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And God Came In / A Love Observed Archive

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And God Came In / A Love Observed Archive, 1915-1994 | Marion E. Wade Center

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Collection Overview

Title: And God Came In / A Love Observed Archive, 1915-1994Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1915-1960

ID: Wade/A-26 through A-27

Primary Creator: Dorsett, Lyle W. (1938-)

Extent: 3.0 Boxes. More info below.

Subjects: Davidman, Joy, Davidman, Joy - Archives., Dorsett, Lyle W., Dorsett, Lyle W. - Archives., Lewis, C. S., Lewis, C. S. - Marriage.

Languages: English

Abstract

This archive contains the materials related to the book "And God Came In" by Lyle W. Dorsett (New York:MacMillan and Co. 1983.), republished as "A Love Observed" (Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers. 1998).  Dr. Dorsett donated his materials from the research and writing of the book to the Wade Center in 1990. The book is a biography of Joy Davidman Lewis. Joy was married twice, first to Bill Gresham, an American writer and magazine editor with whom she had two sons (Douglas and David Gresham), and then to C.S. Lewis. She was an accomplished writer in her own right and a member of the communist party in the 1930's prior to her conversion to Christianity. She died July 1960 in Oxford, England.

Biographical Note

Lyle Dorsett was born in 1938 and received his undergraduate education at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and followed this with a master’s degree from the same. He went on to receive his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, focusing upon urban history. His dissertation on the political machine of Kansas City, Missouri Alderman Jim Pendergast was published in 1968 under the title, The Pendergast machine. Dorsett has also taken post-doctoral studies at the Iliff School of Theology.

Dorsett has taught at the University of Missouri, The University of Southern California, the University of Colorado at Denver and the University of Denver. Dorsett served as Professor of History at the University of Denver, Denver, Colo. from 1972-1983, specializing in urban history. He wrote The Queen City: a history of Denver (1977) and The Pioneer Western Bank: First of Denver, 1860-1980. In 1983 he accepted a position at the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College where he also served on the faculty. He was also the founding pastor of Church of the Great Shepherd in Wheaton, Illinois. In 2005 Dorsett began serving as the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.

He is the author of eighteen books, among them several Christian biographies, notably Billy Sunday and Dwight Moody, and three works on C. S. Lewis, like Seeking the Secret Place: the Spiritual Formation of C. S. Lewis. From 1983 to 1990 Dorsett was the director of the Marion E. Wade Center, a special research collection devoted to Lewis and six other notable British authors. Dorsett continues to be involved in the work of the Wade.

Lyle is married to Mary Hayes Dorsett, a deacon in the Anglican Mission in America and founder and general director of Christ for Children International (CFCI) in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico. The Dorsetts have two children and four grandchildren.

Subject/Index Terms

Davidman, Joy
Davidman, Joy - Archives.
Dorsett, Lyle W.
Dorsett, Lyle W. - Archives.
Lewis, C. S.
Lewis, C. S. - Marriage.

Administrative Information

Repository: Marion E. Wade Center

Alternate Extent Statement: 39 folders (1.3 linear ft.)

Access Restrictions: Copies or publication of unpublished materials require permissions from The Marion E. Wade Center and appropriate owning institutions and copyright holders. See staff notes for more details and restrictions.

Acquisition Source: 94/79, 10/88

Related Materials:

Researchers interested in Joy Davidman and the Gresham family may also wish to consult the following other resources owned by the Marion E. Wade Center:

The Douglas and Merrie Gresham Family Archive

The Chad Walsh Papers

The William Lindsay Gresham Papers

The Williams Lindsay Gresham Correspondence

The Wade Center Oral History collection

The autobiography of Douglas Gresham, Lenten Lands, first published by Macmillan Publishing Company, 1988.

Preferred Citation: Description of material cited. And God Came In archive, Box #, Folder#. The Marion E. Wade Center, Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL.


