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Guide to the Gilbert Theodore Rowe Papers, 1878-1965

Abstract

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

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Rowe, Gilbert Theodore
Title
Gilbert Theodore Rowe papers 1878-1965
Language of Material
English
Extent
1 Linear Foot, 750 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

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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Contents of the Collection

Sermon Notes and Bulletins, 1897-1932, undated
Box 1
Sermon Notes, 1899-1918, undated
Box 1
Sermon Notes and Bulletins, 1916-1954, undated
Box 1
Sermon Notes, 1910-1955, undated
Box 1
Sermon Notes, 1907-1940, undated
Box 2
Correspondence, 1893-1965, undated
Box 2
Correspondence regarding Dr. Rowe's coming to Duke University to teach, 1927-1928
Box 2
Notes on Methodism, circa 1930s
Box 2
Clippings
Box 2
Miscellaneous
Box 2
Joseph Columbus Rowe, Subscriber's Book, The People's Common Sense Medical Advisor, 1878-1884
Box 2
Joseph Columbus Rowe, composition books, 1917 June 13, undated
Box 2
Trinity Archive, 1895
Box 2
Photographs
Box 2

Historical Note

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.

Subject Headings

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Gilbert Theodore Rowe Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Gilbert Theodore Rowe Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1970, 1977.

Processing Information

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.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.