Of particular note are Kaufman’s conference materials, much of which includes papers given and heard at various conferences throughout his career, and a small collection of information and historical material pertaining to the Lawson Affair at Vanderbilt Divinity School. In 1960, James M. Lawson, a student the Divinity School, was dismissed due to his participation in sit-ins and civil rights protests in Nashville. In response to his expulsion, ten faculty members of the Divinity School, including Kaufman, resigned their teaching positions until Lawson was reinstated. The series on the Lawson Affair, as it has come to be known, includes chronologies of events, writings, newsletters, magazine articles, correspondence to Kaufman and official correspondence with Vanderbilt University, an employment offer from Chicago Theological Seminary in response to his resignation, newspaper clippings, statements and reports, and written histories of the events.
Biographical / Historical
Born in Newton, Kansas on June 22, 1925, Kaufman was educated at Bethel College (1947), Northwestern University (1948), Yale Divinity School (1951), and Yale University, where he received a PhD in philosophical theology in 1955, and was ordained in the General Conference Mennonite Church in 1953. Following his doctorate, Kaufman taught at Pomona College (1953-1958), Vanderbilt University (1958-1963), and Harvard Divinity School as Professor of Theology and the Mallinckrodt Professor of Divinity, becoming Professor Emeritus in 1995, but continued to teach until 2009. Some of his major works include God the Problem (1972), An Essay on Theological Method (1979), Theology for a Nuclear Age (1985), In Face of Mystery (1993), and In the Beginning—Creativity (2004).
- Series I. Kaufman’s student work
- Series II. Teaching materials
- ___Subseries A. Courses taught by Kaufman
- ___Subseries B. The Lawson Affair
- ___Subseries C. International Fellowships
- Series III. Conferences
- Series IV. Correspondence
- Series V. Writings and reviews
- Series VI. Lectures and addresses
- Series VII. Publishing materials
- Series VIII. Sermons and worship materials
- Series IX. Professional materials
- Series X. Biographical material
- Kaufman, Gordon D. Papers, 1945-2011: A Finding Aid.
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