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Claude H. Thompson papers, 1949-1971

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/g26g5

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Thompson, Claude Holmes, 1908-1971.
Title: Claude H. Thompson papers, 1949-1971
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 162
Extent: 6 cubic feet (15 boxes)
Abstract:Contains correspondence, writings, biographical material, lectures and course material, and Sunday school lessons taught by Thompson.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Pitts Theology Library in advance to access this collection.

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[after identification of item(s)], Claude H. Thompson Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Jackie Ammerman, 1990; Aimee Morgan, 2005; Brandon Wason, July 2016.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Claude Thompson was born September 21, 1908 in Bethlehem, Maryland. Raised in a devout Methodist family, he attended public schools in Bethlehem and went to Asbury College where he received his undergraduate degree. Having accepted the call to the ministry, Thompson continued his education at Drew University where he received both his B.D. and Ph.D. degrees.

Professor Thompson served for fifteen years as a parish minister. He returned to the academic world in 1946 when he studied at Oxford University and at Edinburgh in 1947. He returned to Asbury and taught Systematic Theology in the Seminary from 1947 to 1950. Professor Thompson joined the faculty of the Candler School of Theology in January 1951, where he taught Systematic Theology until his death October 16, 1971.

Claude Holmes Thompson was married to Miss Sue Lovelace in 1932. They are the parents of three daughters.

Scope and Content Note

The papers consist of material primarily from the period 1951 - 1971, the time in which Professor Thompson was a member of the faculty of the Candler School of Theology. A few sermons and clippings have been preserved from the time of his pastoral ministry. The materials are arranged in eight series. The first series, BIOGRAPHICAL, contains Thompson's spiritual autobiography as well as his curriculum vitae. In addition, clippings and publications surrounding his death are contained in this series.

The second series, CORRESPONDENCE, is arranged in two sub-series, incoming and outgoing. The correspondence is primarily from the late 1950s and early 1960s. The letters received are arranged alphabetically by author while letters sent by Thompson are arranged chronologically.

Professor Thompson became a vocal proponent of the civil rights movement. From a theological and biblical perspective, articulated a foundation for relating to all people with justice, regardless of race. The third series, RACE RELATIONS, contains material which reflect specifically his involvement in race relations.

The fourth series, SERMONS AND ADDRESSES, contain those materials which are sermonic in nature or were apparently delivered as a public address. These bulk in between 1953 and 1971.

The fifth series, UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPTS, contains a number of manuscripts on which professor Thompson worked which have never been published. Included in this series is a photocopy of Professor Thompson's dissertation as well as two book length manuscripts. Numerous article length manuscripts are also included.

The sixth series, LECTURES AND COURSE MATERIAL, contains the lecture notes from the courses offered by Professor Thompson at Candler School of Theology. The material in this series is arranged by Course number. Most of his lecture notes have page numbers, indicating the order of the material. In some cases, however, insertions were made and pages renumbered.

The seventh series, SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS, contains a series of Sunday School lessons which were written for publication. These are arranged by date. In addition, there are notes from two Bible courses (John and Acts) which were taught by Professor Thompson.

The final series contains the published articles of Professor Thompson. These are arranged by date of publication.

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