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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 595

Barth, Joseph. Papers, 1932-1983.

Joseph Nicholas Barth (1906-1988) was pastor of congregations in Massachusetts and Florida, trustee of the Meadville Theological School, chairman of the Interracial Committee of the Boston Council of Churches, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Center for Adult Education. Papers include sermons; graduate course work; manuscripts of Barthe's lectures; personal files from various ministerial settlements, including Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and King's Chapel in Boston; correspondence files; and personal writings.

Dates

  • 1932-1983.

Extent

55 boxes

The bulk of this collection is comprised of sermons, 1937-1975. Other papers include Barth's graduate course work; manuscripts of his lectures; personal files from various ministerial settlements, including Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and King's Chapel in Boston; correspondence files; and personal writings.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Nicholas Barth (1906-1988) was born in Salina, Kansas. He attended a number of schools, including Creighton University and Wesleyan University. In 1934 he married Ramona Sawyer and they had five children. He received a PhB in 1935 from the University of Chicago and a BD from Meadville Theological School, which in 1956 also granted him a DD. Barth had a short academic career, teaching at the University of Puerto Rico. He served as pastor for three congregations in Massachusetts and Florida. He was also a trustee of the Meadville Theological School, chairman of the Interracial Committee of the Boston Council of Churches, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Center for Adult Education. He wrote articles for several journals and published a book entitled The Art of Staying Sane, which was published by the Beacon Hill Press.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Graduate course work
  2. Series II. Lectures
  3. Series III. Office files
  4. Series IV. Personal papers
  5. Series V. Resources
  6. Series VI. Writings
  7. Series VII. Sermons (arranged chronologically)
  8. Series VIII. Sermons, n.d. (arranged alphabetically)
  9. Series IX. Photographs and diploma
Title
Barth, Joseph. Papers, 1932-1983: A Finding Aid.
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00595

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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