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Abstract

Lynn Edward May Jr. never identified himself as an archivist, although he accomplished many archival-type functions. As a highly regarded Baptist historian, May served as a collector and preserver of numerous documents, publications, and other resources for the study of Baptist history and life. He served as the chairperson of the Religious Archives section of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) from 1977 to 1979. In 1978 he received the Sister M. Claude Lane Award from the Society. The Lane Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of religious archives through involvement in the section, contributions to archival literature, and leadership in archival organizations. So why did this non-archivist become so active in the Society of American Archivists, and how did he win the recognition of the Religious Archives section for this award?

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