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Series 1Add to your cart.
Box 1: Dorsett’s notes, research materials for And God Came In and related items (by chapter)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Introductory material and notes, ca. 1980-81Add to your cart.
37 pp. Handwritten drafts of the introductory sections including the title page, contents, preface and acknowledgements. Handwritten notes about sources such as interviews with members of the Gresham family, discovery of letters with Renée Gresham, and scriptures related to Joy Davidman.
Folder 2A: A collection of miscellaneous items to contribute to chapter 1, 1915-1934Add to your cart.
58 pp. Letters, Newspaper articles, papers on Judaism, a copy of Joy's college yearbook, etc., with Dr. Dorsett's notes throughout the folder.
Folder 2B: A collection of miscellaneous items to contribute to chapter 1, 1915-1934Add to your cart.
49 pp. Letters, Newspaper articles, papers on Judaism, Joy's writings in her college literary magazine, etc., with Dr. Dorsett's notes throughout the folder.
Folder 3A: Various items to contribute to of chapter 2, 1934-1946Add to your cart.
61 pp. Rough handwritten outline of the chapter, articles about Joy Davidman, articles about communism in America, some of her own work, many notes from her stint with New Masses etc., with Dr. Dorsett's notes throughout the folder.
Folder 3B: Various items to contribute to of chapter 2, 1934-1946Add to your cart.
21 pp. Copies of letters and oral histories by friends and family with Dr. Dorsett's notes throughout the folder.
Folder 4A: A collection of miscellaneous items to contribute to chapter 3, 1946-1953Add to your cart.
25 pp. Articles by and about Joy Davidman, notes, and other miscellaneous items with Dr. Dorsett's notes throughout the folder.
Folder 4B: A collection of miscellaneous items to contribute to chapter 3, 1946-1953Add to your cart.
36 pp. Articles by and about Joy Davidman, notes, and other miscellaneous items with Dr. Dorsett's notes throughout the folder.
Folder 4C: A collection of letters and oral histories to contribute to chapter 3, 1946-1953Add to your cart.
85 pp. Letters from people who knew Joy Davidman, letters to and from Joy, interview notes with family, and other miscellaneous items with Dr. Dorsett's notes throughout the folder.
Folder 5A: A collection of miscellaneous items to contribute to chapter 4, 1953-1960Add to your cart.
103 pp. Letters from David Gresham to Dr. Dorsett, interviews with George Sayer and Walter Hooper, and various other letters (about Joy), interview notes, misc. notes and other info.
Folder 5B: Letters that contributed to chapter 4, 1953-1955Add to your cart.
60 pp. Correspondence between Joy and William Gresham (over the years 1953-1955), correspondence between Joy and Renée (1953).
Folder 5C: Letters that contributed to chapter 4, 1954-1955Add to your cart.
45 pp. Correspondence between Joy and William Gresham (over the years 1954-1955).
Folder 5D: Letters that contributed to chapter 4, 1955-1956Add to your cart.
44 pp. Correspondence between Joy and William Gresham (over the years 1955-56).
Folder 5E: Letters that contributed to chapter 4, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
64 pp. Correspondence between Joy and William Gresham (over the years 1957-58).
Folder 5F: Letters that contributed to chapter 4;, 1959-1960Add to your cart.
40 pp. Correspondence between Joy and William Gresham (over the years 1959-1960).
Folder 6A: Miscellaneous items that contributed to chapter 5, 1960-presentAdd to your cart.
53 pp. Includes many of Dr. Dorsett's notes as well as letters and articles.
Folder 6B: Miscellaneous items that contributed to chapter 5, 1960-presentAdd to your cart.
34 pp. Includes many of Dr. Dorsett's notes as well as letters and articles.
Box 2: Drafts of And God Came In (by chapter) with notes throughoutAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: TMs of ch. 1, "I Heard the Voice in the Burning Bush": Embattled Prodigy, 1915-1934Add to your cart.
24 pp.
Folder 8: TMs of ch. 2, "By God, I Am a Communist":  Wanderings, 1934-1946Add to your cart.
46pp.
Folder 9: TMs of ch. 3, "All My Defenses. . .Went. . .And God Came In":  The Crises, the Search, the Answer, 1946-1953Add to your cart.
