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Guide to the Baptist Union Theological Seminary Records 1866-1922

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Descriptive Summary

Title:

Baptist Union Theological Seminary. Records

Dates:

1866-1922

Size:

4.5 linear feet (7 boxes)

Repository:

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

Abstract:

Baptist Union Theological Seminary was founded in 1865 by the Baptist Theolological Union to meet the needs of students of the first University of Chicago who wished to prepare for the ministry. The Seminary became the Divinity School of the present-day University of Chicago in 1892.

Information on Use

Access

The collection is open for research.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Baptist Theological Union. Records, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Historical Note

The Baptist Theological Union was founded to meet the needs of students at the first University of Chicago [1856-1866] who wished to prepare for the ministry. On August 13, 1863, "The Baptist Theological Union located at Chicago" was organized, and on August 27, incorporated under a general law. On Feb. 16, 1865, the Illinois legislature granted the Union a charter for "the founding, endowment, support, and direction of an institution for theological instruction." That same year, Dr. Nathaniel Colver began to give instruction to a few students in his study. Later, classes were held in Douglas Hall of the old University of Chicago.

The formal work of the Baptist Union Theological Seminary begins with the appointment of Dr. George W. Northrup as President and Professor of Systematic Theology. In the fall of 1867, courses in that subject as well as Ecclesiastical History and Biblical Literature and Exegesis were given to nineteen students. On July 1, 1869, the seminary building was dedicated. Debts connected with this building and the offer of free land in the Chicago suburb of Morgan Park encouraged the move to new quarters in 1877. When John D. Rockefeller made his subscription of $1,000,000.00 toward the founding of The University of Chicago, he made it a condition of the gift that the seminary become the Divinity School of the new institution. This took place formally on July 1, 1892, with the B.T.U. continuing as a separate organization.

Scope Note

The Baptist Union Theological Seminary Records include notes and correspondence from faculty and leaders of the Seminary, biographical and academic records of students, catalogs and brochures, and financial records.

Documents relating to the founding and operations of the Seminary may also be found in the records of the Baptist Theological Union.

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Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1   Folder 1

Seventy-Five Years: History of The Baptist Union Theological Seminary, 1867-1892, notes by C. E. Hewitt

Box 1   Folder 2

Agreement to donate land and money for the establishment of The Baptist Theological Seminary at Morgan Park, August 15, 1876

Box 1   Folder 3

Baptist Union Theological Seminary; early descriptive pamphlets and memorabilia, circa 1870s-1880s

Box 1   Folder 3A

Baptist Union Theological Seminary,

Box 1   Folder 4

Baptist Union Theological Seminary Annual Reports. 1869-1888

Box 1   Folder 5

Reports of the Board of Visitors to the Seminary 1885-1889

Box 1   Folder 6-7

Matriculation forms, alumni records, and course records for matriculants, 1886-1892

Box 1   Folder 8

Colver, Nathaniel. “Restricted Communion,” Sermon deliver at Union park Church, July 9, 1865

Box 1   Folder 9

Colver, Nathaniel. “Lectures on Doctrinal Theology,” lectures 1-2

Box 1   Folder 10

Colver, Nathaniel. “Lectures on Doctrinal Theology,” lectures 3-5

Box 1   Folder 11

Colver, Nathaniel. “Lectures on Doctrinal Theology,” lectures 6-8

Box 1   Folder 12

Colver, Nathaniel. “Lectures on Doctrinal Theology,” lectures 9-10

Box 1   Folder 13

Colver, Nathaniel. “Lectures on Doctrinal Theology,” lectures 11-13

Box 1   Folder 14

“Notes on Lectures to the Theological Class of Chicago University, Rev. N. Colver, D.D., 1866”

Box 2   Folder 1

Reports of Professors Boise, Hulbert, and Price; recitation schedules, 1889-1892

Box 2   Folder 2

Conference of Representatives of Baptist Seminaries, minutes, New York, 1892

Box 2   Folder 3

General Catalogue of the Baptist Union Theological Seminary, 1st edition, 1867-1890; 2nd edition, 1867-1892

Box 2   Folder 4

Baptist Union Theological Seminary Library; charge book, circa 1880

Box 2   Folder 5

Alphabetical Catalogue of the library of the Rev. G.B. Ide given to Seminary, 1871

Box 2   Folder 6

Northrup, George W. “List of books in the library of Dr. George W. Northrup given to the U. of C. Library, May 1, 1900

Box 3   Folder 1

Northrup, George W. “Fragmentary Notes.”

Box 3   Folder 2

Northrup, George W. “Lectures on Church History,” 2 vol., winter, 1870-1871

Box 3   Folder 3

Notes on Theology by Dr. Northrup, Old University of Chicago (Chicago University), 1868

Box 3   Folder 4

Pattison, R.E. “Analysis of the Bible,” 1870-1871

Box 3   Folder 5

Alumni Association minutes; B.U.T.S., 1876-1892; The Divinity School of the University of Chicago, 1892-1922

Box 3   Folder 6

Class of 1888; Tenth Reunion, 1898

Box 4   Folder 1

Student Exams; Middle Theology, A-G, 1880-1881

Box 4   Folder 2

Student Exams; Middle Theology, H-W, 1880-1881

Box 4   Folder 3

Student Exams; Senior Theology, 1880-1881

Box 4   Folder 4

Student Exams; History of Doctrine, 1881

Box 4   Folder 5

Student Exams; History of Doctrine, 1882

Box 5   Folder 1

Student Exams; Hebrew, Middle, 1880

Box 5   Folder 2

Student Exams; Hebrew, Senior & Junior, 1881

Box 5   Folder 3

Student Exams; Hebrew, 1881

Box 5   Folder 4

Catalogs and brochures, 1866-1870

Box 5   Folder 5

Catalogs and brochures, 1870-1873

Box 5   Folder 6

Catalogs and brochures, 1873-1875

Box 5   Folder 7

Catalogs and brochures, 1875-1878

Box 6   Folder 1

Catalogs and brochures, 1878-1881

Box 6   Folder 2

Catalogs and brochures, 1881-1883

Box 6   Folder 3

Catalogs and brochures, 1883-1886

Box 6   Folder 4

Catalogs and brochures, 1886-1888

Box 6   Folder 5

Catalogs and brochures, 1888-1890

Box 6   Folder 6

Catalogs and brochures, 1890-1892

Box 7

Biographical Records; Students of the Baptist Union Theological Seminary; Class History, 1865-1881; The Divinity School of the U. of C., 1893-1906. Bound volume