Mordecai Fowler Ham papers

Abstract

The Mordecai Fowler Ham papers (dated 1940-1957; 1.1 cubic feet; 2 boxes, 1 package) consist of sermons, typescripts, newsletters, and a scrapbook, documenting Ham's career as an evangelist Baptist preacher.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Mordecai Fowler Ham papers
Date
1940-1957 (inclusive)
Creator
Ham, M. F. (Mordecai Fowler), Jr.
Extent
1.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Sermons.
Baptists -- Clergy.
Baptists -- Clergy -- Biography.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Amanda M. Reeve
Preferred Citation
62m105 : [identification of item], Mordecai Fowler Ham papers, 1940-1957, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Baptist preacher, Mordecai Fowler Ham, Jr. (1877-1961) was born in Allen County, Kentucky to Tobias Ham, also a preacher. Ham atteneded Ogden College in Bowling Green, Kentucky. From 1896 until 1900, Ham lived and worked in Chicago, Illinois. An American Independent Baptist evangelist, Ham left his business career and devoted himself full-time to his ministry in 1900. He conducted tent revival meetings across the south, particularly in Texas. His most famous convert was Billy Graham, who was born again in 1934. In addition to tent revivals, Ham preached from his radio show based in Louisville and published a newspaper entitled The Old Kentucky Home Revivalist. Ham's career was hampered by his racist, anti-Catholic, and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
Ham married Bessie Simmons in 1900. The marriage lasted until her deathin 1905. In 1907, he married Annie Laurie Smith; they had three daughters.
Scope and Content
The Mordecai Fowler Ham papers (dated 1940-1957; 1.1 cubic feet; 2 boxes, 1 package) consist of sermons, typescripts, newsletters, and a scrapbook, documenting Ham's career as an evangelist Baptist preacher. The sermons were written by Ham and some of them were broadcast on Ham's radio show. The Civil War scrapbook contains a Boston address directory which has newspaper clippings pasted onto the pages. The book dates are around the year 1851. The original creator of the scrapbook is unknown. The book was found, and then select pages were transcribed and put together into the transcript 'Lost and Found'. While the transcription is undated, the creator was Isabel McLennan McMeekin. The first book does not have a specific title, but the topic discussed is about the Second Coming of Christ. The second book is entitled Battle Front Messages. It is an annotated copy. The biography layout is a book that Edward Ham was writing about the life of Mordecai Ham. The layout is only of pictures and chapter pages that were to be included in the book. The newsletters are a series called Old Kentucky Home Revivalist. They were written and published by Mordecai Ham. The scrapbook has newspaper clippings from the Houston Post and the Galveston News glued onto the pages. The articles are about events in Mordecai Ham's life, they date from November 13, 1906 through January 19, 1907.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Sermons, 1940 May-June

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Sermons, 1940 June-July

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Sermons, 1947

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Sermons, 1948

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Sermons, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5-6
  • Box 2, folder 1
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The Second Coming typescript, undated

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Battle Front Messages typescript, 1950

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Ham biography layout, undated

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Old Kentucky Home Revivalist newsletter, 1940-1957

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Scrapbook, 1906 November 13-1907 January 19

  • Item 1
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