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William Warren Sweet papers

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Sweet, William Warren, 1881-1959
Title: William Warren Sweet papers
Inclusive Dates: 1794-2005
Bulk Dates: 1902-1957
Abstract: The papers of William Warren Sweet (1881-1958) include materials from the period 1794 to 2005 documenting his pastoral ministry, teaching career, and academic research. A noted historian, Dr. Sweet served as Chair of the Theological Faculty at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology from 1948-1952.
Accession No: BridArch 105.16
Extent: 14 boxes (9 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Minister and historian William Warren Sweet was born in Baldwin, Kansas on February 15, 1881 to Rev. William Henry Sweet (1843-1919) and Rose Althea Williams Sweet (1848-1919). On May 18, 1906 he married Louise M. Neill (1882-1967). They had three sons and two daughters.

Sweet earned degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University (A.B., 1902); Drew Theological Seminary (B.D., 1906); Crozer Theological Seminary (M.Th., 1907); University of Pennsylvania (A.M., 1907 and Ph.D., 1912). He also received two honorary degrees: D.Litt. (Ohio Wesleyan University, 1935) and L.H.D. (DePauw University, 1956.)

Reverend Sweet served two ministerial appointments near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Willow Grove Methodist Episcopal Church, 1906-1908, and Langhorne Methodist Episcopal Church, 1908-1911. He then held history and church history teaching positions at Ohio Wesleyan University 1911-1913, DePauw University 1913-1927, and the University of Chicago Divinity School, 1927-46. Following his retirement in 1946, Sweet taught at Garrett Biblical Institute, 1946-1947; Perkins School of Theology and Southern Methodist University, 1948-1952; the University of Texas (visiting professor), 1951; Pomona College, 1952-1953; and Mills College, 1955-1956.

William Warren Sweet was the author of twenty-seven books including The Methodist Episcopal Church and the Civil War (1912); A History of Latin America (1919); Our American Churches (1924); The Story of Religions in America (1930); Methodism in American History (1933); Makers of Christianity from John Cotton to Lyman Abbott (1937); Religion in Colonial America (1942); Revivalism in America, its Origin, Growth and Decline (1944); The American Churches: An Interpretation (1948); and Religion in the Development of American Culture (1952). Known during his generation as the “Dean of American Church Historians,” Sweet was influential in establishing American religious history as a field of academic study.

William Warren Sweet died in Dallas, Texas on January 3, 1959.

Sources:

Ash, James L. Protestantism and the American University: An Intellectual Biography of William Warren Sweet. Dallas: SMU Press, 1982.

“Dr. Sweet to Leave SMU After 4 Years on Faculty.” Dallas Morning News, April 20, 1952.

“Dr. Sweet Sr., Church Historian, Dies.” Dallas Morning News, January 4, 1959.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William Warren Sweet papers document Dr. Sweet’s work as a Methodist minister and historian. The collection includes two sets of professional correspondence files, sermons and public addresses notes, documents from courses that Sweet taught and institutions that he served, copies of publication drafts and published writings, topical research notes, primary source documents and transcriptions, two wooden gavels, and a copy of a 1952 United Nations petition to which Sweet was a signatory. Although the overall date range of materials in the collection is 1794-2005, most items were created in the twentieth century and relate to the later decades of Sweet’s teaching career.

The collection does not include the manifest of the slave ship Mary, a document that Sweet studied in the 1930s just prior to its disappearance. Family correspondence, personal papers, photographs, and the sermons of Rev. William H. Sweet found in the collection during processing have been removed from the papers of William Warren Sweet and made a separate related collection: the Sweet Family papers.


 

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection contains six series of documents and artifacts:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1906-1958
Series 2: Ministry Papers, 1902-1957
Series 3: Teaching Papers, 1902-1957
Series 4: Academic Writings, 1906-1957
Series 5: Research Materials, 1794-2005
Series 6: Ephemera, 1911-1957

Restrictions

Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgement of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights form before using this collection.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.


Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Sweet, William Warren, 1881-1959.
Perkins School of Theology -- History.
Perkins School of Theology -- Faculty.
Methodism -- History.
Methodist Episcopal Church -- Clergy.
Sermons.

Related Material

Sweet family papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

William Warren Sweet papers, Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism, Greencastle, Indiana

William Warren Sweet papers, University of Chicago Library, Chicago, Illinois


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], William Warren Sweet papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Louise Neill Sweet and family, 1959-1961.

Processing Information

The collection was first arranged and described in 1981 by Associate Librarian Roger Loyd. Archivist Timothy S. G. Binkley re-processed the collection with the assistance of Heather M. Oglevie in 2011.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Correspondence, 1906-1958

