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John C. Burruss and A.G. Strain Universalist Collection

Identifier: M245

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two items. One is a handwritten and transcribed manuscript written by John C. Burruss circa 1860. The other item is a book that contains the debate between A.G Strain and Rev. J.J. Porter in 1907.


  • Creation: circa 1860 and July 15-20, 1907


Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

John C. Burruss, D.D. was born on May 16, 1821 in Carolina County, Virginia. Burruss lived in Notasulga, Alabama where he was the editor of the Universalist Herald. John Burruss remained a pastor of his home church for fifty years, and he also preached in many locations in the south. Burruss Universalist church and Burruss Memorial in Hamburg Madison County, Florida are named after John Burruss.

A.G. Strain was a southern universalist preacher known for his debate with Baptist Minister Rev. J.J. Porter in July 1907. Strain also came from a family with ties to the Universalist church because his father B.F. Strain was also a Universalist minister.


.25 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Documents relating to Universalist Church in Mississippi.


The items are arranged alphabetically by the subject headings.


Transferred from the J. Brackin Kirkland Papers.

Related Materials

Related collections held at the University of Southern Mississippi include:

• M121 Salem Baptist Church Records, 1874-1894

• M3 Howard S. Williams Papers

• Vertical File: Pirkle, Estus

• M88 Rev. Graham Rushing Hodges Papers

Related collections held at other institutions include:

• Galt (1) Papers at William and Mary Special Collection Archives

• Meadville Lombard Theological School Archives and Special Collections


Biographical information obtained from The Universalist Register: The Year Book of the Universalist Church Giving Statistics and other Denominational Information for 1911.

John C. Burruss and A.G. Strain Universalist Collection
Collection processed and finding aid written by Amanda Abulawi
April 15, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001