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William Mallard papers, 1958-1995

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


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

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mallard, William.
Title: William Mallard papers, 1958-1995
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 336
Extent: 10 cubic ft. (10 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of papers that document William Mallard’s career as Professor of Church History at the Candler School of Theology and Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

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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)], William Mallard Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Aimee Morgan, 2007.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

William (Bill) Mallard, Professor Emeritus of the Candler School of Theology, was born in 1927. He received a B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in 1949, a B.D. from Duke Divinity School in 1952, and a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1956. Mallard taught religion at Sweet Briar College from 1955-1957, then joined the Candler faculty in 1957 as Assistant Professor of Church History. An ordained United Methodist elder in the Virginia Conference, Mallard is a frequent speaker at churches, college and universities, and other venues.

Mallard is the author of The Reflection of Theology in Literature: A Case Study in Theology and Culture (1977) and Language and Love: Introducing Augustine's Religious Thought through the Confessions Story (1994). He and his wife, Gatra, have three children.

Scope and Content Note

The papers document Mallard’s career as Professor of Church History at the Candler School of Theology and Emory University’s Graduate Division of Religion. Included are course syllabi and lecture notes; subject files; notes from and copies of talks and sermons; and minutes and papers from interdepartmental Common Program Seminars in which Mallard participated. There are three boxes of files related to Candler School of Theology, Graduate Division of Religion, and university business, including faculty meeting minutes, committee minutes, reports. Access to these materials is restricted due to the presence of student records and information on personnel decisions.

The papers also reflect Mallard’s interest in radical theology. In 1967, Emory University religion professor Thomas J.J. Altizer drew national attention after a Time cover story featured his “God is dead” theology. Mallard’s papers on radical theology include his correspondence with Altizer; his letter to Time in support of Altizer and letters received by Mallard following its publication; and papers written by other Candler faculty members.

Not included in the papers is documentation of Mallard’s education at Randolph-Macon College and Duke University, nor of the two years he spent teaching religion at Sweet Briar College. There very little on his teaching at Candler and the Graduate Division of Religion during the 1980s and 1990s. There are also no files related to Mallard’s two published books.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 8 series: (1) Speaking Engagements, (2) Virginia Conference, (3) Radical Theology, (4) Subject Files, (5) Common Program Seminars, (6) Courses Taught, (7) Graduate Division of Religion and University Business, and (8) Candler School of Theology Business.

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