The first series comprises two separate correspondence filing systems: an alphabetical file and a chronological file. Both subseries contain correspondence with scholars, church leaders, historical organizations, and educational institutions. An item of special interest is Sweet’s October 20, 1950 letter to President Harry S. Truman concerning the appointment of a U.S. diplomatic representative to the Vatican (Box 1715, file 25).
Subseries 1: Alphabetical
Box Folder
1714 01 A 1947-1951
02 American Council of Learned Societies 1950
03 Applications and appointments 1950-1951
04 Asbury Journal and letters 1951-1952
05 B 1947-1949
06 B 1950-1951
07 Barnett, Alfred E. 1947-1949
08 Beach, Robert F. 1950
09 Bible Conferences 1954-1955
10 Bross Prize 1950-1951
11 C 1946-1949
12 C 1949-1952
13 Council on Graduate Studies in Religion 1951
14 D 1947-1951
15 E 1948-1951
16 English letters 1949-1952
17 F 1947-1951
18 G 1948-1951
19 Garrett Biblical Institute 1948-1951
20 H 1946-1951
21 Harper & Brothers, Publishers, Eugene Exman 1948-1951
22 Hopkins, Garland E. (Virginia Methodist History) 1948-1952
23 Huntington Library 1950-1951
24 I 1949-1950
25 J 1948-1952
26 K 1947-1952
27 L 1948-1956
28 M 1947-1949
29 M 1950-1951
30 Mills College 1955 31 N 1947-1952
32 O 1947-1951
33 P 1947-1952
34 Q 1949-1951
35 R 1948-1951
36 S 1947-1949
Box Folder
1715 01 S 1950-1952
02 Scribner’s 1950-1952
03 Shepherd, Massey H. 1949-1950
04 Short History of Methodism 1954
05 Southern Methodist University 1948-1950
06 Spann, J. Richard 1949-1951
07 Spinka, Matthew 1949-1950
08 Summer engagements 1950 1950
09 Sweet, W. W. – personal correspondence 1946-1956
10 T 1947-1952
11 Tulane University 1950
12 University of Texas 1949-1951
13 V 1948-1951
14 W 1947-1951
15 World Book Encyclopedia 1944
16 Y 1947-1951
17 Z 1949-1950
Subseries 2: Chronological
Box Folder
1715 18 Correspondence 1906-1916
19 Correspondence 1907-1937
20 Correspondence 1938-1939
21 Correspondence 1940-1945
22 Correspondence 1946
23 Correspondence 1946
24 Correspondence 1947
25 Correspondence 1948-1949
26 Correspondence 1950
27 Correspondence 1951
28 Correspondence 1952
29 Correspondence 1952
30 Correspondence 1953
31 Correspondence 1954
32 Correspondence 1955
33 Correspondence 1955
34 Correspondence 1956
35 Correspondence 1956
36 Correspondence 1957-1958
37 Correspondence, undated 1900-1958



 

