Scope and arrangement
The Will Herzfeld Papers are divided into Personal Papers, Correspondence, and materials related to Herzfeld's clerical as well as secular professional activities.
The Will Herzfeld papers are arranged in four series:
Herzfeld's PERSONAL PAPERS,1964-1989, n.d. series includes a miscellania of items, such as schedules, invitations, and lists. It also contains press releases and newspaper clippings by and about the Rev. Will Herzfeld spanning from 1967 to 1989, minutes of a Tuscaloosa Citizens for Action Committee in 1964, photocopies of pages from a photograph album (which has been transferred to the Prints and Photographs Division) containing photographs and typewritten text pertaining to the Tuscaloosa boycott of white-owned businesses in downtown Tuscaloosa in June 1964. The series also contains three hand-written and type-written speeches from 1983, 1986, n.d.
Herzfeld's CORRESPONDENCEis scattered throughout the period, 1967 to 1984, n.d., and includes letters, memos, and telegrams. The bulk of the letters are administrative and business in nature, primarily between Herzfeld and other Lutheran bodies. In 1984 he received numerous letters congratulating him on his appointment as bishop of the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. These were removed from a photograph album and arranged chronologically with the other correspondence. Only a few of the letters of this series are of a personal nature.
The materials in the series, PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES--CLERICAL,1967-1989, n.d. consists of memorial and anniversary journals of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1989, n.d., church programs and bulletins of forums in which Herzfeld participated from 1967 to 1989, minutes of a board meeting of the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches in 1987 during Herzfeld's term as bishop, and a broadside of Gospel Concert and Worship Service commemorating the Rev. Dr. Marting Luther King, Jr. on January 15 (no year) [filed under Martin Luther King, Jr.in Broadside Collection]. In addition, the series contains souvenir journals and periodicals regarding the merging of the three main Lutheran churches in 1988 and the Report & Recommendations of the Commission for a New Lutheran Church.Also in the series are papers regarding the Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue, 1985.
The contents of the last series, PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES--SECULAR,1971-1990 encompass programs of secular forums in which he took part as well as a final communique, press statement, draft appeal, schedule, and report on the meeting of youth and students from the International Conference-Dialogue for Disarmament and Detente.
Also in the series is a broadside of The Second Annual Black Odyssey Festival, May 16-23, 1971 in which appears a photograph of Herzfeld [filed under Black Odyssey Festivalin Broadsides Collection]. Finally, a publication produced in 1987 by the California Attorney General's Commission on Racial, Ethnic, Religious and Minority Violence, of which Herzfeld was a member, is included in this series.