Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

C. Ellis Nelson papers, 1907-2011



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nelson, C. Ellis
Title: C. Ellis Nelson papers
Dates: 1907-2011
Abstract Carl Ellis Nelson (1916-2011) was a leader in Christian education with particular focus on religious education’s role in the socialization and moral education of young people. 163 inches of correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, printed materials, sermons, minutes and reports (1907-2011) are arranged in two groups to document Carl Ellis Nelson and Nancy Gribble Nelson’s personal and professional lives.
Identification: 1994-147; 1994-158; 1996-059; 1996-062; 2007-009; 2010-009; 2011-007; 2015-008
Extent: 15 feet, 10 inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note:

Carl Ellis Nelson (1916-2011) was a leader in Christian education with particular focus on religious education’s role in the socialization and moral education of young people. Nelson was born on March 7, 1916 in Galveston, TX and was raised in nearby Beaumont, TX where his family joined the Westminster Presbyterian Church under the leadership of Reverend T.M. Hunter.

While studying engineering at Texas A&M College, Nelson reconsidered his vocational future and chose to follow his calling to the ministry. He transferred to Austin College in Sherman, TX and graduated in 1937 with an A.B. degree. Nelson received a B.D. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 1940. While a student at APTS, Nelson coordinated the University Presbyterian Church’s youth and student ministry programs. On May 7, 1940 he was ordained by the Central Texas Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. Following his ordination and while teaching religious education at APTS; Nelson simultaneously served as the University Presbyterian Church’s associate minister, the minister to the students at the University of Texas, and the chaplain to the Austin’s State School for the Blind.

In 1944, Nelson was awarded an M.A. in education from the University of Texas. Nelson left Texas in 1945 and took up the post of the director of Youth Work for the Board of Christian Education of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. in Richmond, VA. From 1948-1957 Nelson again served as a professor at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, contributing to the expansion of the religious education curriculum and the development of courses on conscience and moral development. In the summer of 1950, Nelson was named the Director of Research for the Texas Legislative Council’s Study of Higher Education in the State of Texas.

Nelson received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York in 1955. From 1957-1974, Nelson filled the position of Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York. From 1969-1970 he also served as the dean of the seminary. From 1974 until his retirement in 1981, Nelson served as the President and professor of Christian education at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Kentucky. From 1984-1985 he was the interim President of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he served as Research Professor of Christian Education.

Throughout his career, Nelson served as a consultant in various faculties including: the review of accreditation standards by the Association of Theological Schools (1992-1993), the plan for federation of Union Theological Seminary and the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (1997), and as chair of the General Assembly Committee on Education of Lay Workers of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. (1955-1957).

Nelson’s prolific corpus of written publications reflect his academic interest in the human conscience, Don’t Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide (1978); the moral development of youth, Love and the Law (1963); faith, Where Faith Begins (1967); and religious education, Using Evaluations in Theological Education (1975).

Nelson married Nancy Gribble (1919-2012) in Austin, TX on July 8, 1941. They had three children: Ellis Stark, Joy Elizabeth, and Martha Karin. Nancy Gribble Nelson’s writings and papers are included in their own series within this collection. C. Ellis Nelson died on June 9, 2011, and Nancy Gribble Nelson passed away on February 3, 2012.


Scope and Contents:

190 inches of correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, printed materials, sermons, awards, minutes and reports (1907-2011) are arranged in two groups to document Carl Ellis Nelson and Nancy Gribble Nelson’s personal and professional lives.

Sub-group one is arranged in two series that include Carl Ellis Nelson’s personal and professional papers, artifacts and other items.

The personal series (61.5 inches) is arranged into nine sub-series: correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, clippings, biographies, writing, schoolwork, accolades and thesis. Twenty eight inches of correspondence make up the bulk of this series, beginning when Nelson was a student at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and continuing through his retirement (1938-2005). Included is correspondence with Henry Van Dusen, Edward Grant, and David L. Stitt.

Also of interest are three scrapbooks; the first includes documents from the 1920s and 1930s detailing Nelson’s youth in Beaumont, TX, another documents the 1937 “Youth Convention on World Missions” in Atlanta, GA, and the last documents Nelson’s time as the director of the Department of Youth Work in Richmond, VA. There are two bound publications of Nelson’s thesis titled “A Diagnostic Survey of Certain Attitudes and Values Related to the Development of Day Schools in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.” which was submitted in 1955 for his completion of a Doctorate of Philosophy for Columbia University.

