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University of Chicago Library

Guide to the William Warren Sweet Papers 1927-1946

© 2006 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Sweet, William Warren. Papers

Dates:

1927-1946

Size:

1.5 lineae feet (3 boxes)

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

William Warren Sweet, Professor of American Church History at the University of Chicago, 1927 to 1946. Among his many books on church history are Story of Religion in America, Religion on the American Frontier, and American Culture and Religion. The papers include professional and personal correspondence, manuscripts, reports and other administrative documents.

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Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Sweet, William Warren. Papers, [Box #, Folder #] Special Lcollections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

William Warren Sweet, Professor of American Church History at the University of Chicago, was born in Baldwin, Kansas, in 1881. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University, A.B., 1902; Drew Theological Seminary, B.D., 1906; Crozer Theological Seminary, M.TH. 1907; the University of Pennsylvania, A.M., 1909; Ph.D., 1912. Ohio Wesleyan awarded Sweet a D.Litt. in 1935 and DePauw University a L.H.D. in 1956. Sweet taught at Ohio Wesleyan, 1911-1912, DePauw University, where he was professor and chairman of the Department of History, 1913-1927, and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, 1926-1927. He was Professor of American Church History at the University of Chicago from 1927 to 1946. From 1946 to 1952, Sweet taught at Garrett Biblical Institute and Southern Methodist University, and was president of the American Society of Church History in 1932. Among his many books on church history are Story of Religion in America, Religion on the American Frontier, and American Culture and Religion. Sweet died in Texas in 1958.

Scope Note

The papers deposited in the University of Chicago Archives, comprising three manuscript boxes, cover Sweet's career at the University of Chicago. They deal with both personal and professional matters. The correspondence, which makes up roughly half of the material, deals with a variety of subjects-correspondence with publishers, letters concerning inaccuracies and criticisms of Sweet's books, recommendations for Sweet's students, affairs of the Methodist Episcopal Church, University of Chicago affairs, and others. The remainder of the papers are made up of reports, official documents-such as contracts, licenses, speeches, and several manuscripts by Sweet. Box III contains term papers written by Sweet's students.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1    Folder 1

Personal and professional correspondence, A

Box 1    Folder 2

Professional correspondence, Abingdon Press (John W. Longdale)

Box 1    Folder 3

Personal and professional correspondence, B

Box 1    Folder 4

Personal and professional correspondence, C

Box 1    Folder 5

Personal and professional correspondence, Shirley Jackson Case

Box 1    Folder 6

Personal and professional correspondence, D

Box 1    Folder 7

Personal and professional correspondence, E-F

Box 1    Folder 8

Personal and professional correspondence, G

Box 1    Folder 9

Personal and professional correspondence, H

Box 1    Folder 10

Professional correspondence, Harper & Brothers, Publishers

Box 1    Folder 11

Personal and professional correspondence, I-K

Box 1    Folder 12

Personal and professional correspondence, L

Box 1    Folder 13

Personal and professional correspondence, M

Box 1    Folder 14

Personal and professional correspondence, McNeill, John T.

Box 1    Folder 15

Personal and professional correspondence, Mathews, Shailer

Box 1    Folder 16

Personal and professional correspondence, Mead, Sidney E.

Box 2   Folder 1

Personal and professional correspondence, N-O

Box 2   Folder 2

Personal and professional correspondence, Oxnam, G. Bromley

Box 2   Folder 3

Personal and professional correspondence, P-Q

Box 2   Folder 4

Personal and professional correspondence, R

Box 2   Folder 5

Personal and professional correspondence, S

Box 2   Folder 6

Personal and professional correspondence, Smith, Horace G.

Box 2   Folder 7

Personal and professional correspondence, Sperry, Willard L.

Box 2   Folder 8

Personal correspondence, Sweet Family

Box 2   Folder 9

Personal and professional correspondence, T

Box 2   Folder 10

Personal and professional correspondence, Tilleux, Eugene A.

Box 2   Folder 11

Professional correspondence, University of Chicago Press

Box 2   Folder 12

Personal and professional correspondence, W

Box 2   Folder 13

Personal and professional correspondence, Y-Z

Box 2   Folder 14

Reports on Research in the Department of Church History SEE ALSO Folder 14a

Box 2   Folder 14a

Miscellaneous notes on Church History in America (including Presbyterian Church, Congregational Church)

Box 2   Folder 15

Official Documents, contracts, etc.

Box 2   Folder 16

Speeches on Methodist Ecumenical Conference-undated.

Box 2   Folder 17

Miscellaneous documents

Box 2   Folder 18

Manuscripts-Sweet

Box 2   Folder 19

Mss (various chapters) on Religion in Colonial America

Box 2   Folder 20

Mss on Religion in Colonial America (cont.)

Box 2   Folder 21

Notes on Religion in Kentucky

Box 3   Folder 1

The Missionary Societies-Don W. Holter

Box 3   Folder 2

The Times, Life and Letters of N. C. Clark-Cornell E. Talley

Box 3   Folder 3

A Study and Comparison of Preaching in the United States-Merrill E. Gaddis

Box 3   Folder 4

The First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster Ohio-Benjamin F. Paist

Box 3   Folder 5

Transcendentalism

Box 3   Folder 6

The Congregational View of the Plan of Union-A. T. DeGroot

Box 3   Folder 7

Congregational Home Missionary Activity...-Thomas P. Inabinett

Box 3   Folder 8

The Evangelical Association as a Factor in the Development of the West-Charles Osolin

Box 3   Folder 9

Foreign Missions Controversy in the Northern Baptist Convention-Merrill L. Hutchins

Box 3   Folder 10

Church Polities as they relate to...the Missouri Synod-Daniel Schulz

Box 3   Folder 11

Toleration and Religious Liberty in New Hampshire-T. Edgar Lyon

Box 3   Folder 12

Religion and the American Destiny-Jim Boyack

Box 3   Folder 13

The Work of Lyman Beecher...-Wm. Kyle Shown

Box 3   Folder 14

Post Civil War Revivalism-Rolland Sheafor

Box 3   Folder 15

The Rise of Endowments of Church Institutions-Edwin A. Briggs

Box 3   Folder 16

The Churches of Massachusetts (known as Colored)-Johnson W. Hill

Box 3   Folder 17

The Columbia-Duck Creek-Pleasant Ridge Branch of the Presbyterian Church of Cincinnati and Columbia-E. R. Booth

Box 3   Folder 18

The Anti-Slavery Movement as a cause of the Presbyterian Schism of 1837