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The Paul Austin Wolfe Manuscript Collection

 Collection
Identifier: SCM 160

Scope and Content

This collection includes sermons and addresses, correspondence, committee reports and related materials, Brick Presbyterian Church of New York City bulletins and histories, and miscellanea.

Dates

  • 1931 - 1964

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access:

There are no special restrictions to the access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Paul Austin Wolfe Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Chronology

1898 June 24
Born, Avalon, Missouri
1918
Graduated, Carleton College, Minnesota
1921
Graduated, Yale Divinity School
1922
Ordained
1922-1925
Assistant pastor, 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York
1925-1928
Pastor, Keene Valley Congregational Church, New York
1926
Married to Helena Woodbridge
1928-1932
Chaplain, Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut
1932-1938
Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Evanston, Illinois
1938-1964
Brick Presbyterian Church, Park Avenue at 91st Street, New York City
1964
Died

Biographical Information

The Rev. Dr. Wolfe was born in Avalon, Missouri on June 24, 1898 and was a graduate of Carleton College in North Field, Minnesota, 1918 and the Yale Divinity School, 1921. He was ordained in 1922 as an Assistant at the 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City and became pastor of the Keene Valley Presbyterian Church, New York in 1925 where he remained until 1928.

He married Helena Woodbridge of New York City in 1926. They had four daughters, Helena, Julia, Barbara and Debora.

He was chaplain of the Taft School, Watertown, Connecticut 1928 - 1932 and pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Evanston, Illinois, 1932 - 1938. He became pastor of the Brick Presbyterian Church, Park Avenue at 91st Street, New York City, in 1938. He remained in this post he remained until his death in 1964.

Dr. Wolfe was a great authority on Abraham Lincoln and spoke frequently on Lincoln around the country. He was also a thoughtful critic of the public school system and many of his insights and concerns in this area are still relevant. Dr. Wolfe received ten honorary doctorates and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Extent

31.4 Linear Feet (29 Boxes)

Arrangement

Series I: Sermons and Addresses. This collection includes sermons for most Sundays between 1931 and 1964. Major addresses and sermons for especially significant events are noted. (Boxes 1-15)

Series II: Correspondence (Boxes 16-21)

Series III: Committee Work Material (Boxes 22-25)

Series IV: Miscellaneous Papers (Box 26)

Series V. Brick Church Bulletins and History (Boxes 27-29)

Processing Information:

This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written in the summer of 1995, by Timothy J. Smith, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in May of 2009.
Title
The Paul Austin Wolfe Manuscript Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Timothy J. Smith
Date
2009
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Princeton Theological Seminary
Library
PO Box 821
Princeton NJ 08542 USA