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Turner, Harold Walter

Collection | Ref # ARC-0181 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Turner, Harold Walter


Turner, Harold Walter, Rev. Dr, 1911-2002

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17.78 linear metres

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Dr Harold Turner was a New Zealander who had a prominent scholarly career in Africa, Britain and the United States in the field of religious studies. He continued his research and writing after retiring back to New Zealand, where he also founded a Christian 'think tank', the DeepSight Trust.

Scope and contents:

The collection includes correspondence with scholars and friends throughout the world. There are also Turner's subject files, which include his papers on a wide field of topics. They generally include clippings, references and his notes, sometimes including drafts of papers to be published or notes for lectures he gave. There are copies of Turner's publications and writings. Also included are Turner's sermons, prayers and other worship materials. Turner's card index files, which note bibliographical references and biographical and contact details for people, make up one series. There are a few personal papers, including correspondence with family, accounts and reminiscences. Images of Turner's 'mentors', which he kept on his study wall, are included. There is a collection of reel-to-reel audio tapes, including recordings of music, messages to family, and religious services in Africa and the United States of America. There are also tapes of Turner's 1976 Burns Lectures and of Lloyd Geering at his heresy trial. A collection of audiocassette tapes includes messages sent to and from Lesslie Newbigin. There is a three dimensional model illustrating the relationship between religion and culture, which Turner refers to in his subject files.

Dates covered:

1929 - 2002

Access conditions:

Partial restriction : Access to correspondence files of named people requires the written permission of those people, if still living. Access to general correspondence files requires the permission of the Hocken Librarian. Access to items MS-1431-2/630, MS-1431-5/2 and MS-1575/92 requires the permission of the Hocken Librarian. Access to item MS-1431-5/7 is restricted until after the death of Maude Turner, and thereafter requires the permission of the Hocken Librarian.

Finding aids:

Listed on the 'Hakena' archives and manuscripts catalogue.

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Dunedin · United States of America · United Kingdom · Africa


Rastafarianism · Centre for New Religious Movements, Selly Oak · Colleges, Birmingham

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