Guide to the Susan Lea Jennings Papers, 1841-1998, undated

Summary Information

Title: Susan Lea Jennings Papers, 1841-1998, undated
Collection: AC.883
Extent: 2.0 linear feet (3 manuscript and 1 CD boxes)

The Susan Lea Jennings Papers consists of scholarly articles, newsclippings, and copies of historic documents focused on the social history of women in the Baptist Church. The articles are primarily focused on Baptists in the southeastern portion of the United States.

Creator: Jennings, Susan Lea

Biographical/Historical Note

Susan Lea Jennings is a librarian and scholar on the history of the Baptist Church. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 and Master of Arts in History in 1998, both from Appalachian State University. In 2007 she received a degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Tennessee. Jennings worked as an archival assistant for the International Mission Board- Southern Baptist Convention in Richmond, Virginia and as a Lead Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University. She is currently the Dean of Library Services at Chattanooga State Community College.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of scholarly articles, copies of historic documents, and theological newsletters related to the role of women the Baptist Church collected during the course of Jennings' research for her thesis. Included in the papers are copies of Southern Baptist Convention Annuals from 1891 to 1931.


The collection is arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

The collection was donated by Susan Lea Jennings on June 4, 2003.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and finding aid generated by Trevor McKenzie, November 2014. This collection was processed as part of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The grant funded extensive processing of the backlog within the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection between 2012 and 2014.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.883: Susan Lea Jennings Papers, W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, USA.

Container List

  Box Folder

Allen, Catherine B., Baptists and World Missions, 1979

1 1

Allen, Lee N., Methods and Procedures of Ordination Among Southern Baptists, 1845-1945, 1988

1 2

Allison, B. Gray, Notable Achievements in Missions and Evangelism Since 1845, 1989

1 3

Anders, Sarah Frances, Woman's Role in the Southern Baptist Convention and its Churches as Compared with Selected Other Denominations, 1975

1 4

Baptist History and Heritage, 1994-1996

1 5-6

Beck, Rosalie, The Impact of Southern Baptist Women On Social Issues: Three Viewpoints, 1987

1 7

Blevins, Carolyn DeArmond, Patterns of Ministry Among Baptist Women, July 1987

1 8

Broadus, John A., Should Women Speak in Mixed Public Assemblies?, undated

1 9

The Case of Susan Shepherd, undated

1 10

Cate, Robert, Shall We Have Women Deacons?, April 17, 1974

1 11

Christian Life Report, undated

1 12

Clanton, Joan Aldredge, Why I Believe Southern Baptist Churches Should Ordain Women, July 1988

1 13

Compton, Bobby D., Cooperation Through Missions, 1989

1 14

Crumpler, Carolyn Weatherford, The Role of Women in Baptist Missions, July 1992

1 15

Daughters of Destiny: Virginia Baptist Women, Their Story, Compiled by Rees Watkins, 1994

1 16

Davis, Rhonda, Women, Ministry, and the Church: My Story of Crisis, March 11, 1993

1 17

Deweese, Charles W., Deaconesses in Baptist History: A Preliminary Study, January 1977

1 18

Encyclopedia of Southern Baptists [excerpt], 1958

1 19

Falls, Helen E., Agnes Graham: Educator in Chile, 1988

1 20

Falls, Helen Emery, Baptist Women in Missions Support in the Nineteenth Century, 1977

1 21

Fant, Jr., Clyde E., A New Look at an Old Issue: Social Action, January 1969

1 22

Flynt, J. Wayne, The Impact of Social Factors on Southern Baptist Expansion, 1800-1914, July 1982

1 23

Gifford, Carolyn DeSwarte, Sisterhoods of Service and Reform: Organized Methodist Women in the Late Nineteenth Century, October 1985

1 24

Guidelines for Dealing with the Ordination of Women, undated

1 25

Halbrooks, G. Thomas, The Meaning and Significance of Ordination Among Southern Baptists, 1845-1945, 1988

1 26

Halbrooks, G. Thomas, Roots of Southern Baptist Relationships with Other Denominations, undated

1 27

Harper, Keith, Reclaiming A Legacy: An Assessment of Southern Baptists and the Social Gospel, undated

