Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Robert S. Paul papers, 1944-1990



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Paul, Robert S.
Title: Robert S. Paul papers
Dates: 1944-1990
Abstract Robert S. Paul (1918-1992) was a theological educator and writer in Hartford, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Austin, Texas. The papers of Robert S. Paul span the years 1944-1990 and comprise 17.5 linear feet of mainly manuscript materials broken up into six series: Creative Works, Research, Correspondence, Class Materials, Minutes of the Session of the Assembly of Divines, and Audio Materials.
Identification: 1992-003, 1992-004, 1993-002, 1994-152
Extent: 17 feet, 5 inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Biographical note

Robert S. Paul (1918-1992) was a theological educator and writer in Hartford, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Austin, Texas. Paul was born in Surrey, England on June 10, 1918 and died on June 27, 1992. He received his B.A. (1941), M.A. (1945), and D.Phil. (1949) from Oxford University. In 1945 Paul was ordained to the Congregational Ministry in England, and served as minister of Christ Church in Leatherhead, Surrey from 1945-1954.

After coming to America in 1958, Paul embarked on a long career as a professor of theological studies, teaching first at the Hartford Seminary Foundation (1958-1967), later at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (1967-1977), and finally at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1977-1987).

In addition to teaching, Paul actively pursued a career as a writer. His major works include The Lord Protector, The Atonement and the Sacraments, and Ministry. He further augmented his professional activities through active participation in the ecumenical movement, and attended the founding Assembly of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam in 1948.

Robert S. Paul was married to Eunice Mary Paul and they had three children.


Scope and Content Note

The papers of Robert S. Paul span the years 1944-1990 and comprise 17.5 linear feet of mainly manuscript materials. The collection is broken up into six series: Creative Works, Research, Correspondence, Class Materials, Minutes of the Session of the Assembly of Divines, and Audio Materials.

In the series of Creative Works, manuscript materials exist for Paul’s major works, The Lord Protector, The Atonement and the Sacraments, An Apologeticall Narration, Ministry, The Church in Search of Itself, and The Assembly of the Lord. An original copy of the lecture “Puritan Piety” is also included.

The bulk of the collection consists of subject files found in the Research Series. These include a folder of biographical materials with a copy of Paul’s vita that gives a brief account of his career and a more complete bibliography of his works. Other subject files cover a variety of research interests and working topics throughout Paul’s career.

Series V: Minutes of the Session of the Assembly of Divines contains handwritten transcriptions (taken by Paul) of the Westminster Assembly Minutes from the Microfilm copies in the Stitt Library.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Paul, Robert S. 1918-1992.
Organizations
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary--Faculty.
Subjects
Apologetics.
Lecture notes.
Sermons, English--Texas.
Theology, Doctrinal--Writings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert S. Paul papers, 1944-1990, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Creative Works

