R. A. (Revels Alcorn) Adams papers
Scope and Contents
Writings by Adams comprise the bulk of the collection and include typescripts, some of which are corrected, and manuscripts of addresses, sermons, and critical essays, as well as typescripts and manuscripts of creative works such as poetry, novels, and a play. Also included are typescripts of writings by others, on which Adams collaborated or which he seems to have published as president of The Progress Publishing Co.; as well as typescripts of musical programs and sheet music for songs by Adams; scrapbooks containing correspondence, letters of introduction, resolutions, testimonials, and clippings, documenting Adams's evangelistic activities from 1910 to 1921; photographs of Adams and his family; and printed material and other loose papers.
- 1902 - 1945
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6.35 Linear Feet (14 boxes)
Language of Materials
R. A. (Revels Alcorn) Adams (b. 1869)
In addition to sermons and lectures, Adams also wrote novels, critical essays, poetry, and music, most, if not all, of which were never published. His novels include Babylon, described by Adams as "Religious - Sociological - Interracial - Stresses Gospel as Panacea for all Social Ills", Deacon Simpson, "Story of Negro Church Life - Contrasting Old, Unlettered Ministers with Modern Products - Evolution in Negro Church Life", and The Great Cathedral, "Exposure of Graft, Corruption, Autocracy, and Ecclesiastical Misfeasance - Predicting Revolution and Reformation of the Negro Church". His critical essays likewise explore the Negro Church in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in addition to other topics, and include works such as "The Negro and His Church" and "The Negro Church - What Ails It?".
- Adams, R. A. (Revels Alcorn), 1869-
- African American Methodists
- African American authors -- 20th Century
- African American churches
- African American clergy
- African American preaching
- African Americans -- Religion -- 20th Century
- African Methodist Episcopal Church
- American literature -- African American authors
- Bearer, A. G.
- Economics -- Sociological aspects
- Evangelistic work
- Interpersonal relations
- Progress Publishing Co
- Guide to the R. A. (Revels Alcorn) Adams Papers
- by Tina Evans and Jennifer Meehan
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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