The accolades sub-series includes a variety of honors Nelson received throughout his life, including educational diplomas. There are many artifacts, including plaques, hood and gown regalia, a medal and a chalice, included in this sub-series.

The professional series is arranged in four sub-series: minister, educator, consultant, and organizations and conferences. The first, the minister sub-series, includes 17.5 inches of addresses and sermons (1949-2000), undated prayer cards, and reports and minutes from Texas Synod sessions, Presbytery of Central Texas meetings, and the PCUS General Assemblies. Items of interest include the sermons given for his daughter Martha Karin’s ordination and wedding.

The educator sub-series makes up the bulk of the collection (79.5 inches) and primarily contains articles, books, book reviews and other printed materials from Nelson’s prolific career as a Christian educator and writer (1938-2004) and his presidency of the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1973-1976). Documents in this sub-series include correspondence, drafts, advertisements and reviews relating to many of his major publications, including: Growing Up Christian (2008), Don’t Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide (1978), Love and the Law (1963), and Where Faith Begins (1967). This sub-series also includes Nelson’s class and lecture notes spanning from 1958-2004. These notes cover many topics including, faith, Christian education and children’s development. Other items of interest include correspondence regarding Nelson’s acceptance of the position of seminary president and documentation of his inauguration.

The third sub-series, consultant, includes eighteen and a half inches of documentation and is arranged by the eighteen institutions or projects for which Nelson served as a consultant or chair (1948-2005). Notable projects include the evaluation of the Association of Theological School standards, the federation of the Presbyterian School for Christian Education and Union Theological Seminary, and the study of public education in the state of Texas.

The fourth sub-series, organizations and conferences, includes twelve inches of materials related to Christian youth and education organization and conferences Nelson attended (1935-2006). Included are regional conferences, (“Texas Synodical Young People’s Conference”) and international conferences, (“World Conference of Christian Youth” and the “World Council of Christian Educators.”) These materials include Nelson’s diaries, correspondence, notes and printed materials dating primarily to the 1930s and 1940s and document the search for Christian unity and understanding before and after World War II.

Sub-group two includes Nancy Gribble Nelson’s artifacts and one inch of papers. These materials include her written memories of her childhood at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, photographs, and one of her Bibles. This sub-group also includes a pocket-sized bible in Gaelic which belonged to Dr. James Campbell, an ancestor of Nancy Gribble Nelson’s, who was a Confederate army doctor during the Civil War.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Nelson, Carl Ellis, 1916-
Organizations
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S. -- Education.
Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.
Subjects
Christian education.
Sermons, American -- Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

C. Ellis Nelson papers, 1907-2011, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Processed by Whitney Hughes, Archives Assistant, June 2010.

Updated by Mandy Sutton, Archives Assistant, January 2013.

Additions processed and updated by Nikole Koehlert, Archives Assistant, April 2017.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Sub-group 1: Carl Ellis Nelson

