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Claxon mss. II, 1937-2000

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Creator
Claxon, Neville, 1915-1998

Title
Claxon mss. II, 1937-2000

Collection No.
LMC 2646

Extent
ca. 5000 items

Language
Materials are in English and French.

Abstract
The Claxon mss. II, 1937-2000, consists of the personal papers of William Neville and Emma (Osborne) Claxon.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

The Claxons, originally from Kentucky, spent more than thirty years of their lives pursuing Baptist missionary work in West Africa. The materials in this collection date to before, during, and after their tenure as missionaries abroad.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following series: I. Biographical; II. Correspondence; III. Subject Files; IV. Writings; V. Conferences; VI. Photographs.

Scope and Content Note

The Biographical series includes biographical writings, educational information, passports, and other personal documents, which provide background information about the Claxons themselves. The Correspondence series contains some letters from the Claxons and many by acquaintances and colleagues affiliated with the Baptist church and mission. (Most family letters are contained within the first Claxon mss collection.) There is also a topical file of correspondence related to the effects of the United States' Civil Rights movement on African nations. Frequent correspondents include T. A. Akande, Edgar H. Burks, Bob Couts, Edna Frances Dawkins, Gaines S. Dobbins, Cornell Goerner, I. N. Patterson, M. Theron Rankin, George W. Sadler, and Carl F. Whirley.

The third series, Subject Files, contains materials related to the Claxons' professional endeavors as Baptist missionaries in various African countries, as well as their daily life, travels, and activities within the United States. Subject files are divided into four subseries: Nigerian Baptist Training Union, Nigeria Mission, Benin Mission, and General. The Nigerian Baptist Training Union subseries provides a record of Neville's role as secretary—the highest position in the training union—through which he helped to improve religious education and maintained active communication with churches throughout Nigeria. The Nigeria Mission subseries documents the Claxons' general mission work in Nigeria. The Benin Mission subseries documents the Claxon's role in establishing and advancing the Baptist mission in Benin. The General subseries contains subject files documenting the Claxons' other undertakings; these include files related to shorter mission appointments outside of Nigeria and Benin, jobs and activities pursued in the United States while on furlough, travel documents, materials from various churches (including Neville's home church in Switzer, KY), and documentation of mission-like endeavors pursued after retirement to the United States, including work with Haitian immigrants in Florida.

The fourth series, Writings, is divided into two subseries: Sermons and additional religious materials; and Additional writings. The first subseries includes a large number of sermons, religious messages, talks, and notes for speaking engagements composed and used by Neville Claxon. (Most of these materials are in English; however, there is also a group of French sermons used during the Claxon's work in Benin. Some of the French-language materials may have been reused during mission work with Haitian immigrants.) The second subseries contains articles, datebooks, memoirs, meeting notes, and documents written for radio and television work in Nigeria.

A series on Conferences includes pamphlets, programs, notes, travel documents, and other materials related to various Baptist conferences attended by the Claxons. The final series, Photographs, contains photographs taken by and of the Claxons; almost all photographs depict mission work and life in Africa.

Administrative Information

Related Material
Related collections: Claxon mss.
Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2006
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
Claxon mss. II, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Box 1 I. Biographical, 1934-1998, undated

Arranged with primary biographical background information and educational details first. Other biographically oriented materials follow, arranged alphabetically by subject.


Claxon Background Information,

1934-1983

1964-1965

1983

undated, c. 1981

Education (Neville Claxon),

Elkhorn, undated

Georgetown College, 1941-1942, undated

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary,

1945-1981

1950s conflict, 1958

Certificates, 1970-1991

International Certificates of Vaccination, 1955-1965

Neville Claxon Memorial, 1998

Nigerian Firearms License, 1965-1970

Passports, 1948-1980

Retirement, 1980-1991

Special [contains Memorial Address in memory of John F. Kennedy, by Neville Claxon with thank you letter from American Consul; Official document (in French) from the US. Department of State], 1963, 1972

Series: Box 1 II. Correspondence, 1974-2004

Subject oriented correspondence is arranged first. General correspondence follows, which is arranged chronologically.


