William Stringfellow Papers,1940-1985

Collection Number: 4438

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
William Stringfellow papers, 1940-1985.
Collection Number:
4438
Creator:
William Stringfellow.
Quantity:
80.5 cubic ft.
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, newspaper articles and clippings, manuscripts, legal documents, flyers and tickets, scrapbooks, pamphlets, plaques, medals, yearbooks, cassette tapes, films, certificates, passports, posters, records.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Personal and professional effects of William Stringfellow, lawyer, theologian and social critic in Harlem, NY and Block Island, RI.
Language:
Collection material in English


BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

Lawyer, theologian, and social critic.
William Stringfellow was born in Johnston, Rhode Island on April 26, 1928. He received his higher education at Bates College, A.B., 1949, London School of Economics and Political Science, 1950, and Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1956; and served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1953 where he attained the rank of Sergeant First Class. He was very active in student Christian youth movements throughout this time. A lawyer in East Harlem from 1957 to 1967, he was a pioneer among the advocates of the war on poverty. In 1966, after a prolonged illness, he moved to Block Island, R.I. where he concentrated on ecclesiastical matters. He contributed regularly to theological and legal journals, was a guest lecturer at leading universities, law schools, and seminaries, and authored or co-authored at least fourteen books. He died on March 2, 1985.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The William Stringfellow collection consists of correspondence, including letters to and from Stringfellow; legal business documents, including court records, legal documents, and some correspondence dealing with his law business; materials relating to Bishop Pike; manuscripts by Stringfellow; manuscripts by others; publications with articles by or about Stringfellow; Block Island material, including legal, political, and historical information; Anthony Towne (poet and author, co-author with Stringfellow, and joint owner of the house on Block Island); materials relating to circuses, a hobby of Stringfellow's; newspapers and clippings; other magazines; printed matter; and miscellaneous photographs, scrapbooks, medals, plaques, yearbooks, tapes, certificates, passports, film (Who Do You Kill?), posters, and records.
Also, "An Annotated Bibliography of the Works of William Stringfellow," by Paul D. West, 1990.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Stringfellow, William.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Restrictions on use:
Letters from Anthony Towne to Jack Dowling may not be published without Dowling's written consent until 1 January 2015 or Dowling's death.
Cite As:
William Stringfellow papers, #4438. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
SERIES LIST

Series I. General Correspondence
Boxes 1-25
Letters to and from Stringfellow
Series II. Bishop Pike
Box 26
Materials dealing with Death and Life of Bishop Pike
Series III. Legal Business
Boxes 27-29
Court records, legal documents, and some correspondence dealing with his law business
Series IV. Manuscripts by Stringfellow
Boxes 30-35
Series V. Manuscripts by others
Boxes 36-39
Series VI. Magazines with Articles by or about Stringfellow
Box 40
Series VII. Block Island
Boxes 41-43
Materials pertaining to Block Island-legal, political history. Stringfellow was a Warden on Block Island from 1976-1978.
Series VIII. Anthony Towne Material
Boxes 44-45
Poet and author; co-author with Stringfellow, and joint owner of the house on Block Island
Series IX. Circus Materials
Boxes 46-47
Magazines, flyers, tickets, etc.
Series X. Newspapers
Boxes 48-54
Mostly clippings, various newsprint publications
Series XI. Other Magazines
Boxes 55-63
Mostly theological ( Sojourners, Witness, Christianity and Crisis, Presbyterian Survey, The Christian Century) and legal ( Harvard Law, New York State Bar Bulletin, Notre Dame Lawyer) with a few popular ones ( Esquire, New Yorker and Time).
Series XII. Printed Matter
Boxes 64-73
Includes any miscellaneous printed matter such as pages from magazines (excluding newspapers), books, pamphlets, flyers etc. and includes Xerox and mimeograph copies
Series XIII. Miscellaneous
Boxes 74-80
Photographs, scrapbooks, medals, plaques, yearbooks, tapes, certificates, passports, film: Who Do You Kill?, posters, records

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Series I. Correspondence
Box 1
1940-1952
Box 2
1953-1956
Box 3
1957-1958
Box 4
1959-1960
Box 5
1960-1961
Box 6
1962
Box 7
1963
Box 8
1964
Box 9
1964-1965
Box 10
1965
Box 11
1966
Box 12
1966-1967
Box 13
1967-1968
Box 14
1969-1970
Box 15
1970-1971
Box 16
1971-1972
Box 17
1973-1974
Box 18
1974-1975
Box 19
1975-1976
Box 20
1976-1977
Box 21
1978-1979
Box 22
1979-1980
Box 23
1980-1981
Box 24
1982-1984
Box 25
1984-1985
Box 25
Miscellaneous personal files
Series II. Bishop Pike
Box 26
Materials dealing with Death and Life of Bishop Pike
Series III. Legal Business
Box 27
Wendt and Monahan
Box 28
Monahan
Box 29
Miscellaneous
Box 30-35
Series IV. Stringfellow Manuscripts
Box 36-39
Series V. Manuscripts by Others
Box 40
Series VI. Publications with Articles by or about Stringfellow
Box 41-43
Series VII. Block Island Material
Box 44-46
Series VIII. Anthony Towne Material
Box 46-47
Series IX. Circus Materials
Box 48-54
Series X. Newspapers and Clippings
Box 55-63
Series XI. Other Magazines
Box 64-73
Series XII. Printed Materials
Series XIII. Miscellaneous
Box 74
Scrapbooks, 1944-1947
Box 75
Scrapbooks, 1947-1956
Box 76
Records, plaques and film
Box 77
Certificates and photographs
Box 78
Tapes, passports and memorabilia
Box 79
Photographs and yearbooks
Box 80
Posters, paintings, plaque
Box 81
Postcards and commercial photographs