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Collection Number: 05341

Collection Title: Milton Stover Carothers Papers, 1954-1982

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 400 items)
Abstract Milton Stover Carothers (1932-2004) of Tallahassee, Fla., was a Presbyterian minister who worked for significant periods of time in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. A 1954 graduate of Florida State University, he held pastorates in Salisbury, N.C., 1958-1963, and Covington, Va., 1963-1969, and served in campus ministries at Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and, for 17 years, at Florida State University. The collection contains copies of sermons preached by Carothers, the bulk of which are from the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, Va., 1964-1969; a speech Carothers made to the Covington Council on Human Relations regarding racial injustice; and materials related to Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign and the Presbyterian Church's official response to it. Also included are Carothers's weekly preaching schedules, 1958-1965; surveys about sermons preached, 1958-1961; official mailings to congregation members; correspondence with church groups; subject files on church-related topics; publications; newspaper clippings relating to the church and to members of Carothers's family; personal correspondence; Carothers's resume and his call from the Synod of North Carolina; materials relating to the Florida State University Alumni Association, where Carothers sat on the board of directors and served as the permanent president of the Class of 1954; clippings and publications from Carothers's college fraternity, Sigma Chi, 1950s; several 1970 issues of the Florida State University student newspaper relating to student elections and Black Student Union grievances; and other items.
Creator Carothers, Milton Stover.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Milton Carothers papers #5341, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the Presbyterian Historical Society of Montreat, N.C., in 2007 (Acc. 100703).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Milton Stover Carothers (1932-2004) of Tallahassee, Fla., was a progressive southern Presbyterian minister who worked for significant periods of time in Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida. He graduated from Florida State University, where he was president of the student body, and was subsequently elected permanent class president of the Class of 1954. He received his master’s of divinity at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Over the course of his life, Carothers held pastorates in Salisbury, N.C., 1958-1963, and Covington, Va., 1963-1969; he was also a University Chaplain at Duke University and University Minister at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Eventually, he returned to Florida, where he served as Presbyterian campus minister at Florida State University for 17 years.

Milton Carothers was married first to Mary Lou Carothers and then to Sally Carothers. He had two sons, Milton Washington Carothers and James Higginbotham, and two daughters, Sarah Jane Carothers and Lea Carothers Crusberg.

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The collection contains copies of sermons preached by Presbyterian minister Milton Stover Carothers of Tallahassee, Fla., the bulk of which are from the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, Va., 1964-1969; a speech Carothers made to the Covington Council on Human Relations regarding racial injustice; and materials related to Martin Luther King's Poor People's Campaign and the Presbyterian Church's official response to it. Also included are Carothers's weekly preaching schedules, 1958-1965; surveys about sermons preached, 1958-1961; official mailings to congregation members; correspondence with church groups; subject files on church-related topics; publications; newspaper clippings relating to the church and to members of Carothers's family; personal correspondence; Carothers's resume and his call from the Synod of North Carolina; materials relating to the Florida State University Alumni Association, where Carothers sat on the board of directors and served as the permanent president of the Class of 1954; clippings and publications from Carothers's college fraternity, Sigma Chi, 1950s; several 1970 issues of the Florida State University student newspaper relating to student elections and Florida State University Black Student Union grievances; and other items.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Sermons, 1957-1970.

About 150 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Copies of sermons preached by Reverend Milton Carothers. The bulk of the sermons are from the First Presbyterian Church of Covington, Va., 1964-1969. There is also one folder of sermons from the John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1962-1963, and one folder of sermons preached at other churches, 1957-1970, including the Ginter Park Presbyterian church, the University Presbyterian Church, the First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee, Fla., the Emmanuel Episcopal church of Covington, Va., and the Church of Reconciliation of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Folder 1-10

Folder 1

Folder 2

Folder 3

Folder 4

Folder 5

Folder 6

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

Sermons: First Presbyterian Church of Covington, Va., 1964-1969 #05341, Series: "1. Sermons, 1957-1970." Folder 1-10

Folder 11

Sermons: John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1962-1963 #05341, Series: "1. Sermons, 1957-1970." Folder 11

Folder 12

Other sermons, 1957-1970 #05341, Series: "1. Sermons, 1957-1970." Folder 12

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Processing Note: Carothers's original order has, for the most part, been maintained.

Carothers's weekly preaching schedules, 1958-1965; annual surveys on sermons preached, 1958-1961; materials about the search for a director of Christian Education at First Presbytery Church in Covington, Va., and the subsequent installation of Carolyn Ledford in this position, 1967-1969; handouts, speeches, and publications relating to the Conference on People, Religion and a Changing Virginia, 1966; information from a panel introducing church parents and freshman children to college issues, 1971; ordination at Orange Presbytery, 1973-1974; papers relating to two sessional retreats of the Church of Reconciliation, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1978-1979; and papers detailing Carothers's application and interview for a job as director of Cornell United Religious Work in Ithaca, N.Y., 1981.

Folder 13

Preaching schedules, 1958-1965 #05341, Series: "2. Pastoral Materials, 1958-1981." Folder 13

Folder 14

Preaching surveys, 1958-1961 #05341, Series: "2. Pastoral Materials, 1958-1981." Folder 14

The surveys ask congregation members to note the three sermons that have been most helpful or meaningful to them over the course of the year.

