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College Archive Record Group 9.25



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Edwin Michael Hoffman Papers, c. 1920s-1982 | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Title: Edwin Michael Hoffman Papers, c. 1920s-1982Add to your cart.

ID: RG 09/9.25

Primary Creator: Hoffman, Edwin Michael.

Extent: 1.0 MS boxes

Subjects: Berea College, Berea College -- Affiliated Schools -- Foundation School, Berea College -- Faculty, Camping., Camp Sequoyah (Asheville, N.C.)

Languages: English

Abstract

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.

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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.

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Berea College
Berea College -- Affiliated Schools -- Foundation School
Berea College -- Faculty
Camping.
Camp Sequoyah (Asheville, N.C.)

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Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: There are no restrictions on use of this material other than federal copyright regulations.

Preferred Citation: [Item], Edwin Michael Hoffman Papers, Special Collections & Archives, Berea College, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: Finding aid updated 2016.


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Item 1: Notebook : Contains notes and clippings on a range of subjects including: stories and plays, songs (from boy’s camp); class notes on psychology of adolescence; postcard photo of Camp Sequoia; list of folk, camp and nature games; quotes and personal remarks on “smutty stories;” songs (some original) on storytelling; suggested short talks for boys on “lack of courtesy,” “sin,” “responsibility,” city vs. country,” and more; “The True Story of Jim Crow,” personal notes on religion and philosophy; notes on Berea and schooling (aims of Berea education, why people are interested in Berea); on “This Business of Religion.”  Some items dated 1920s-1930s.Add to your cart.
Item 2: Notebook: Contains notes on: plants, trees, birds, and insects; short stories; camping and nature. C. 1920sAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Notebook: Contains notes on: nature and camping; ethics (excerpts from Whitehead, Bertrand Russell); outlines of various sermons and talks; writings on relationships between parent and child; the quest of God in nature; on joining the church; talks to Sequoia classes on nature and religion, artists, Christianity and sex, sex and masturbation, devotion and homosexuality; tobacco and alcohol; poetry (“Stupidity Street”). C. 1930s – 1940s.Add to your cart.
Item 4: Notebook: Contains notes on: mountain insects and flowers; Astronomy, personal observations on learning; nature and religion lectures; how to counsel boys. C. 1930sAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Notebook: Contains notes on: Camp Sequoia, NC (1955); personal thoughts on stopping smoking, prejudice, etc…; radio playing Beethoven; Pre-camp conference papers (1957).Add to your cart.
Item 6: Notebook: Excerpts from various sources; stories, music.  C. 1950sAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Notebook: Index to Hoffman’s personal filing cabinet.Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Miscellaneous correspondence, pictures, ephemera.  C. 1960s-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, play (1970s)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Miscellaneous, 1934-1970Add to your cart.


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