Box Folder
B003 1 The Lord Protector1955
Note:
456 leaves. One typescript, hand corrected. The work discusses religion and politics in the life of Oliver Cromwell.
1 p. i-99
2 p. 100-199
3 p. 200-299
4 p. 300-399
5 p. 400-456
6 The Atonement and the Sacraments1960:
6 Notes, undated
Note:
1 item. 1 leaf. Handwritten notes.
7 Original lectures, undated:
Note:
10 folders. Hand corrected typescripts of lectures that are the basis for _The Atonement and the Sacraments_. Arranged numerically, beginning with Lecture II.
7 Lecture II, undated
8 Lecture III, undated
9 Lecture IV, undated
10 Lecture V, undated
11 Lecture VI, undated
12 Lecture VII, undated
13 Lecture VIII, undated
14 Lecture IX, undated
15 Lecture X, undated
16 Lecture XI, undated
17 Typescript:
Note:
Note: 454 leaves. Hand corrected typescript of _The Atonement and the Sacraments_.
17 p. A-113, undated
18 p. 114-220, undated
19 p. 221-332, undated
Box Folder
B004 20 p. 330-440, undated
box Folder
B004 21 Page Proofs:
Note:
387 leaves. Printed page proofs. Discuss the relation of the Atonement to the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Box Folder
B004 21 p. i-199, 1960
22 p. 200-387, 1960
23 An Apologeticall Narration1963
Note:
104 leaves. Printed page proofs. A facsimile edition of the 1943 pamphlet, edited with historical introduction, and critical notes on the text.
24 Ministry1965:
24 Typescript:
Note:
161 leaves. Hand corrected typescript.
24 p. i-120, undated
25 p. 121-159, undated
26 Galley sheets:
Note:
68 leaves. Galley sheets of the text. Discuss the meaning of Ministry and Ordination.
26 p. 13-109, 1965
27 p. 110-247, 1965
28 The Church in Search of Itself1972:
28 Notes, undated
Note:
7 items. 29 leaves. Includes corrections and indexes.
29 Promotional papers, 1972
Note:
2 leaves. Photocopies of promotional abstracts.
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B005 30 Typescript:
Note:
494 leaves. Hand corrected typescript. Discusses the purpose of the church in modern society.
30 p. i-90, undated
31 p. 91-210, undated
32 p. 211-331, undated
33 p. 331-486, undated
34 “Puritan Piety,” 1975
Note:
34 leaves. Hand corrected typescript. Subjects include Puritanism and faith.
35 The Assembly of the Lord, 1975
Note:
614 leaves. Photocopy of page proofs. Analysis of politics and religion in the Westminster Assembly and the “Grand Debate.”
35 Page proofs :
35 p. 1-149, 1983
36 p. 150-309, 1983
37 p. 310-459, 1983
38 p. 460-605, 1983
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B032 329 Early articles:
329 Typescripts, undated
330 Ecclesiology of the U.C.C., undated
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B033 333 The Peter and the Paul Principles, 1976
Box Folder
B032 335 Unrepentant Thoughts, undated
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B033 336 The Westminster Assembly:
336 Typescript, undated
337 Whatever Happened to Sherlock Holmes?:
337 Chapters 1 and 2, Typescript,undated
336 Chapters 3-5, Typescript, undated
336 Chapters 6-9, Typescript, undated
336 Chapters 10-12, Typescript, undated
336 Notes for Chapters 1-12, undated
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B005 40 Sermons:
40 Typed and prepared:
40 Pre-Ordination and July 1945-November 1945, i-vi; 1-5, July 1945
41 Pre-Ordination and July 1945-November 1945, 6-12, July 1945-September 1945
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B006 42 Pre-Ordination and July 1945-November 1945; 13-24, September 1945-October 1945
43 Pre-Ordination and July 1945-November 1945; 25-32, October 1945-November 1945
44 December 1945-May 1946; #33-43,December 1945-January 1946
45 December 1945-May 1946; # 44-54, January 1946- March 1946
46 December 1945-May 1946; # 55-63,March 1946-April 1946
47 December 1945- May 1946, #64-70,April 1946-May 1946, 1951
48 June 1946- December 1946, # 71-84, June 1946-August 1946
49 June 1946- December 1946; # 85-96,August 1946-October 1946
50 June 1946-December 1946; #97-110, October 1946-December 1946
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B007 51 # 111-121, December 1946-March 1947
52 # 122-132, March 1947-May 1947
53 # 133-143, May 1947-June 1947
54 # 144-155, July 1947-October 1947
55 # 156-176, October 1947-February 1948
56 # 177-192, February 1948-April 1948
57 # 193-203, April 1948- July 1948
58 # 204-214, July 1948- October 1948
59 # 215-230, October 1948- February 1949
60 # 231-241, January 1949- April 1949
61 # 242-251, April 1949- July 1949
62 # 252-257, September 1949- October 1949
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B008 63 # 258-270, October 1949-December 1949
64 # 271-283, December 1949- March 1950
65 # 284-294, March 1950-June 1950
66 # 295-305, June 1950- August 1950
67 # 306-320, September 1950-December 1950
68 # 321-331, December 1950- January 1951
69 # 332-343, February 1951- May 1951
70 # 344-354, May 1951- November 1951
71 # 355-365, November 1951- January 1952
72 # 366- 376, February 1952- April 1952
73 # 377- 387, May 1952- August 1952
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B009 74 # 388-398, September 1952- November 1952
75 # 399-409, November 1952- April 1953
76 # 410- 420, April 1953- July 1953
74 # 388-398, September 1952- November1952
77 # 421-433, July 1953- February 1954
78 # 432a- 440, April 1954- June 1954
79 # 441-451, June 1954- September 1954
80 # 452-458, January 1955- March 1958
81 # 455-472, December 1955-July 1958
82 # 473-483, December 1956- June 1970
83 # 484-490, May 1961- July 1974
84 # 491-503, March 1961- October 1972
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B010 85 # 504-514, June 1973- June 1975
86 # 515-525, November 1974- January 1977
87 # 526-536, April 1979- May 1981
88 # 537- 544, June 1981- June 1983
89 # 545-549, December 1970- July 1990
90 Handwritten notes, 1986 and undated
Box Folder
B011 99 Church services, July 1945- December 1983
Box Folder
B010 91 Addresses:
91 Full length:
91 April 1953- March 1959
92 March 1960- March 1961
93 July 1961- January 1962
94 February 1962- October 1966
95 November 1966- January 1969
96 February 1970- March 1982
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B011 97 Undated
98 Brief, undated
Box
B036 Thesis: “Oliver Cromwell’s View of His Political Mission in the Light of his Theological and Ecclesiastical Presuppositions,” [abstract and thesis for the degree of D. Phil., Robert S. Paul], circa 1949
Box Folder
B011 100 Book summaries, undated
101 Notes, undated