Series I: Personal
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H005a Correspondence, 1934-2005 and undated
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H005b Correspondence, 1934-2005 and undated
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E009d Scrapbooks:
C. Ellis Nelson [youth in Beaumont, TX through his marriage to Nancy Gribble], 1927-1941
PCUS Department of Youth Work in Richmond, VA, 1936-1948
“Youth Convention on World Missions,” Atlanta, GA, 1937
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B091 Panoramic photographs, undated
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H005b Clippings, 1936-1980 and undated
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C081a Photographs, 1907-1957, and undated:
H.T. Stark remembrance card, 1907
Scrapbook clipping, Young People’s Camp Photos (see page for listing of names), 1931
C. Ellis Nelson portrait, Beaumont, TX, April 5, 1934
Westminster Encampment photos, including Dr. Walter Lingle and Nancy Gribble’s mother (see attached notes with other names listed), undated
C. Ellis Nelson and Garland Lang, Westminster Encampment, Kerrville, TX, circa 1935
C. Ellis Nelson, Montreat, N.C., circa 1935
Group photos, circa 1935-1939
C. Ellis Nelson high school portrait, circa 1936
First Presbyterian Church, Selma, AL, Summer 1938
Council of Young People’s League, includes C. Ellis Nelson and John Anderson, location unknown, Synod of Texas (see verso for full listing of names), 4” X 5,” circa 1937-1938
First Presbyterian Church of Selma, AL, Summer 1938
C. Ellis Nelson standing atop the Mount Bonnell sign, Austin, TX, May 24, 1940
General Assembly Youth Council, 1940
“Nieuw Amsterdam,” August 1939
Youth Conference photos, circa 1936-1940
Mrs. L.C. Majors, Westminster Encampment, Kerrville, TX, undated
C. Ellis Nelson receiving his Doctor of Divinity from Austin College, 1954
C. Ellis Nelson portraits at Union Theological Seminary, Fall 1957
Inauguration of Professors, Union Theological Seminary, New York (see photo for list of professors), October 23, 1957
Photographs, circa 1935-1941:
Young Peoples League Synod of Texas, 3” X 4,” 1935
Dishwashing crew (Ellis Nelson, Kelly Neal, 5 unknown) at the Westminster encampment, 3.5”X2.5,” Kerrville, TX, 1936
Synod of Texas Youth Council, 5”X7,” 1936-1937
Synod of Texas Youth Council, 1937-1938
Presbyterian Youth Conference, Kerrville, TX, September 4, 1939
“Texas” group photo postcard, 3.5” X 5.5,” Montreat, N.C., 1937
“Texas and Oklahoma” group photo postcard, 3.5 X 5.5 Montreat, N.C., July 27, 1940
Council of Young People’s League, includes C. Ellis Nelson and John Anderson, Synod of Texas (see verso of duplicate photo in folder 1907-1957 for full listing of names), 4” X 5,” 1937-1938
Group photo, location unknown, 5” X 7,” circa 1937-1940
Montreat? Youth conference, 4.75” X 8,” circa 1937-1940
Montreat? Youth conference, 4.75” X 8,” circa 1937-1940
Montreat? Youth conference, 4.75” X 8,” circa 1937-1940
Youth People’s Conference, Westminster Encampment, Kerrville, TX (see verso of photo for listing of names), 8” X 10,” 1941
Group photo, 7” X 11,” circa 1937-1940
Photographs, 1964-2011, and undated:
Dembi Dollo, Ethiopia, Africa, circa 1964
Opening service, C. Ellis Nelson, Dr. Ritschl, Mr. Rawthorn, September 23, 1969
World Council of Christian Education, Lima, Peru, 1971
C. Ellis Nelson teaching his last class at Union Theological Seminary, New York, May 1974
Inauguration as President, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary (LPTS), April 28, 1975
C. Ellis Nelson portraits, circa 1976
LPTS meeting with students in cafeteria, circa 1976
LPTS Graduation ceremony with Rev. Donald J. Barnes (UPC), circa 1976
LPTS Commencement, May 27, 1979
LPTS farewell party for Ellis, April 28, 1981
General Assembly group photo, Shreveport, LA (see verso for list of names), June 1978
Columbia Seminary visit, group photo (see verso for list of names), 1979
Family photos, circa 1980
Ellis and Nancy photos, circa 1975-1980
Inauguration of Thomas Gillespie as President of Princeton Seminary (see verso for list of names), March 27, 1984
LPTS photo of Ellis and “thank you” letter, August 26, 1982
Dedication of Nelson Hall photos of Ellis and family, May 28, 1989
University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, Class of 1990 group photo (includes faculty and students), 1990
Nancy Gribble and friends, March 1991
Photos of Ellis and Nancy at Austin College, circa 1990-1995
