The Robert Burns Eleazer Papers (1877–1973) include correspondence and writings by Eleazer as well as newspaper clippings, course and program outlines, press releases and pamphlets. There are several autobiographical writings as well as a transcription of Mr. Eleazer being interviewed by historian John Egerton shortly before Mr. Eleazer’s death in 1973. Writings by others include reviews, articles, pamphlets and student papers.
Eleazer’s manuscripts are divided into several series including Methodism and Christianity, Anti-War writings, writings on Economic and Political Issues in the South and, most prominently, Race Relations. Within the Race Relations series is a subseries on Education which includes material from Eleazer’s twenty years as Education Director of the Commission on Interracial Cooperation as well as his subsequent five years as Special Worker in Race Relations for the Methodist Board of Education. This series includes outlines for courses and programs on race relations at the college, high school and adult education level. Additionally, the collection includes a large scrapbook containing extensive documentation of Eleazer’s years with the Methodist Board of Education. Letters, essays, clippings and pamphlets make this a fascinating document of civil rights work in the 1940’s. The Eleazer Papers also include press releases from both the Commission on Interracial Cooperation and the Methodist Board of Education and a collection of pamphlets and brochures produced by the CIC for their educational efforts in the South.
The Papers consist of 4 Hollinger boxes (1.668 linear feet) and one flat box containing a large scrapbook. The bulk of the materials come from the 1920’s through the late 1940’s.