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Edwin E. Aubrey Papers

UPT 50 A895

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Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Creator:
Aubrey, Edwin E., 1896-1956
Title:
Edwin E. Aubrey Papers
Date [inclusive]:
1915-1956
Call Number:
UPT 50 A895
Extent:
6.5 Cubic feet
Language:
English
ABSTRACT:
A nationally known theologian, Edwin Ewart Aubrey established the Department of Religious Thought at the University of Pennsylvania. He finished out his career at the University as professor and chairman of the department until his death in 1956. The collection reflects Edwin E. Aubrey's fruitful career of research, teaching, and publication in the field of theology.
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Biography/History

Edwin Ewart Aubrey was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1896. He came to the United States in 1913 and became a naturalized citizen in 1918. He served with the U. S. Ambulance Service in France and Italy during World War I.

Aubrey earned his Bachelor of Philosophy degree from Bucknell University in 1919. His Master of Arts (1921), Bachelor of Divinity (1922), and Doctor of Philosophy (1926) were all received from the University of Chicago. Bucknell awarded him the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1939.

Aubrey taught at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, in 1922-1923; Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1923-1926; and Vassar College, in 1926-1929. From 1929 to 1944, he served as professor of Christian theology and ethics at the University of Chicago and from 1933 to 1944 was the chairman of the theological field. He became President of Crozer Theological Seminary, Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1944. He remained at Crozer until 1949, when he established the Department of Religious Thought at the University of Pennsylvania. Aubrey finished out his career at the University as professor and chairman of the department until his death in 1956.

From 1940 to 1953, Aubrey held a series of guest or term appointments as visiting lecturer or visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, California Institute of Technology, Union Theological Seminary of New York City, Evangelical and Reformed (German Reformed) Seminary (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), Swarthmore College, Harvard University, Beloit College (Beloit, Wisconsin), and Colgate-Rochester Divinity School.

Aubrey authored several books, including Religion and the Next Generation (1931), Present Theological Tendencies (1936), Living the Christian Faith (1939), Man's Search for Himself (1940), The Religious Element in Higher Education (1952), and Secularism a Myth (1954). Among the books he co-authored are Religion in Higher Education (1931), The Process of Religion (1933), and Church and Community.

A nationally known theologian, Aubrey held the office of Secretary and Vice President of the American Theological Society from 1945 to 1956. In addition, he provided leadership in the following capacities: as President of the University of Chicago Settlement from 1941 to 1944; as Chairman of the Department of International Justice and Good Will of the Federal Council of Churches from 1944 to 1948; as Treasurer of the American Association of Theological Schools from 1946 to 1948; as Chairman of the National Program Commission of Student YMCA and YWCA from 1950 to 1955; and as Chairman of the Editorial Board of Haddam House Publications from 1954 to 1955.

Scope and Contents

The collection reflects Edwin E. Aubrey's fruitful career of research, teaching, and publication in the field of theology.

The Correspondence series includes five folders of correspondence, one folder of Aubrey's curriculum vitae, two folders concerning his experiences with Chicago Ecumenical Discussion Group and American Association of Theological Schools respectively, and one folder concerning his appointment at Penn.

The Publication series contains booklets, articles, and reprints of his works from 1923 to 1955.

The Addresses, talks, and lectures series consists of his notes for presentations on different occasions from 1938 to 1956.

Book reviews, papers (including papers written when a student), unpublished articles, research notes, and bibliographical notes comprise the manuscripts and notes series. The Course syllabi and teaching material series consists mainly of syllabi and other material Aubrey used for courses he taught on various subjects such as biblical literature, religion, divinity, Christian theology, history, philosophy, and social psychology. The series covers his teaching experiences with Vassar College, Swarthmore College, University of Chicago, Crozer Theological Seminary, and the University of Pennsylvania.

The Reference, photographs, and artifacts series is largely composed of articles and other material Aubrey collected in teaching and research, news clippings, three of his portrait photographs, and a glassplate negative of his portrait.

The Bibliographical index cards series records detailed bibliographical notes Aubrey prepared for teaching and research purposes, and includes cards of subject; cards of authors; cards for teaching courses; cards for a book on religious education in American colleges; and cards indexing Aubrey's own publications, presentations, and interesting topics.