Series 2:
Ministry Papers, 1902-1957

The ministry papers of William Warren Sweet include sermons, prayers, worship bulletins, and denominational leadership papers. The series begins with manuscript and typescript notes from 201 sermons and devotional addresses. Some are full sermon scripts; others are annotated sermon outlines. Undated sermons are indicated by the date range of 1902-1957. Supplied titles appear in square brackets. The sermon notes have been placed in scripture reference order by the primary sermon text or by the first scripture citation noted in the sermon. Many sermons include multiple scripture references. Series 2 ends with supplemental materials: prayers, worship bulletins, and documents concerning a business item on the topic of “Keeping and Preserving of Church Records” proposed to the 1940 Methodist Church General Conference.
The differences between Sweet’s sermons and other public addresses are not great. For the purposes of arrangement and description, address notes that begin with scripture citations have been categorized as sermons. Those clearly identified as speeches to community groups and those that do not begin with a scripture passage have been categorized as addresses and placed in series 3.
Box Folder
1716A 01 Family Religion Genesis 18:17-19 1908
02 Haloes Exodus 3:1-6 1902-1957
03 Take away from me this death… Exodus 10:17 1902-1957
04 The Young Man in the Home Deuteronomy 5:16 1902-1957
05 The Duty of Remembering Deuteronomy 8:2 1902-1957
06 The Untried Way Joshua 3:4 1902-1957
07 The Ceasing of the Manna Joshua 5:10-15 1902-1957
08 Obedience 1 Samuel 15:22 1902-1957
09 The Blessing of Unrealized Ideals 2 Samuel 7:1-13 1902-1957
10 Making Life Decisions 1 Kings 3:5-12 1902-1957
11 Wounds Received in Life's Warfare 1 Kings 22:29-34 1902-1957
12 The Healing of Naaman 2 Kings 5:1-14 1902-1957
13 Making Life Big Ezra 1:8 1902-1957
14 Pagan Praying Job 21:15 1902-1957
15 The Christian's Circumscribed Consumerism Psalm 1:2 1902-1957
16 Meditation Psalm 19 1902-1957
17 Weeping may endure for a night… Psalm 30:5 1902-1957
18 Psalm XXXI Psalm 31 1902-1957
19 Life -- A Larger Room Psalm 31:8 1902-1957
20 Prayer and Praise Psalm 33 1902-1957
21 The Hand of God in American History Psalm 33 1902-1957
22 Tasting Christ Psalm 34:8 1902-1957
23 Numbering our Days Psalm 90:12 1902-1957
24 Forget not to be Thankful Psalm 103:2 1902-1957 25 Remembering Benefits Psalm 103:2 1902-1957
26 Father and Child Psalm 103:13 1902-1957
27 Appreciation Psalm 107:1-16 1956
28 Great things for Which to Be Thankful Psalm 126:3 1902-1957
29 The Present-Day Meaning of July 4th Proverbs 14:34 1902-1957
30 A Plea for Christian Mothers Proverbs 31:10-31 1902-1957
31 The Influence of Wives and Mothers Proverbs 31:10-31 1902-1957
32 Waiting for the Morning Song of Songs 2:17 1902-1957
33 The World before Christ Came Isaiah 11:1-10 1902-1957
34 The Leadership of the Child Isaiah 11:6 1902-1957
35 A Fourth of July Meditation Isaiah 40:31 1902-1957
36 Why Salvation is Free Isaiah 55 1902-1957
37 Death Chosen Rather than Life Jeremiah 8:3 1902-1957
38 The Present World Situation Jeremiah 8:11 1902-1957
39 Hands Plus Wings Ezekiel 1:1-8 1902-1957
40 The Last Night of Babylon Daniel 5 1902-1957
41 Daniel's Open Window and What it Did Daniel 6:1-16 1902-1957
42 Prepare to meet thy God Amos 4:12 1902-1957
43 The Negatively Good Man Amos 6:1-7 1902-1957
44 Christmas Presents Matthew 2:11 1902-1957
45 The Christian Duty of Appreciation Matthew 3:17 1902-1957
46 Fishers of Men Matthew 4:18-22 1902-1957
47 Do the Meek Inherit the Earth? Matthew 5:5 1902-1957
48 The Quest of Happiness Matthew 5:12 1902-1957
49 Making our Friendship Christian Matthew 5:13-16 1902-1957
50 Flies in the Ointment Matthew 5:13-19 1902-1957
51 A Dead Fly in the Ointment Matthew 5:13-22 1902-1957
52 Little Sins and Their Dangers Matthew 5:19 1902-1957
53 Enemies Matthew 5:43-48 1911
54 Do College Students need to Pray? Matthew 6:1-15 1911-1946
55 A Lesson in Prayer Matthew 6:1-21 1902-1957
56 The Habit of Prayer Matthew 6:5-13 1902-1957
57 First Things First Matthew 6:19-34 1902-1957
58 Comparisons Matthew 7:1-5 1902-1957
59 Hearing and Doing Matthew 7:24-27 1910
60 The Power of Hearing Matthew 11:15 1902-1957
61 Come unto me... Matthew 11:28-30 1902-1957
62 Yokefellows Matthew 11:28-30 1902-1957
63 How to Keep Sunday Matthew 12:1-14 1902-1957
64 How Big is Your World? Matthew 13:31-43 1902-1957
65 The Leadership of the Child Matthew 18:1-6 1902-1957
66 The Joy of Being Merciful Matthew 18:21-35 1902-1957
67 A Man for the Ages Matthew 20:26-27 1902-1957
68 Religion and the Winning of the West Matthew 22:34-40 1902-1957
69 Enduring to the End Matthew 24:1-13 1902-1957
70 Christ's Secret of Success Matthew 24:12-13 1902-1957
71 Bearing Crosses Matthew 24:32 1902-1957
72 Helping God with his Family Matthew 25:31-46 1902-1957
73 Now when the even was come… Matthew 26:17-30 1902-1957
74 What Will You Do with Jesus? Matthew 27:1-2 1902-1957
75 The Unsaved Savior Matthew 27:39-44 1902-1957
76 The Tomb of Jesus Matthew 27:57-28:9 1902-1957
77 Carrying Your Corner Mark 2:1-5 1902-1957
78 Making Christ our Guest Mark 2:14-17 1902-1957
79 The World and Christ Mark 4:26-32 1902-1957
80 Is the Church Performing its Task? Mark 9:17-29 1902-1957
81 The Message of the Cleansed Temple Mark 11:15-19 1902-1957
82 The Man who Just Comes Short Mark 12:28-34 1902-1957
83 A Plea for the Priceless Mark 14:1-11 1902-1957
84 The Lost Christ Luke 2:43-50 1902-1957
85 The Temptations of Jesus Luke 4:1-13 1902-1957
86 A Conventional Christmas Luke 4:16 1902-1957
87 Efficiency in Christian Service Luke 4:16-21 1902-1957
88 Mourners Made Happy Luke 6:20-31 1902-1957
89 Receiving and Giving Luke 10:17-24 1908
90 Martha and Mary Luke 10:38-42 1902-1957
91 The Revelators of Character Luke 11:37-39 1902-1957
92 The Value of a Man Luke 12:1-7 1902-1957
93 The Reasonableness of Christianity Luke 12:16-32 1902-1957