Series II: Research:

Box
B012 Subseries I: Research Slips: Notes, Quotes and Ideas:
History
Box
B013 Theology and Society
Box
B014 Christian Classics, Westminster, Liturgics, Sermon Notes
Box
B015 Puritanism
Box
B016 Themes [?]
Box
B017 The Books [?]
Box
B018 Subseries II: Research Slips: Notes and Quotes:
General
Box
B019 Ecclesiastical/ Theological
Box
B020 Detective Fiction
Box
B021 Detective Fiction
Box Folder
B005 39 Subseries III: Subject Files:
39 Biographical Materials, Vita, c. 1982
Note:
2 items. 8 leaves. Photocopy of Paul’s vita, with a photograph.
Box Folder
B011 102 The Crisis of Authority and the Quest for Authority, undated
103 Lectures Delivered at West Texas State University, Canyon, Texas at Amarillo, TX, February 17th-19th, 1980,February 1980
104 Religion, A clue to the 17th Century, undated
105 Puritans, Oligarchs, Democrats, undated
106 Apocalyptic and Puritan Revolution, undated
107 Puritanism:
107 General, Undated
108 Assessment, Undated
109 Biographies, undated
110 America and the Congregational Church Meeting, undated
111 The Elizabethan Settlement Diagram, undated
112 Richard Hooker: “Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity,” undated
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B022 113 Doctrinal Contribution of the English Reformation—Article on Katherine Parr, undated
114 Congregationalism: History of the Congregational Churches, undated
115 Puritanism: Book Ideas,undated
116 Wine, Women and Song and Cash in the Bank: A Study of Puritan Ethics,undated
117 The ‘Work Ethic’,undated
118 Puritanism and Drama, undated
119 Puritanism and the Arts, undated
120 Early Puritan Ecclesiology, undated
121 Background to the Westminster Assembly, undated
122 “Puritanism” WELTKIRCHENLEXIKON, undated
123 “A Way to Win Them”- Ecclesiology andReligion in the English Reformation, undated
124 In Defense of “DRY AS DUST”—Random Essays on Puritan Problems, undated
125 Richard Baxter,undated
126 Papers by R.S.P, undated
127 The Increase of the Kingdom—Church History in Profile, undated
128 The Increase of the Kingdom—The History of the Church and Its Purpose in God’s Universe, undated
129 The Race, undated
130 Aspects of Protestant Christianity,undated
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B023 131 Religious Education and Ecumenism,undated
132 Mountains and Molehills,undated
133 Convocation,undated
139 Writings,undated
140 S.P.C.K.,March 1970- September 1970
141 Lectures: Church History, ,February 1978 and undated
142 Lectures in Basic Christian- Incarnation, Redemption, Christ and the Eucharist,undated
143 General Church History Lectures,undated
144 Introduction to Church History,undated
145 The Church in Search of Itself: Immanuel Hartford,undated
146 1959 Lectures—Deering, N.H.,undated
147 Doctrine: Port Westminster,undated
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B024 148 The Lutheran Confessions,undated
149 Disciples/ U.C.C. Consultation,undated
150 “Freedom and Responsibility,”Spring 1977 and undated
151 Autonomy Issues—U.C.C.,September 1966 and undated
152 British Church History,undated
153 The Presbyterian Heritage,undated
154 Misc. Notes on the English Reformation,undated
155 Theology and the English Reformation,undated
156 Anglican Church History Lectures,undated
157 America: Its history and religion—2nd copy of “The Church in American Culture,” undated
158 U.S. Church History 1775- , undated
159 Providence and the Problem of Arbitrary Choice, undated
160 Introduction to Theology,undated
161 Speculative Theology—Radical Orthodoxy of RSP,undated
162 My Theology,undated
163 Doctrine: Modern Period,undated
164 “Lectures on: Prayer, Ethics, Eternal Life, the Church, the Future of Belief,” undated
