Archives > Online Collection Guides

ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS

Edwin E. Aubrey Papers
1915-1956

UPT 50 A895

6.5 Cubic feet

Prepared by Kaiyi Chen

1993

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

PROVENANCE

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

 

Return to the top

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. 

 

Return to the top

BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE

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. 

 

Return to the top

SCOPE AND CONTENT

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. 

 

Return to the top

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.

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.

Return to the top

 

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

Return to the top

 

PUBLICATIONS, 1923-1955 

Box

Folder

Published works, list 

1

10

Booklets, articles, reprints 

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 

1933-1943 

1

17

1944-1951 

1

18

Book jacket, undated 

1

19

Return to the top

 

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

Return to the top

 

MANUSCRIPTS AND NOTES, 1919-1956 

Box

Folder

Book reviews 

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 

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 

"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

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 

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 

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

Return to the top

 

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

Return to the top

 

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 

Glassplate negative of Aubrey's portrait 

3

32

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

3

33

Return to the top

 

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTES INDEX CARDS (4 x 6 inches) 

Box

Folder

By subject 

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 

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 

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

 

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

 6

 

E. E. Aubrey publications, presentations, and topics 

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

 

Miscellaneous disorganized cards 

 7B

 

Return to the top