ARRANGEMENT

The Edwin E. Aubrey Papers are organized into the following seven series: 1. Correspondence and other general files, 1923-1956; 2. Publications, 1923-1955; 3. Addresses, talks, and lectures, 1938-1956; 4. Manuscripts and notes, 1919-1956; 5. Course syllabi and teaching material, 1921-1949; 6. Reference files, photographs, and artifacts, 1915-1935; 7. Bibliographical index cards.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center,  1993

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kaiyi Chen

Access Restrictions

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Centers.

PROVENANCE

The collection transferred from the Department of Religious Studies in 1992.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • American Association of Theological Schools.
  • American Theological Society.
  • Bucknell University.
  • Carleton College. (Northfield, Minn.)
  • Chicago Ecumenical Discussion Group.
  • Crozer Theological Seminary.
  • Federal Council of Churches (U.S.). Department of International Justice and Good Will.
  • Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).
  • University of Chicago Settlement.
  • University of Chicago.
  • University of Pennsylvania.
  • Vassar College.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Author indexes.
  • Book reviews.
  • Card indexes.
  • Clippings.
  • Correspondence.
  • Curriculum.
  • Pamphlets.
  • Publications.
  • Reprints.
  • Subject indexes.
  • Syllabi.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Scotland--Glasgow.
Subject(s)
  • Bibliographical citations.
  • Religion--Study and teaching.
  • Religious thought.
  • Theology.

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Collection Inventory

CORRESPONDENCE AND OTHER GENERAL FILES, 1923-1956.

Box Folder

Curriculum Vitae, [1956].

1 1

Correspondence, 1923.

1 2

Correspondence, 1926-1928.

1 3

Correspondence, Christian Century, 1934.

1 4

Correspondence and reviews on Aubrey's Man's Search for Himself.

1 5

Correspondence and book reviews on Aubrey's Present Theological Tendencies, 1936-1938.

1 6

Chicago Ecumenical Discussion Group, [1929-1944], Memorandum.

1 7

American Association of Theological Schools, Committee study: Recruiting for the Ministry, [after 1937].

1 8

Academic appointment at Penn, 1949.

1 9

PUBLICATIONS, 1923-1955.

Box Folder

Published works, list.

1 10
Booklets, articles, reprints.
Box Folder

1923-1926.

1 11

1928-1930.

1 12

1931-1935.

1 13

1937-1945.

1 14

1946-1950.

1 15

1951-1955.

1 16
Magazine contributions.
Box Folder

1933-1943.

1 17

1944-1951.

1 18
Box Folder

Book jacket, undated.

1 19

ADDRESSES, TALKS AND LECTURES, 1938-1956.

Box Folder

Radio talks and lectures, 1938-1955.

1 20

Addresses 1939-1956.

1 21

Cole Lectures, 1940.

1 22

Inaugural address at Crozer Theological Seminary, 1944.

1 23

Miscellaneous orientation lectures, outlines.

1 24

MANUSCRIPTS AND NOTES, 1919-1956.

Book reviews.
Box Folder

General.

1 25

Christian doctrine and modern philosophical ideals.

1 26

Moore, "The Spread of Christianity," 1922.

1 27

Chapters and articles, undated.

1 28
Papers.
Box Folder

Christology.

1 29

Missionary problems.

1 30

"Test of Ability in Constructive Thinking".

1 31

Typescripts, published articles, 1929-1956.

1 32

Typescripts, undated.

1 33
Student papers.
Box Folder

"The Influence of the War on the Missionary Enterprises," undated.

1 34

"The Social Interests of the New Testament Church," 1919.

1 35

"Beginnings of Christianity," 1919.

2 1

"Hebrew and Greek Monotheism," 1920.

2 2

"Church History: the Politiques of France," 1920.

2 3

"The Relation of the Elementary School of Frances to the Pope," 1920.

2 4

Philosophy of religion, 1921.

2 5

"Mysticism as the Basis of a World Religion," 1921.

2 6

Relations of early Christianity to contemporary readings, 1922.

2 7

"The Psychology of Mysticism," 1923.

2 8

Christian Theology and modern science, 1924.

2 9
Box Folder

Unpublished articles, [1924-1955].

2 10

Unpublished articles and lectures for the Bell Company, 1955-1956.

2 11

Unpublished manuscripts, undated.

2 12

Unpublished papers.

