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Herbert Spaugh papers

Identifier: MS0219

Scope and Contents

The Herbert Spaugh papers consist of correspondence relating to Spaugh's career as minister of the Little Church on the Lane and as bishop of the Moravian Church, materials related to his published spiritual advice writings (especially the "Everyday Counselor"), records of the Little Church on the Lane, and personal papers and subject files which document his various activities and interests. Correspondence forms the majority of the collection, and is especially comprehensive for the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Unfortunately, the collection contains little material pertaining to Spaugh's speeches and sermons, and does not contain material documenting his long service as a member of the Charlotte Board of School Commissioners.


  • 1905-1978


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Herbert Spaugh, Moravian bishop, author, musician, and newspaper columnist, was born in Salem (now Winston-Salem), N.C., on September 30, 1896. The son of Rufus A. and Anna Louise Hege Spaugh, he was graduated from Moravian College in 1916, received a B.Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1924, and earned an M.A. from Davidson College in 1931. He also received honorary degrees from Davidson (D.Div.) and Moravian (LL.D.) colleges in 1944 and 1958, respectively. During World War I, he served in the U.S. Army at Fort Jackson, S.C. Following a short stint in the furniture manufacturing business (1918-22), Spaugh entered the ministry in 1924, when he became pastor of a Moravian Church in Charlotte. Under his guidance, the Little Church on the Lane grew from 11 members to 250 families. In 1959, he was consecrated a bishop. Beginning in 1933, Spaugh wrote a weekly religious feature for the Charlotte News called "Musings of a Minister." The column evolved into a daily feature of The News and the Twin-City Sentinel of Winston-Salem and eventually a syndicated column carried by 30 newspapers throughout the South. He also wrote three books: Pathway to Contentment (1946); Everyday Counsel for Everyday Living (1951); and Pathway to a Happy Marriage (1953). Spaugh was consecrated a bishop of the Moravian Church on December 27, 1959. Spaugh organized the state's first Alcoholics Anonymous group, served as a trustee of Salem College and of Moravian College in Pennsylvania, was chaplain of Civitan International and the American Legion, and was an active member of the North Carolina Council of Churches, The National Conference of Christians and Jews, the North Carolina State School Boards Association, and the American Guild of Organists. He also built pipe organs and served as organist and choir director for churches in Winston-Salem and Bethlehem, Pa., and organized and directed the Charlotte Boy Scout Band, which evolved into the Charlotte public school system's music program. He himself played the French horn in the Charlotte Symphony. In 1920, he married Ida Brown Efird of Winston-Salem. They became the parents of three children: Earle Frederick, Herbert Jr., and Carolyn. Herbert Spaugh died in Charlotte on November 22, 1978. [For additional information, see: Barbara Harding, The Boy, the Man, and the Bishop (1970); Leonard E. Johnson and Lloyd M. Smith, Men of Achievement in the Carolinas (1952); and William S. Powell, ed., North Carolina Lives (1962) and Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, vol. 5 (1994).


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Papers of the pastor (1924-66) of Charlotte's Little Church on the Lane (Moravian Episcopal), who was also a bishop of the Moravian Church in America and leader in the Charlotte community. Includes correspondence (1921-78) relating to the church and to his denominational and civic activities, copies (1933-78) of his newspaper columns, and photographs.


The Herbert Spaugh Papers are organized in six series. Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Subject Files; Series 3: Little Church on the Lane Records; Series 4: Personal Papers; Series 5: Publications; Series 6: Photographs and Audiovisual Materials.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Herbert Spaugh Jr., 1995.

Related Materials

Victor Shaw Papers (Mss 95).

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, April, 1995; Deborah Lunsford, Rigved Joshi, and James Kusik, January 2001; David Robert Miller, February 2008.

Papers of Herbert Spaugh
Randy Penninger, 1995, and by Deborah Lunsford and James Kusik, 2001.
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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