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bMS 536

Bowen, Clayton Raymond, 1877-1934. Papers: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University


Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 536
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Bowen, Clayton Raymond, 1877-1934.
Title: Bowen, Clayton Raymond, 1877-1934. Papers, 1889-1994.
Date(s): 1889-1994.
Quantity: 4 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Unitarian minister and Meadville Theological School professor Clayton Raymond Bowen (1977-1934) including letters to Bowen; writings by Bowen; diaries; daybooks; and biographical materials.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Henry Leland Clark, 1983, 1987.

Biographical / Historical

Clayton Raymond Bowen (1977-1934) was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, and married Margaret Browning Barber. He earned his BA from Franklin College in 1898 and received his MDiv from Meadville Theological School in 1901. In the academic year of 1901-1902 Bowen studied at the University of Berlin and the University of Marburg on a Perkins Fellowship. He attended Harvard Divinity School from 1902 to 1903. In 1903 he earned a BD from Meadville Theological School and during that same year he was ordained as pastor of the Unitarian Church in Charlestown, New Hampshire. In 1905 he became a lecturer at the Meadville Theological School, and in 1907 he was promoted to the position of assistant professor, finally becoming the professor of New Testament Interpretation in 1911. In 1920 he received a ThD from Meadville, and when that school moved to Chicago in 1926, he became a librarian. During his career he published many articles and tracts, such as The Resurrection in the New Testament (1911) and The Gospel of Jesus (1916). Bowen died in London, England, while on a lecture tour.


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Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection consists of letters to Bowen, arranged alphabetically by correspondent. There are also writings by Bowen, including some of his diaries and daybooks. Finally, there is some biographical material, such as his diplomas and materials relating to student abroad trips from 1901 to 1902.

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