FULLER, CHARLES EDWARD, 1907-.
Charles Edward Fuller papers, 1908-1988

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

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Atlanta, GA 30322

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fuller, Charles Edward, 1907-.
Title: Charles Edward Fuller papers, 1908-1988
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 246
Extent: 14 cubic ft. (28 boxes + 1 oversize folder)
Abstract:Consists of writings by Charles Edward Fuller and others regarding missionaries in Africa, African anthropology, and social issues and political events in Africa.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Charles Edward Fuller Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.

Processing

Processed by Joan S. Clemens, 2002.


Collection Description

Biographical Note

Charles Edward Fuller was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 23, 1907 to John Charles and Elizabeth Kohn Fuller. He grew up in the Cheltenham township and graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1925. After graduating from Dickinson Seminary in 1926 he became a supply pastor in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He received his B.A. in Bible and Theology from Juniata College in 1936. In 1938 he received both a M.A. in History and Literature of Religion from Northwestern University and a M.Div. from Garrett Theological Seminary. Fuller completed his formal education with a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Northwestern University in 1955.

Fuller was a Methodist pastor and missionary as well as a scholar. He was received "on trial" in 1930 in the Central Pennsylvania Conference and into "full connection" in 1933. In the Central Pennsylvania Conference he served the charges of Riddlesburg and Burnt Cabins, and he served the Cherry Tree charge in the Western Pennsylvania Conference. Fuller also served charges in the Missouri East Conference in the 1950s. From 1939 to 1951 he served as a missionary in southeast Africa including Mozambique from 1939 to 1942, South Africa from 1942-1945, and Southern Rhodesia where he was Superintendent of Schools from 1947 to 1951. The Methodist missionary was also the associate editor of The Africa Christian Advocate during his tenure in Southern Rhodesia.

Except for brief assignments or visits to Africa during the 1960s, Fuller spent his career in the United States in academia. He was a professor of theology and anthropology at the Missouri School of Religion at the University of Missouri, Columbia from 1953 to 1964; a professor of anthropology at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1967; and a professor of anthropology at St. John's University from 1968 to 1972 where he was Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1970 until his retirement at the end of 1972. Following his retirement Fuller was a visiting professor at Florida Southern College in Lakeland for seven years. He lived the remainder of his life in Rabun County, Georgia.

Fuller married Edna Marie Worthing on June 6, 1931 and had two children, Charles Edward, Jr. and Judith Anne. He died on March 17, 1990 in Clayton, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of writings by Charles Edward Fuller and others regarding missionaries in Africa, African anthropology, and social issues and political events in Africa. The collection also contains other writings by Fuller including sermons, essays, and dramas. Fuller collected African periodicals, especially those produced by the Methodist church, as well as other publications pertaining to missionary work in Africa. His subject files consist primarily of printed newsletters, articles from publications, printed letters from missionaries, and reports from various agencies. The bulk of the written material is from 1937 to 1980. Course material from Fuller's classes include some notes and syllabi but the bulk of this material consists of overhead transparencies, maps and other visual aids.

A major component of the collection is Fuller's photographic images of Africa taken from the late 1940s through the 1960s. His slides document places, cultures, people, worship and social functions, plants, and animals as well as vacations, family, and friends in the United States. Many of the slides document the activities of the United Methodist Church in south Africa. Among the specific countries and places where photographic images were taken are Botswana, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Inhambane in Mozambique, and South Africa. The slides are numbered according to the original unit in which each group was housed, i.e., carousel, slide box, or loose in a paper bag. Each unique grouping or unit was assigned a number. Handwritten slide listings that appeared to accompany a unit of slides are identified with the unit number and housed in a separate folder, however, researchers should be aware that many of the listings do not seem to correspond with the images in the unit. A detailed slide listing is available in the repository.