1 28

Haulik, John F., Evangelism and Social Ministry: The New Look of the Sixties in Southern Baptist Evangelism, January 1971

1 29

Heathenism in America, October 15, 1895

1 30

Hinson, E. Glenn, The Church: The Liberator or Oppressor of Women?, 1975

1 31

Hinson, E. Glenn, Historical Patterns of Lay Leadership in Ministry in Local Baptist Churches, January 1978

1 32

Hinson, E. Glenn, On the Election of Women as Deacons, 1973

1 33

Home Mission Work In Cities for the Sake of the World, October 1985

1 34

International Social Science Review, 1986-1987

1 35

Leonard, Bill J., One Denomination, Many Centers: The Southern Baptist Situation, 1995

1 36

Leonard, Bill J., Southern Baptists and Southern Culture, 1985

1 37

Letsinger, Norman H., The Status of Women in the Southern Baptist Convention in Historical Perspective, January 1977

1 38

Lolley, W. Randall, Last At The Cross- First At The Tomb, 1984

1 39

Magee, Nell, One Woman Speaks, August 1974

1 40

Mallory, Kathleen, Fifty Years of Organized Work by Southern Baptist Women [Baptist and Reflector, December 4, 1924], November 11, 1994

1 41

Mann, Gerald E., How We Got Women Deacons, April 1975

1 42

McBeth, Harry Leon, Role of Women in Southern Baptist History, January 1977

1 43

McBeth Leon, Ordination of Women, 1987

1 44

Methodist materials, 1990-1994, undated

1 45

Newsletter and newsclippings, 1995-1998

2 1-2

Noll, William T., You and I Are Partners: A Heritage for Clergy Couples in Nineteenth Century American Methodism, October 1987

2 3

Our Home Fields, undated

2 4

Patterson, Dorothy Kelley, Why I Believe Southern Baptist Churches Should Not Ordain Women, July 1988

2 5

Patterson, W. Morgan, Walter Rauschenbusch: Baptist Exemplar of Social Concern, July 1972

2 6

Ray, Cecil A., Missionary Motif of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1991

2 7

Routh, Porter W., Crises in Recent Southern Baptist Life, October 1981

2 8

Schmidt, Jean Miller, The Present State of United Methodist Historical Study, January 1990

2 9

Sehested, Nancy, Southern Baptist Women in Ministry: Vision, Goal, Strategy, and Tactics, 1983

2 10

Sehested, Nancy, Women and Ministry in Local Congregation, 1986

2 11

Sorrill, Bobbie, Annie Armstrong: Shaper of Missions, undated

2 12

Sorrill, Bobbie, Southern Baptist Laywomen in Missions, undated

2 13

Southern Baptist Convention, 1845, undated

2 14

Southern Baptist Convention Annual, 1891-1931

2 15-16

Southern Baptist Convention materials, 1985-1998

3 1

Southern Baptist Women materials, 1988-1998

3 2

Stagg, Frank and Evelyn, January 17, 1986

3 3

Stamp, John, The Female Advocate or the Preaching of Women, 1841

3 4

Stancil, Bill, Divergent Views and Practices of Ordination Among Southern Baptists since 1945, 1988

3 5

Stancil, Bill, Recent Patterns and Contemporary Trends in Deacon Life, 1990

3 6

United for Mission: Baptists in America, 1800-1845, A Sourcebook for Baptist Heritage, McBeth, 1990

3 7

Vickers, Gregory, Models of Womanhood and the Early Woman's Missionary Union, 1989

3 8

Vickers, Gregory, Southern Baptist Women and Social Concerns, 1910-1929, undated

3 9

Weatherford, Carolyn, Shaping of Leadership Among Southern Baptist Women, July 1987

3 10

Wingfield, Mark, Baptist Women Quietly Gaining Ground in Ministry Roles, January 26, 1993

3 11

Woman's Missionary Union Training School, undated

3 12

Women in the Ministry materials, 1898-1995

3 13

Women's Home Mission Society, 1912

3 14

Caralie Brown, Deacon Workshop, original, user and archival CD copies, November 15, 1993