S. L. Morgan papers, 1895-1970.

Creator: Morgan, S. L. (Samuel Lewis), 1871-1972.
Collection number: 4228
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Abstract: Samuel Lewis Morgan was a Baptist minister, writer, and commentator of the North Carolina piedmont. The collection includes correspondence and writings of Samuel Lewis Morgan. The correspondence consists chiefly of copies of Morgan’s letters to friends, family members, Baptist ministers, editors, and readers of his writings, written during the 1950s and 1960s when Morgan was in his eighties and nineties. Most letters are of a personal nature, relating to Morgan’s family, his ministerial activities, and his reading and writings. Scattered letters to businessmen, senators, and presidents concern requests for information, reponses to published articles, and calls for action on various social issues from “immoral movie houses” in the 1920s to civil rights in the 1960s. Major correspondents include William Louis Poteat, John Morgan, James I. Miller, William W. Finlator, Edwin McNeill Poteat Jr., Willis Richard Cullom, John W. Kincheloe, Charles E. Maddry, J. Marse Grant, Samuel Talmadge Ragan, Charles Bennett Deane, Thomas J. Lassiter Jr., Eugene Norfleet Gardner, Hubert P. Warden, Rexford Squires, and LaReine Warden Clayton. Most of the remaining papers are writings of some type, including a fifty-year, twenty-five-hundred-page “journalistic” diary, nearly two thousand clippings of articles, several hundred sermons and other addresses, and other items. The topics of Morgan’s writings include pastoral ministry, Scripture, Baptist doctrine, women’s roles, death and dying, stories of inspiration, and men and women whom Morgan had known and admired.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Included are letters that discuss integration between 1952-1964 (Folders 83-223); articles concerning school integration and lunch-counter sit-ins between 1929-1969 (Folders 454-466); and material on the Civil Rights movement (Folder 494-499).

Morgan’s personal volumes also discuss racial issues. Volumes 2 and 3 include discussions of the treatment of African Americans in Henderson during the 1910s and 1920s, and Volumes 6 and 7 also began discussing race in the 1940s.