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Malcolm Boyd collection

Repository: Boston University. Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Collection Description (CRHP): Box 10 contains an article on black and white Christianity by Boyd as well as two articles he wrote in 1965 on violence in Los Angeles and another titled 'Mississippi Report.' There is some correspondence with between Boyd and social justice activists of the day including William Sloane Coffin and Dave Dellinger. The 1975 Addenda listing of the finding aid reveals that there are tapes of a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. at the University of Michigan on WVOM, April 1, 1971 as well as many talks given by Boyd and interviews of him from the late 1960s through mid-1970s.

Collection Description (Extant): Before he became an ordained Episcopal priest, Malcolm Boyd (1923 - ) had worked in advertising and the entertainment industry, including a stint as a partner with movie pioneer Mary Pickford in the production company PRB, Inc. After his ordination, he served as chaplain at both Colorado State College and Wayne State University, where he became noted for his controversial outreach programs that included visiting coffee houses and working with both the civil rights and the anti-war movements. He gained national prominence with the publication of the best-selling, unorthodox book of prayers, Are You Running with Me, Jesus? (Holt, 1965). In the late 1970s, Boyd publicly disclosed his homosexuality, but not without repercussions from the more conservative members of the clergy. Still, he continued with his ministry serving in the Episcopal diocese of Los Angeles, as well as writing several acclaimed books.

The Malcolm Boyd collection includes manuscripts, subject files, correspondence, printed material, photographs, audio recordings, films, and personal memorabilia . . . .

Audio recordings in the collection include reel-to-reel tapes and phonograph records. Subjects include: Boyd's ordination to the priesthood; performances of Boyd's plays; readings and speeches; interviews; and performances with Charlie Byrd. The recordings date from the 1950s to 1975. A significant section of recordings are cassette tapes of Boyd's sermons at the St. Augustine by the Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica, California (1980s-1990s).

Films in the collection include a print of Hugh Hefner interviewing Boyd on Playboy After Dark; four digital video discs of interviews with Boyd regarding his life and times; and miscellaneous video cassette recordings.

Digital Status: Partial

Extent: 56 boxes

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Malcolm Boyd

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Civil rights workers
Civil rights--Religious aspects--Christianity
Episcopal Church
Freedom Rides, 1961
Gay activists
Gay rights
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements
Voter registration


Sound recordings


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