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Father Divine collection,

Title
Father Divine collection, 1932-1992.
Author
Father Divine.
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Box 3Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 828 Box 3Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
Box 2Mixed materialUse in library Sc MG 828 Box 2Schomburg Center - Manuscripts & Archives
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Details

Description
1.2 lin. ft. (1 and 1/2 archival boxes, 1 printbox)
Subjects
Genre/Form
Radio transcripts.
Note
  • Photographs transferred to Photographs and Prints Division.
  • Peace stamps transferred to Art and Artifact Division.
  • Magazines transferred to General Research and Reference Division.
  • Forms part of the "Father Divine Audio Collection."
Source (note)
  • Ariel Rethburn
Biography (note)
  • Father Divine (ca. 1876 - September 10, 1965), aka George Baker, was an African American religious leader and founder of the Peace Mission Movement. In the 1930s, the period of greatest membership, there were about 160 Peace Missions in North America and Europe, with the bulk of them located in New York. During the Depression, the largest Mission was in Harlem. The majority of Father Divine's followers in this mission were Black migrants from the South and immigrants from the Caribbean; however, in other areas of the country, such as California, white membership predominated.
Call Number
Sc MG 828
Author
Father Divine.
Title
Father Divine collection, 1932-1992.
Summary
The Father Divine Collection, 1932-1992 consists primarily of material related to the broadcasting of Father Divine's sermons and messages over two radio stations in Washington State in the 1950s and their publication in "The New Day," the organization's weekly newspaper (1936-1992).
The collection contains the church discipline, constitution and by-laws for Father Divine's Circle Mission, 1941, as well as correspondence between Father Divine and one of his disciples in the Peace Mission Extension in Seattle, who made arrangements for broadcasting his sermons and messages on radio station KRKL. The correspondence, 1947-1961, discusses the radio scripts and spiritual matters. A significant portion of the collection is comprised of sermons and messages, 1932-1959. Some are original transcripts; others were retyped and published in "The New Day" in the 1970s-1990s. The collection also includes broadcast schedules along with openings remarks and prologues to sermons and testimonials given during Father Divine's sermons and messages on radio station KRKL, Kirkland, Washington and other broadcasts from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the 1950s. Printed material includes booklets describing the beliefs and proper behavior expected of the membership.
Local Note
Sc Audio Father Divine
Biography
Father Divine (ca. 1876 - September 10, 1965), aka George Baker, was an African American religious leader and founder of the Peace Mission Movement. In the 1930s, the period of greatest membership, there were about 160 Peace Missions in North America and Europe, with the bulk of them located in New York. During the Depression, the largest Mission was in Harlem. The majority of Father Divine's followers in this mission were Black migrants from the South and immigrants from the Caribbean; however, in other areas of the country, such as California, white membership predominated.
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Local Subject
Black author.
Research Call Number
Sc MG 828
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