The Register





In 1962 the Virginia Baptist Historical Society launched an annual scholarly journal entitled The Virginia Baptist Register. Its goal from the beginning was to present previously unpublished articles which primarily aimed at early periods of Baptist history in Virginia. There have been 52 issues published as of 2013 with a total running page count of 3,702 pages. Every five years the issues are thoroughly indexed in separately printed indexes. The indexes alone form a useful tool for researchers and can refer the researcher to a specific article of possible interest.

 For further information on the current issue as well as on ordering a full set of back issues, please scroll down this page.  For specific articles, click on the Register Articles to the left.  Libraries, historians and genealogists would find a complete set of the indexes to the over 50 years of journal articles to be a valuable addition to their shelves.  A complete set of 10 indexes - a value of $100 - can still be ordered for $30 plus $5 for s&h. 

The current issue is #52, 2013, which carries the separate title of Powerful Preachers.  It features an overview of Virginia Baptist preachers of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.  It includes feature articles on the following:  William E. Hatcher, Joshua Brown Hutson, James Edward Hutson and Jeremiah Bell Jeter.  The Jeter article was written by Arden Sizemore, the Heritage Center's Heritage Fellow for 2012-13.  She transcribed sermons written by Jeter in the Civil War.  Also included is an article by Fred Anderson on his portrayals of William E. Hatcher and the award-winning essay by Rachel Cook on racial reconciliation.  Michael Whitt has compiled a listing of African-American Baptist preachers serving in Virginia in the years immediately following the Civil War.  Powerful Preachers (VBR #52, 2013) can be ordered for $17.80 including tax and s&h.

In mid-2013 the Historical Society published the Virginia Baptist Register, #51 (2012) which carries the separate title of MY DEAR DOCTOR MAC.  It is a 500 page new biography of Dr. George White McDaniel, a leader who both reflected and shaped the times in which he lived.  He served as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1924-27 and was instrumental in saving the denomination from financial ruin and from division over the controversy of his times - evolution.  He took a stand for religious liberty and church/state separation by opposing a compulsory Bible reading bill in Virginia.  The biography is based upon research in the 25,000 items in the McDaniel collection at the Virginia Baptist Historical Society.  Gone for almost 90 years, Dr. Mac lives again through this new story of his life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
The current issue, #52 dated 2013, carries a separate title of Powerful Preachers and treats Virginia Baptist preachers of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.  It includes articles on William E. Hatcher, Jeremiah Bell Jeter, Joshua Brown Hutson, James Edward Hutson as well as an article by Fred Anderson on his portrayals of William E. Hatcher.  Also included is a listing of African-American Baptist preachers serving in Virginia in the years immediately following the Civil War.  Copies can be ordered for $17.80 including tax and s&h.  Send checks to Elsie Richards, VBHS, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.
The Register No. 51 2012 carries the special title of MY DEAR DOCTOR MAC and it is  is an extensive biography of Dr. George White McDaniel (1875-1927) who was a minister and denominational leader, serving three terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1924-27.  During his tenure as president, the SBC faced tremendous controversy over evolution as well as a crisis over great debt.  The biography was drawn from reading some 25,000 letters in the McDaniel collection.  It includes both the personal and the denominational story.  Copies of the new issue with the "My Dear Doctor Mac" biography are $20 plus $1 sales tax plus $4 for s&h.  Send checks to VBHS, P.O. Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173
The Register #50 dated 2011 features the Society's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of emancipation in an enlarged issue which itself is entitled "free indeed!"  It includes a lengthy examination of the trials and triumphs of Virginia's enslaved and freedmen especially as relates to the Virginia Baptist story.  The extensive "free indeed!" article was written by Michael Whitt, special projects assistant at the Historical Society.  He did extensive work in examining over 200 antebellum church record books in the Society's archives while compiling the massive name registry of some 50,000 names of slaves, freedmen and white surnames.  It was from his examination of the old records that the book, "free indeed!", which also is the 50th issue of the Register, emerged.  The issue also includes several period accounts of slave days.  Also there is an article celebrating the 50th issue itself and looking across the last half-century of the Register's contribution to the study of Baptist history and heritage.  Copies of the 50th issue, the 2011 issue, "free indeed!", are sent to annual members of the VBHS.  Others may order a copy for $15.75 plus $5 for shipping and handling.  Send checks to VBHS, Box 34, University of Richmond, VA 23173.

In 2010 the Virginia Baptist Register featured the biography of George Braxton Taylor (1860-1942) who was a prominent minister and the founder of the Sunbeams, the organization to teach children about missions.  His life was full of the glad and the sad and hence the title of the lengthy biographical treatment, "Sunbeams & Shadows."  Fred Anderson, executive director of the Virginia Baptist Historical Society, read some 12,500 pages of Taylor's diary which stretches over many years as well as other source materials to write this first definitive biography of Taylor. Copies of the 49th issue, the 2010 issue, "Sunbeams & Shadows," can be ordered for $10.50 plus $3 for shipping and handling. 

To submit articles for possible inclusion in future issues, send copy to:
Editor, VBR
Virginia Baptist Historical Society
P.O. Box 34
University of Richmond, Va. 23173
The Society cannot supply a full run of the 52 back issues. It can supply a full run of all but four issues and the four can be supplied as photocopies which can be kept separately from the full set.
A full run as described can be supplied while issues last for $295 (regular price $555). In addition, a set of indexes can be purchased for $30. Individual issues of the indexes can be ordered for $12.00 each. Members receive the current Register with their annual membership.  To order the Register send your order and check made payable to the Virginia Baptist Historical Society to:
Elsie Richards
VBR Subscriptions & Orders Dept.
VBHS
P.O. Box 34
University of Richmond, Va. 23173

 
 
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