Guide to the Thor Hall Papers, 1961-1972


Thor Hall was Associate Professor of Preaching and Theology in the Duke Divinity School from 1962 until 1972. The collection contains materials representative of Dr. Hall's work as a teacher and administrator in the Divinity School as well as information on the growth and development of the Divinity School itself. It also includes materials related to Dr. Hall's work outside the Duke community, particularly in the United Methodist Church. Of particular interest are the folders pertaining to his work in the preaching clinic which he directed in 1964 and 1965. The American Association of Theological Schools Report as well as items in the folder "Organization and Structure, 1968-1971" chart the changes in the Divinity School during the turbulent years of academic and political unrest.

Collection Details

Record Group
Thor Hall papers
Hall, Thor
3 Linear Feet, 3000 Items
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Material in English

Collection Overview

The materials range in date from 1961-1972 and include correspondence, minutes, reports, brochures, and proposals. Two photographs of students at the Approved Pastors School (circa 1963) were transferred from this collection to the University Archives Photograph Collection.

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[Identification of item], Thor Hall Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Biographical Sketch
Box 1
Folder 1
American Association of Theological Schools Report, 1970
Box 1
Folder 2
Approved Pastors School, 1962-1969
Box 1
Folder 3
Approved Pastors School, 1970-1972
Box 1
Folder 4
Duke Divinity School Bulletin, 1961-1965
Box 1
Folder 5
Chapel Worship (including worship service programs), 1969-1972
Box 1
Folder 6
Christian Social Concerns, 1969-1970
Box 1
Folder 7
Continuing Education, 1966-1967
Box 1
Folder 8
Divinity School Review, 1969-1970
Box 1
Folder 9
Faculty Retreat, 1965-1969
Box 1
Folder 10
Honors, 1969-1970
Box 1
Folder 11
Lectures and Public Events, 1968-1971
Box 1
Folder 12
Field Education, 1965-1970
Box 1
Folder 13
Ministerial and Professional Qualifications, 1964-1965, 1969-1970
Box 1
Folder 14
St. Michael's [Dumphries, Scotland] Assistants, 1963-1968
Box 1
Folder 15
United Ministry, 1971-1972
Box 1
Folder 16
Curricular Matters, 1962-1970
Box 1
Folder 17
Faculty Bulletin, 1961-1968
Box 1
Folder 18
Faculty Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1961-1965
Box 1
Folder 19
Faculty Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1966-1969
Box 1
Folder 20
Fieldwork, Summer Visitation, 1964-1970
Box 1
Folder 21
Fieldwork Supervision and Visitation, 1962-1967
Box 1
Folder 22
Marshalling Responsibilities, 1969-1970
Box 1
Folder 23
Organization and Structure, 1968-1971
Box 1
Folder 24
Preaching Clinic, 1962-1971
Box 1
Folder 25
Preaching Department Policy Matters, 1962-1971
Box 1
Folder 26
Recruitment, 1963-1967
Box 2
Folder 27
Self-Study Commission Report, 1970-1971
Box 2
Folder 28
Student Affairs, Coordinating Council, 1964-1969
Box 2
Folder 29
Student Affairs, Representative Assembly, 1969-1970
Box 2
Folder 30
Teaching Materials, Christian Theology (200), undated
Box 2
Folder 31
Teaching Materials, Junior Seminar, Fall 1969
Box 2
Folder 32
Teaching Materials, Junior Seminar, Spring 1970
Box 2
Folder 33
Teaching Materials, Preaching, 1966-1970
Box 2
Folder 34
Teaching Materials, Preaching Seminar, 1969-1970
Box 2
Folder 35
Durham Ministerial Association, Newsletters and Announcements, 1967-1968
Box 2
Folder 36
United Methodist Church, Board of Evangelism, 1969-1972
Box 2
Folder 37
"Design for Witness," 1971
Box 2
Folder 38
"Consultation on Evangelism," [at Duke University], 14-15 March 1972
Box 2
Folder 39
Task Force, 1969-1970
Box 2
Folder 40
North Carolina Conference, Preaching Clinic, 1964-1970
Box 2
Folder 41
Western North Carolina Conference, Preaching Clinic, 1965-1967
Box 2
Folder 42
Institute for Homiletical Studies, 1965-1968
Box 2
Folder 43

Historical Note

Biographical/Historical note

Dr. Thor Hall was born and raised in Larvik, Norway and educated there as well as in Sweden, England and the United States. He received an Examen Artium (B.A.) degree from Oslo University, a Diploma of Theology (B.D.) degree from Scandinavian Methodist Seminary (Sweden), and the M.R.E. and Ph.D. degree from Duke University. Following seminary, he studied for a year at the Selly Oak College in Birmingham, England, holding a scholarship from the World Council of Churches. During his graduate work at Duke, he held a Crusade Scholarship from the Methodist Church, a Kearns Fellowship in Religion, the Angier B. Duke Memorial Fellowship and a James B. Duke Fellowship.

Dr. Hall, his wife Gerd, and their son Jan Tore came to America in 1957. During his five years of graduate study, Dr. Hall served one year as pastor of the Ansonville Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference and almost three years as Assistant to the Minister and Interim Minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Durham, North Carolina. He joined the Duke faculty in September 1962, teaching in the areas of systematic theology and preaching. He spent his sabbatical 1968-69 with his family at the University of Lund, Sweden, completing work on a major book on Lundensian theological methodology, entitled A Framework for Faith. Other books by Dr. Hall include A Theology of Christian Devotion and a collection of sermons by Charles P. Bowles entitled The Unfinished Pyramid.

Dr. Hall was Associate Professor of Preaching and Theology in the Duke Divinity School from 1962 until 1972. Currently, Dr. Hall is a Martin Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.

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The Thor Hall Papers were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1986.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Wood, June 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, July 2006

Accession A86-34 is described in this finding aid.