Container List

Course Material
Box Folder Content
21 1 Africa, undated
21 2 [Africa], 1971, undated
21 3 [Anthropology] - [Family relationships], undated
21 4 Maps: Africa for class use, undated
21 5 Maps: Africa climate and geography, 1966
21 6 Maps: Africa - Colonial rulers, undated
21 7 Maps: Southern Africa cultures, 1968
21 8 Maps: Africa language families, 1970
21 9 Maps: Africa - Outline, undated
21 10 Maps: Peoples of Africa, 1968-1973
21 11 Maps: Southern Africa peoples of Zambia, 1973
21 12 Maps: Africa and races, 1970
21 13 Maps: Tribal map of Africa [fragile], undated
21 14 Maps: Veg./Culture, 1924-1958
21 15 Maps: Africa - Miscellaneous, 1936-1966
21 16 Maps: Africa - Miscellaneous, 1949-1969
21 17 Maps: Africa - Miscellaneous, 1966-1967
21 18 Overhead transparency guides: Economies of Africa, undated
21 19 Overhead transparency guides: African elevations, undated
21 20 Overhead transparency guides: Geography of Africa, undated
21 21 Overhead transparency guides: African kingdoms, undated
21 22 Overhead transparency guides: African languages, undated
21 23 Overhead transparency guides: [Africa maps], undated
22 1 Overhead transparency guides: Africa races, undated
22 2 Overhead transparency guides: Africa regions, undated
22 3 Overhead transparency guides: Africa in the world, undated
22 4 Overhead transparency guides: [Anthropology], undated
22 5 Overhead transparency guides: [Anthropology], undated
22 6 Overhead transparency guides: [Anthropology], undated
22 7 Overhead transparency guides: [Anthropology], undated
22 8 Sociology/Anthropology, undated
22 9 Syllabi and notes, circa 1960-1970s
22 10 Miscellaneous, 1955-1972
22 11 Miscellaneous, undated
23 Filmstrips, undated
23 1 Filmstrip aids, undated
Photographic Material
1 4 Photographs, circa 1950s, undated
27 Slides, circa 1930s-1980
28 Slides, circa 1930s-1980
23 2 Slide listings, undated
Publications
2 1 Books: Juta's modern teaching atlas for South African schools, undated
2 2 Books: Ortmayer, Roger. Sing and pray and shout hurray, 1974
2 3 Books: Strong, Kendrick. He actually lived in our midst, 1982
2 4 Catalog: Hunting World, 1969
2 5 Clippings, 1940
2 6 Clippings, 1952
2 7 Clippings: The Times British Colonies Review, 1952
2 8 Clippings, 1953
2 9 Clippings, 1954-1957
2 10 Clippings, 1960-1966
2 11 Clippings, 1967
2 12 Clippings, 1968-1969
2 13 Clippings, 1973
2 14 Clippings, undated
2 15 [Hymnal and catechism in Tonga (?) language], 1945, undated
2 16 Journal articles, 1937-1966
2 17 Journal articles-M. D. W. Jeffreys, 1941-1953
3 1 Literature: Africa, 1956-1966
3 2 Literature: Botswana, undated
3 3 Literature: British West Africa, 1947-1951
3 4 Literature: China, 1972
3 5 Literature: French colonies in Africa, undated
3 6 Methodist Episcopal Church missions: Inhambane, 1908-circa 1936
3 7 Methodist Episcopal Church missions: Methodist Church missions, 1939-1968
3 8 Methodist Episcopal Church missions: United Methodist Church missions, 1972-1974
3 9 Methodist Episcopal Church missions: Morocco, 1951
3 10 Methodist Episcopal Church missions: Mozambique, 1925-1964
3 11 Methodist Episcopal Church missions: Other denominations 1963, undated
4 1 Methodist Episcopal Church missions: Rhodesia, circa 1930s-1960s
4 2 Methodist Episcopal Church missions: South Africa, circa 1930s-1960s
4 3 Maps, undated
4 4 Pamphlets, 1936-1939
4 5 Periodicals: Africa Christian Advocate, 1943-1944
4 6 Periodicals: Africa Christian Advocate, 1945-1948
4 7 Periodicals: Africa Christian Advocate, 1949
4 8 Periodicals: Africa Christian Advocate, 1952-1955
4 9 Periodicals: Africa Christian Advocate, 1956-1959
4 10 Periodicals: Africa Christian Advocate, 1960-1963
5 1 Periodicals: Africa Christian Advocate, 1964-1966
5 2 Periodicals: Africa Christian Advocate, 1967-1969
5 3 Periodicals: Africa Confidential, 1967-1968
5 4 Periodicals: Africa Fact Sheet 1964, undated
