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Lewis S. Mudge Jr. papers

 Collection — Carton: 1-35
Identifier: SCM 297

Scope and Contents

This collection contains manuscripts and memorabilia from the life and work of Lewis S. Mudge Jr.


  • 1949 - 2009

Biographical / Historical

Lewis Seymour Mudge Jr. was born in Philadelphia on October 22, 1929. He received his B.A. with summa cum laude honor from Princeton University in 1951, after which, he became a Rhodes Scholar and studied at Oxford until 1954. He then returned to Princeton to receive a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1955. In 1957 he began working for the World Alliance of Reformed Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, serving as Secretary of the Department of Theology until 1962. During this time, he also earned his Doctorate from Princeton University (1961). In 1962 he joined the faculty of Amherst College until 1975, when he moved to Chicago to become the dean and professor of theology at McCormick Theological Seminary until 1987. He accepted a position at San Francisco Theological Seminary and served as dean and vice president of academic affairs, as well as professor of theology until his retirement in 2000. During this time, he also taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley from 1988 until his death in 2009.

Throughout his lifetime he followed and was involved in the ecumenical movement and contributed to its dialogue. The ecumenical organizations include the Council of Church Union (COCU), World Council of Churches (WCC), World Alliance of Reformed Churches (WARC), and Catholic/Reformed Bilateral dialogue.


43.75 Linear Feet (35 Cartons)

Language of Materials



The first four series follow one another chronologically, tracking Mudge's academic work from one institution to the next, though each contains items from outside the academy (e.g. ecumenical works). The last series contains mixed materials from throughout Mudge's life and work.


  1. Student and early ecumenical works
  2. Amherst
  3. McCormick Theological Seminary
  4. San Francisco Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Union
  5. Books and mixed materials

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Four boxes received from Jean Mudge, April 01, 2014 and 2 boxes received on April 30, the same year.

Processing Information

This collection was inventoried between 2014 and 2015. It was processed and arranged into series in 2016 by Joshua Wilder, PTS 2016, who also wrote the original finding aid in November 2016.

Joshua Wilder, PTS 2016
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Repository Details

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

Princeton Theological Seminary
Wright Library
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Princeton NJ 08540 USA