Folder 15

Pastoral theology, 1958-1967 #05341, Series: "2. Pastoral Materials, 1958-1981." Folder 15

Carothers's official mailings to congregation members, congregation surveys and handouts, a proposed budget, and correspondence with church groups and committees. The documents span Carothers's work at various churches.

Folder 16

Director of Christian Education, 1963-1969 #05341, Series: "2. Pastoral Materials, 1958-1981." Folder 16

Folder 17

Conference on People, Religion, and Changing, 1966 #05341, Series: "2. Pastoral Materials, 1958-1981." Folder 17

Folder 18

Panel: parents of freshman children, 1971 #05341, Series: "2. Pastoral Materials, 1958-1981." Folder 18

Folder 19

Ordination, 1973-1974 #05341, Series: "2. Pastoral Materials, 1958-1981." Folder 19

Folder 20

Church of Reconciliation sessional retreats, 1978-1979 #05341, Series: "2. Pastoral Materials, 1958-1981." Folder 20

Folder 21

Cornell University Visit, 1981 #05341, Series: "2. Pastoral Materials, 1958-1981." Folder 21

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Processing Note: Original order has, for the most part, been maintained.

Official and private correspondence, publications, and newspaper clippings related to both the church and members of Carothers's family. It also contains Carothers's resume and his call from the Synod of North Carolina.

Folder 22

1960-1982 #05341, Series: "3. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1960-1981." Folder 22

Official and personal correspondence from the 1960s and 1970s, including letters on various issues from United States representatives; Carothers's resume; call from the Synod of North Carolina, 1969.

Folder 23

1978-1979 #05341, Series: "3. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1960-1981." Folder 23

Newspaper clippings relating to Carothers, including several regarding his post as University Minister at the University of North Carolina, 1973, and the ordination of his wife Sally Carothers at the Church of Reconciliation in Chapel Hill, N.C. There are also contains editorials and other publications relating to Carothers's political views on farm workers and the Vietnam War and some personal correspondence.

Folder 24

1976-1981 #05341, Series: "3. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1960-1981." Folder 24

Publications from the 150th anniversary of the First Presbyterian Church in Covington, Va., 1969; several letters from Carothers's father, 1978, and from congregation children; newspaper clippings relating to the Carothers family, late 1970s; an official letter stating that Carothers's son had withdrawn from the University of North Carolina, 1975; and information regarding a home belonging to Carothers that was for sale.

Folder 25-26

Folder 25

Folder 26

1978-1981 #05341, Series: "3. Correspondence and Related Materials, 1960-1981." Folder 25-26

Personal correspondence with frequent mention of the separation of Milton and Sally.

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Clippings and publications from Carothers's college fraternity, Sigma Chi, 1950s; materials relating to the Florida State University Alumni Association, where Carothers sat on the board of directors and served as the permanent president of the Class of 1954.

Folder 27

Sigma Chi #05341, Series: "4. Florida State University, 1955-1970." Folder 27

Folder 28

Florida State University Alumni Association #05341, Series: "4. Florida State University, 1955-1970." Folder 28

Materials dating from the 1950s and 1960s and including organization charts and officer lists. There is also correspondence between Carothers and the Alumni Association on whether to contribute the Class of 1954's funds to the purchase of a grand piano for the new Student Union or to the Southern Scholarship and Research Foundation. Also included is the Class of 1954's reunion schedules; several 1970 issues of the student newspaper, Flambeau, relating to student elections and Black Student Union grievances; several alumni bulletins; and some newspaper clippings.

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Processing Note: Original folder titles have, for the most part, been maintained.

Folder 29

Covington, Va., Council on Human Relations, 1964-1967 #05341, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1964-1979." Folder 29

Official publications and correspondence relating to the Council; a speech delivered by Carothers to the Council at the end of his 1965 term of office as president regarding racial injustice and discussing both President Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr.

Folder 30

Crisis in the nation, 1967-1968 #05341, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1964-1979." Folder 30

Clippings and publications related to the 1967 Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, race riots, and the crisis caused by racial integration in the late 1960s. Also included are handouts and other publications from Presbyterian study groups and programs related to these issues.

Folder 31

Poor People's March, 1968 #05341, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1964-1979." Folder 31

Publications related to Martin Luther King Jr.'s Poor People's Campaign, the Crisis in the Nation, and the Presbyterian Church's official responses.

Folder 32

Chapel Hill High School: Human relations, 1971-1973 #05341, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1964-1979." Folder 32

Folder 33

A Woman's Place, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1974-1975 #05341, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1964-1979." Folder 33

A space in the Presbyterian Student Center where women in the community could interact freely and develop an awareness of the opportunities and resources available to them.

Folder 34

Care of cancer patients, 1976-1979 #05341, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1964-1979." Folder 34

Folder 35

Minority students: the University of North Carolina, 1976 #05341, Series: "5. Other Papers, 1964-1979." Folder 35

Memorandum to the Planning Committee for Minorities at the University of North Carolina, listing names and addresses and including minutes from the first meeting.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Joyce Chapman, October 2007

Encoded by: Joyce Chapman, October 2007

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