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BOOZER, JACK STEWART, 1918-1989.
Jack Stewart Boozer papers, 1719-1989 (bulk 1942-1989)

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322

404-727-6887

rose.library@emory.edu

Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/8z14v

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Boozer, Jack Stewart, 1918-1989.
Title: Jack Stewart Boozer papers, 1719-1989 (bulk 1942-1989)
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 685
Extent: 51.375 linear feet (101 boxes) and AV Masters: .25 linear feet (3 audiocassettes and one 5.25" floppy disk)
Abstract:Papers of Emory University Professor of Religion and community activist Jack Stewart Boozer.
Language:Materials primarily entirely in English with some materials in German.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Selected materials including personnel records, financial records (donations), and student records are closed to research in accordance with the Emory University Archives Access Policy.

Use copies have not been made for audiovisual material in this collection. Researchers must contact the Rose Library at least two weeks in advance for access to these items. Collection restrictions, copyright limitations, or technical complications may hinder the Rose Library's ability to provide access to audiovisual material.

Due to technical complications, the Rose Library is currently unable to provide access to born digital materials in this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Related Materials in Other Repositories

Louis Alexander papers, the Breman Museum Archives

Related Materials in This Repository

CAUTION, Inc. records, 1982-1986

Druid Hills Civic Association records, 1938-2014

Presidential Parkway (Atlanta, Ga.) opposition files, 1980-1992

Source

Gift of Ruth Boozer, 1990.

Citation

[after identification of item(s)], Jack Stewart Boozer papers, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired by Head of Special Collections, Linda Matthews, as part of the Rose Library's holdings in the history of Emory University and Atlanta history, specifically the Jewish community in Atlanta. Archivists removed and shredded student academic records, graded student work, and course evaluations. Archivists also removed and shredded most personnel files of Emory University faculty. In a few instances, archivists retained and restricted personnel records related to significant developments in the university.

Processing

Arranged and described at the folder level by Tierra Thomas, Sarah Quigley, Rebecca Sherman, and Allison Stickley-Miner beginning in 2020. The collection arrived at Rose Library in labeled folders but with limited organization; archivists devised the arrangement, refoldered materials, foldered loose items, and provided or clarified folder titles.

Born digital materials processed by Brenna Edwards, 2018. No data could be recovered from the one 5.25" floppy disk due to degradation.

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Collection Description

Biographical Note

Jack Stewart Boozer (1918-1989), Emory University professor of religion, was born in Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1918. Boozer was a graduate of Emory University, receiving a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1940 and a bachelor's of divinity in 1942. After graduating from Emory, Boozer became the pastor of a Methodist church in Hampton, New Hampshire, before leaving in 1944 to serve as a chaplain for the United States Army during World War II. He resumed his pastoral duties in New Hampshire from 1948-1950. Boozer received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1952.

Boozer joined the Emory faculty in 1950. He served as chair of the Department of Religion (1957-1968 and 1981-1983); chair of the Department of Theological Studies (1972-1975); Emory University Chaplain (1965); and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religion (appointed in 1984). Boozer was the first professor at Emory to be awarded the Emory Williams Award for Teaching in 1972. During his tenure at Emory, Jack Boozer was involved with establishing the Jay and Leslie Cohen Chair of Judaic Studies, the David Goldwasser Lectureship in Religion and the Arts, and the University Worship program. Boozer's research primarily focused on the works of Rudolf Otto, Paul Tillich, and the Holocaust. His publications include Rudolf Otto: Aufsatze zur Ethik (1981) and The Edge of Ministry…The Chaplain Story: Chaplain Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 1945-1980 (1984).

Boozer was also a community activist in Atlanta, including being a founding member and president of CAUTION (Citizens Against Unnecessary Thoroughfares In Older Neighborhoods), Inc. The organization opposed the building of the proposed Presidential Parkway through several Atlanta neighborhoods.

Jack Stewart Boozer married Ruth Cummins Tate in 1942, and they had three children, Jack, William, and Brenda Boozer (renowned opera singer).

Jack Stewart Boozer (1918-1989), Emory University professor of religion, was born in Sylacauga, Alabama, in 1918. Boozer was a graduate of Emory University, receiving a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1940 and a bachelor's of divinity in 1942. After graduating from Emory, Boozer became the pastor of a Methodist church in Hampton, New Hampshire, before leaving in 1944 to serve as a chaplain for the United States Army during World War II. He resumed his pastoral duties in New Hampshire from 1948-1950. Boozer received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1952.

Boozer joined the Emory faculty in 1950. He served as chair of the Department of Religion (1957-1968 and 1981-1983); chair of the Department of Theological Studies (1972-1975); Emory University Chaplain (1965); and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Religion (appointed in 1984). Boozer was the first professor at Emory to be awarded the Emory Williams Award for Teaching in 1972. During his tenure at Emory, Jack Boozer was involved with establishing the Jay and Leslie Cohen Chair of Judaic Studies, the David Goldwasser Lectureship in Religion and the Arts, and the University Worship program. Boozer's research primarily focused on the works of Rudolf Otto, Paul Tillich, and the Holocaust. His publications include Rudolf Otto: Aufsatze zur Ethik (1981) and The Edge of Ministry…The Chaplain Story: Chaplain Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 1945-1980 (1984).

Boozer was also a community activist in Atlanta, including being a founding member and president of CAUTION (Citizens Against Unnecessary Thoroughfares In Older Neighborhoods), Inc. The organization opposed the building of the proposed Presidential Parkway through several Atlanta neighborhoods.

Jack Stewart Boozer married Ruth Cummins Tate in 1942, and they had three children, Jack, William, and Brenda Boozer (renowned opera singer).

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of Jack Stewart Boozer's teaching and research files, committee files and other professional papers, and personal papers from 1719-1988 (bulk 1942-1989). The collection also contains research files compiled by Morton Deutsch. Teaching files contain course materials documenting Boozer's teaching at Emory University and other institutions, including courses on theologian Paul Tillich, the Holocaust, and ethics as well as introductory courses about religion and theology. Research files consist of articles, book chapters, manuscript drafts, printed material, notes, and correspondence that document Boozer's research on the Holocaust and Nazi Germany, Rudolph Otto, and Paul Tillich, as well as his publication The Edge of Ministry--The Chaplain Story: Chaplain Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 1945-1980 (1984). Committee and other professional papers include professional correspondence as well as files related to Boozer's involvement in professional organizations, academic conferences, and Emory University administration, particularly within the Department of Religion. Personal papers consist of files documenting Boozer's doctoral work and life before joining the Emory faculty, his work as a minister and a military chaplain, and his involvement with the community organization CAUTION (Citizens Against Unnecessary Thoroughfares In Older Neighborhoods), Inc. The Morton Deutsch files document Boozer's assistance to Deutsch (1893-1987), an independent scholar from Savannah, Georgia, on a manuscript project entitled Paris Green Diplomacy about the American Revolution battle of the Siege of Savannah.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 4 series: (1) Teaching and research files, (2) Committee files and other professional papers, (3) Personal papers, and (4) Morton Deutsch files.


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