Born in 1884 in South Dakota, Edwin Michael Hoffman, known as Michael, graduated from Oberlin College in 1907 with a B.A. Following graduation, he worked for the YMCA and, in 1914, married Mary Lindsay (Oberlin, 1910). During WWI, he served on a mission to Manchuria as a YMCA officer attached to US forces. In 1925, Hoffman joined the staff of the Foundation School of Berea College where he was an instructor in Science and Bible. In 1936, he received his MA from Columbia University (Union Seminary). He retired from Berea in 1944.
Hoffman was a gifted musician and composer. Throughout his time at Berea, and upon retirement, he continued his work with boys groups including Camp Sequoyah in North Carolina. Hoffman passed away in 1977.
Scope and Contents: Contains the papers, including seven notebooks with notes on a variety of topics, correspondence, photographs and ephemera, of Edwin Michael Hoffman, who taught at the Foundation School of Berea College.