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William Tell Brooks Papers

Finding Aid & Inventory

William Tell Brooks (1809-1883) was a native of Chatham County, North Carolina, and an alumnus of Wake Forest College (1839). This collection contains biographical and genealogical materials, sermons, notebooks, and his student diaries.

Biographical and Historical Note

William Tell Brooks (1809-1883) was a native of Chatham County, North Carolina, and an alumnus of Wake Forest College (1835). He was ordained at Rives' Chapel in May 1835. He later worked as a tutor (1843-1846) and Assistant Professor of Languages (1846-1858) at the College. Additionally, he served as President of the College's Board of Trustees and President of the Baptist State Convention of N.C. (1869-1874). Brooks was also pastor of First Baptist Church in Henderson, N.C., Mount Vernon Baptist Church, and Forestville Baptist Church.

Collection Overview

This collection contains materials related to William Tell Brooks, including biographical and genealogical materials, 1862-1883, undated; sermons; notebooks; Wake Forest College alumni information, including his alumni address from 1859; and student notebooks dated 1834-1837.

The collection is organized into four series: Series 1. Literary Productions: Articles; Series 2. Literary Productions: Sermons; Series 3. Notes/Notebooks; Series 4. Wake Forest College.

Collection Inventory

  • Biographical Information Box 1 Folder 1
  • Photograph (undated) Box 1 Folder 2
  • Literary Productions: Articles (undated)
    • Political Economy (undated) Box 1 Folder 3
  • Literary Productions: Sermons (undated)
    • Choice of Moses Box 1 Folder 4
    • Correct Principle Box 1 Folder 5
    • The Dreadful Meeting Box 1 Folder 6
    • Happiness of the Wicked Box 1 Folder 7
    • Man, His Brother's Keeper Box 1 Folder 8
    • The Old Paths Box 1 Folder 9
    • Paul the Model Missionary Box 1 Folder 10
    • Paul the Model Preacher Box 1 Folder 11
    • The Pearl of Great Price Box 1 Folder 12
    • Sabbath School Box 1 Folder 13
    • Slow Progress of the Gospel Box 1 Folder 14
    • Usefulness is the Surest Way to Greatness Box 1 Folder 15
    • Value of Knowledge Box 1 Folder 16
    • Walking Worthy of God Box 1 Folder 17
  • Notes and Notebooks (undated)
    • Theology Notes Box 1 Folder 18
    • Miscellaneous Notebooks Box 1 Folder 19
  • Wake Forest College (1834-1859)
    • Alumni Address (1859) Box 1 Folder 20
    • Student Diaries (1834-1837) Box 1 Folder 22
    • Resignation Letter (1858 June 8) Box 1 Folder 21

Summary Information

Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Creator - Creator
Brooks, W. T., 1809-1883
William Tell Brooks Papers
Date [inclusive]
1834-1883, undated
0.42 linear feet  1 document box

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2014
Revision Description
 Revised by Stephanie Bennett October 2016
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for research. 
Preferred Citation
William Tell Brooks Papers (MS12), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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