165 Eschatology in Church Historyundated
166 Theology—Christian Doctrine,undated
167 Reason/Revelation,undated
168 Cosmic Judgment,undated
169 Creed or Chaos? My Faith and the Faith of the Church,undated
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B025 170 God: Apologetic, c.f. also Radical Orthodoxy: Speculative Theology,undated
171 I Protest!, undated
172 Lectures on Atonement, undated
173 American Religion, undated
174 Lectures: The Church, Fall 1968
175 Introduction to American Church History,undated
176 Reformation: Popular Lectures,undated
177 Man and the Future, undated
178 The Economic Challenge: Capitalism vs. Socialism,undated
179 Interpretation of History and Church History,undated
180 The Burden of History (The Conservative Challenge), undated
181 Lectures on the Theology of Reformation,undated
182 Huguenot Lectures,undated
183 Science Fiction and Theology,undated
184 The Ethics of Sexuality,undated
185 Women and the Church or Society,undated
186 Human Government: Problems of Government, Democracy, Liberalism,,undated
187 Basic Christian Doctrine—‘The Work of Christ’,undated
188 Theology and Christ,undated
189 The 20th Century (Popular Lectures),undated
190 America/America!,undated
191 America/America!,undated
192 America/America!,undated
Box Folder
B026 193 America/America!,undated
194 America/ America!—U.S.A./ G.B., undated
195 Subject Files: Lecture: “Christianity,”undated
196 A Theology of Revolution,undated
197 The Radicals of Reformation, undated
198 A Historian’s Reflections on American Society, 1975 and undated
199 Hartford: Ecumenical Dimension of Ministry, undated
200 Edward L. Bernays Foundation Award, 1967 and undated
201 Spectator Sports/ Reading the Culture- “The Name of the Game,”1972 and undated
202 Ministry,undated
203 The Nature of the Church,undated
204 The Ecumenical Dilemma,undated
205 Ecumenics Book: Principles, Practice, Problems,undated
206 “The Cost of the Covenant,”1982 and undated
207 The Church’s Mission, 1986 and undated
208 Ministry: Servant-hood in Transition, undated
209 Church and Ministry—Additional Questions,1986 and undated
210 Symposium on Ministry,1986 and undated
211 Ordination,1965 and undated
212 “Ministry”- Encyclopedia of Religion (Correspondence), July 1982-October 1985
193 America/America!,undated
193 America/America!,undated
213 Ordination to Christian Ministry,1962-1963 and undated
214 Ordination to the Christian Ministry,undated
215 Reviews and Appraisals,October 1965-April 1966 and undated
216 “Our Faith and the Faith of the Church,” undated
217 Lectures on “Authority in the U.C.C.,” 1982 and undated
Box Folder
B027 218 Authority Materials,undated
219 “Authority” Ph.D. Colloquium 1974-1975, 1974-1975 and undated
220 Scottish History, undated
221 Visser’t Hooft,1985-1988
222 “P.T. Forsyth-Prophet for the Twentieth Century,”undated
223 Ph.D. Colloquium Exegesis—Bible Study,1955-1961
224 Bible Study, 1954-1958 and undated
225 Bible Study,undated
226 Bible Study,1956 and undated
227 Bible Study,1955 and undated
228 Bible Study,1954-1955 and undated
229 The Sects,1955-1956 and undated
230 The Sects,undated
231 The Sects,undated
232 Horton Davies’ Festschrift,undated
233 Lectures: Puritan Piety, Last MS.,November 1975
234 “The Assembly of the Lord” – Rationale for the Project, undated
235 The Church and Ordination and the Ministry,June 1966 and undated
236 Baptism and Mission (Earlier Drafts), undated
237 Lectures on the Theology of Mission,undated
238 Evangelism and the Extension of the Gospel,undated
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B028 239 Lectures 1950’s,1950-1959
240 Lectures 1950’s,1950-1959
241 Lectures 1950’s,1950-1959