Family letters, 1948-1977

Mission and Civil Rights movement, 1961-1963

General,

1947-1948

1949-1950

1951-1952

1953-1954

1955-1956

1957-1958

1959-1960

1961-1962

1963-1964

1965-1966

1967-1968

1969-1970

1971-1972

1973-1974

1975-1976

1977-1978

1979-1980

(contains photograph)


1981-1982

1983-1984

1985-1986

1987-1988

1989-1990

1991-1992

1993-1994

1995-1996

2004

(contains photograph)


undated

Series: Box 1 III. Subject Files, 1937-2000

The Subject files series contains materials related to the Claxons’ professional endeavors as Baptist Missionaries in various African countries, as well as daily life, travels, and activities within the United States.

Subject files are divided into four subseries: Nigerian Baptist Training Union, Nigeria Mission, Benin Mission, and General. Subseries are arranged in chronological order, following the Claxon’s path within Africa. In each subseries, any historical-related files are placed first, alphabetical subject files are organized next, and general files are placed last; general files are arranged chronologically. When multiple files exist on a single subject, they are arranged chronologically by earliest date.


Subseries: Box 1 Nigerian Baptist Training Union, 1942-1985

History,

1948-1960

1971

Correspondence and related materials, 1957-1985

(contains photographs)


General,

1942-1971

1943-1974

1944-1965

1948-1984

1952-1963

1964, undated

Subseries: Box 1 Nigeria Mission, 1947-1991, undated

Billy Graham Proposed Campaign, 1959

College Observer, newsletter, 29 July 1953

Executive Committee, 1955-1956

Ibadan Chapel

1954-1965

1954-1978

1957-1977

Box 2 1959-1964

Ikire Church, 1954-1955

(two folders)


Iwo, 1950

Oyo Exhibition Agriculture and Handicrafts pamphlet, undated

General,

1947-1991

1950-1979

1951-1978

1954-1967

1955-1976

1961-1965

1979

Subseries: Box 2 Benin Mission (formerly Dahomey), 1966-1993

(some materials in French)


History,

Yesterday... Today, Then... Now: Benin Baptist Mission , unpublished mss. by Marilyn Bonnell, 1995

Research Materials of Marilyn Bonnell, 1969-1993

Meeting and professional materials,

1971-1980

1971-1993

Mission Strategy and meeting information, 1973-1993

Personal, 1979-1983

Political, 1966-1978

Reports, 1972-1980

General,

1963-1998

1971-1979

1972-1986

1973-1984

1976-1993

Subseries: Box 2 General, 1937-2000, undated

African Baptist Missionary list, 1970

African cards and recipe booklet, undated

Anderson Association,

1988-1990

1990

Battle Hymn of the Bartels, undated

Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta), 1973-1974

Business cards, 1971, undated

Directory of Churches and Pastors, California, c. 1987, undated

Dobbins, Dr. Gaines S., 1956, undated

Elkhorn Annual, yearbook (features Neville as fifth grade instructor), 1937

France, 1969-1996

French studies, 1969-1971

Ghana (formerly Gold Coast),

General,

1948-1949

1948-1991

Kumasi, 1948, undated

Greece, Athenai Airport Chapel program (Neville delivered sermon), 1972

Haitians,

1979-1986

(two folders)


1983-1986

Box 3 1983-1991

Highland Baptist Herald, 1956, undated

Kentucky – Brazil Baptist Partnership, 1991-1992

Kentucky Southern College,

1966-1969

(with ID cards)


Committees, 1967

Fiesta Portfolio, 1967-1969

Newspaper Clippings, 1960-1967

Solicitation Approach, 1967-1968

Lawrenceburg, 1948, 1984-1991

Long Lick Baptist Church, 1942-1994

Lott Carey Mission, Brewerville, Liberia, 1956

MK Home (Mission Kids Home), 1956-1969

"Music and Sounds of Africa" cassette track list, undated

Newspaper Clippings, Other Missionaries, 1965-1991, undated

Retirement,

1981-2000

1992-1996

Social Security, 1957

Switzer, Kentucky, 1942-1996

Testimonial of the Claxons’ influence, undated

Travel, 1948-1972

(two folders)


Whitton Baptist Church, Great Britain, 1954-1955

Series: Box 3 IV. Writings, 1941-1998, undated

Divided into two subseries: Sermons and additional religious materials; and Additional writings.

