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Collection Number: 5552

Collection Title: Robert G. Bratcher Papers, 1937-2009

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Size 3 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 2000 items)
Abstract Correspondence, sermons, lectures, lessons for Bible classes, notebooks, military records, drafts and offprints of articles, subject and research files, and photographs comprise the collection of Robert G. Bratcher, a white Southern Baptist minister and translator of the New Testament for the 1966 edition titled Good News for Modern Man. Correspondence is largely professional in nature and pertains to Bratcher's biblical scholarship and his affiliation with organizations including the American Bible Society from which he resigned in 1981 following a controversy with Christian fundamentalists. Military records reflect Bratcher's service in the United States Navy Reserve in the 1940s and 1950s. The collection also includes newspaper clippings, financial items, printed materials, and files on the New Testament edition titled Today's English Version. Of interest are materials related to the country of Brazil where Bratcher was born in 1920 to missionary parents from Kentucky. Materials include an original 1937 diary documenting a trip into Brazil's interior, a typed edition of his father Lewis Bratcher's 1925 journals from "An Exploratory Visit to the Interior of Brazil," and photographs of students and faculty at the Colegio Batista Brasileiro in Campos, Brazil during the 1920s.
Creator Bratcher, Robert G.
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Robert G. Bratcher Papers #5552, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Encoded by: Laura Smith

Processed by Nicole Cvjetnicanin, March 2019

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