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Rev. Joseph Allen Christian Papers

Identifier: Mss. 71 C46

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1900-1946, of Joseph Allan Christian, a Presbyterian clergyman and his wife Evelyn Smith Christian who served pastorates in Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Includes correspondence, student notebooks of Christian while a student at Hampden-Sydney College and Union Theological Seminary (Richmond), memorabilia collected by Christian while doing YMCA work in France in World War I, sermons and prayers, papers relating to his work on the National War Labor Board for Baton Rouge, La., photographs, and notebooks and pocket diaries of both Joseph A. Christian and his wife (many pages are blank).


  • Creation: 1900-1946


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Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

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Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Joseph Allan Christian was born at "Woodbourn," Charles City County, Va. 19 September 1880. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1902 and was a public school principal until entering Union Theological Seminary (Richmond) in 1905 from which he graduated in 1908. He married Evelyn Smith (b. 1882). Christian was a Presbyterian minister in Virginia, Mississippi, and Louisiana and served as moderator of the synods of Mississippi (1929) and Louisiana (1944). He did work with the YMCA in France during World War I. After retirement, he was a supply minister in Virginia. Christian died 20 May 1968. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: .


7.50 Linear Feet

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Physical Description

1828.00 items


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

Additional information may be found at

Guide to the Rev. Joseph Allen Christian Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository