Series I. Files Relating to the Dissertation Prospectus and Research
Process, 1964-1969 (5 folders, 0.2 l.f.)
This series consists of correspondence, 1964-1969, concerning
Barbara Zikmund’s research visits and queries to archival institutions
and libraries for materials related to Asa Mahan’s life,
her Ph.D. review committee, and the compiling of her final manuscript
of her dissertation. Also included is a rough draft of her dissertation
prospectus, 3 March 1965, a bibliography for articles and books,
and a research paper by Zikmund titled “Asa Mahan and Perfectionism
at Oberlin, Chapter V, The Idea: Christian Perfection,” Duke
Series II. Research Notes and Supporting Documents (copies) c.
1830s-1969 (53 folders, 4 containers of index cards, 0.6 l.f.)
Consists of biographical information concerning Asa Mahan, and
materials related to the history of early Oberlin, Ohio, 1830s
and 1840s, Oberlin Perfectionism, and the Lane Seminary. Other
files contain information about subjects such as adventism, abolitionism,
moral reform, and revivalism. The materials consist of handwritten
notes and citations and photocopies and photostats of archival
holdings from Oberlin College, newspapers, libraries, and churches.
Index cards, housed in Box 4, contain bibliographic citations organized
by author and subject, and a chronology of Asa Mahan’s life
and writings. The materials were compiled by Barbara Zikmund during
the research and writing of her dissertation.
Series III. Writings (copies), 1835-1977, n.d. (100 folders,
The writings series is divided into two subseries: Subseries
1. Writings by Asa Mahan; and, 2. Writings by other authors (A-Z).
Subseries 1 contains photostats and photocopies of published writings
of Asa Mahan, 1830-1850, and includes topics such as science and
natural theology, physical and moral law, perfection, and imperfection.
Mahan’s writings are arranged chronologically. Subseries
2 contains photostats and photocopies of published writings of
other authors and includes topics such as Oberlin history, Charles
G. Finney, perfectionism, and Asa Mahan. Also included is a copy
of the Asbury Seminarian (Oct. 1977) containing the article, “Asa
Mahan and Oberlin Perfectionism,” by Barbara Zikmund. These
writings are arranged alphabetically by author’s last name.
Series IV. Non-Textual, 1966, n.d. (3 folders, 0.05 l.f.)
Consists of a photograph and illustrations of photographs (copies)
of Asa Mahan, copies of drawings of Oberlin Memorial Arch and Art
Museum by Walt Knapp, postcards with photographs and an illustration
of Finney Chapel and the First Church of Oberlin, and color photographs
of Asa Mahan’s tombstone and buildings in Eastborne, England.