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Collection Number: 03302

Collection Title: Edwin McNeill Poteat Papers, 1925-1956.

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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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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4,500 items)
Abstract Edwin McNeill Poteat was a Baptist preacher, teacher, and missionary in China, 1917-1929, author, president of Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, 1944-1948, and pastor at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., 1929-1937 and 1948-1955, and at Euclid Avenue Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio, 1937-1944. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, mainly 1944-1955, and writings of Poteat. Included are letters, 1925-1929, discussing the Chinese nationalist movement and its effect on missionary work; correspondence with various religious and social action organizations, particularly concerning conscientious objection to World War I and interracial cooperation; and routine office correspondence. Also included are sermons, articles, speeches, and an unpublished book manuscript.
Creator Poteat, Edwin McNeill, 1892-1955.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
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 Edwin McNeill Poteat Papers, #3302, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Edwin McNeill Poteat, June 1957.
Received from Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., March 1959.
Received from Lillian Parker Wallace of Raleigh, N.C., January 1963.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
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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Edwin McNeill Poteat (1892-1955) was a Baptist preacher, teacher, and missionary in China, 1917-1929; author; president of Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, 1944-1948; and pastor at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C., 1929-1937 and 1948-1955; and at Euclid Avenue Baptist Church, Cleveland, Ohio, 1937-1944. He also writer on religion and his book entitled Mandate to Humanity: An inquiry into the history and meaning of the Ten Commandments and their relation to contemporary culture was published in 1953 by Abington-Cokesbury Press, Nashville, Tenn.

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The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, mainly 1944-1955, and writings of Edward McNeill Poteat. Included are letters, 1925-1929, discussing the Chinese nationalist movement and its effect on missionary work; correspondence with various religious and social action organizations, particularly concerning conscientious objection to World War I and interracial cooperation; and routine office correspondence. Also included are sermons, articles, speeches, and book manuscripts.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1925-1927 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2-3

Folder 2

Folder 3

1928-1929 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 2-3

Folder 4

1930-1932 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1933-1937 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

1942 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7-10

Folder 7

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

1943 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 7-10

Folder 11-16

Folder 11

Folder 12

Folder 13

Folder 14

Folder 15

Folder 16

1944 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 11-16

Folder 17-24

Folder 17

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

1945-1946 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 17-24

Folder 25-28

Folder 25

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

1947 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 25-28

Folder 29-32

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

Folder 32

1948 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 29-32

Folder 33-49

Folder 33

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Folder 43

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Folder 49

1949 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 33-49

Folder 50-68

Folder 50

Folder 51

Folder 52

Folder 53

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Folder 55

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Folder 58

Folder 59

Folder 60

Folder 61

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Folder 63

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Folder 68

1950 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 50-68

Folder 69-95

Folder 69

Folder 70

Folder 71

Folder 72

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Folder 76

Folder 77

Folder 78

Folder 79

Folder 80

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Folder 82

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Folder 85

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Folder 90

Folder 91

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Folder 93

Folder 94

Folder 95

1951 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 69-95

Folder 96-119C

Folder 96

1952 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 96-119C

Folder 120-144C

Folder 120

1953 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 120-144C

Folder 145-170B

Folder 145

1954 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 145-170B

Folder 171-189C

Folder 171

1955 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 171-189C

Folder 190-194

Folder 190

Folder 191

Folder 192

Folder 193

Folder 194

1956 #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 190-194

Folder 194

Undated #03302, Series: "1. Papers, 1925-1956 and undated." Folder 194

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, April 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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