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Paul David Nelson Papers, c. 1970-2021

By Lori Myers-Steele

Collection Overview

Title: Paul David Nelson Papers, c. 1970-2021

ID: RG 09/9.33

Creator: Nelson, Paul David -- 1941-

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes

Arrangement: Correspondence sorted by subject.

Languages: English [eng]


Paul David Nelson (Dave) came from Patrick County, Virginia to attend Berea College, graduating in 1965. He went on to Duke University for a master’s degree and then a Ph.D. After a brief stint at Villanova University, he returned to Berea to teach in 1970, becoming Julian-Van Dusen professor in 1993. From 1992 to 2003 he served as chair of the History Department.  Nelson won the Seabury Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1996 and retired from Berea College in 2005.

Nelson published eight biographies of Revolutionary War era military leaders, both British and American, and numerous articles. He has been a sought after contributor to biographical reference works (notably Oxford’s new Dictionary of National Biography). Apart from his legendary “dead generals,” he has written on Berea’s own history, and has served for years as Berea’s representative on the editorial board of the University Press of Kentucky.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These are the papers of Paul David Nelson, history professor at Berea College from 1970 to 2005.  Materials consist primarily of Nelson’s correspondence on a variety of subjects regarding Berea College.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Folder 9 contains restricted materials. Federal copyright regulations apply to all materials.

Preferred Citation: [Item/Folder/Box], RG 09/9.33: Paul David Nelson Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Finding aid created 2016. Materials added and finding aid updated January 2021.

Box and Folder Listing

College Archive Record Group 9.33Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1A: Curriculum Vitae, 2021Add to your cart.
Includes letter sent to Archives (2021)
Folder 1B: Correspondence: Regarding Berea College and Christian Identity, Christian Commitment, 1995-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: Regarding Closed-door Visitation, 1996-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence: Regarding Stephenson Manuscript, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence: Regarding Student-Life Reorganization Plan, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence: Regarding Strategic Planning with regard to Christian Commitment (1996)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence: Various Topics Regarding various topics including visiting historians, Publications Committee, Committee on General Education, history education, service award nomination (1991-2000)Add to your cart.
Topics include: visiting historians, Publications Committee, Committee on General Education, history education, service award nomination (1991-2000)
Folder 7: Correspondence: Regarding “Is Berea a Christian College” in reference to Robert Schneider’s Letter to a New Student (1996-1998)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence: Regarding Rejection of Thomas Sowall for Honorary DegreeAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: RESTRICTED: Correspondence regarding ACE League (1996) and Faculty Grievance and Appeals Committee Deliberation (1993) - RESTRICTEDAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: The "Deep State" Regime: Its Practices and Pathologies, June 24, 2019Add to your cart.
Written by Paul David Nelson
Folder 11: Polls and Editorials/Articles regarding Abortion, 2011-2020Add to your cart.
Articles and editorials written by Nelson