Austin Seminary Mid-Winter Lectures group photo (see verso for list of names), 1995
APTS Commencement, May 17, 1995
General Assembly with John Mulder and C. Ellis Nelson, 1998
Austin Seminary Mid-Winter Lectures, group photo (see verso for list of names), February 1, 2000
Austin Seminary photos, circa 2011
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C014a Biographies, 1992 and undated
Writings, undated
Schoolwork:
University of Texas at Austin records, 1937
Sermon outlines, 1937 and undated
Debate team records, Austin College, circa 1933-1937
Dissertation documents, 1954 and undated
Papers, undated
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E033 Thesis: “A Diagnostic Survey of Certain Attitudes and Values Related to the Development of Day Schools in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.,” [1994-158], 1955
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F003 Fraternal organization records, 1936-1944
Accolades:
Education-related diplomas and certificates, 1937-1978:
Austin College Bachelor of Arts, 1937
APTS commencement program, 1940
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C167B Diplomas and certificates, 1940
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B191 Graduation regalia hood, circa 1940-1944
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B192 Graduation regalia cap, circa 1940-1944
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B190 University of Texas, Master of Arts in Education, 1944
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F003 Austin College Doctor of Divinity citation, 1954
Austin College Doctor of Divinity, 1954
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B190 Columbia University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1955
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C167B Diplomas and certificates, 1978
Plaques and awards, 1940-2009:
Austin Seminary Bachelor of Divinity, 1940
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F003 Inauguration of C. Ellis Nelson as Professor of Religious Education and Psychology, Union Theological Seminary, October 23, 1957
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ART-12 “Member - Board of Christian Education,” presented by the Presbyterian Church in the US, 1969-1973
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F003 Inauguration invitation and Order of Worship commemorating C. Ellis Nelson as the 6th President of the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, April 28, 1975
Kiwanis Club of Louisville “thank you” for Nelson’s speech, July 1975
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C167B Centre College of Kentucky, Doctor of Letters, 1978
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F003 Women of the Church Honorary Lifetime Membership Award, March 25, 1981
Retirement resolution from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1981
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ART-12 “Devoted Service Award,” presented by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1981
“Distinguished Service as President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary,” presented by The Presbyterian Church of the United States, 1981
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F003 “Margaret Bowen Award for Distinguished Service to Christian Education,” chalice, presented by St. Andrews Presbyterian College, 1981
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ART-12 “Distinguished Alumnus Award,” presented by Austin College, 1983
Drawing of Austin College, presented by Austin College, 1983
“Distinguished Service to the Education of the Church and to The Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary,” presented by The Austin Seminary Association, 1985
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F003 “Wizard of Theology” speech honoring Nelson’s work as Austin Seminary Interim President, May 1985
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167B Ernest Trice Thompson Award, 1987
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F003 Ernest Trice Thompson Award, January 22, 1987
Presbytery of Transylvania, 50 Years of Service, December 4, 1990
Phi Delta Kappa Lifetime Membership, 1992
Transcript of speech honoring Nelson given by David L. Stitt, February 29, 1992
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ART-12 “Nelson Hall – In appreciation of the years of distinguished service given by Carl Ellis Nelson and Nancy Gribble Nelson,” presented by Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1992
