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Dr. C. E. Newman Collection

Identifier: Mss.Coll.059

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of Dr. C. E. Newman, a minister of the Southern Christian Convention of the Congregational Christian Church. A label on the box the papers were in said: “Material from the study of Dr. C. E. Newman, Historian of the Southern Christian Convention, while he was pastor of Church at Virgilina. It was delivered to the Church History Room by Rev. Mathis who succeeded Dr. Newman." The collection includes Dr. Newman’s Reports of the Historian to the convention on a variety of topics related to the history of the church; many of the reports are histories of individual churches. Also included are Dr. Newman’s sermons, correspondence, funeral orations, and Sunday school lessons. In addition, there are some newsletters from the Southern Convention and information on the convention’s insurance plans.


  • 1920s - 1940s


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research


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

Dr. C. E. Newman was a minister of the Christian Church and later the Congregational Christian Church. He graduated from Elon College in 1899 and was the brother of Dr. J. U. Newman. In 1903, he entered Princeton College for his graduate work. As a minister, he served a number of congregations in the Church, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity at Elon’s 1944 commencement. In later years, he served on many committees for the Congregational Christian Church, was a leader in the O’Kelly Cemetery Project, and a founding member of the Historical Society of the Southern Convention. After W. E. MacClenny’s death in 1946, Dr. Newman became the Historian of the Southern Convention. He died on October 9, 1952 and was buried in the cemetery of Union Congregational Church in Virgilina, Virginia.


1 Linear Feet (1 archival box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of the papers of Dr. C. E. Newman, minister and Historian of the Southern Christian Convention. Included are historical reports, sermons, Sunday School lessons, funeral orations, correspondence, and business documents. The papers were collected from Dr. Newman’s study at the Union Congregational Church in Virgilina, Virginia, and donated to the Church History Room of Elon College.

Physical Location

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.



Related Materials

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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

100 Campus Drive
2550 Campus Box
Elon North Carolina 27244 USA