5 5 Periodicals: Africa Letter, 1963-1964
5 6 Periodicals: Africa Today, 1959
5 7 Periodicals: African-American Bulletin 1955, 1969
5 8 Periodicals: African News, 1954-1955
5 9 Periodicals: American Friends Service Committee newsletter, undated
5 10 Periodicals: American Universities Field Staff newsletter, 1955
5 11 Periodicals: Christian Century, 1954
5 12 Periodicals: Christian Economics, 1962-1967
5 13 Periodicals: Christianity and Crisis, 1966
5 14 Periodicals: Christianity Today, 1964
5 15 Periodicals: Cultural Events in Africa, 1965
5 16 Periodicals: Cultural Events in Africa, 1966
5 17 Periodicals: Cultural Events in Africa, 1967
5 18 Periodicals: Cultural Events in Africa, 1968
6 1 Periodicals: Cultural Events in Africa, 1969
6 2 Periodicals: Focus, 1950-1954
6 3 Periodicals: Foreign Affairs, 1953
6 4 Periodicals: Inhambane Christian Advocate, 1909-1920
6 5 Periodicals: Maryknoll, 1954
6 6 Periodicals: [Missionary newsletters], 1953-1968
6 7 Periodicals: Rhodesia Calling, 1964
6 8 Periodicals: Rhodesia Missionary Advocate, 1909
6 9 Periodicals: South Africa Missionary Advocate, 1922
6 10 Periodicals: South Africa Missionary Advocate, 1923
6 11 Periodicals: South Africa Missionary Advocate, 1924
6 12 Periodicals: South Africa Missionary Advocate, 1938-1939
6 13 Periodicals: South Africa Missionary Advocate, 1940-1942
6 14 Periodicals: Southern African Sentinel, 1954
6 15 Periodicals: Standard Book Review, 1966
6 16 Periodicals: Toward Freedom, 1953-1954
6 17 Periodicals: WUS [World University Service] in Action, 1966
1 5 Publicity Files: Bulletins and programs, 1951-1963, 1978
1 6 Publicity Files: Clippings - Africa 1964, undated
1 7 Publicity Files: Clippings - Belle Methodist Church, 1963-1964
1 8 Publicity Files: Clippings - Community Methodist Church, 1957-1960
1 9 Publicity Files: Clippings - [Extension of Columbia city limits], 1953
1 10 Publicity Files: Clippings - Florida, 1974-1975
1 11 Publicity Files: Clippings - "From the Bible," undated
1 12 Publicity Files: Clippings - Fuller and Gillet, undated
1 13 Publicity Files: Clippings - Fuller family, 1952-1955, undated
1 14 Publicity Files: Clippings - Missouri School of Religion, 1953-1957
1 15 Publicity Files: Clippings - Optimists Club, 1963, undated
1 16 Publicity Files: Clippings - Scarritt College, 1964-1965
1 17 Publicity Files: Clippings - Speaking engagements, 1953-1966, undated
1 18 Publicity Files: Clippings - Work in Africa, 1938, 1961-1963
1 19 Publicity Files: Clippings - Miscellaneous, 1974
1 20 Publicity Files: Conferences, academic speaking engagements, 1952-1971
1 21 Publicity Files: Newsletter articles, 1953-1964
1 22 Publicity Files: Press releases, 1956-1957, undated
7 1 Subject Files: Africa Mandates Commission, undated
7 2-4 Africa Studies Association, 1965-1970
7 5 Africa Studies Association - Newsletter, 1967-1968
7 6 Africa Studies Association - Roster of fellows, 1966-1969
7 7 American-African Affairs Association, Inc. special studies, 1966-1968
7 8 American Committee to Keep Biafra Alive, Inc. statement and newsletter, 1967-1969
7 9 American Society of African Culture (AMSAC), 1966
7 10 British Information Services reports, 1948-1952
8 1 Department of State Background Notes, 1968-1973
8 2 Department of State. Bureau of Intelligence and Research, 1965
8 3 Fisk University Program of African Studies, 1943
8 4 [French Information Service], 1953-1954
8 5 Golden case (Rhodesia), 1962
8 6 [Influence of church in Africa], 1953-1961, undated
8 7 Institute for Current World Affairs report, 1952-1953
8 8 International African Institute, 1947
8 9 Kenya, 1961, undated
8 10 Laymen's Movement for a Christian World, undated
8 11 Methodist Church. Board of Missions - Angola, 1961-1962
8 12 Methodist Church. Board of Missions and Church Extension. Division of Foreign Missions, 1952-1962
8 13 Methodist Church (Africa) Board of Missions - Rhodesia and Southeast Africa, 1962-1967