“Dr. Nelson,” door placard undated
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B192 President and CEO APTS Geezers blue golf shirt presented to Nelson by Randall on his 90th birthday, 1997
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F003 Excellence in Education Award, P.C. USA General Assembly, June 1998
James I. McCord Outstanding Service Award, Austin College, June 23, 1999
Stephen F. Austin Society Membership resolution, November 8, 2008
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ART-12 “Award for Excellence in Theological Education,” presented by Presbyterian Church USA, 1998
“Stephen F. Austin Society, Nancy and C. Ellis Nelson,” presented by Austin College, November 8, 2008
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F003 Senate of Texas, Resolution No. 18, 2009
Series II: Professional
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H006a Minister:
Certificate of Ordination, 1940
Addresses and sermons, 1949-2000 and undated
Prayer cards, undated
Reports and minutes, 1939-1981
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C008a Audio recordings of sermons:
Korea, 1984
Jones Lecture I, undated
Jones Lecture III, undated
Mistakes Religious People Make, 1993
Wake Up! The Hour Is Here, 2000
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E019d Audio recordings on cassette tapes, sermons and interviews, circa 1984-1986:
Carl Dudley, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL; Side A (1):“Entry into the Ministry”; Side B (2): “Identity in the Congregation “, circa 1984-1986
Carl Dudley, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL; Side A (3) and Side B (4):”Elements which mobilize congregations,” circa 1984-1986
Carl Dudley, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL; Side A (5) and Side B (6): “Elements which mobilize congregations," circa 1984-1986
“How to see God,” Dr. C. Ellis Nelson, guest minister, First Presbyterian Church, Austin, TX, October 19, 1986
“John Macquarrie”; Side A: Labeled “Conscience Save,” Ellis’ discussion about book projects with John Macquarrie, Irvington, November 16, year?
“Nat. Faculty Seminar on Christian Ed.”; Side A: John Dewey lecture, 1984; Respondents: John Coleman, March 5, 1984; Side B: Sara Little interview, 1984
Audio recordings on microcassette tapes, interviews and events, circa 1995-2003:
“Bob Bullock” Louisville Seminary discussion with Pastor Bob Bullock (West Isle Presbyterian Church); Side A and B: Theological education discussion mentions Austin Seminary and Hamilton, Texas churches, circa 20031984
“After lunch, PSCE/UTS”; Side A: Joyce Tucker interview about Louisville Seminary circa 2003; Side B: Group discussion about pastoral care, October 21, 1996
“CAM Murchelson”; Side A: Discussion about Louisville Seminary; Side B: Discussion about Louisville Seminary, June 24, 2003
“Lewis Weeks”; Side A: Austin hospice care course hosted by Austin Seminary (labeled “Entry into Ministry”), circa 1995-2003; Side B: Lewis Weeks interview about Louisville Seminary, circa 2003
“Jack Stotts”; Side A: Discussion about theological education; Side B: Blank, circa 1995-2003
"C. Campbell"; Side A: Louisville Seminary education, interview with C. Campbell, circa 2003; Side B: Group discussion with ? about theological education and internship programs, circa 1995-2003
“Cassette #1”; Side A: Nelson dictating a paper about the programs for young pastors and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); Side B: Conversation between C. Ellis Nelson and unknown about the First Presbyterian Church in Austin (note: only 15 minutes of the conversation was captured), circa 1995-2003
“Cassette #2”; Not playable, undated
“Cassette #3”; Side A: Conversation between C. Ellis Nelson and Jason? regarding the search for a new president at Louisville Seminary, circa 2003; Side B: Conversation with Ellis’ doctor, undated, circa 2005 (RESTRICTED)
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C016 Video recordings of sermons:
Festival of Theology 1999
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E078 Sermons [Full sermon index available from the archivist], 1935- 1949
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E078a Sermons [Full sermon index available from the archivist], 1961-1988 and undated
Sermon ideas and illustrations, undated
Sermons by others, 1938-1956 and undated
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H007a Educator:
