Home > Archival Finding Aids Home Page> Guide to the Alfred Waller Papers


Biographical Note

Scope and Content


Preferred Citation

Restrictions on Access

Restrictions on Use

Subject Terms

Container List [ + ]

You can print a clean version of this finding aid by selecting FIle -> Print from the menu above or you can download a nicely formatted pdf version from here

Guide to the Alfred Waller Papers

Prepared by L. Dale Patterson, Archivist, and Jonathan Lawler, Student Assistant.

United Methodist Archives and History Center
General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church
(Published for the Drew University Methodist Library)


Overview of Collection

Record Creator: Waller, Alfred Morgan
Title: Alfred Waller Papers
Title: Waller Papers
Date Span: 1966-1994
Abstract: The personal papers of Alfred M. Waller, Jr. (1948-1987), American United Methodist minister and Drew University faculty member. This collection contains reference material, various artifacts, publications, sermons, and correspondence largely pertaining to anti-apartheid activities and African American history and issues.
Extent: 1.26 cubic feet
Resource ID: drew.ms.

Biographical Note

Alfred M. Waller, Jr., American minister, was born on July 21, 1948 in Richmond, Virginia. His parents, Reverend Alfred Waller, Sr. and Florence Waller, soon after moved the family to live near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. While in his teens, Waller and his family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where Waller lived until receiving a scholarship to attend Columbia University in New York City where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in psychology in 1970. A year later, Waller received a Master of Education in urban/science education from Rutgers University which enabled him to become the director of the Plainfeild Science Education Coalition in New Jersey. Waller married Bernita Stanley on September 1, 1974.

A year after being married, the couple joined Franklin-St. John’s United Methodist Church in Newark, New Jersey. At this church, Waller served as a Sunday School Superintendent, chair of Men’s Day programs, and worked with youth. Franklin-St. John’s United Methodist Church sent Waller to Drew University in 1977 as a candidate for ministry. Waller became a Deacon in 1980 and an Elder in 1983 as part of the Northern New Jersey Annual Conference. During this time, Waller served as pastor at Trinity United Methodist Church in Newark as well as chairman of the Newark-North Jersey Committee of Black Churchmen/Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce Employment Project. Waller began doctoral studies in religion and culture in Afro-American tradition in September 1983. While studying at Drew University, Waller started a seminar between Drew and Princeton Seminaries for the study of urban ministries. Waller became adjunct instructor in supervised ministerial practice and a consultant on urban ministries at Drew University. In addition to this work, Waller was involved in the anti-apartheid movement and Black Ministerial Caucus at Drew University. Alfred M. Waller, Jr. died on April 6, 1987 due to diabetes. In memory of Waller, Drew University posthumously awarded him a Master of Philosophy and Franklin-St. John’s United Methodist Church started the Hamlett-Waller Scholarship Fund.

Scope Note

This collection contains reference material, diplomas, plaques, photographs, publications, student records and papers, sermons, and correspondence of the religious and academic life of Alfred Waller, Jr. Reference material consists of newspaper and magazine articles relating to anti-apartheid movements around the world but predominately in the United States from 1985 to 1986. Most of Waller’s correspondence consists of communication between Waller and Drew University staff and administrators concerning anti-apartheid activities on campus. Analysis of theology, history, and African American religious and social life comprise Waller’s publications, speeches, and student papers. Sermons from many passages of scripture note Waller’s tenure as a minister.


Materials have been arranged in the following manner.

Material is arranged by record type or date.

Preferred Citation

When citing material from this collection please use the following format: Direct reference to the item or its file folder, The Alfred Waller Papers, United Methodist Church Archives - GCAH, Madison, New Jersey. Do not make use of the items call number as that is not a stable descriptor.

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions regarding this collection. Copyright still owned by Drew. Permissions to publish must be directed to Drew.

Restrictions on Use

Detailed use restrictions relating to our collections can be requested from the office of the archivist at the General Commission on Archives and History. Photocopying is handled by the staff and may be limited in certain instances. Before using any material for publication from this collection a formal request for permission to publish is expected and required.

Index Terms

Subject Topics
African Americans
Urban ministry
Subject Geographic
New Jersey.
United States

Container List

Call Number Folder Title Date(s)
2129-2-1: 1 Correspondence: Apartheid 1985-1986
2129-2-1: 2 Notes: Apartheid 1985-1986
2129-2-1: 3 Flyers: Apartheid 1986-1988
2129-2-1: 4 Reference: Apartheid, Folder 1 1985
2129-2-1: 5 Reference: Apartheid, Folder 2 1986
2129-2-1: 6 Reference: Apartheid, Folder 3 1986
2129-2-1: 7 Correspondence 1983-1986
2129-2-1: 8 Job Application 1984
2129-2-1: 9 Sermons: Old Testament 1980
2129-2-1: 10 Sermons: New Testament 1980-1985
2129-2-1: 11 Miscellaneous Speeches and Publications 1982-1987
2129-2-1: 12 Publications: The Seed 1977-1980
2129-2-1: 13 North Jersey Black Churchmen/ Employment Project 1982-1983
2129-2-2: 1 Student Papers/Records, Folder 1 1977-1981
2129-2-2: 2 Student Papers/Records, Folder 2 1986-1987
2129-2-2: 3 Diplomas 1966-1987
2129-2-2: 4 Awards/Honors, Folder 1 1968-1979
2129-2-2: 5 Awards/Honors, Folder 2 1980
2129-2-2: 6 Awards/Honors, Folder 3 1982-1984
2129-2-2: 7 Awards/Honors, Folder 4 1985-1987
2129-2-2: 8 Awards/Honors, Folder 5 1987-1990
2129-2-3: 1 Photographs 1980
2129-2-3: 2 Family 1994
2129-2-3: 3 Artifacts, Folder 1 1976
2129-2-3: 4 Artifacts, Folder 2 1983
2129-2-3: 5 Artifacts, Folder 3 1987
2129-2-3: 6 Artifacts, Folder 4 1983