49 pp.
Folder 10: TMs of ch. 4, "I Think I'm Going Somewhere By God's Grace, According to Plan":  Miracles, Pain, Peace, 1953-1960Add to your cart.
59pp.
Folder 11: TMs of ch. 5, "In Ashes, Yet With Hope. . .":  Legacy.Add to your cart.
Also includes the TMs of the Afterword, 9 pp.
Folder 12: TMs of the Preface, Acknowledgement and Sources, and the Table of ContentsAdd to your cart.
13 pp.
Box 3: Research materials on the Gresham family unrelated to any specific chapter and post-publication materials related to And God Came InAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Legal documents on William Lindsay Gresham's property and transactions, 1953-1960Add to your cart.
Also, legal correspondence between Gresham and his lawyer, Charles A. Butts, concerning both his taxes and support of Joy and their boys. 33 pp.
Folder 14A: Correspondence between William Gresham and his sons, David and Douglas, 1953-1958Add to your cart.
83 pp.
Folder 14B: Correspondence between William Gresham and his sons, David and Douglas, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
81 pp.
Folder 15: Correspondence between Joy Davidman and Chad Walsh; also some letters from Joy to Kenneth Porter (1951), 1950-1953Add to your cart.
See also: Joy Davidman Papers folder 10b. 30 pp.
Folder 16: Contains letters and articles of response to Dr. Dorsett's advertisement in the New York Times Book Review seeking information on Joy Davidman, November 24, 1981Add to your cart.
12 pp.
Folder 17A: Part one of TMs of an interview between Dr. Dorsett and Mr. Douglas Gresham, which took place at the Marion E. Wade Collection, Wheaton, IL, June 4, 1982Add to your cart.
50 pp. This interview is included in the Wade Center Oral History Collection. See also: Oral history interview with Douglas Gresham; Audio recording filed under: OH / SR-11.
Folder 17B: Part two of TMs of an interview between Dr. Dorsett and Mr. Douglas Gresham, which took place at the Marion E. Wade Collection, Wheaton, IL, June 4, 1982Add to your cart.
49 pp. This interview is included in the Wade Center Oral History Collection. See also: Oral history interview with Douglas Gresham, 1982; Audio recording filed under: OH / SR-11.
Folder 18: Correspondence between Joy Davidman and her editor, William Rose Benet and Stephen Vincent Benet, 1936-1949Add to your cart.
Reproduced from originals in the Yale University Library; permission needs to be granted by Yale for photo copies. 45 pp.
Folder 19: Several miscellaneous items, 1978-1984Add to your cart.
Letters written to Dorsett concerning his book, an article by Kathryn Lindskoog entitled, "Some Problems in C.S. Lewis Scholarship," and responses to that article. 43 pp.
Folder 20: Correspondence between Clyde S. Kilby and Howard Davidman, and also between Kilby and Mary Ellen Gresham about Joy Davidman, 1973-1975Add to your cart.
24 pp.
Folder 21A: Gresham family correspondence between William Gresham and Hank Gresham (his brother); letters to and from Mary Ellen Gresham (Hank's wife), Christopher Gresham (Hank's son), and Renée (William's wife), 1954-April 1960Add to your cart.
30 pp.
Folder 21B: Gresham family correspondence between William Gresham and Hank Gresham (his brother); letters to and from Mary Ellen Gresham (Hank's wife), Christopher Gresham (Hank's son), and René (William's wife), April 1960-1962Add to your cart.
27 pp.
Folder 22: Seven pamphlets by Dr. Howard Davidman, all on psychological issues (i.e. homosexuality, psych. of delinquents and criminals, schizophrenia, and deafness, blindness and muteness), (1958-1969)Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence between Douglas Gresham and Lyle Dorsett, 1981-1990Add to your cart.
50pp.
Folder 24: Notes from Renée Gresham and Walter Hooper to Lyle Dorsett, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
3pp.
Folder 25: Correspondence from Douglas Gresham to Norman Stone and Brian Sibley regarding a draft of Shadowlands, 1982-1994Add to your cart.
Includes an excerpt from VII vol. 11, 1994 p. 25 with background information on Shadowlands by Peter Schakel. 13pp.
Folder 26: Correspondence between David Gresham and Lyle Dorsett, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
12pp. Acq. 10/88

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