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Harrell, Flynn T., Collection on the Separation of Church and State
Papers, 1948-present, 17.5 ft + published works
A native of Columbia, South Carolina and a lifetime advocate for religious liberty, Flynn Thomas Harrell was born in 1934. Raised as a Baptist, Harrell learned early on of the Baptist belief in the separation of church and state. Harrell became enamored with the idea and has dedicated his life to the study and promotion of religious liberty. While his formal education was in accounting and his official work in finance and government, Harrell maintained a robust and fulfilling connection to the cause of religious liberty.
Collection Finding Aid (pdf, 15 pages)
This artificial collection, as its title implies, documents the separation of Church and State in the United States. Created by Harrell, the materials were gathered from a variety of sources, including the Americans for Religious Liberty (ARL), the Council on Religious Freedom, and the Americans United Research Foundation. The majority of organizational materials are from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) and the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty (BJC). The collection includes Vertical Files documenting a range of issues, key individuals, and major events all linked to the separation of church and state and chiefly date from the early 1960s.