94 Armistice Day 1941 Luke 12:40-59 1941
95 Unlimited Room: Limited Time Luke 14:16-22 1902-1957
96 Our Unprofitable Communions Luke 14:16-24 1902-1957
97 Excuses Luke 14:16-24 1952
Box Folder
1716B 01 The Value of the One Luke 15:1-10 1902-1957
02 The Search for the Lost Luke 15:4 1902-1957
03 [The Prodigal Son] Luke 15:11-24 1902-1957
04 What is a Good Man? Luke 15:11-32 1902-1957
05 Negative and Positive Goodness Luke 15:11-32 1902-1957
06 Money Luke 16:1-18 1902-1957
07 Ingratitude -- The Most Popular of Sins Luke 17:11-19 1902-1957
08 The Transformation of Zacchaeus Luke 19:2-9 1902-1957
09 Appreciation Luke 21:1-19 1902-1957
10 What Does the Sacrament Mean…? Luke 22:7-20 1902-1957
11 Christ in the Garden Luke 22:39-46 1902-1957
12 Meditation on Some Events in the Life of Jesus Luke 22:39-48 1902-1957
13 The First Trophy of the Cross Luke 23:35-43 1902-1957
14 Easter and Immortality Luke 24:1-12 1902-1957
15 Eventide Luke 24:13-31 1902-1957
16 Why did Christ Die for Me? John 3:1-21 1902-1957
17 Feeling and Thought in Religion John 3:14-21 1902-1957
18 Salvation John 3:14-21 1902-1957
19 What the Death of Christ Means John 3:14-21 1902-1957
20 The Price of Unbelief John 3:16-21 1902-1957
21 Hunger of the Soul John 6:1-35 1902-1957
22 Christ the Bread of the World John 6:26-35 1902-1957
23 Christ's Method of Dealing with Sinners John 8:1-11 1902-1957
24 Truth and Freedom John 8:32 1902-1957
25 Life from Death John 12:12-33 1902-1957
26 Life for Other's Sake John 12:23-26 1902-1957
27 The Triumph of Meekness John 13:1-9 1902-1957
28 Greater Works than Christ's John 14:10-13 1902-1957
29 The Marvel of Modern Missions John 14:10-13 1902-1957
30 The Day of Fellowship John 14:20 1902-1957
31 Weak and Sickly Christians John 15:1-8 1902-1957
32 What is Christianity? John 15:1-9 1902-1957
33 Failure without Christ John 15:1-17 1902-1957
34 Loneliness John 16:12-33 1902-1957
35 Ye shall be sorrowful… John 16:20 1902-1957
36 The Importance of Finishing Things John 17:4 1902-1957
37 The Watchers at the Cross John 19 1902-1957
38 The Coronation of Christ John 19:2-3 1902-1957
39 Those who Crucified Him John 19:16-24 1902-1957
40 [Mother, Dear Sacred Name] John 19:27 1902-1957
41 The Death of Christ John 19:31-42 1902-1957
42 The Demands of Love John 21:15 1911
43 The Church: What is It? Acts 2 1902-1957
44 The Fundamentalists and What They Stand For Acts 5:38-39 1902-1957
45 Prayer and Life Acts 10:1-35 1910-1920
46 Conditions of Being Saved Acts 16:11-34 1902-1957
47 Diagnosing Spiritual Disease Acts 16:30-31 1902-1957
48 Our Heritage of Freedom Acts 22:22-30 1900-1956
49 Unity in Diversity Acts 22:28 1902-1957
50 Death: An Incident in Life Romans 6 1902-1957
51 How the Devil Wins and How he Treats Man Romans 7:14-25 1902-1957
52 The Immortality and Supremacy of Love Romans 8:28-39 1902-1957
53 Some Modern Obstacles in Christianizing the World Romans 10:11-17 1902-1957
54 A World-wide Vision Romans 10:11-17 1902-1957
55 The World, Money, and Christ Romans 10:11-17 1902-1957
56 How unsearchable are his judgments… Romans 11:33 1902-1957
57 Faith and Democracy Romans 12:5 1902-1957
58 Methodism and Congregationalism in New England 1 Cor. 1:10-18 1902-1957
59 Ecumenicity Begins at Home 1 Corinthians 1:10-20 1902-1957
60 Why the Church and the Ministry are Discredited 1 Cor. 1:17-31 1902-1957
61 [Meditation on physical fitness] 1 Corinthians 6:19 1911-1927
62 Temptation 1 Corinthians 10:13 1902-1957
63 The Purpose of the Sacrament 1 Corinthians 11:24 1907
64 Unity in Diversity 1 Cor. 12:4-20 1902-1957
65 Coveting the Best Gifts 1 Corinthians 12:31 1902-1957
66 The Search for the Best 1 Corinthians 12:31 1902-1957
67 The Things which Abide 1 Corinthians 13:13 1902-1957
68 The Christian Doctrine of the Resurrection 1 Corinthians 15 1902-1957
69 The Primacy of the Atonement 1 Corinthians 15:3 1902-1957
70 Victory over Death 1 Corinthians 15:54 1902-1957
71 The Best Way to Advertise a Church 2 Corinthians 3:2 1902-1957
72 God's Court and our Advocate 2 Corinthians 5:10-11 1902-1957
73 Reconciliation 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 1902-1957
74 Does Religion Make Men Effeminate? 2 Corinthians 11:16-33 1902-1957
75 Methodism of the Past 2 Corinthians 11:18-33 1902-1957
76 Francis Asbury 2 Corinthians 11:24-33 1902-1957
77 Not Yours, but You 2 Corinthians 12:1-21 1902-1957
78 Unanswered Prayer 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 1910-1920
79 The Church a Family Galatians 4:1-7 1902-1957
80 Knowing the Unknowable Ephesians 3:14-21 1902-1957
81 A Devotional Meditation Ephesians 3:19 1902-1957
82 Anger Ephesians 4:26 1902-1957
83 A Plea for Christian Fathers Ephesians 6:1-4 1902-1957
84 The Open Door of 1922 Philippians 3 1920-1922
85 Limitation in Human Comprehension Philippians 3:13 1923
86 Mountain Climbing Philippians 4:4-9 1902-1957
87 Thought: The Seed of Character Colossians 3:1-17 1902-1957
Box Folder
1717A 01 Quenching the Spirit 1 Thessalonians 5:19 1902-1957
02 Some Misuses of the Bible 2 Timothy 1902-1957
03 Purity Titus 1:15 1902-1957
04 Christ's Last Will and Testament Hebrews 9:11-17 1902-1957
05 Bought with Blood Hebrews 9:11-22 1902-1957
06 The Nature of Faith Hebrews 11:1 1902-1957
07 Relation of Sin and Death James 1:15 1902-1957
08 Patience in Waiting James 5:7-11 1902-1957
09 Giving a Reason for your Faith 1 Peter 3:8-17 1902-1957
10 The Problem of Human Suffering 1 Peter 4:12-19 1902-1957
11 Human Fellowship and the Christian Life 1 John 1:7 1902-1957
12 The Church of the Living God Revelation 1:10-20 1902-1957
13 The World’s Approach to God Revelation 11:15 1902-1957
14 [I heard a voice from heaven saying] Revelation 14:13 1902-1957
15 Christ the Root Revelation 22:16 1902-1957
16 The Ministry of the Hymns no text 1910
17 [Meditation on] Fitness no text 1934
18 Sermon note remnants 1902-1957
19 Prayers 1902-1957
20 Worship bulletins 1912-1949
21 General Conference Memorial on Church Records 1939-1940