Most items in this series are assumed to be written by Neville Claxon; however, many items are not specifically attributed to any author.


Subseries: Box 3 Sermons and additional religious materials, 1941-1998, undated

In the interest of maintaining original order, materials within this subseries retain the titles and groupings assigned by their creator, Neville Claxon. Sermons, messages, and talks contain similar religious content; however, sermons appear to be more note-based, whereas messages and talks exhibit more thorough text. Sermons are placed first and are arranged alphabetically by subject. Files containing sermons along with another type of religious writing are placed first. Alphabetically-arranged subject files are placed next. General sermons follow, which are arranged chronologically; these are primarily in English, though some materials in French are interspersed. Sermons solely in French follow general English sermons and are arranged chronologically. Other religious writings follow sermons and are arranged alphabetically.


Sermons,

and Devotionals, 1945-1997, undated

and Messages,

1942-1991, undated

(two folders)


1962-1987

(some French)


and Notes, 1974-1979

and Talks,

1942-1997, undated

1953-1998, undated

Box 4 1957-1988, undated

Baccalaureate, 1945-1946

Retirement, 1996, undated

General,

1941-1943, undated

1942-1965, undated

1942-1975, undated

1942-1990, undated

(three folders)

(some French)


1948-1990, undated

1953-1973, undated

1959-1990, undated

(some French)


1960-1973, undated

1962-1993, undated

1964-1966, undated

French,

1971-1980, undated

(folder 1 of 2)


Box 5 1971-1980, undated

(folder 2 of 2)


1971-1982, undated

1974-1978, undated

Christian Home, 1954-1988

Church Talks, 1952-1957

Messages,

General,

1957-1967

1959-1993

1963-1990

French, 1972-1980

Nigerian Seminary: Lectures and Graduation Message by J.C. Stephens, undated

(unclear if these were written or delivered by Neville Claxon)


Religious Education Course, Lomé, Togo, 1972

(unclear if this was written by Neville Claxon)


Speaking Engagements, 1940-1988

(two folders)


Subseries: Box 5 Additional Writings, 1941-1992, undated

Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject or title of writing.


"America, The World's Hope for Peace," The Georgetown Review, by Neville Claxon, c. 1941

Benin Memoirs and related material, 1969-1979

"Dahomey and Baptist Witness," Royal Service, by Emma Claxon, 1972

Datebooks (by Neville Claxon),

1955-1978

Box 6 1979-1983

1984-1992

Diaries and Memoir, undated

Notes on Mission Meetings, 1975

Radio and Television Work, 1965

Recollections of Mission Life, 1980-1981

Training Union History, 1956-1974

Series: Box 6 V. Conferences, 1939-1991, undated

Materials from Africa are placed first and are arranged alphabetically. Other conference materials follow, also arranged alphabetically.


Africa,

Nigeria, Mission Conferences, 1951-1980, undated

Nigerian Baptist Convention,

1939-1964

1955-1969

Box 7 (oversize) 70th Anniversary Celebration Poster, 1991

Box 6 (continued) Nigerian Youth Conference, 1959

Pan-African Baptist Youth Conference, 1959-1964

(photographs originally contained in this folder were moved to Photographs series)


British Empire Congress, London, 1951

International Conferences, 1948-1960

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Baptist World Alliance Congress, 1960

Various Notes, 1955-1983, undated

Series: Box 6 VI. Photographs, 1948-1995

Materials are arranged chronologically.


Nigeria,

Miscellaneous Nigerian Photos, c. 1948-1951

Iwo, Nigeria, 1949-1951

Nigerian Mission Centennial, 1950

Mission, General, c. 1950-1060

Neville at work as Secretary of the Baptist Training Union, c. 1950-1960

Baptist Chapel, Ibadan, c. 1950-1960

Pan-African Baptist Youth Conference, c. 1950-1970

Cotonou, Benin (formerly Dahomey) and Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta), c. 1970-1980

Other, Missionaries, Ridgecrest, 1987; "Lauren, 8 ½,"1995

Box 7 (oversize) Neville receives an award, 1974