2 13
Research notes.
Box Folder

Ancient church history, undated.

2 14

Church history: Reformation.

2 15

Development of modern Christianity.

2 16

Dr. Haydon's lecture on "Modern World View and the Great Religions," 1921.

2 17

"Life of Understanding".

2 18

Philosophy 18: History of American philosophy.

2 19

Social origins and social control.

2 20

Sociology of religion.

2 21

W.E. Hoeking's course in contemporary philosophies.

2 22
Bibliographical notes.
Doctrine of Man.
Box Folder

Contemporary, works of Peter Wust.

2 23

History (I).

2 24

History (II).

2 25

History (III), works of John Calvin.

2 26

History (III), works of Martin Luther.

2 27

History (III), works of Huldreich Zwingli.

2 28

History (IV).

2 29

New Testament, [after 1940].

2 30

COURSE SYLLABI AND TEACHING MATERIAL, 1921-1949.

Box Folder

Course syllabi at Vassar College, [1927-1929].

2 31

Course syllabi at Swarthmore College, [1947].

2 32

Course Syllabi, miscellaneous, [1947-1948?].

2 33

Course syllabi, (I), [after 1949?].

2 34

Course syllabi, (II), [after 1949?].

2 35

Biblical literature 14: Introduction to the New Testament, 1927.

2 36

Philosophy 15: Contemporary Christian Thinkers, 1948.

2 37

Biblical literature 32, Problems of Christian Thought.

3 1

Philosophy of Religion S203, Outlines of Christian Faith, 1941.

3 2

Religion 210a, History of Religion.

3 3

Religion 260b, Systematic Theology.

3 4

Divinity 304, The Study of Theology, 1934.

3 5

Christian Theology 350, Theology Ethics.

3 6

Christian Theology 351, student papers.

3 7

Christian Theology 351, student questions.

3 8

Christian Theology 353, course topics and a student paper.

3 9

Religion 380b, teaching notes, 1929.

3 10

Christology, 1946-1948.

3 11

History of Philosophy.

3 12

Miscellaneous.

3 13

Protestant ministerial training in Europe, with correspondence (1933-1934).

3 14

Psychology of Religious Organization, papers and notes, [1924-1926].

3 15

Religious Origins, teaching notes, undated.

3 16

Social Psychology, papers, notes and reference material, [1921-1922].

3 17

Social Psychology, papers, notes and reference material, 1923-1932.

3 18

Theology and Culture, [1934].

3 19

REFERENCE FILES, PHOTOGRAPHS, AND ARTIFACTS, 1915-1935.

Box Folder

Bates, Earnest S., "The Philosophy of A. N. Whitehead".

3 20

Clippings, 1923-1934.

3 21

Humanities course syllabus at Macalester College, 1939-1940.

3 22

Journal "New Humanist," 1930.

3 23

Journal "Theologische Blätter," 1935.

3 24

Missionary Ethics.

3 25

News clippings, [1927-1929?].

3 26

Psychology of religious organization, booklets, 1915-1928.

3 27

Religion--general studies, quotations, [1927-1929?].

3 28

Student essay on "What if there were no God".

3 29

Thesis analysis: "The Theological Technique of Horace Bushnell," 1933.

3 30

Photographs: three portraits of E.E. Aubrey.

3 31
Artifacts.
Box Folder

Glassplate negative of Aubrey's portrait.

3 32

Two pieces of cardboard bearing the image of Aubrey's portrait.

3 33

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES INDEX CARDS (4 x 6 inches).

By subject.
Box

Ancient.

4A

Anglicans.

4A

Authority: religious experience.

4A

Buddhism.

4A

Christ.

4A

Christianity.

4A

Christianity and democracy.

4A

Church and State.

4A

Church in Roman Empire.

4A

Confucianism.

4A

Contemporary writings.

4A

Culture and theological problems.

4B

Dialectical theology.

4B

Doctrine and dogma.

4B

Early Christian.

4B

Early Protestant controversy.

4B

Enlightenment.

4B

Ethical movement.

4B

Ethics.

4B

Evangelical Movement.

4B

Evolution.

4B

Family.

4B

Fascism.

4B

Fortune.

4B

Freewill.

4B

French Protestant Liberalism.

4B

God.

4B

Greek Christian Thought.

4B

Greek philosophy.

