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Gardner C. Taylor Archives

Gardner C. Taylor Archives

The Reverend Dr. Gardner C. Taylor has been preaching the Gospel of God through Jesus The Christ for over half a century.  He is a superb story-teller who brings the Gospel to life through the use of rich imagery and a powerful imagination.  Dr. Taylor is considered by many to be the veritable Dean of Black Preachers in America.

In light of Reverend Dr. Taylor’s legacy of preaching, the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) is privileged to house his archives.  The Gardner C. Taylor Archives and Preaching Laboratory is a source for primary research being done by both masters and Ph.D. level students of Homiletics.  The archive houses Dr. Taylor’s sermons (both written and recorded), lectures, books, and articles.  All resources currently found on hard copy have been digitized  so that students and researchers alike are able to access them online while visiting the archives.

The Gardner C. Taylor Archives and Preaching Laboratory is a “smart classroom” built in Dr. Taylor’s honor.  It is utilized by ITC students and faculty to deepen their understanding of the unique content, style, and nature of preaching in the Black Church Tradition and to examine the art of preaching that has grown up in and has come out of other religio-cultural contexts.

Periodically, guest clergy are invited to preach to a select group of clergypersons in the classroom.  The sermons will be critiqued by the group and catalogued for use in the instruction of ITC seminarians.

The public has access to the archives to listen and view the sermons at regularly scheduled times.  The schedule is posted on the ITC website and throughout the campus community.

Gardner C. Taylor Collection at the Robert W. Woodruff Library

Complementing the audio and video copies of Gardner Taylor’s sermons in the Preaching Laboratory is his collection of writings that are available for research at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center.  The collection includes over 1,000 of Gardner Taylor’s sermons and speeches.  View the finding aid to the collection: (scroll down to Gardner C. Taylor Collection) click here.

To make an appointment to research the collection, email archives@auctr.edu or call 404-978-2052.

For more on Gardner C. Taylor click here and read about the ITC’s state-of-the-art facility and Dr. Taylor’s biography.