Jim Leggett Waits papers, 1958-1990.


Jim Leggett Waits papers, 1958-1990.

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.

.75 cubic ft. (1 legal size archive boxes and 1 half legal size box)

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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 a...

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