4B

Hellenistic Judaism.

4B

Hinduism.

4C

History of doctrine.

4C

History of doctrine of Man.

4C

History of relations.

4C

History of religion.

4C

Idealism.

4C

Individualism.

4C

Institutionalization.

4C

Jansenism.

4C

Jewish strain in New Testament.

4C

Judaism.

4C

Junior orientation.

4C

Latin fathers.

4C

Leadership.

4C

Liberalism.

4C

Magazine references.

4C

Man.

4C

Marxism.

4

Middle ages.

4

Miracle.

4

Miscellaneous.

4

Modern background.

4

Modernism.

4

Modern philosophy of religion.

5A

Mohammedanism.

5A

Mystics.

5A

Naturalism and theism.

5A

Neo-Thomism.

5A

New Testament in light of psychology.

5A

Nineteenth century rationalism.

5A

Old Testament theology.

5A

Organization of personnel.

5A

Origins--first cause.

5A

Persecution.

5A

Pietism.

5A

Political theory of middle ages.

5B

Primitive religion.

5B

Progress.

5B

Purpose.

5B

Realism.

5B

Reason in religion.

5B

Reformation.

5B

Religion as an aspect of culture.

5B

Religion in Roman Empire.

5B

Religion, ancient Egypt.

5B

Religion--Babylonia and Assyria.

5B

Religion--Greece and Rome.

5B

Religious education.

5B

Renaissance.

5B

Revelation.

5B

Ritual.

5B

Romanticism.

5B

Salvation.

5C

Scientific method.

5C

Secondary materials.

5C

Sects.

5C

Secularism.

5C

Sermon texts.

5C

Seventeenth Century.

5C

Shinto.

5C

Sixteenth century.

5C

Skepticism.

5C

Social movements propaganda.

5C

Social psychology.

5C

Student religious attitudes.

5C

Swedish.

5C

Taoism.

5C

Theological ethics.

5

Theology and modern philosophy.

5

Theology and science.

5

Theology in modern world.

5

Vocational and religious education.

5

World religion.

5

Worship.

5

Zoroastrianism.

5
By name of the author.
Box

Althusius, Johannes.

6A

Andrewes, Lancelot.

6A

Aristotle.

6A

Arminius, James Augustine.

6A

Bacon, Francis.

6A

Baillie, J.

6A

Barth.

6A

Berdyaev.

6A

Bodin, Jean.

6A

Brightman.

6A

Brotherston.

6A

Brown, W. A.

6A

Brunner.

6A

Buchanan, George.

6A

Cambridge Platonists.

6A

Dawson, C.

6A

Fosdick, H.

6A

Frank, Glenn.

6A

Gentili, Alberico.

6A

Gilson, E.

6A

Grotius.

6A

Hobbes, Thomas.

6A

Hooker, Richard.

6B

Horton, W. M.

6B

Janet, Paul.

6B

Kant.

6B

Kierkegaard.

6B

Knudson.

6B

Machiavelli.

6B

Maritain.

6B

Mathews, Shailer.

6B

McConnell.

6B

Milton, John.

6B

Niebuhr.

6B

Nixon, J. W.

6B

Plato.

6B

Quarles, F.

6B

Richards, G. W.

6B

Roberts, Richard.

6B

Schweitzer, A.

6B

Smith, G.B.

6B

Sperry, W.L.

6B

Tillich.

6B

Unamuno.

6B

Van Dusen, H.P.

6B

Vitoria, F. de.

6B

Ward, H.F.

6C

Wither, George.

6C

Wobbermin.

6C

Wust, Peter.

6C
By course code number.
Box

Biblical literature (??) 31.

6C

C. T. 353.

6C

New Testament Introduction.

6C

P. T. 37.

6C

P. T. 70.

6C

Religion 105.

6C

Religious Thought 7.

6C

Social (??) 350.

6C

S. T. 4.

6

Social (??) 372.

6
Box

Bibliography index cards for a book on religious education in American colleges.

6
E. E. Aubrey publications, presentations, and topics.
Box

Addresses.

6

Articles.

6

Books.

6

Reviews.

6

Chapel readings.

7A

Christianity and culture.

7A

Miscellaneous.

7A

Religion and higher education.

7A

Sermons.

7A

Summary.

7A
Box

Miscellaneous disorganized cards.

7B