242 Lectures 1950’s,1950-1959
243 Lectures 1950’s,1950-1959
244 Various Early Lectures,undated
245 Various Early Lectures,undated
246 Congregational Documents,1933-1956
247 World Council Picture Book,1954
248 Syllabuses APTS R.S.P. [Lectures I-IX],undated
249 Syllabuses APTS R.S.P. [Lectures I-IX],undated
250 Ecumenics: Historical: Reformation—Modern,undated
251 Ecumenics—Notes,undated
252 Church Union: Japan; India; Philippines,undated
253 Church History in Profile,undated
254 Ecumenical Papers, Misc.,undated
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B029 255 The Sacraments,undated
256 The Sacraments,undated
257 The Church and Its Ministry,undated
258 Atonement and Apologetic,undated
259 Atonement and Apologetic,undated
260 Atonement and Apologetic.,undated
261 Notes on the Atonement and the Sacraments,1958 and undated
262 Notes on the Atonement and the Sacraments,undated
263 Notes on the Atonement and the Sacraments,1955 and undated
264 Baptism and Mission,undated
265 “The Quest for Authority” Autonomy, 1982 and undated
266 American—National Identity,undated
267 The Rape of Sincerity,undated
268 The Meaning of Empire,undated
269 Civilization: Rise and Fall,undated
270 Social Critics,undated
271 Reviews and Assessments: “The Church in Search of Itself,” 1973
272 The Church Restorationism, undated
273 The Church: Episcopacy and Historical Community, undated
274 The Shape of the Church,undated
275 Attention,undated
276 Ecumenical Vision in 1970’s,undated
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B030 277 Classics, 1976 Material,undated
278 Church History, Th. 100: Revisions, Extra Material,undated
279 Problems of Unity in History and Theology After the Reformation—Old Lectures, undated
280 “Baptism, Eucharist, Ministry” Lectures,undated
281 Protestants and Mary,undated
282 Octave of Christian Unity,1970
283 Ecumenical Issues,undated
284 C.O.C.U. and Biblio.: Misc. Papers and Lectures,undated
285 Religion in Society: Civil Religion,undated
286 Religious Culture,undated
287 Western Civilization and the Western Alliance,undated
288 Internationally Disinherited,1986
289 Terrorism,1973-1976
290 The Mercenary Society and its Problems (See also “The Affluent Society”),undated
291 The Age of Revolution: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, 1982 and undated
292 Th. 100: Introduction to the Christian Movement III,undated
293 The Twentieth Century,undated
294 Th. 100: Introduction to the Christian Movement I, undated
295 History of the Church since 1600 for Revision,undated
296 Anglo-American Relations Thurloe S.P., undated
297 Puritan Piety (Revision), undated
298 Puritan and Reformation Papers,undated
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B031 299 Reformation,undated
300 The Autonomy Issue,undated
301 Henry Jacobs and Seventeenth Century Puritanism,1966 and undated
302 Papers Related to “The Church Meeting in Congregationalism,”undated
303 Church Meeting Records—Granby, Conn. 1784-93, undated
304 18th Century of Granby: Church Meeting—Vol. 2 Rev. Isaac Porter, undated
305 Unlabeled Folder [Handwritten Notes], undated
306 First Century Granby Vol. 1 Eccl. Meetings and Original Notes,undated
307 Church Meeting Records: Granby, Conn. 1784-83 REVD. Israel Holly,undated
308 William Bradford’s History of Plymouth Plantation,undated
309 Church Meeting Project,1979 and undated
310 Hooker Lecture,1961 and undated
311 Congregationalism Rutland Lectures,1968 and undated
312 D. K. Lecturer on O.C. 1941,1944
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B032 331 Hymnology,undated
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B031 332 Hymnology,undated
334 Theology and Science Fiction,1979