 

Series 3:
Teaching Papers, 1902-1957

The teaching papers of William Warren Sweet are arranged in three topical subseries: Speeches, Courses, and Academic Institutions.
Subseries 1, Speeches, comprises 315 folders of class lectures and public addresses arranged in alphabetical order by title and a single folder of speaking engagement programs. The lectures and addresses are similar in format to the sermons in Series 2 but lack introductory scripture texts. Like the sermons, the speeches lack the kind of extensive citations required of academic writing for publication. Undated speeches are indicated by the date range of 1911-1957. Supplied titles appear in square brackets.
Subseries 2, Courses, contains 16 folders of bibliographies, tests, notes, class lists, and student work from courses that Dr. Sweet taught. The folder titles are topical and begin with United States religious and political history. Folders pertaining to other nations and regions follow (Canada, Latin-America, Europe, and Asia).
Subseries 3, Academic Institutions, includes 14 folders of correspondence and administrative papers organized alphabetically by school name. This subseries includes data from Sweet’s years as a student at Ohio Wesleyan University and Drew Theological Seminary.
Subseries 1: Speeches
Box Folder
1717A 22 Abraham Lincoln 1913-1927
23 Abraham Lincoln – The Man 1933-1940
24 Abraham Lincoln and his Critics 1920-1930
25 Address before DePauw Alumni of Chicago 1923
26 [Addresses to the National Groups Division] 1940-1945
27 Address to the WCTU of Langhorne, Pennsylvania, An 1909
28 [Advice on dating and marriage] 1911-1957
29 Agriculture 1911-1957
30 American Baptists: Their Success and Failure 1911-1957
31 American Churches at the Close of the Revolution 1927-1957
32 American Church Face New Forces [higher criticism, evolution] 1911-1957
33 American History and the Roman Catholic Church 1922-1957
34 American Religious Scene at the Opening of the National Period 1911-1957
35 American vs. British Ideas of Constitutional Rights 1911-1957
36 Appetite and Habit 1911-1957
37 Background of World War I 1919-1957
38 Beckly Lectures, The [London, England] 1946
39 Benjamin Franklin 1911-1957
40 Bible and How to Use It, The 1911-1957
41 Bible in American History, The 1911-1957
42 Bird’s Eye View of American Foreign Relations, A 1919-1941
43 British India 1921-1952
44 By-products of the Great Awakening 1911-1957
45 Calvin and Calvinism 1911-1957
46 Chief Factors in Our Achievement of Independence 1911-1957
47 China – The Open Door to Four Hundred Million Minds 1911-1929
48 Church and This Generation, The 1927-1946
49 Church Archives in the United States 1950
50 Church History in America 1911-1957
51 Church in the Age of Big Business, The 1927-1946
52 Church Realizing Her Opportunities, The 1913-1939
53 Church Schools as an Educational Factor 1922-1930
54 Churches During the [American Civil] War 1911-1957
55 Churches in the World Today [United College address] 1946
56 Civil Government in the Schools 1919-1940
57 Civics 1911-1957
58 Collecting and Editing Historical Sources 1927-1946
59 Colonial Churches, The 1927-1957
60 Coming of the Civil War, The 1911-1957
61 Commonwealth 1911-1957
62 Comprehending the Church 1920-1940
63 [Conditions in China, India, and Japan] 1911-1957
64 Congregational Singing 1920-1930
65 [Congregationalism in the building of the nation] 1911-1957
66 Constitution Day Sept. 17, 1924 1924
67 Constitution Making 1911-1957
68 Contribution of Methodism to Western New York 1927-1946
69 Contribution of the Ancients, The 1911-1957
70 Controversies with the Belligerents 1911-1957
71 Coolidge 1930-1957
72 Cooperation of the Home with the School, The 1908-1911
73 Council of Trent, The 1911-1957
74 Counter-Reformation 1911-1957
75 Course of the English Reformation 1911-1957
76 Creative Forces in American Religion 1911-1957
77 Crises of the [American Civil] War 1911-1957
78 [Crusades, The] 1911-1957
79 Cultural Pluralism 1948-1957
80 Currency Issue, The 1911-1957
81 Decade of Controversy [1765-1775] 1911-1957
82 Delta Tau Delta 1933-1947
83 DePauw in the Making of Indiana 1913-1927
84 Determining Factors in American Religion 1927-1946
85 Disciples in American Church History 1911-1957
86 [Double Diamond Jubilee of Methodism in Ohio] 1948
87 Dudleian Lecture of Harvard University 1940-1957
88 Eastern Orthodoxy in the United States 1932-1957
89 Education 1911-1957
90 Education in Colonial Spanish America 1911-1957
91 Educational Advance [1820-1860] 1911-1957
92 Educational Renaissance, The [1860-1920] 1911-1957
93 Efficiency in Christian Service [Epworth League address] 1911-1930
94 Eight Weeks in a State Prison 1911-1957
95 Eighty-five Years of DePauw University 1926
96 Election of 1940 1942-1957
97 Emergence of New Parties, The 1911-1957
98 Emigration to the Colonies 1911-1957
Box Folder
1717B 01 End of Radical Reconstruction, The 1911-1957
02 Enduring to the End [World War I] 1917-1919
03 England’s Founding of Colonies 1911-1957
04 Era of Organization and the Rise of Modern Missions 1911-1957
05 Europe from the Franco-Prussian War to the Present 1914-1927
06 Evangelical Missions in South America 1911-1957
07 Expansion outside America 1911-1957
08 Faith’s Greatest Obstacle [suffering] 1911-1957
09 Far-Eastern Policy 1953-1957
10 Farmers’ Revolt, The 1911-1957
11 Favorable Signs for the Future of American Christianity 1934-1957
12 Filling out the Continent to the Pacific 1840-1850 1911-1957
13 Financing the Civil War 1911-1957
14 Francis Asbury – the Prophet of the Long Road 1924
15 French Settlements in America 1911-1957
16 Freshman Week 1913-1927
17 Friendship with Latin America 1911-1957
18 From Isolation to Intervention 1943-1957
19 From the Compromise of 1850 to the Beginning of the War 1911-1957
20 Functional Value of History, The 1927-1957
