Skip to main content

Daniel Webster Wynn papers

Identifier: 396

Scope and Contents

The papers of Dr. Daniel W. Wynn, clergyman, educator, administrator, and author, consist mainly of correspondence, but also includes his writings in the forms of articles, book reviews, reports, sermons, speeches, and his autobiography. Other materials include teaching contracts, invitations, programs, news clippings, and photographs, as well as agenda, constitutions, and minutes from institutional bodies.

Wynn's 1979 typescript autobiography tells of his lineage, which includes African American, Caucasian, and Creek members, of growing up poor in small towns in Oklahoma, and of his struggle to attend Langston University in that state. Family materials include correspondence and information on Wynn's wife, Lillian, his children and parents, as well as other members of his family and that of his wife. Obituaries are included, as are a series of photographs pasted onto paper with captions.

While at Langston University, Wynn became friends with fellow student William H. Hale, who later served as president of the University from 1960 to 1969. Wynn and Hale maintained a lifelong correspondence, which is reflected in this collection. Wynn's association with the Tuskegee Civic Association is presented in the correspondence with Charles Goode Gomillion, as well as programs covering several years of the Association. These programs contain chronologies of the civil rights struggle in Alabama, as does Wynn's annotated copy of the book Gomillion Versus Lightfoot.

Wynn's work with various United Methodist Church-related, historically Black colleges are reflected in various files, which include information on college histories, problems, fund-raising, policies, personnel, alumni, trustees, and correspondence with various college presidents. Those presidents include: Ernest Thomas Dixon Jr. (Philander Smith), William Asbury McMillan (Rust), Hubert Vernon Manning (Claflin), Richard V. Moore (Bethune-Cookman), and Julius Samuel Scott (Paine). Church officials with whom he corresponded most frequently were Myron Forest Wicke, General Secretary of the Division of Higher Education and Ministry of the Board of Education; Ralph Winfield Decker, Director of the Department of Educational Instruction of the Board of Education; and James Samuel Thomas, Wynn's predecessor and later a Bishop. Wynn's work as Associate Director within the Division of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, especially his efforts to combat segregation within the Division, is reflected in his correspondence with Wicke, Samuel L. Gandy, Julius S. Scott, Roy C. Nichols, and J.M. Lawson Jr.

Other correspondents include: Allen Knight Chalmers, Charles Goode Gomillion, William H. Hale, Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr., Jacob C. Oglesby, and John Jarvis Seabrook.


  • Created: 1936-1979
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/01/1976


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.


4.40 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Source of Acquisition

Daniel Webster Wynn

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Original donation received in 1976. Addendum received in 1978.

Related Materials

The Amistad Research Center also holds the papers of Wynn's wife, Lillian Wynn.

Related Publications

Wynn, Daniel Webster. The NAACP versus Negro Revolutionary Protest: A Comparative Study of the Effectiveness of Each Movement. New York: Exposition Press, 1955.

---. The Chaplain Speaks. Boston: Bruce Humphries, 1956.

---. Moral Behavior and the Christian Ideal: An Explanation of Christian Ethics for the Layman in Our Time. New York: American Press, 1961.

---. Timeless Issues. New York: Philosophical Library, 1967.

---. The Black Protest Movement. New York: Philosophical Library, 1974.

---. The Protestant Church-related College: A Handbook for Presidents and Trustees. New York: Philosophical Library, 1975.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1980. Electronic finding aid created May 2012.

Daniel Webster Wynn papers
Gracia Hardacre
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note

Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

6823 Saint Charles Avenue
Tilton Hall, Tulane University
New Orleans LA 70118 US
(504) 862-3222