Correspondence, 1993-2008 and undated:
William L. Dols, Jr., The Educational Center, Saint Louis, MO to C. Ellis Nelson, March 19, 1993
C. Ellis Nelson to Dr. Frank Egloff (Union Theological Seminary), November 11, 1993 and April 20, 1994
C. Ellis Nelson to Sandi Dolbee, The San Diego Union-Tribune, December 2, 1993
C. Ellis Nelson to Dr. Mary Boys, Boston College, February 3, 1994
C. Ellis Nelson to James Baskin, Attorney at Law, February 15, 1994
John W. Ehman to C. Ellis Nelson, February 24, 1994 and C. Ellis Nelson to John W. Ehman, March 24, 1994
Memo from C. Ellis Nelson to Christine Blair, June 1, 1994
Walter T. Davis, Director of Advanced Pastoral Studies, San Francisco Theological Seminary, January 19, 1995
C. Ellis Nelson to Dr. Wayne Boulton, Presbyterian School of Christian Education, December 4, 1995
Michael Warren, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, St. John’s University, October 5, 1995, December 18, 1995
C. Ellis Nelson to Dr. Walter Davis, Jr., Director of Advanced Pastoral Studies (San Francisco Theological Seminary), December 27, 1995
Memo from C. Ellis Nelson to Tina, June 10, 1996
John M. Mulder, President of Louisville Seminary to C. Ellis Nelson, October 28, 1996
Allen Early to C. Ellis Nelson, October 31, 1996 and C. Ellis Nelson to Allen Early, November 13, 1996
Chong K. (James) Baek to C. Ellis Nelson, April 14, 1997
C. Ellis Nelson to Russell Burns, D.D., April 29, 1997
Allen Early to C. Ellis Nelson, February 28, 1997 and C. Ellis Nelson to Allen Early, April 29, 1997
Clayton Bell, Sr., Highland Park Presbyterian Church, open letter to all colleagues urging them to vote against an amendment that alters the definition of marriage as a “covenant between a man and a women,” September 12, 1997
Michael Jinkins to C. Ellis Nelson, November 1997
C. Ellis Nelson to Sandra Bryan, Chandler School of Theology, Atlanta GA, January 6, 1998
C. Ellis Nelson to Dr. Aubrey Brown, January 14, 1998
C. Ellis Nelson to Dr. Martin A. Cohen, Hebrew Union College, New York , NY, March 23, 1998 and Martin A. Cohen to C. Ellis Nelson, February 4, 1998
C. Ellis Nelson to Dr. Allen Early, November 20, 1998
C. Ellis Nelson to Dr. Dorothy C. Bass, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, December 1, 1998
Dr. Dorothy C. Bass, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN to C. Ellis Nelson, December 10, 1998
Memo from Andy Dearman to Ismael Garcia, Chair of Program and Study Committee, CC: Ellis Nelson, December 11, 1998
C. Ellis Nelson to Dr. Arthur Van Seters, Knox College, Toronto, Canada, January 22, 1999
C. Ellis Nelson to Dean James Hudnut-Beumler, Columbia Theological Seminary, January 22, 1999
Diana R. Garland, Ph.D., Editor, Family Ministry to C. Ellis Nelson, February 4, 1999
W. Guy Delany, Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly to C. Ellis Nelson, February 15, 1999
C. Ellis Nelson to President W. Guy Delany, Mo-Ranch Presbyterian Assembly, March 1, 1999
Barbara Crane, Bethany College to C. Ellis Nelson, January 19, 2000 and C. Ellis Nelson to Barbara Crane, January 26, 2000
Lee W. Bowman, First Presbyterian Church to C. Ellis Nelson, November 9, 2000
Lee W. Bowman, First Presbyterian Church to C. Ellis Nelson (includes “A Charge to Dr. Lee Willey Bowman” on the occasion of her installation as Senior Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY) November 20, 2000
C. Ellis Nelson to Walt Davis, San Francisco Theological Seminary, December 8, 2000
“Annual Epistle to the friends of the Griersons . . .,” Christmas 2001
Robert H. Bullock to C. Ellis Nelson email correspondence, August 02, 2002
Ralph D. Bucy to C. Ellis Nelson, September 25, 2002
Ralph D. Bucy to C. Ellis Nelson, January 21, 2003
Ralph D. Bucy to C. Ellis Nelson (includes “What Is Your Defining Moment: A Devotional by Bucy), April, 24, 2003
C. Ellis Nelson to Glenn Cummings, February 5, 2004 and Glenn Cummings to C. Ellis Nelson, February 1, 2004
Memo from C. Ellis Nelson to Tina, July 15, 2004
David Gardner to C. Ellis Nelson, May 17, 2007
Craig Dykstra, Senior Vice President of Lilly Endowment, Inc., October 20, 2008
Rev. Barry K. Gaeddert, Bonhomme Presbyterian Church to C. Ellis Nelson, undated
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H006a Printed material:
Publications, 1938-2005 and undated
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H006b Publications, 1938-2005 and undated
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H007a Publications, 1938-2005 and undated
