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Rev. John R. Jester Papers, 1898-1963

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This collection is arranged by types of material.

Scope and Contents

The Jester papers consist published and unpublished material in the form of newspaper clippings of Jester’s sermons and addresses, typescripts, pamphlets, church bulletins, and scrapbooks that relate to his church work. Many of the manuscripts were produced while Jester was on the Education Board of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

There are four scrapbooks of mostly newspaper clippings, two having no covers. One is focused on Jester’s biography and writings, and includes some family history and clippings about his early pastorates. One covers 1918-1939 and consists of clippings regarding revivals and preaching; includes lists with the number of preaching engagements and revivals, conversions, and funds raised. The third contains clippings from 1898 through 1937; includes his first published sermon in 1898. The fourth scrapbook is referred to as his Kentucky scrapbook and covers 1939 to 1943. In addition to clippings about his Winchester, Ky. pastorate, it includes clippings and condolence letters regarding the death of his son, Rev. Harold T. Jester [Furman Class of 1934, Furman Instructor in Greek 1936-1938], in 1943.