The papers of James F. Hopewell consist of correspondence, subject files, printed materials, rough drafts and reference materials relating to his writings and research projects. Also included are syllabi, notes, and other materials relating to the courses which he taught, and minutes and reports of the Theological Education Fund Committee of the World Council of Churches for 1958-1969 and 1974.
The bulk of the papers relate to his writings, especially his book, Congregations: Their Structures and Stories. These files include bibliographies, notes, outlines, and several drafts of the book. Most of the general correspondence, arranged chronologically from 1976 to 1984, was written to Dr. Hopewell in his capacity as a faculty member of the Candler School of Theology. Correspondence relating to a specific file, such as a class, a professional society, or a review, remains in the pertinent file. Material relating to his classes at Emory University are arranged by the title of the course: History of religions/world religions, Ministry 300, and Sociology of religion, followed by other ministry courses, courses taught at locations other than the Candler School of Theology, and non-credit courses offered at Emory University. Dr. Hopewell's papers include very little personal correspondence or items.
Dr. Barbara G. Wheeler provided invaluable assistance in outlining and clarifying Dr. Hopewell's papers. In most instances, her notes and comments have been retained in the box/folder list and are indicated with her initials bgw. The following outline describes the arrangement of Dr. Hopewell's papers.