Collection Title:

Charles R. Taber Papers, 1973-2007, undated


The Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement
Emmanuel Christian Seminary Library at Milligan
1 Walker Drive
Johnson City, TN 37682


Taber, Charles R.


Charles R. Taber Papers, 1973-2007, undated

Collection No.



2 cubic feet (2 boxes)




The Charles R. Taber Papers contain many course materials and writings of Charles R. Taber, a professor at Emmanuel School of Religion (now Emmanuel Christian Seminary) for many years.

Biographical Note:

Charles R. Taber was born in 1928 in Paris, France. After growing up as a child of missionaries, Taber returned to the missions field after receiving a degree from Bryan College and attending Grace Seminary. He also received a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D. from Hartford Seminary Foundation. Taber taught at Milligan College (now Milligan University) from 1973 to 1979 and then at Emmanuel School of Religion (now Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan) from 1979 to 1997. He was a prolific writer and editor in the field of missions. Taber passed away in 2007.


The collection was found in the Helsabeck Archives and was compiled of items from the reference files on Taber and two boxes. The papers of Charles R. Taber are divided into five series: I. Series: Emmanuel, 1973-2006, undated; II. Series: Writings, 1973-2007, undated; III. Series: Other Work, 1978-2001, undated; IV. Series: Personal, 1979-2005, undated; and V. Series: Photos, undated.

Scope and Content Note:

The papers of Charles R. Taber are organized into five series: Emmanuel, Writings, Other Work, Personal, and Photos.

The Emmanuel series spans 1973 to 2006 and contains undated material. This series mostly contains files on various courses Taber taught at Emmanuel School of Religion (now Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan). Other items in the series include class rosters and grades from undergraduate classes Taber taught for Milligan and other items related to his work at Emmanuel.

The Writings series spans 1973 to 2007 and contains undated material. This series consists of both published copies and unpublished drafts of Taber’s writings. Additionally, the series contains copies of some periodicals that he edited.

The Other Work series spans 1978 to 2001 and contains undated material. This series contains files on various other work that Taber did outside of Emmanuel and items related to his interests.

The Personal series spans 1979 to 2005 and contains undated material. This series contains biographical information, correspondence, and a couple pieces of writing from other authors.

The Photos series is undated. It contains one folder of work photos of Taber, many of them taken from a display.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:

Accession 2023-004

Note: There was no accession year available when this collection was processed, therefore the year when processing started is used for the accession record.

A copy of “Grace on the Fringe” by Gary R. Gilbert, M.Div. Thesis from Emmanuel School of Religion in 2007 was removed as it was only tangential to the collection.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Restricted files are marked in red. The files marked in red are due to FERPA and other sensitive data.

The archivist reserves the right to determine on a case-by-case basis if certain folders within the collection that have been requested for viewing cannot be made available due to various restriction compliance, including but not limited to student information, private personal information, and organizational information of a restricted nature.

Preferred Citation:

[Item], Charles R. Taber Papers, Collection HSC0013, The Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan, Johnson City, TN.

Processing Information:

Processed by Katherine N. Banks

Completed in 2023.

Folder List

Box 1

I. Series: Emmanuel, 1973-2006, undated

  • Administrative, 1988-1993, undated

  • Bruen, Rich, 1986-1989, undated

  • Chapel, 1983-2004, undated

  • Charles R. Taber Inaugural, 1979-1980

  • The Church 2020, 2005

  • Class Materials, 1987-2005, undated

  • Class Records, 1973-1992, undated

  • CMM Position, 1996-1997

  • CMM 531 – Theology & Mission, 1992-1996

  • CMM 541 – Cultures, 1985-1996

  • CMM 542 – Cross-Cultural, 1986-1996

  • CMM 551 – Principles & Methods of Evangelism, 1989-1997

  • CMM 601 – The Church in National and Global Context, 1988-1995

  • CMM 635 – Bible Translation, 1986-2005

  • CMM/CH 661 – The Church in Africa, 1994

  • CMM 701 – Seminar: Accountability, 1980-1995

  • CMM 701 – Seminar: Church Growth, 1987-1996

  • CMM 701 – Seminar: Ecclesiology & Evangelism, 1983-1995

  • CMM 701 – Seminar: Liberation Theology, 1982

  • CMM 701 – Seminar: Muslim Doctrines, 1980

  • CMM 701 – Seminar: Tribal Religions, 1989

  • CMM 701 – Seminar: Urban Ministry, 1988

  • CMM 701 – Seminar in World Mission, 1988

  • CMM 701 – Third World, 1986-1993

  • CMM 800 – Church Trends, 1992-1994

  • CMM 810 – Mission in Local Ministry, 1994-1995

  • CMM 820 – World Missions and World Trends, 1997

  • CMM 8200 – World Missions and World Trends, 2001-2005

  • Directories, 2006

  • D.Min. Program, 2005

  • Eleanor Daniel Tenure, 1993-1997, undated

  • Master’s Degree, 2004-2006, undated

  • New Course, 1995

  • Recommendations, 1994-2004

  • Student Information, 2006, undated

  • Syllabi, 1975-1985

  • Thesis Orals, 1982-1992, undated

  • Theta Phi, 1981-1993

II. Series: Writings, 1973-2007, undated

  • Articles in Prep, 1982-1992, undated

  • Bibliographies, 1978-1986, undated

  • Drafts, 1988-1989, undated

  • Gospel in Context, 1978-1979

  • International Bulletin, 2002-2007

  • Milligan Missiogram, 1973-1980

  • Notes, undated

Box 2

  • Published, 1969-1987

  • Published, 1992-2005, undated

  • Speeches, 1974-2001, undated

  • Unpublished, 1984-1989, undated

III. Series: Other Work, 1978-2001, undated

  • Antioch Project, 1997

  • China and the Church Today, 1979

  • Missions, 1978-2001, undated

  • Overseas Ministry Study Center, 1986-1989

  • Theological Students Fellowship, 1979-1987

  • Toronto Institute of Linguistics, 1987

  • Winnipeg Theological Seminary, 1988

IV. Series: Personal, 1979-2005, undated

  • Biographical, 1979-1994

  • Correspondence, 1981-2005

  • Others’ Writings, 2004, undated

V. Series: Photos, undated

  • Photos, undated

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