Dr. James H. Costen was Presbyterian minister and educator, and served as president of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) from 1983 to 1997. In 1969, he became the first Dean of the Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary – the only historically Black theological seminary of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Costens’s records tell the story of an active educator and administrator with the papers providing rich resources in the study of African American religion and education in the South. These recordings document interviews of Presbyterian ministers by Costen, church services, and church history.

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Submissions from 1981

[Church Service: Shall We Look for Another], E. B. Newberry

Submissions from 1978

[Interview with Hampton T. McFadden], Hampton T. McFadden and James H. Costen

Submissions from 1977

[What Plantation are You On? by Gloria J. Tate], Gloria J. Tate

Submissions from 1975

[Interview with Dr. Abraham H. Prince], Abraham H. Prince and James H. Costen

[Interview with Dr. Abraham H. Prince, Continued], Abraham H. Prince and James H. Costen

[Interview with J. W. Smith], J. W. Smith and James H. Costen

[Interview with J. W. Smith, Continued], J. W. Smith and James H. Costen

[Black Presbyterians by Dr. Gayraund S. Wilmore Jr.], Gayraund S. Wilmore Jr.

[Interview with Reverend Hercules Wilson], Hercules Wilson and James H. Costen

Submissions from 1972

[Small Churches]