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Elbert Ozial Taylor Papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-TaylorE

Scope and Content of the Collection

Sermons, sermon outlines, a broadside, handbills, a map, notes, reference materials, and written speeches of Elbert Ozial Taylor.

The majority of the materials consist of Taylor’s sermons in various stages, from outlines to final drafts. Topics covered tend to be fairly conventional religious subjects with somewhat scholarly inflections. The sermons appear to come from a period prior to his days as a national temperance lecturer and therefore rarely focus on alcohol. However, the miscellaneous documents in the second series do extend to the late 1880s and early 1890s and therefore include some advertisements (in the form of a broadside and handbills) of his temperance lectures, as well as a letter from the Prohibitionist Samuel D. Hastings.


  • Creation: 1880-1893



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Elbert Ozial Taylor Papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Elbert Ozial Taylor Papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Elbert Ozial Taylor

In 1843, Elbert Ozial Taylor was born to Ozial Taylor and Laura Cowdery Taylor in Rushford, New York. He received a bachelor’s and master’s from the University of Chicago sometime between 1868 and 1871, later attaining a master’s from Chicago and a Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) from Ewing College. He married Elizabeth Ann Winegar in 1871 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, one of the cities in which he served as pastor. In 1877, he became a minister at Belden Avenue Baptist Church of Chicago. Following about 10 years in Chicago, he became a notable national temperance lecturer. In his later years, he lived in Boston and Newburyport, Massachusetts. He passed away in 1920 in his birthplace of Rushford.


0.8 Linear Feet (2 boxes and 1 oversize folder)


Sermons and other miscellaneous religious and career-related materials of the University of Chicago graduate, Baptist minister, and notable national temperance lecturer, Reverend Elbert Ozial Taylor.


Papers are organized in the following series

Series 1: Sermons, approximately 1880
Boxes 1-2
Series 2: Miscellaneous Documents, 1885-1893
Box 2

Collection Stack Location

1 38 1


Purchase, Walkabout Books, 2015.

Processed by

Ikumi Crocoll, 2015.

Inventory of the Elbert Ozial Taylor Papers, 1880-1893
Finding aid prepared by Ikumi Crocoll
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States