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Charles S. Braden (1887-1970) Papers

 Collection
Identifier: 11/3/17/1
The Charles S. Braden papers fill fourteen boxes and are arranged in three main subseries: biographical materials, correspondence, and publications. Also included is a small amount of material pertaining to speeches and other addresses given by Braden.

The biographical materials include curricula vitae, the first three pages of an autobiography apparently never completed (see also: Box 12, Folder 4 and Box 14, Folder 18), diaries, financial records, estate records, and wills. Biographical materials are foldered topically.

Correspondence, forming the bulk of the series, pertains largely to Braden's teaching and writing, to his talks before lay and church groups, and to personal matters. The Bradens were a close-knit family and many letters found here are between Braden and his brother Clyde and between Braden and his two sons, George William and Charles McMurray. Other correspondence of interest includes three folders of letters between Braden and Arthur Corey pertaining to research on Christian Science. General correspondence is arranged in chronological order. Family and subject correspondence is arranged in folders according to individual's name or by topic; within folders this correspondence is in chronological order.

A small amount of Speech texts and related notes for talks, lectures, and sermons are filed together after the correspondence.

Material relating to publications, which fills slightly more than three boxes, consists primarily of correspondence and business documents. (Braden left most of his publications manuscripts to the Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. During much of his retirement Braden maintained an office at Perkins.) Of special note is a folder (Box 13, Folder 7) of material relating to the work of the Methodist Church in Bolivia and Chile.

Addition, Boxes 15-17

The addition to the Charles S. Braden Papers fills two and one-half boxes and dates between 1926-1970. The papers include financial records, correspondence, and publications files. The bulk of the financial records consists of correspondence, records, and policies pertaining to Braden's life, house, and car insurance; correspondence, charges, and certificates for his investments; bills and other records related to Medicare expenses for Braden and his second wife. LaVenia Craddock Ulmer Braden.

The general correspondence relates primarily to Braden's research Most of the subject correspondence is between Braden and his second wife. They were married on June 16, 1956, and she died on February 24, 1964.

The major item in the publications files is a typescript of Bradaen's unpublished biography of Bishop A. Frank Smith. A draft of a letter to an unspecified recipient, probably written in 1969 or 1970, gives the history of Braden's authorship and explains the reasons for why the manuscript was never published.

Dates

  • 1905-1982

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires 48 hours advance notice for retrieval. Please contact us at archives@northwestern.edu or 847-491-3136 to schedule an appointment to view the collection.

Extent

17.00 Boxes

Abstract

The Charles S. Braden papers fill fourteen boxes and are arranged in three main subseries: biographical materials, correspondence, and publications. Also included is a small amount of material pertaining to speeches and other addresses given by Braden. Correspondence, forming the bulk of the series, pertains largely to Braden's teaching and writing, to his talks before lay and church groups, and to personal matters. The Bradens were a close-knit family and many letters found here are between Braden and his brother Clyde and between Braden and his two sons, George William and Charles McMurray. Material relating to publications, which fills slightly more than three boxes, consists primarily of correspondence and business documents. (Braden left most of his publications manuscripts to the Bridwell Library of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. During much of his retirement Braden maintained an office at Perkins.) Of special note is a folder (Box 13, Folder 7) of material relating to the work of the Methodist Church in Bolivia and Chile.

Method of Acquisition

The University Archives acquired the Braden papers in two accessions: #74-60 and #88-95. The Archives received the major portion of the papers on May 6, 1988 from Mrs. Grace Braden Gibas.

Separated Materials

Photographs have been removed to the Archives' photograph collection. Approximately six linear inches of duplicate and fourteen linear inches of extraneous materials have been discarded.

Processing Information

William K. Beatty; June-September, 1988.
Title
Guide to the Charles S. Braden (1887-1970) Papers
Author
William K. Beatty
Date
01/06/1988
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

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