Archives & Papers of Historic Figures


Kirby Page Papers

Kirby Page (1890-1957), a self-described “social evangelist” and “prophet for peace,” became a well-known (some would say notorious) pacifist after World War I. He was one of the editors of The World Tomorrow, a widely known radical pacifist periodical that ran from 1918 through the 1930s, as well as one of the founders of the Fellowship of Reconciliation (www.forusa.org). Page’s correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, and supporters are included in the collection, as are manuscripts of his partially completed autobiography and biography of Sherwood Eddy, his mentor and fellow FOR founder. There are also hundreds of newspaper clippings. A partial finding list is available that will soon be posted.

Bishop James C. Baker Papers

James Chamberlain Baker (1879-1969) was a churchman of considerable eminence during American Methodism’s development into a “mainline” denomination. As a pastor, he was a founder and the first director of the first Wesley Foundation (at the University of Illinois), Methodism’s ministry to college and university students. Elected bishop in 1928, his first assignment was in Korea and Japan. In 1932, he was reassigned to California. During his long career, he was a delegate to the world ecumenical conferences at Oxford and Madras, chairman of the International Missionary Council, a member of the first Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, President of the Council of Bishops of The Methodist Church, and advisor to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Committee on International Organization. After his retirement as an active bishop in 1952, he taught in the School of Religion at the University of Southern California. The Baker Papers include correspondence, articles, sermons, notes, scrapbooks and memorabilia.

Mary E. Moxcey Papers

Dr. Mary Eliza Moxcey (1875-1970), a significant figure in twentieth-century religious education, conducted leadership training workshops for the YWCA for many years and wrote widely used leadership manuals and other educational works for girls and young women. She was a long-time editor for The Methodist Book Concern, wrote a great deal of Sunday School curriculum material, and led training workshops for Sunday School teachers and other religious educators across the country. During the 1920s and 1930s, Dr. Moxcey also did radio broadcasts of Sunday School lessons, sponsored by The Methodist Book Concern. The Moxcey Papers include extensive personal and professional correspondence spanning her lifetime, and manuscripts and typescripts of her books, lectures, and radio broadcasts.

Charles W. Hartshorne Archive

Housed in the Library’s Special Collections area, the Hartshorne Archive of books and other materials that belonged to one of the luminaries of Process Thought is part of the Center for Process Studies Collection of Process material. Scholars and students wishing to consult the Hartshorne materials should contact the Center for Process Studies at http://www.ctr4process.org.