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Jerry Wallace Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BC668

Scope and Contents

The Reverend Jerry Wallace Papers, 1844-1978, consist of 4 cubic feet of correspondence, diaries, sermons, speeches, clippings, radio scripts from KCEE Tucson, Arizona, scrapbooks, church bulletins/newsletters, and other printed matter. Wallace’s career as a priest in the Episcopal Church in Arkansas, Illinois, and Arizona is documented in the collection, as well as his literary interests. The collection is divided into three series: Personal File, 1878-1978; Professional File, 1907-1978; and Literary File, 1844-1980. The Personal File, 1878-1982 (Boxes 1-2) is arranged chronologically and contains personal correspondence between Jerry Wallace and his wife, Leonora Swilling Wallace; diaries, books, and notes; clippings, greeting cards, and scrapbooks. Topics include travel in Great Britain, church history, and his ministry. Correspondents also include Vachel Lindsay and P.V.H. Weems, an eighth cousin of Parson Weems. The Professional File, 1907-1978 (Boxes 2-4) is arranged chronologically and contains church bulletins, sermons, newspaper clippings used as sources for sermons, poems, and other items such as radio talks and printed matter relating to church news and business concerning the three parishes where Wallace served in Forrest City, Arkansas; Springfield, Illinois; and Grace Church, Tucson, Arizona. The Literary File, 1844-1980 (Box 4) is arranged by topic and includes writings by Bishop Winchester on the Old South, a visit to Great Britain in conjunction with an annual dinner in honor of Charles Lamb, church histories, and genealogical writings with a reference to Mentor Graham and E.T. Goldsby. Major family names include Goldsby, Graham, and Wallace. Also included are literary club lists, plays, book reviews (1966), poems, and material regarding his essay “The Strange Career of Parson Weems." Correspondents in this file include Ernest G. Crowsley, a former president of the Charles Lamb Society, and P.V.H. Weems, an eighth cousin of Parson Weems.


  • Created: 1844-1982
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1984


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research


4.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Jerry Wallace (1894-1982) was an Episcopal clergyman, ordained 1916. He served congregations in Illinois (Christ Church, Springfield, Illinois), and Tucson, Arizona. He was a member of the Charles Lamb Society and various historical and genealogical societies. The collection includes correspondence, speeches, sermons, radio talks, diaries (4 volumes), pocket diaries, Charles Lamb Society annual reports (1956-1962), newspaper clippings, genealogical material, printed material, church bulletins, church histories, poetry, and greeting cards (1975). Subjects include Episcopal Church history; travel in Great Britain; Charles Lamb Literary Society; Episcopal Churches of Forrest City, Arkansas and Springfield, Illinois; Grace Church, Tucson, Arizona; and Parson Weems. Correspondents include his wife Leonora Swilling Wallace; Vachel Lindsay; Ernest G. Crowsley, a former president of the Charles Lamb Society; and P. V. H. Weems, an eighth cousin of Parson Weems. Genealogical material includes mention of Mentor Graham. Other family names include Goldsby, Graham, and Wallace.

Arrangement Note

The collection is divided into three series: Series 1, Personal File, 1878-1978; Series 2, Professional File, 1907-1978; and Series 3, Literary File, 1844-1980. Series 3 is further divided into five sub-series: Sub-series 1, Bishop Winchester; Sub-series 2, Charles Lamb Society; Sub-series 3, Church History; Sub-series 4, Genealogy; and Sub-series 5, Other Writings.

Accruals and Additions


Separated Materials

11 photographs and 12 published items were transferred out of the collection.
Archon Finding Aid Title
Galen Wickline, Cheryl Schnirring, and Karl Janssen
Description rules
Other Unmapped
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Script of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

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