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Papers of Judson Eber Conant - Collection 76

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Judson Eber Conant

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Lists of Books, Oversize Materials, and Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)
    Oversize Materials
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)

Brief Description.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, sermon notes and personal notes relating to the ministry of Judson Eber Conant. The collection also contains ordination materials and his examination for a preaching license. Of particular interest in the oversize collection is Conant's license to preach.

Collection 76 [November 30, 2000]
Conant, Judson Eber; 1867-1955
Papers; 1875-1955
1 box (1 DC; .2 cubic feet), Books, Oversize Materials, Photographs


Copyrights to all published books and pamphlets in this collection were retained by the donor. For more information, contact:

Mrs. Louis Conant Gill
3303 - 45th Street
San Diego, CA 92105

Forms to be sent to the contact person should be obtained form the staff in the Reading Room.


Judson Eber Conant was born June 18, 1867, to Eber Maxwell and Sarah A. Cribbenden. He grew up in a rather poor home as his father died when he was six years old. Conant was converted at the age of eleven and later attended Colgate in Hamilton, New York. Prior to leaving for school in 1889, he worked for two years as bookkeeper and cashier of the Evening Courier in Jackson, Michigan.

He was called to his first pastorate in Springport, Michigan, in 1892 where membership jumped from twenty to sixty in one year. His next church was in West Superior, Wisconsin, where membership grew from twelve to seventy-six. Among the other churches he pastored were Rogers Park Baptist Church, Chicago, Illinois (1895), First Baptist Church, Dubuque, Iowa (1899), Chicago Avenue Church (1903), and Tremont Temple, Boston, Massachusetts.

Conant was a prolific writer producing numerous volumes on evangelism. Some of the following titles are found among his works: Every Member Evangelism; Conversational Evangelism; Soul Winning Evangelism; The Church, the Schools and Evolution; Safe and Sane Evangelism; How to Get Decisions in Personal Work; Dictatorship in Pulpit and Pew; and The Growing Menace of the "Social Gospel".

[NOTE: In the Scope & Content section, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2, folder 5.]

Scope and Content

This is a very small collection of materials pertaining to Rev. Judson E. Conant's life and ministry. Folder 1-1 contains a small amount of correspondence from 1890-1929. Two letters are from Conant's mother written to him while he was in school at Colgate. The remaining correspondence relates to business matters including a very interesting letter concerning a possible inheritance in the late 1890s.

Folders 1-2 and 1-6 contain Conant's examination for a preaching license and his ordination papers. The ordination materials include the names of the examination committee, minutes of the meeting, and a copy of the resolution passed recommending Conant for ordination into the ministry.

There are a couple of folders (1-4 and 1-7) containing assorted sermon notes, sermons and outlines for use in his ministry. All the notes are undated so the places of usage are uncertain. Folder 1-5 is a collection of newspaper clippings mostly detailing Conant's early ministry, 1890-1900, but also including his funeral notice in 1955. There are several undated clippings from an assortment of locations that do not relate to Conant specifically but were items probably used as notes.



The materials in this collection were received by the BGC Archives in April 1979 from Mrs. Louise Conant Gill.

Accession 79-33
August 1, 1979
Mary Ann Buffington
G. Gallup
S. Kouns

Accession 79-33
Type of Material: Books
The following items have been given to the BGC LIBRARY (now Evangelism & Missions Collection of the Wheaton College Archives & Special Collection):

Conant, Judson E. A Jailor Begs for Salvation or What I Do to Be Saved. (Fundamental Truth Publishers; n.d.).

______. Can Northern Baptists Stay Together. (n.d.).

______. The Church, The Schools, and Evolution. (The Bible Institute Colportage Assn.; 1922).

______. Conversational Evangelism. (Moody Bible Institute; n.d.).

______. Dictatorship in Pulpit and Pen. (Fundamental Truth Publishers; n.d.).

______. Did You Know This? (1947).

______. Do You Like Good News? (n.d.).

______. Every-Member Evangelism in Operation. (Drake Press; 1928).

______. Good News Correspondence Course for Soul Winners. (Bedrock Press; 1947).

______. The Growing Menace of the Social Gospel. (The Bible Institute Colportage Assn.; 1937).

______. How to Do Visitation Evangelism. (Moody Press; 1957).

______. I Called on Mrs. John Doe. (Bedrock Press; 1950).

______. Is Visitation Evangelism Optional? (Southern California Baptist Convention; n.d.).

______. O For a Heaven-sent Revival! (n.d.).

______. Revival or Revolution. (Southern California Baptist Convention; n.d.).

______. Safe and Sane Evangelism. (Moody Bible Institute; n.d.).

______. Soul-Winning Evangelism. (Zondervan; 1963).

______. Truth for Students. (Truth for Students; 1936).

______. Why All Good People Will Be Lost. (Moody Press; 1935).


Accession 79-33
Type of Material: Oversize Materials
The following item(s) are located in the OS FILE. Request by folder titles at the beginning of each entry below:

DIPLOMA FROM ALBION HIGH SCHOOL & LICENSE TO PREACH (0S 12). Judson E. Conant's diploma from Albion High School, Albion, MI, 1885; and Conant's license to preach by the First Baptist Church of Jackson, MI, 1890.


Accession 79-33
Type of Material: Photographs
The following item(s) are located in the PHOTO FILE unless otherwise noted. Request by the folder titles at the beginning of each entry below:

CONANT, JUDSON EBER. Photographs of Judson E. Conant; also include his brother, Charles E. Conant, and other group shots. c. 1875 - c. 1955. 18 b&w.


Box Folder Item
1 1 Correspondence; 1885-1929, n.d.
1 2 Examination for preaching license; 1890
1 3 Miscellaneous Materials; n.d.
1 4 Miscellaneous Notes and Notebook; n.d.
1 5 Newspaper Clippings; 1890-1955, n.d.
1 6 Ordination Materials; 1893
1 7 Sermon Notes, Statement of Faith; 1890, n.d.

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