21 Fundamental Principles of Protestantism, The 1928-1946
22 Fundamentals in Promoting International Good-Will 1930
23 Furling of the Service Flag, The 1919
24 Garrett: A Hundred Years View 1953
25 Geographic Influence on History: Latin America / Caribbean 1916-1957
26 George Frederick Keiper and DePauw University 1925-1927
27 George Washington – Patriot of Peace 1935
28 Government under the Articles of Confederation, The 1911-1957
29 Grantism 1869-1877 1953-1957
30 Great Awakenings, The 1911-1957
31 Great Controversy – Slavery, The 1911-1957
32 Great Depression 1929-1933, The 1934-1957
33 Greencastle’s Centennial 1921-1923
34 Growing War Spirit / Spanish-American War 1911-1957
35 Guide [Phi Beta Kappa] 1920-1925
36 Hands Plus Wings 1938
37 Heroic Memories [American Civil War] 1911
38 History [What is history?] 1911-1957
39 History and Life 1916
40 History of American Ideas Lecture I 1911-1957
41 History Study in America 1911-1957
42 Hobbies [Rotary Club address] 1913-1927
43 Hobbies for Teachers [Carroll County Teacher’s Institute] 1911-1957
44 How the United States Administered its Colonies 1911-1957
45 How the United States has Financed her Wars 1920-1952
46 Immigration 1947-1957
47 Imperial Reorganization 1763-1775 1911-1957
48 Intellectual Developments 1860-1900 / Education for All 1911-1957
49 Interpreting Christ 1911-1957
50 Introducing Edward A. White 1955
51 Introducing Rollie Walker (Ohio Wesleyan address) 1938
52 Introduction of Methodism into the Mississippi Valley, The 1919
53 Is this a Good World? 1920-1940
54 Jacksonian Democracy 1911-1957
55 Jackson’s War on the Bank / Rise of the New West 1911-1957
56 Jansenism 1911-1957
57 Japanese Phase of World War II, The 1945-1957
58 Jeffersonian Democracy in Practice 1911-1957
59 John Adams’ Administration 1911-1957
60 John Wesley and Catholicity / Methodism and Catholicity 1911-1957
61 John Wycliffe -- The Hero of the English Bible 1911-1957
62 Junipero Serra 1937-1946
63 Last Frontier / Tragedy of the Indians 1911-1957
64 Laudamus Obscuros Viros (Let us praise obscure men) 1913-1927
65 Leisure and Hobbies 1911-1957
66 Life of Christ in Art 1911-1957
67 Lost Peace, The [1919-1939] 1940-1957
68 Lutheran Reformation, The 1911-1957
69 Main Topics in American History 1492-1952 1952-1957
70 Making the Constitution 1911-1957
71 Manifest Destiny 1911-1957
72 Meaning of All Kiwanis Night, The 1924
73 Medieval Empire and the Papacy, The 1911-1957
74 Medieval Europe 1911-1957
75 Medieval Hymns in the Methodist Hymnal 1911-1935 76 Meet the Wesley Brothers 1911-1957
77 Memorial Day Address 1911-1957
78 Methods of History Teaching 1911-1957
79 Methodism and Education 1911-1957
80 Methodism and Indianapolis 1911-1957
81 Methodism and its Contribution to the Middle West 1943
82 Methodism and the Westward March 1934
83 Methodism Faces America 1913-1946
84 Methodism Faces an Empty Continent 1911-1957
85 Methodism in the Building of the Nation 1911-1957
86 Methodism’s Educational Task 1927-1946
87 Methodist Colleges and Universities in Texas 1911-1957
88 Methodist Episcopal Church and Reconstruction, The 1911-1957
89 Methodist Episcopal Church and Slavery, The 1911-1957
90 Methodist Episcopal Church in War Time, The 1911-1957
91 Methodist Schisms 1911-1957
92 Mexico / Mexico and her Latest Revolution 1912-1957
93 Millerism, Spiritualism, and Communistic Experiment 1911-1957
94 Mind and Spirit of a College Man, The 1911-1920
95 Moral and Religious Content of School Histories, The 1924-1957
96 Net Result of the Reformation, The 1911-1957
97 New Deal, The 1942-1957
98 New England Historians 1911-1957
99 New Immigration, The 1931-1957
100 New Nationalism, The 1911-1957
101 New Plan at [the University of ] Chicago, The 1927-1946
102 Newspapers / The Development of the Popular Magazine 1911-1957
103 Northern Farmer, The 1911-1957
Box Folder
1718A 01 [on lifeless religion] 1927-1946
02 Organizational Structure of Methodism 1911-1957
03 Origin of Episcopalianism, The 1911-1957
04 Origin of the Friends, The 1911-1957
05 Our Foreign Relations 1911-1957
06 Our Generation 1931
07 Our Great Northern Neighbor [Canada] 1911-1957
08 Our Heritage of Freedom 1950-1957
09 Our Moral Obligation to Latin America 1913-1927
10 Overthrow of Carpet-Bag Government in South Carolina 1911-1957
11 Panic of 1837 1911-1957
12 Papacy, Historically Considered, The 1914-1957
13 Peace Lincoln Planned, The 1927-1946
14 Peacemakers VS Peacewishers 1927-1946
15 Pennsylvania Germans, The 1911-1957
16 People of Latin America, The 1911-1957
17 Philosophia 1911-1957
18 Place of the Preacher in the Life of the Community, The 1911-1957
19 Political History of Slavery 1911-1957
20 Possible Factors which Led to the Winning of American Independence 1911-1957
21 Preparing to Preach in War Time 1939-1945
22 Present Situation in Regard to World Peace, The 1922-1939
23 Present Situation in Russia, The 1917-1923
24 Present Turning Points in Religion 1942-1950
25 Present-day Importance of Latin American History 1919-1957
26 President Johnson’s Policy of Reconstruction 1953-1957
27 Presidential Campaign of 1860, The 1911-1957
28 Presidential Election of 1928, The 1929-1957
29 Prof. Dunning Essays on Civil War and Reconstruction 1905
30 Progressive Movement, The 1911-1957
31 Protestantism in Scandinavian Countries 1911-1957
32 [Protestantism in Scotland] 1911-1957
33 Protestantism in the History of the United States 1911-1950
34 Puritan and Yankee [New England] 1911-1957
35 Puritan Protestantism / The Puritans 1911-1957
36 Puritan Worldview, The 1911-1957
37 Purpose of a Liberal Arts College 1913-1927
38 Putnam County Centennial, The 1920-1924
39 Railroads in the Making of Modern America 1920-1957
40 Rapprochement in American Protestantism 1949-1957
41 Rays of Fraternal Sunshine [Methodist re-unification] 1952
42 Recognition Day Address 1911-1946
43 Reconstruction 1911-1957
