This collection is divided into five series, with three further divided into subseries. Each contains folders organized chronologically, followed by folders containing undated items.
Series 1, Correspondence
Series 2, Published and unpublished material
Subseries 1, Edwin McNeill Poteat
Subseries 2, Gordon Poteat
Series 3, Gordon Poteat
Subseries 1, Lectures & Essays
Subseries 2, Sermon Journals and Notebooks
Subseries 3, Record Books, Notebooks
Subseries 4, Church Bulletins, Reports
Series 4, Reference Subject Material
Subseries 1, Published
Subseries 2, Subject Essays (by others)
Subseries 3, Subject Files
Subseries 4, Reference Publications
Series 5, Miscellanea
Scope and Contents
The Poteat Family Papers contain correspondence, articles, pamphlets, booklets, magazines, lectures and essays, notebooks, sermons, church bulletins and reports, programs, photographs, a DVD, and maps.
The correspondence is to and from both Edwin and Gordon, but the majority belongs to Gordon. The first item is an 1891 telegram announcing Gordon Poteat’s birth. There are a few letters of Edwin’s from 1922 and 1929. Gordon’s correspondence starts in 1931, on University of Shanghai letterhead describing his experiences, also Japanese attack of Shanghai in 1932. There is a 1936 letter to Gordon from his father on Furman University letterhead. Edwin passed in June 1937, and the remaining correspondence is Gordon’s. Some correspondence is marked with a red “1” which means it was “found” in the library in 1959 and added to this collection later.
The published material for both men consists of articles and leaflets, as well as newspaper clippings of Gordon’s column “Everyday Religion,” 1964-1975 that was published in book form in 1973; the unpublished material consists of typescript articles.
The remaining collection is Gordon’s, with the majority consisting of sermon journals and notebooks. Gordon kept records from his time at City Park Baptist Church, Denver Colo. and First Baptist Church, Lewisburg, Pa. Contents of some of the notebooks was taken out and foldered.
The record books and notebooks contain a diary by “Doris G. Chandler, Ting Hsien [China], September 9 ”. Chandler spent six months in China, taking took part in a mass educational program that was underway and was associated with the noted Dr. C.C. Chen, who was in charge of the health program and with Dr. Y.C. James Yen, who pioneered in a mass education movement in China. The diary contains a thorough explanation of the program, and notes on her experiences.
The Subject Essays and files were used as lecture material.