Series III: Correspondence:

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B023 134 The Pilgrim Press ‘An Apologeticall Narration,’March 1960- March 1973
135 Lutterworth Press ‘The Lord Protector,’ June 1949- October 1986
136 Westminster Press and Publication,February 1980- March 1982
137 Abingdon Press- Abingdon Award- The Atonementand the Sacraments, December 1954- April 1970
138 The Atonement and the Sacraments: Letters and Comments, June 1960- October 1961



Series IV: Class Materials:

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B031 313 Lecture notes:
313 Th. 235 ‘The Age of Revolution’, undated
314 American Puritanism,undated
315 The Church in American Culture: Historical Perspective, undated
316 The Church in American Culture: Historical Perspectives, undated
317 Christian Classics: From the Reformation to Today, Spring 1982
318 Th. 308 Denominationalism in Its Historical Setting,undated
319 Th. 308 Denominationalism in Its Historical Setting,undated
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B032 320 Lectures on Detective Fiction,undated
321 Notes on Early and Medieval Church,undated
322 Ecumenics,undated
323 English Puritanism,undated
324 Ministry,undated
325 The Settlement of the Church in America,undated
326 Theology and the Parish,undated
327 Unlabeled Binder,undated
328 Unlabeled Binder,undated



Series V: Minutes of the Session of the Assembly of Divines:

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B033 342 Handwritten transcription:
342 Tablet 1, undated
343 Tablet 2, undated
344 Tablet 3, undated
345 Tablet 4, undated
346 Tablet 5, undated
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B034 347 Tablet 6, undated
348 Tablet 7, undated
349 Tablet 8, undated
350 Tablet 9, undated
351 Tablet 10, undated
352 Tablet 11, undated
353 Tablet 12, undated
354 Tablet 13, undated



Series VI: Audio Materials:

Box
B035 Cassettes of outside lectures:
Numbers 1-12: Lectures II-XX (identified by title)
Numbers 1-11: Lectures (identified by title)
Numbers 1-3, Lectures (identified by title)
Thesis Theological Cassettes, March 1973
Vol. 4, No. 2, includes The Church in Search of Itself, Dr. Robert S. Paul