lectures given by Boyd at colleges and universities, arranged alphabetically by the name of the school. Some of the correspondence with friends, colleagues, and former students about lectures also includes personal and professional news. Series D, Miscellaneous Correspondence, also includes material about college lectures delivered by Boyd.

Folder 1a

Original finding aid #04029, Series: "Series A. College and University Lectures, 1946-1976." Folder 1a

Box 1-4

Box 1

Box 2

Box 3

Box 4

College and university lectures #04029, Series: "Series A. College and University Lectures, 1946-1976." Box 1-4

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About 2800 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by city in which the church or organization was located.

Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence and other materials similar to Series A about lectures, courses, and workshops sponsored by churches and church organizations in which Boyd participated. There are also a few folders related to conferences sponsored by statewide agencies (e.g. Georgia Youth Fellowship Conference) which are filed alphabetically by the name of the state. Material about church-sponsored lectures delivered by Boyd can also be found in Series D. 14 audio discs of sermons delivered by Boyd at the First Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem are included in the file for that organization.

Box 4-10

Box 4

Box 5

Box 6

Box 7

Box 8

Box 9

Box 10

Church lectures #04029, Series: "Series B. Church Lectures, 1952-1976." Box 4-10

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About 1500 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by last name of student.

Incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence with and about students and former students. Topics covered in correspondence with students include examinations, enrollment in Bernard H. Boyd's courses, and letters of recommendation written by Boyd. Letters from former students deal with their activities since school, their feelings about Boyd and his courses, and mutual friends and professional acquaintances. There are also occasional letters of appreciation from parents of Boyd's students.

Box 11-14

Box 11

Box 12

Box 13

Box 14

Correspondence: Students #04029, Series: "Series C. Correspondence: Students, 1955-1974." Box 11-14

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About 1500 items.

Arrangement: alphabetical by last name of correspondent.

Personal and professional correspondence with individuals other than students, and scattered printed material. Topics include religious questions, Bible teaching, theology, church matters particularly the Charleston (S.C.) Presbytery, trips to the Middle East, biblical excavations, appraisals of manuscripts, faculty openings, and other material concerning the Department of Religion at the University of North Carolina.

There are many thank you letters and also invitations to speak, participate in ceremonies, and write for church publications which overlap with material in Series A and B.

Following the alphabetical files are two files of correspondence with Karl and Lynn Prickett of Greensboro, N.C., containing personal correspondence and communication concerning their donations to the Department of Religion at the University of North Carolina.

Box 14-17

Box 14

Box 15

Box 16

Box 17

Miscellaneous correspondence #04029, Series: "Series D. Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1950-1975." Box 14-17

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About 1500 items.

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Arrangement: alphabetical by site.

Extensive information about archaeological digs that Bernard H. Boyd organized, co-organized, or in which he participated. The sites include Beersheba, Lachish, and Tell Arad. Materials include administrative papers and correspondence on budget and budget proposals, personnel, equipment, accomodations, and artifacts; notes, lectures, and reports; printed booklets, magazines and newspaper articles; and carbon dating information.

Box 18-19

Box 18

Box 19

Archaeological digs #04029, Subseries: "Series E. A. Archaeological Digs" Box 18-19

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Arrangement: alphabetical by subject.

Letters, magazine and newspaper articles, other printed materials, and photographs related to various topics including the Dead Sea Scrolls, Hebron, Israel, Pardess Hanna, Tell Nagila, and Tell Zerror.

Box 20

Subject files #04029, Subseries: "Series E. B. Subject Files" Box 20

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Arrangement: alphabetical by name of organization or archaeologist.

Correspondence with archeaologists and organizations.

Box 20

Archaeologists #04029, Subseries: "Series E. C. Archaeologists" Box 20

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Arrangement: alphabetical by organization.

Information and correspondence on the Archaeological Institute of America and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies. Included are a series of five folders containing correspondence and information on Bernard Boyd's lecture tours in the United States sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America.

Box 21

Archaeological Institute of American and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies #04029, Subseries: "Series E. D. Archaeological Institute of America and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies" Box 21

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Miscellaneous archeological information including newpaper articles, other printed materials, and photographs.

Box 21

Miscellaneous archaeological materials #04029, Subseries: "Series E. E. Miscellaneous Archaeological Materials" Box 21

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About 900 items.

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Arrangement: chronological.

Includes teaching notes, correspondence, bibliographies, and printed materials regarding television programs.

Box 21-22

Box 21

Box 22

Television programs #04029, Subseries: "Series F. A. Television Programs" Box 21-22

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Arrangement: numeric by course number.

Includes teaching notes, reading lists, bibliographies, exams, and printed materials related to religion courses taught by Bernard H. Boyd at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Box 22-23

Box 22

Box 23

Religion courses, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill #04029, Subseries: "Series F. B. Religion Courses, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill" Box 22-23

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Evaluations of Bernard H. Boyd's teaching, written by various students.

Box 23

Evaluations #04029, Subseries: "Series F. C. Evaluations" Box 23

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Teaching notes entitled "Greensboro" and "Greensboro, 1955" and unidentified teaching notes.

Box 23

Miscellaneous teaching notes #04029, Subseries: "Series F. D. Miscellaneous Teaching Notes" Box 23

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Arrangement: biblical order.

Include Bernard H. Boyd's notes on various books of the Bible.

Box 23-27

Box 23

Box 24

Box 25

Box 26

Box 27

Biblical notes #04029, Subseries: "Series F. E. Biblical Notes" Box 23-27

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Arrangement: alphabetical.

Includes notes, printed material, and items related to church rites including communion, funeral services, marriage ceremonies, pacifism, and prayer.

Box 27

Miscellaneous church materials #04029, Subseries: "Series F. F. Miscellaneous files" Box 27

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series G. Book Reviews, 1948-1957, 1972.

About 25 items.

Chiefly copies of Bernard H. Boyd's reviews of religious books.

Box 27

Book reviews #04029, Series: "Series G. Book Reviews, 1948-1957, 1972." Box 27

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, November 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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