Guide to the Henry E. Kolbe Papers, 1928-1934


Henry E. Kolbe graduated from Duke University in 1933. The collection includes Kolbe's writings, correspondence, and photographs. The material ranges in date from 1928-1934.

Collection Details

Record Group
Henry E. Kolbe papers
Kolbe, Henry E.
0.5 Linear Feet, about 20 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The collection contains four bound volumes of essays, notes and writings written by Kolbe during his years at Duke. Also included is a small set of correspondence and eleven photographs, which include images of campus construction and the Duke University Student Volunteer Movement Retreat from 1930. The images are identified. The material ranges in date from 1928-1934.

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[Identification of item], Henry E. Kolbe Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

"Essays in Ethics and Idealism written under the guidance of Dr. William Ivey Cranford to which are added notes on Modern Ethics and Philosophy from the lectures of Professor Alban G. Widgery, Duke University, 1932-1933"
Box 1
"Notes on the History of Greece and Rome with a Brief Survey of the Nations of the Ancient Orient taken from the lectures of Professor Andrew Runni Anderson of Duke University, 1931-1932"
Box 1
"Essays and Other Prose Writings," by Henry E. Kolbe, Duke University, 1932
Box 1
"Notes on European History taken from the lectures of Professor Ernest William Nelson, PhD of the Department of History, Duke University, 1928-1929"
Box 1
Correspondence, 1933-1934
Box 1
Photographs, circa 1929-1930
Box 1

Historical Note

Henry Eugene Kolbe came to Duke from Annapolis, Maryland. He graduated with an A.B. degree in 1933 and was Phi Beta Kappa. He worked at Duke in Charles Jordan's office until the end of October 1934. Kolbe joined the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South where he served as pastor until September 1942. He moved to Wisconsin and continued working as a pastor while attending Garrett Biblical Institute from where he earned a B.D. in 1945. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1946 and 1948, respectively. Kolbe taught at Earlham College, DePauw University and at Garrett Theological Seminary.

Related Material

  • William Ivey Cranford Papers, circa 1889-1934 (Duke University Archives)
  • Register of the Paul Ramsey Papers, 1934-1984 and undated (David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University)

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The Henry E. Kolbe Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1977.

Processing Information

Processed by Kimberly Sims, January 2007

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, January 2007

Accession A77-64 is described in this finding aid.