Reverend William T. Scott Collection
Scope and Contents
This is a collection of papers from the Reverend William T. Scott, an Elon College graduate, minister in the Congregational Christian Church, and Director of Church Relations at Elon College. A large part of this collection consists of his sermons and notes. In addition, there are newsletters, conference schedules, church bulletins, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, correspondence, posters, sheet music, memos, invitations, devotional literature, maps, brochures, and text of speeches. Subjects covered by this collection include spiritual matters, morality, missionary work, social justice, evangelism, and business related to Elon College. In addition, there are family and personal mementos such as wedding invitations and birth announcements; greeting cards; address books; newspaper clippings of anniversaries and special events; and graduation programs.
Items of interest include Dr. Scott’s diploma from Yale University; a collection of Elon College Book Club annual programs that belonged to Della C. Scott, Dr. Scott’s wife; 1923 and 1924 Phi Psi Cli yearbooks from Elon College; a collection of seven notebooks/stenographer pads that have Dr. Scott’s notes on the history of Elon College, James O’Kelly’s Apology for Protesting Against the Methodist Episcopal Government, and the history of the Southern Conference of the Congregational Christian Church. Also included are copies of O’Kelly’s Apology, as well as the copies of brochures written by Dr. Scott: Some Historical Highlights Relating to The Southern Convention of the Congregational Christian Church and Historical Sketches: Christian Church. Finally, Dr. Scott's diploma from Yale University is included.
Additional materials donated in 2019 by Dr. Scott's granddaughter include the following items: "Records and Accounts of the Christian Church in the South (Herald of Gospel Liberty): Minutes of the Southern Convention: 1856, 1858, 1866, 1867, 1870."; "Southern Christian Convention Historical Highlights, Book I: 1856-1898"; "Southern Christian Convention and Southern Convention of Congregrational Christian Historical Highlights Book IV: 1946-1956"; "Southern Christian Convention and Southern Convention of Congregational Christian Churches Historical Highlights, Book V: 1958-1965"; "The American Christian Church in Peace and War: Full & Final Report of the Peacemaker's Commission, The American Christian Convention, 1919". In addition, there is a copy of the book, "The Life of Rev. James O'Kelly and The Early History of the Christian Church in the South" by W. E. MacClenny, published 1910.
In 2020, the Scott family donated further items for the collection; a small exchange of correspondence between Dr. Scott and Dr. Danieley beginning on November 14, 1961 regarding the potential desegregation of Elon College; this occured two years later in 1963 when Glenda Phillips enrolled as the first full-time African-American student. In addition, the recent donation includes two photos of the class of 1924's reunion at Elon in 1964; Dr. Scott was a member of this class and can be seen in the photos. These items are all in Box 6 of the collection.
- Scott, William T. (Person)
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Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.
Biographical / Historical
Reverend William Tate Scott was a native of Ramseur, North Carolina. Dr. Scott graduated from Elon College in 1924 and later earned a degree from the Yale University Divinity School. He also studied at Teachers College at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in New York. Dr. Scott held the honorary degrees of doctor of divinity from Piedmont College in Georgia and the doctor of laws from Elon College. During his career, he served as a minister; Superintendent of the Florida and Georgia Conferences and Superintendent of the Southeast District of the Board of Home Missions of the Congregational Christian Churches; Superintendent of the Southern Convention of Congregational Churches; and Director of Church Relations for Elon College. Dr. Scott retired from the ministry in 1968 and then served as Development Associate for the Elon Home for Children. He died in July 1972 at the age of 72 following a brief illness.
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This is a collection of papers from the Reverend William T. Scott, an Elon College graduate, minister in the Congregational Christian Church, and Director of Church Relations at Elon College. A large part of this collection consists of his sermons and notes. Subjects covered by this collection include spiritual matters, morality, missionary work, social justice, evangelism, and business related to Elon College. In addition, there are notes from Dr. Scott’s work as an historian of the Christian Church and Congregational Christian Church. There are also family and personal mementos.
The collection is in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift. Papers and materials given to Elon College; additional materials given to Elon University Archives by Dr. Scott’s granddaughter.
Processed by Randall Bowman, June 2018
- Randall Bowman
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