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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 principal groups: 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 collection, 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.

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

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

Charles S. Braden joined the faculty of Northwestern University as an assistant professor of history and literature of religions in 1926, becoming associate professor in 1936 and professor in 1943. His papers fill fourteen boxes and are arranged in three principal groups: biographical materials, correspondence (the bulk of the collection), and publications. Also included is a small amount of material pertaining to speeches and other addresses given by Braden. The correspondence pertains largely to Braden's teaching and writing, to his talks before lay and church groups, and to personal matters. Material relating to publications, which fills slightly more than three boxes, consists primarily of correspondence and business documents. Of special note is a folder of material relating to the work of the Methodist Church in Bolivia and Chile. An addition contains financial records, correspondence and additional publication material.

Arrangement

The Charles S. Braden papers are organized into: biographical materials; correspondence (general correspondence, in chronological order; family and subject correspondence arranged alphabetically by name or topic); speech files; publications: books (in alphabetical order); and publications: articles (in alphabetical order).

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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