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The papers of Francis James Grimke, Presbyterian minister, lecturer, and trustee of Howard University, total 23 linear feet and span the period 1833 to 1937. The papers are comprised primarily of writings by Francis Grimke, including sermons, addresses, tributes, obsequies, and notes prepared for prayer meeting, covenant meetings, and adult bible classes. There is also an extensive amount of correspondence. Correspondents include Frederick and Helen Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Edward W. Blyden, Benjamin Brawley, and Archibald Grimke. Some of the writings and correspondence have been published in Carter G. Woodson's work, The Works of Francis J. Grimke (Associated Publisher. Washington, D.C., 1942). There is a small amount of personal papers of Francis Grimke, that include his will, a brief autobiography, his academic record while attending Lincoln University, and records documenting his call as pastor to the 15th Street Presbyterian Church, Washington, D.C.