44 Rector Scholarship Foundation 1913-1927
45 Reformation [the Protestant] 1911-1957
46 Reformation in Holland 1911-1957
47 Religion and Frontier Culture 1936-1957
48 Religion in the American Colonies 1911-1957
49 Religion in the Modern World 1927-1946
50 Religion, Law and Order on the American Frontier 1928-1957
51 Religion on the American Frontier / Religion on the Frontier 1911-1957
52 Religious Liberty: Its Sources and Present Status 1944-1950
53 Religious Reforms in Mexico 1919-1923
54 Religious Significance of the Frontier, The 1911-1957
55 Renaissance and the Church 1911-1957
56 Republicans Return to Power 1920-1932 1933-1957
57 Revivalism and the American Frontier 1911-1957
58 Revivalism in the Making of the Religious Mind 1911-1957
59 Revivalism: The Great Awakening in New England 1911-1957
Box Folder
1718B 01 Revolution, [The American] / The Revolutionary Generation 1911-1957
02 Rise of Anti-Slavery Societies 1774-1830, The 1953-1957
03 Rise of Frontier Utopias, The 1911-1957
04 Rise of Mormonism, The 1911-1957
05 Rise of Religious Liberty, The 1911-1957
06 Rise of the Middle Class 1911-1957
07 Roads, Inland Waterways, and Canals 1911-1957
08 Roman Catholicism to the Middle of the Century 1911-1957
09 Roman Catholics and Slavery 1927-1957
10 Romantic Story of Anglo-Saxon Expansion, The 1911-1957
11 Rutherford B. Hayes 1953-1957
12 Savonarola -- The Hero of Florence 1911-1957
13 School History Library, The 1911-1957
14 School Teaching and Life 1915-1957
15 Sectionalism in the Colonies / Colonial Self-government 1911-1957
16 Separation of Church and State 1911-1957
17 Shirley Jackson Case: At Home and in His Study 1948
18 [Short History of Methodism - Fort Worth lectures] 1957
19 Significance of Discovery Day, The 1922
20 Sins that Mar Family Life 1927-1957
21 Slavery / The Abolition Movement 1911-1957
22 Social Order in 1800, The 1911-1957
23 Some Churches of the Disinherited Today 1911-1957
24 Some College and Fraternity Problems 1927
25 Some Determining Factors in American Religion 1913-1957
26 Some Economic Factors in American History 1911-1957
27 Some Present-Day High School Problems 1913-1927
28 Some Present-Day South American Problems 1927-1946
29 Some Schools I Visited in South America 1911-1957
30 Some Significant Factors in American Church History 1926-1957
31 Some Topics in American History 1860-1880 1911-1957
32 Sources of our Basic Freedom, The 1911-1957
33 South after the War, The 1911-1957
34 Southern Society 1911-1957
35 St. James in its Historic Setting 1911-1957
36 Steps Leading to Revolution 1911-1957
37 Swiss Reformation, The 1911-1957
38 Teaching History 1911-1957
39 Temper of Contemporary Europe, The 1938
40 Ten Years of Kiwanis 1924-1925
41 Tercentennial of the Landing of the Pilgrims, The 1921
42 Texas 1911-1957
43 Theodore Roosevelt 1912-1957
44 Theories of Southern States’ Status Following the War 1911-1957
45 Thirty-Years War, The 1911-1957
46 Three Revolutions which made Modern America, The 1911-1957
47 Topics Dealing with the Slavery Controversy 1911-1957
48 Topics in Recent American History 1950-1957
49 Transplanting Anglicanism to the Colonies 1911-1957
50 Treaty of Peace of 1783, The 1911-1957
51 Triumph of Prohibition, The 1919
52 Tut-Ankh-Amen and Where He Belongs in History 1922-1925
53 Two Masters of Men [Lincoln and Roosevelt] 1919
54 Understanding Latin America 1911-1957
55 United Nations and the United States, The 1946-1957
56 United States and the War, The 1917-1945
57 Value of Local History in the Schools, The 1920-1927
58 War and the Lost Peace, The [World War I] 1920-1957
59 War History of DePauw, The 1919-1920
60 War of 1812, The 1911-1957
61 Warren Gamaliel Harding 1924-1957
62 Was the Reformation Needed? 1911-1957
63 Washington Conference on Disarmament, The 1921
64 Washington’s Administration 1911-1957
65 What Has Happened Since the Washington Conference 1922
66 What is the Matter with Modern Education? 1911-1957
67 What the Middle Ages did to Christianity 1911-1957
68 What the Reformation Accomplished 1911-1957
69 What the War Should Do for Our History Methods 1919-1939
70 Why Do We Study Ancient and Medieval History? 1913-1946
71 Why I Believe in the Wesley Foundation and St. Paul’s Church 1927-1946
72 Why the Nations are Fighting 1914
73 Why the Revised Standard Version? 1952-1957
74 World Conference on the Limitation of Armament, The 1922-1923
75 World Situation and the American Farmer, The 1922-1923
76 World War I Begins 1919-1957
77 World War II: The German Phase 1945-1958
78 Speaking engagement programs 1931-1952
Subseries 2: Courses
Box Folder
1719 01 American Church History 1919-1950
02 Indiana Methodism 1913-1927
03 Millerite Movement, The 1924-1957
04 Religion in the Era of Controversy and Division 1911-1957
05 Slavery and the American Church 1911-1957
06 Slavery seminar student papers 1948-1949
07 United States History 1915-1956
08 American Diplomacy 1919-1924
09 [United States-Native American Relations] 1935-1957
10 Indiana History 1913-1927
11 History of Canada 1913-1927
12 Latin-American History courses 1911-1957
13 European History 1915-1948
14 British Empire 1922-1956
15 Self-governing Colonies 1913-1927
16 Ancient West Asian History 1920-1929
17 Claremont Graduate School 1948
18 DePauw University 1956
Subseries 3: Academic Institutions
Box Folder
1719 19 Drew Theological Seminary 1905-1906
20 Garrett Biblical Institute 1948-1953
21 Iliff School of Theology 1947-1948
22 McCormick Theological Seminary 1947-1948
23 Ohio Wesleyan University 1902
24 Pomona College 1951-1953
25 Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Chicago 1946-1947
26 Southern Methodist University 1948-1949
27 Southern Methodist University 1950-1951
28 Southern Methodist University 1951-1952
29 University of Chicago 1938-1945
30 University of Chicago Historical Field Committee 1933-1943