8 14 Methodist Church in Africa miscellaneous papers, 1942-1968
9 1 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. - Africa Committee minutes, 1952, 1965
9 2 Northwestern University - African Studies Program, 1952, 1970-1971
9 3-4 Portuguese Freedom Movements [Mozambique], 1963-1969
9 5 Rhodesia newsletters, 1961-1970
9 6 South Africa, Republic of - Information sheet, undated
9 7 Southwest Africa Volunteer Enterprise, Inc., 1964
9 8 Urbanization in Africa, 1952-1954
9 9 United Methodist Church. Board of Global Ministries, 1977
9 10 United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, 1967
9 11 United States Committee for Refugees, 1963-1967
9 12 World Understanding Workshop proceedings - Kitwe, Zambia, 1966 September 2-10
9 13 WUS Symposium on South Africa, 1966
9 14 Zimbabwe Refugee and Prisoners Fund, 1966
Writings by Fuller
10 1 Africa - Ethnographic, undated
10 2 Africa - Historical, undated
10 3 Aging-Dying - Death, undated
10 4 Aging-Dying - Aging among southern Africa Bandu, undated
10 5 [Articles and Papers], [Articles], circa 1950s, undated
10 6 [Articles and Papers], [Botswana], circa 1967
10 7 [Articles and Papers], Botswana: one of Africa's newest nations, circa 1960s
10 8 [Articles and Papers], Mission, undated
10 9 [Articles and Papers], [Mission], undated
10 10 [Articles and Papers], [Miscellaneous], undated
10 11 [Articles and Papers], [Poverty], undated
10 12 [Articles and Papers], [Upper Room], undated
10 13 [Biblical] - Saul and Paul, undated
11 1 Biographical - [Don Gonçalo da Silveira], undated
11 2 Biographical - [Andre Fernandes], undated
11 3 Biographical - Biographical shorts, undated
11 4 Children's stories, undated
11 5 Children's stories, undated
11 6 Children's stories - Spotty and Children's [?], undated
11 7 Dissertation: Some conditioning factors in the Development of the Bantu religion, 1938
11 8 Drama: A backwoods Christmas, undated
11 9 Drama: Behind the beginning of Methodism, circa 1980s
11 10 Drama: The Christ of the cross, circa 1980s
12 1 Drama: The expected one, 1979
12 2 Drama: Flashback for Barnabas, undated
12 3 Drama: The last words of Jesus, undated
12 4 Drama: This free land of ours, 1983
12 5 Drama: [Miscellaneous short pieces], undated
12 6 Fiction - Shorts: An African witch's son, undated
12 7 Fiction - Shorts: Devil's point jinx, undated
12 8 Fiction - Shorts: The racket they couldn't beat, undated
12 9 Fiction - Shorts: Short story ideas, undated
12 10 Fiction - Juvenile, undated
12 11 Fiction - Short - Mysteries, undated
12 12 Historical novels and shorts - Religious: The destroyer [Esther], undated
12 13 Historical novels and shorts - Religious: The kingdom and the glory, undated
12 14 Historical novels and shorts - Religious: Mark, undated
12 15 Historical novels and shorts - Religious: To see or not to see, undated
12 16 [Letters to the editor], circa 1980s
13 1-14 [Manuscripts - unpublished]: Offering abundant life, 1988
14 1 [Manuscripts - unpublished]: Offering abundant life (final manuscript, duplicate), 1988
14 2 [Manuscripts - unpublished]: God's word through Daniel to all ages, 1986
14 3 [Manuscripts - unpublished]: Tell me the stories of Jesus, 1987
14 4-9 [Manuscripts - unpublished]: Unidentified manuscript re: Africa, undated
12 17 Novels - Secular - Precision Murder 1946
12 18 Novels - Precision Murder script 16, undated
15 1-3 Personality identity, 1982, undated
15 4 Poems-songs: poems, undated
15 5 Poems-songs: songs, undated
15 6 [Fragments and miscellaneous], undated
15 7 Songs by others, undated
15 8 Religion-SC study: [Religion in culture], undated
15 9 Religion-SC study: Ancestors, spirits and mundane affairs in China, undated
15 10 Religion-SC study: An anthropological view of religion and the projective, undated
15 11 Religion-SC study: Religion as ethnic and non-ethnic, undated
