Papers, 1958-1990.


EXTENT:  .75 cubic ft. (1 legal sized archive box and 1 half legal size archives box)

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CITATION:  Jim Leggett Waits Papers, MSS 287, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.

Biographical Note

James Leggett Waits was born on December 11, 1935. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millsaps College, a Bachelor of Divinity from Yale University, and a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago. In addition, Waits was awarded two honorary degrees: a Doctor of Divinity from Millsaps College and a Doctor of Humane Letters from Florida Southern College. Waits served as the Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Divinity at Candler School of Theology from 1984-1991. He then served as the President of the Theological Fund for Education from 1991-2003.

Scope and Content Note

This is a collection of the personal papers of Jim L. Waits, most of which predates his time as Dean at Candler School of Theology. Included in the collection is Dean Waits curriculum vitae written in 1990 while still at Candler. The bulk of the series involves the “Born of Conviction” pro-desegregation statement of twenty-eight young Methodist Ministers in Mississippi in December of 1962. Included is the “Born of Conviction” statement, correspondence regarding the statement, sermons, clippings, and other publications concerning the declaration. Also included in the collection is Waits’ Masters Thesis submitted to the University of Chicago in 1967. The thesis is titled “Civil Disobedience and Obligation to the State” and includes his notes along with multiple drafts. There are also materials pertaining to race discussions that took place at Millsaps College, at which time Waits served as the Student Body President.

Box/Folder      Description                                  		Dates
1/1		Biographical sketch					1990
Born of Conviction:
1/2 Born of Conviction statement 1962
1/3 Born of Conviction statement – photocopies 1962
1/4 Clippings and editorials 1963
1/5 Clippings and editorials – photocopies 1963
1/6 Correspondence – incoming 1962-1963
1/7 Correspondence – incoming – photocopies 1962-1963
1/8 Correspondence – outgoing 1962-1963
1/9 Correspondence – outgoing – photocopies 1962-1963
1/10 Notes on responses to statement 1963
1/11 Notes on responses to statement – photocopies 1963
1/12 Opposing responses n.d.
1/13 Opposing responses – photocopies n.d.
1/14 Questionnaire to "The 28" 1965
1/15 Sermons and writings of the twenty-eight young
Methodist Ministers 1963
1/16 Sermons and writings of the twenty-eight young
Methodist Ministers – photocopies 1963
“Civil Disobedience and Obligation to the State”:
1/17 Carbon copy 1967
1/18 Handwritten draft 1967
1/19 Note cards n.d.
1/20 Typed draft (with corrections) 1967
2/1 Millsaps College race discussions 1958
Study of Protestant Ministers by Jeffrey K. Hadden
2/2 Article 1965
2/3 Correspondence 1965
2/4 Waits’ notes on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter
from Birmingham Jail” n.d.
2/5 Waits' notes on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter
from Birmingham Jail” – photocopies n.d.
2/6 Writings

Last Modified: 04/01/2005