Guide to the Gilbert Theodore Rowe Papers, 1878-1965
Gilbert Theodore Rowe was born in Salisbury, NC on September 10, 1875. His father was Joseph Columbus Rowe, a Methodist minister. He received his A.B. and D.D. from Trinity College in 1895 and 1914, respectively. He earned his S.T.D. at Temple University in 1905 and was awarded a Litt.D. from Duke University in 1925. In 1928, he returned to Duke University as Professor and Chair of Christian Doctrine and remained until his retirement in 1949. The collection includes correspondence, clippings and Dr. Rowe's sermon notes, as well as material pertaining to his father, Joseph Columbus Rowe. The collection ranges in date from 1878-1965
- Record Group
- Gilbert Theodore Rowe papers
- Rowe, Gilbert Theodore
- 1 Linear Feet, 750 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
Materials include Dr. Rowe's sermon notes, correspondence, and clippings. His sermon notes are largely handwritten and often appear on the back of other material, such as correspondence, letterhead, envelopes, church bulletins, and programs. The collection also includes some material concerning Dr. Rowe's father, Joseph Columbus Rowe (1848-1920). The collection ranges in dates from 1878-1965.
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[Identification of item], Gilbert Theodore Rowe Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Gilbert Theodore Rowe was born in Salisbury, NC on September 10, 1875. His father was Joseph Columbus Rowe, a Methodist minister. He received his A.B. and D.D. from Trinity College in 1895 and 1914, respectively. He earned his S.T.D. at Temple University in 1905 and was awarded a Litt.D. from Duke University in 1925. He was admitted to the Western North Carolina Conference in 1896, only six years after the two state conferences were formed. Received into Full Connection in 1898, he began to serve pastorates, in eleven successive appointments, until 1920. It was while he served the church at Albemarle that he married Caroline Pearle Bostian in 1902. They had two sons.
In 1920, Dr. Rowe became editor, first of the North Carolina Christian Advocate and then of the Methodist Quarterly Review at Nashville until 1928, serving simultaneously as Book Editor for the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. It was in this period that he produced his works, The Meaning of Methodism and Reality in Religion for the 1927 Quillian Lectures at Emory University.
In 1928, Dr. Rowe accepted an offer from Duke President William Few to return to his alma mater as Professor and Chair of Christian Doctrine in the School of Religion at Duke University. He served as Professor of Christine Doctrine at the University until his retirement in 1949, and continued to serve both Duke and the Methodist church until his death on February 10, 1960.
- News Service Biographical Files, 1960-2004 (Duke University Archives)
- Biographical Reference Collection, 1972-2004 (Duke University Archives)
- Junaluska School of Religion Records, 1928-1941 (Duke University Archives)
- United Methodist Church Records, 1784-1984, bulk 1800-1940 (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University)
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- Rowe, Gilbert Theodore, 1875-1960
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- Trinity College (Durham, N.C.) -- Alumni and alumnae
The Gilbert Theodore Rowe Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1970, 1977.
Processed by Kimberly Sims, August 2006
Encoded by Kimberly Sims, August 2006
Accessions A70-74 and A77-21 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.