15 12 Religion-SC study: Religious or projective behavior in the functional aspects of culture, undated
15 13 Religion-SC study: An overview of religion as projective behavior integral with cultural forms, functions and meanings, undated
15 14 Religion-SC study: The osmosis of Christianity and culture, undated
15 15 Religion-SC study: [Anthropology and religion], undated
15 16 Religion-SC study: [Short essays], undated
15 17 Religion-SC study: [Miscellaneous], undated
15 18 Sermon material: [Loose items], 1961, 1964, undated
15 19 Sermon material: Sermon material, poems, etc., undated
16 1 Sermon material: Sermon subjects, undated
16 2 Sermon material: Sermons, General, undated
16 3 Sermon material: Sermons, Missionary, 1950s, undated
16 4 Sermon material: Worship, 1957-1963, undated
16 5 Sermons: Untitled folder, undated
16 6 Sermons: Complete, circa 1970s-1980s
16 7 Sermons: Ideas, undated
16 8 Sermons: [Parson's Corner] 1980-1982, undated
16 9 Sermons: Short shorts - [A Communion meditation], undated
16 10 [Short essays]: Alternatives to mammon?, circa 1980s
16 11 [Short essays]: Dealing with the defamation of Jesus, 1988
16 12 [Short essays]: Early Methodism - American heritage, circa 1980s
16 13 [Short essays]: John and other new testament writings, circa 1988
16 14 [Short essays]: Mission, undated
16 15 [Short essays]: My cats have been persons, circa 1980s
16 16 [Short essays]: The old class meeting, 1984
16 17 [Short essays]: What does the Bible say?, circa 1988
16 18 [Short essays]: Worship, undated
16 19 [Short essays]: [Miscellaneous], undated
17 1 Miscellaneous shorts [1], undated
17 2 Miscellaneous shorts [2], undated
17 3 Miscellaneous shorts [3], undated
17 4 Miscellaneous shorts - ABC's of life, undated
17 5 Theological: [Evolution] 1966, undated
17 6 Theological: Matthew and the lordship of Christ, undated
17 7 Theological: A third testament, undated
17 8 Theological: [Miscellaneous], undated
17 9 [Miscellaneous], 1968
17 10 [Miscellaneous], undated
17 11 [Miscellaneous] - [incomplete], undated
17 12 [Miscellaneous writings in spiral bound notebook], undated
24 Bibliography file by subject, undated
Writings by Others
17 13 Clifford, G. M. Copied from the Igala Chiefdom, undated
17 14 Collins, Patricia. Early Batwana history...an account given by elders of the tribe in 1906, 1971
17 15-16 Helgesson, Alf. The Tshwa response to Christianity, 1971
18 1 Marcus, Harold G. A Historian's view of Bantu origins, undated
18 2 Mills, Joan-Marie. The Origin and social development of witchcraft and divinatory processes in African societies, 1969
25 Murdock, George P. African cultural summaries. Unpublished manuscript, pp 1-1150 [card file], 1958
26 Murdock, George P. pp 1151-2339 [card file], 1958
18 3-5 Nelson, Kathryn W. Child rearing patterns in a Lulua village of South Central Congo, 1968
18 6-7 Schirling, Robert C. Cross cultural perspectives, 1969
18 8 Simmons, Donald. The Effects of Christianity on an African society, undated
19 1 Africa: analysis of a continent, undated
19 2 African Studies Association papers delivered at November meeting, 1967
19 3 American missionaries in Africa, undated
19 4 Anthropology in the armed services, 1958
19 5 South Africa MA thesis, undated
19 6 525 Colonial Africa: Good papers on general backgrounds, undated
19 7 Course and history of Southern Africa papers, 1968
19 8-9 Student term papers, 1966-1968
19 10-11 Symposium: African Refugee Problem papers, 1967
20 1 [Tsonga Bible and Tswana Bible], 1967
20 2 [Miscellaneous papers], 1936-1970
Writings by Unknown Authors
20 3 Manuscript re: Gwambe missionaries, undated
20 4 Unidentified fragments, undated
Miscellaneous
1 1 Biographical information - vita, circa 1950s-1980s
1 2 Correspondence, 1952-1988
1 3 Miscellaneous, 1937-1977
OV 1 Oil painting on canvas: "Facsimile of ancient Cave Painting in South Rhodesia", by C.E. Fuller, undated
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