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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 641

Wilder, Amos N. (Amos Niven), 1895-1993. Papers, 1923-1982.

Papers of pastor, poet, teacher, theologian, and Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard University from 1956-1963 Amos Wilder including addresses, articles, biographical information, book reviews, correspondence, teaching material, photographs and poems.


  • 1923-1982.


5 boxes

Collection includes addresses, articles, biographical information, book reviews, correspondence, teaching material, photographs and poems. Box three contains correspondence from significant scholars and poets including Rudolf Bultman, C.H. Dodd, and Marianne Moore.

Biographical / Historical

Amos Niven Wilder (1895-1993), was a pastor, poet, teacher, and theologian. Born in Calais, Maine, Wilder was educated at various institutions including Oberlin College (1913-1915), Mansfield College (1921-1923), and Yale Divinity School, where he received his Ph.D. in 1933. Ordained in 1926 as a Congregational minister, he served as pastor of a church in North Conway, New Hampshire. He also taught at Hamilton College, Andover-Newton Theological School, and Chicago Theological Seminary. He first came to Harvard University in 1954 as a New Testament scholar, and was the Hollis Professor of Divinity from 1956-1963. Wilder published several books on religion, poetry, and the arts. His major works include: Battle Retrospect (1923), Eschatology and Ethics in the Teaching of Jesus (1939), Modern Poetry and the Christian Tradition (1951), Otherworldliness and the New Testament (1954), Early Christian Rhetoric (1964), Theopoetic: Theology and the Religious Imagination (1976), Thorton Wilder and His Public (1980), The Bible and the Literary Critic (1991), and Armageddon Revisited: A World War I Journal (1963). He is the elder brother of the writer, Thornton Wilder.

Aquisition Information

Papers donated by Amos Niven Wilder, in 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by: Darla Ledger, April 2001.
Link to catalog
Wilder, Amos N. (Amos Niven), 1895-1993. Papers, 1923-1982: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

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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