 

Series 4:
Academic Writings, 1906-1957

The 47 folders in series four, Academic Writings, include draft and published copies of books, journal articles, essays, and book reviews by William Warren Sweet Sweet arranged in two chronological subseries: Typescripts and Books. Undated items are listed with a date range of 1911-1957..
Subseries 1: Typescripts
Box Folder
1719 31 Obligations, Objections, and Attitudes of People Toward the Church 1906
32 Theories of the Atonement [Th.D. thesis] 1907
33 Note on the Study of the Religious History of America 1911-1957
34 Circuit-Rider Days in the Redstone Country 1911-1957
35 Influence of Methodist Churches on Politics in the South 1911-1957
36 The Planting of Methodism in Indiana 1913-1927
37 The First Methodist Circuits in Indiana 1916-1927
38 The Reformation in England, III 1917
39 John Wesley, Tory 1921
40 History: A Survey [in American College Society Magazine] 1923
41 Some Religious Aspects of the Kansas Struggle 1927
42 Christmas in American History 1932
43 Book Reviews 1933-1954
44 Makers of Christianity 1936-1937
45 American Methodism's Two Controversies 1938
46 The Frontier in American Christianity 1938-1957
47 Founding of Educational Institutions by American Presbyterians 1942-1957
48 Reviews of Revivalism in America 1944
49 Natural Religion and Liberty 1945
50 The Church, the Sect, and the Cult in America 1946-1947
51 Preface [volume on organized religion in America] 1946-1948
52 The American Churches: An Interpretation 1948
Box Folder
1720 01 Religion in America in the Age of Controversy, 1840-1880 1948-1952
02 Story of Religion in America, 1950 additions 1949-1950
03 Church Archives in the United States 1950
04 Bringing Heaven to Earth: The Frontier Isms 1950-1957
05 Religion in the Development of American Culture Introduction 1951-1952
06 Religion in the Development of American Culture chapter 1 1951-1952
07 Religion in the Development of American Culture chapter 2 1951-1952
08 Religion in the Development of American Culture chapter 3 1951-1952
19 Religion in the Development of American Culture chapter 4 1951-1952
10 Religion in the Development of American Culture chapter 5 1951-1952
11 Religion in the Development of American Culture chapter 6 1951-1952
12 Religion in the Development of American Culture chapter 7 1951-1952
13 Religion in the Development of American Culture chapter 8 1951-1952
14 Religion in the Development of American Culture bibliographies 1951-1952
15 RDAC correspondence and reviews 1951-1952
16 Methodism in American History, new chapter XVIII 1953
17 Notes on Virginia Methodism and related topics 1954-1955
18 Materials on VMH, Civil War Years 1954-1955
29 VMH, background materials 1954-1955
20 New Material for Virginia Volume 1954-1955
21 Virginia Methodism: A History chapters 1-5 1954-1955
22 Virginia Methodism: A History chapters 6-10 1954-1955
23 Virginia Methodism: A History chapters 11-14 1954-1955
24 A Short History of Methodism 1955-1956
Subseries 2: Books
Box Folder
1722 03 Religion on the American Frontier: The Baptists 1931
04 Religion on the American Frontier: The Presbyterians 1936
05 Religion on the American Frontier: The Congregationalists 1939
06 A Short History of Christianity 1940
07 Religion in Colonial America 1942
08 The American Churches: An Interpretation 1947
09 Der Weg des Glaubens in den USA 1951



 

Series 5:
Research Materials, 1794-2005

The fifth series, Research Materials, contains 40 folders of topical study files, historical documents, transcriptions of historical documents, and two photographs of the “Birthplace of American Methodism” marker near New Windsor, Maryland. The item in this series were collected and used by Sweet.
Box Folder
1721A 01 Notes on Church and State 1950-1954
02 Notes of the American Civil War and Reconstruction 1906-1907
03 Notes on Latin-American History 1905-1907
04 Notes on Denominational statistics, 1916-1945 1945-1950
05 Ebenezer White – Nehemiah Bachelor circuit record book 1806-1813
065 Ohio Annual Conference controversy documents 1828-1831
07 J. Wentworth letters 1868
08 Letter from Bishop Willard F. Mallalieu June 3, 1895
09 H. N. Herrick correspondence 1913-1914
10 Journal of James Gilruth, ed. Sidney E. Mead 1938
11 Diary of James Gilruth, ed. Gaylord P. Albaugh 1938
12 Journal of James Gilruth, ed. N. F. Nondstrom 1938
13 Journal of James Gilruth, Vol. IV, ed. Loomis 1940
14 Condensation of the Journal of James Gilruth, ed. Keucher 1941
Box Folder
1721B 01 Typescript Francis Asbury journal 1927-1957
02 Typescript Francis Asbury letters 1927-1957
03 Typescript Francis Asbury letters 1927-1957
04 Facsimile Thomas Coke letter, June 1, 1804 1927-1957
05 Typescript Episcopal Methodism; or Dagonism Exhibited, 1811 1927-1957
06 Typescript The Dagon of Calvinism, 1827 1927-1957
07 Dromgoole and Pelham letters 1927-1957
08 Typescript journal of Richard Whatcoat, 1792-1793 1927-1957
09 Photographs of the Strawbridge marker, New Windsor, MD 1942
10 Typescript journal, unnamed preacher, 1772 1946-1952
11 Typescript J. Scripps letters, 1842-1843 1927-1957 12 Savelle paper from the Conference on the History of Religion, 1957 1958
Box Folder
1787A 01 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1794-1797
02 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1797-1801
03 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1801-1803
04 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1803-1804
05 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1806-1809
06 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1808
07 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1809
08 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1809-1810
09 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1810-1811
10 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1812
11 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1812-1816
12 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1816
13 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 1816-1820
14 Lakin, Benjamin, Manuscript journal 2005



 

Series 6:
Ephemera, 1911-1957

The final and smallest series, ephemera, consists of three items: two wooden gavels and an oversized document.
Box Folder
1722 01 Gavel “WC 1894-1929” 1929
02 Gavel (no inscription) 1911-1957
Oversize-Drawer
1 Petition to the United Nations [voluntary euthanasia] 1952