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H010a Love and the Law, 1962-1968 and undated
Where Faith Begins, 1967-1980
Issues Facing Christian Educators, 1968
Conscience, 1972-1974 and undated
Using Evaluations, 1974-1975 and undated
Don’t Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide, 1977-1978 and undated
Psychology of Faith, 1985-1997 and undated
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Cab. 9/1 The Adult Advisor and His Youth Group, 1947
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H010a Growth in Grace and Knowledge, 1992
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H007b Helping Teenagers Grow Morally, 1991-1992
Childish Religion, 2003
Spiritual Formation, 2005
Congregational Strategy for Nurturing Disciples: 2006
Next to last revision, June 08, 2006
Final draft, includes discussion guide, 2006
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D022 1 CD labeled “Childish Book,” June 28, 2006; document title: Spiritual Formation-A Family Matter, final conflated book.doc; book title “A Congregational Strategy for Nurturing Disciples” by C. Ellis Nelson, June 28, 2006
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H007b Growing Up Christian, 2008
Growing Up Christian [advertising materials], 2008-2009
Outlook Editorials, 1986-1992 and undated
Book reviews, 1956-2010
Book reviews (about Nelson’s work), 1988-1995 and undated
Printed material by others, 1951-2002 and undated
Advertisements, undated
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary:
Correspondence, 1973-1975 and undated
Inauguration, 1974-1976 and undated
Comments, 1974
Student body, 1976 and undated
Nelson Hall Christening, 1989
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E077 Class and Lecture Notes:
“4 Lectures on Faith,” 1958
“Austin Seminary Lectures,” 1959
“C.E. Strategy – Mo Ranch,” 1961
“Bible Study – NJ Leadership School,” 1969
“Brief Sermon on Conscience,” 1970s
“2 Lectures to U.P.C.E. Assoc.,” 1970
“Assumption College,” 1972
“Conscience and Moral Development,” 1973
“University of Dayton,” 1975
“Congregation + Growth in Faith – Ewart College,” 1976
“The Impulse to Teach,” 1977
“Articles of General Interest,” 1977, 1988 and undated
“The Church + The Church School,” 1979
“Family and Community – Wooster College,” 1979
“How the Congregation Can ‘Build Up the Body of Christ,’” 1979
“Can Conscience be Born Again? U.T.S.” 1979
“Atlanta, March 27-28,” 1981
“Wed. Sept. 16 – Army Chaplains – SFTS,” 1981
“July 6-11, P.S.C.E.” 1981
“AP 23-24, Houston,” 1982
“Minister as Educator,” 1982
“Synod of Pacific Staff,” 1982
“Houston, Jan.” 1982
“Vancouver, July,” 1982
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F001 “How Faith is Communicated,” 1983
“Spring Quarter, 1983. C.E. Workshop,” 1983
“Caldwell,” 1983
“Sacramento, Nov. 14,” 1983
“Fulton, Missouri. Oct.,” 1985
“Mainstream Protestantism,” 1988
“LK Charles, May 7-8,” 1989
“Love – Lectures – Adelaide, Brisbane,” 1990
“Montreat, N.C., July 23,” 1990
“Teenage Morality, Westminster P.C.H. Austin,” 1990
“ELCA Sept 29 – Oct 1,” 1991
“Faith Development,” 1992
“Westlake, Dec. 1992,” 1992
“Assorted Notes,” 1993-1994
“Protestant Strategies Christian Ed,” 1993
“The Purpose (Goal) of Christian Ed,” 1993
“Dallas, July 22-23, 1993,” 1993
“Oct 14-16, Dallas, Leadership,” 1993
“Using Congregational Life for Faith Develop.” 1993
“Grace Covenant – Richmond,” 1994
“Developing a Christian Mentality – Durham, N.C.,” 1994
“Evangelism Through Adult Edu – San Antonio,” 1994
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F002 “Changing Roles of Church – Hope Presby Church,” 1995
“Covenant, June 1995,” 1995
“Children’s Image of God, Mission Presby,” 1995
“Nov. 9-10, 1995, Cleveland, Ohio,” 1995
“Workshop at LPTS,” 1997
“Youth Ministry, 1-20-98,” 1998
“Mission Presbytery,” 1998
“What is Grown Up Religion? First PC Church,” 1997
“Univ. PC,” 1997
“What’s New Seminaries – General Assembly,” 1998
“LPTS Sermon – Jan 31- Feb 3,” 1999
“Oklahoma FPC,” 1999
“Covenant Presbyterian Church,” 1999
“Presb. School 1st P.C. Houston,” 1999
“APCE Houston Feb 2000, UPC Feb 13, 2000,” 2000
“Mo-Ranch April 1,” 2000
“Mo-Ranch Apr 7-9,” 2000
“Round Rock PC,” 2000
“Westminster PC Aus Aug 99, Seton Cove July 2000,” 1999, 2000
“First Presby Church, Austin, Aug 18,” 2002
“FPC Women’s Bible,” 2003
“Mo-Ranch Sept 27-30,” 2004
“Problem of Socialization,” undated
“Biblical Conceptions of Faith,” undated
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H009a Consultant:
Academies for Families and Christian Formation, 1994-1997
ATS Standards, 1956-1997 and undated
Auburn, 1987-1989 and undated
Earlham College, 1989-1991 and undated
Eden Theological Seminary, 1981-1983 and undated
Education of lay leaders,undated
Entry into Presbyterian Ministry:
General, 1992-2002 and undated
Lilly Grant, 1991-1994 and undated
Methodist SYP, 1986-1991 and undated
Startup and first meeting, 1992
Meetings:
March 10-12, 1992, 1992 and undated
April 21-22, 1992, 1989-1992 and undated
May 19-20, 1992, 1992 and undated
October 13, 1992, 1992-1993 and undated
September 22-24, 1998, 1998 and undated
Education for congregational leadership1992
Phase II, 1996-1998 and undated
Evaluating the Christian Education of Youth, 1956-1961 and undated
Experimental Program on the Practice of Christian Ministry, 1963 and undated
Journal of Family Ministry, 1997-2005 and undated
Lilly Endowment, 1989-1991
Melbourne PhD Thesis Examiner, 2002
Presbyterian School for Christian Education:
PSCE General, 1982-2002 and undated
Correspondence, 1991-1997 and undated
Reports, 1995-1996 and undated
Minutes and agendas, 1993-1997
Mission and strategic plan, 1990-1996 and undated
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H009b Plan of federation, 1995-1997 and undated
Expenses, 1996-1997 and undated
Finances, 1992-1993 and undated
Faculty and trustees, 1995-1997
Notes, 1995 and undated
Public Higher Education in Texas, 1948-1951 and undated
Search Institute, 1986-1987
Special Committee of Theological Institutions, 1985-1998
Stitt (David L.) History, 1984-2003 and undated
Wabash College, 1994-1995 and undated
Organizations and Conferences:
“World Conference of Christian Youth,” Amsterdam, 1939, 1939-1942 and undated
Association of Professors and Research in Religious Education 1982-2002 and undated
“Centenary Conference on Christian Education,” Seoul, Korea, 1984-1992
“Conference on Evaluation,” 1959 and undated
“Conference on Evaluation in Theological Education,” 1979-1981 and undated
“The Congregation as Educator,” Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education and the Religious Education Association, New Orleans, LA, November 24-26, 1996:
Après Forum, Congregations and the Languages of Faith, Jack L. Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain, November 26, 1996
Paper presentation, “The Congregation as Educator: Enriching the Understand of Congregational Identity,” by Marsha Foster Boyd, November 25, 1996
Auburn Theological Seminary’s Congregational Education Project Bibliography
“The Faith Community as Educator: Problem, Process, and Possibilities,” by C. Ellis Nelson (2 complete copies, 1 incomplete copy with notations)
“Communications, Communication, and Communion,” by Michael Warren, July 1996
“The Congregation as Educator: A Way of Putting the Issue,” by Michael Warren
“How We Are Together: Educating for Group Self-Understanding in the Congregation,” by Maureen O’Brien
A Suggested List of Religious Practices
“Bodyfaith and the Mind’s Heart: Educational Healing For Community,” by Dr. Sally Naylor Johnston
International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, 1991-2006 and undated
“Lexington Seminary,” Lexington, KY, 1999 and undated
National Council on Religion and Public Education, 1973-1974 and undated
“National Faculty Seminar,” 1981-1988 and undated
“World Council of Christian Educators,” Nairobi, 1967, 1967-1968 and undated
“World Conference of Christian Youth,” Oslo, 1947, 1947 and undated
“World Federation of Democratic Youth,” Prague, 1945, 1945-1947 and undated
Princeton Youth Ministry, 1984-1998 and undated
Richmond Youth Work, 1945-1951 and undated
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E051 Student League, 1935-1951 and undated
Symposium on Religious and Moral Education, 1972
“Texas Synodical Young People’s Conference,” Kerrville, TX, 1935-1938 and undated
University Presbyterian Church Student Work, 1940-1943
Young People’s Council of the General Assembly, 1936-1938 and undated



Sub-group 2: Nancy Gribble Nelson

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C014a Writings, 1981, 2000
General, 1980-1981
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C081a Photographs, 1977, 1980
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H007a Holy Bible, gift from Cornelia and Selma Nelson, 1995
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E009d Pocket-sized Bible in Gaelic which belonged to Dr. James Campbell, an ancestor of Nancy Gribble Nelson’s, 1785