Finding aid created by: DW
Date: 15 Feb 1980
|18 May 2010||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Searle, Robert Wyckoff, 1894-|
|Title:||Robert W. Searle Papers|
|Quantity:||9.0 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American clergyman; editor of Protestant world. Minister in the Reformed Church in America. Collection contains correspondence (1918-1965); records of the Protestant Council of the City of New York; articles, editorials, sermons, and speeches; appointment books (1935-1958); clippings (1934-1958); photographs; and scrapbooks.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Robert Searle (1894-1967) was an American clergyman and minister in the Reformed Church in America. He was also an author of several books and collections of sermons, and the editor of Protestant World.
Robert Wyckoff Searle was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey in 1894. He graduated from Rutgers College in 1915, then went to the New Brunswick Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church of America, later receiving his doctorate from Rutgers in 1929. Mr. Searle was a pastor for thirteen years in three different churches: the Fort Washington Collegiate Church, New York City, the First Reformed Church, Albany, and finally the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City.
Searle became General Secretary of the Greater New York Federation of Churches in 1934 and Director of Community Relations for the Protestant Council of New York City in 1941. Later he was appointed editor of the Protestant World newspaper. Searle was active in many civic and religious organizations that promoted social, legal, and political reforms.
The Robert Searle Papers consist of seven series. The Biographical series gives an account of Dr. Searle's life from 1894 to 1945. Correspondence covers the years 1918 to 1965 and includes business letters as well as those of gratitude for his sermons and radio broadcasts. There are items in Professional career that cover practically every area Dr. Searle worked on, including bulletins and programs for speaking engagements. Writings consist of assorted forms: articles, speeches, sermons, editorials, and books, essentially on religious topics. In addition, Printed material has some addresses, etc. while Published material has newsclippings, pamphlets, and volumes-both series having assorted subjects, Finally the last section, Memorabilia, contains photographs, datebooks, and other personal items.
Material is arranged alphabetically.
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Searle, Robert Wyckoff, 1894-
Protestant Council of the City of New York.
Reformed Church in America.
Christianity -- 20th century.
Christianity -- United States.
Christianity and politics.
Clergy -- United States.
Clergy as authors.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Robert W. Searle Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Mrs. Helen Searle, 1968.
|Box 1||Business and thank-you letters 1918-1965, undated (5 folders)|
|Box 1||Material on atomic energy and Armenian appeal|
|Box 1||Florida Chain of Mission Assemblies 1941|
|Box 1||Chautaqua Denominational, Green Lake, Silver Bay|
|Box 1||Army (World War I) 1918-1919|
|Box 2||General Secretary of the Greater New York Federation of Churches 1934, 1936-1947, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 2||Home Term Court - miscellaneous (2 folders)|
|Box 2||National Conference of Christians and Jews 1939-1953 - speeches|
|Box 2||First Church in Albany 1929-1968|
|Box 2||Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church 1930-1961, undated|
|Box 2||Annual Report 1946|
|Box 2||Correspondence with Bishop Charles Gilbert 1939-1950|
|Box 2||Luncheon Honoring Dr. Searle 1950|
|Box 3||Writings, invitations, etc.|
|Box 3||Church bulletins|
|Box 3||Individual churches 1938-1963, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 3||Union services 1938-1962, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Spanish controversy|
|Speeches, sermons, etc. - bulletins, programs and letters|
|Box 3||Colleges and schools 1938-1949 (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Conferences and organizations 1938-1967, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 3||Rutgers College 1925-1966, undated|
|Box 4||World's Fair 1939-1940|
|Addresses - religious topics|
|Box 4||Handwritten 1925, 1928-1929, 1943, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 4||Typescripts 1928, 1933, 1935-1943, 1945-1947, 1949, 1953, undated (3 folders)|
|Articles, stories - assorted topics|
|Box 4||Handwritten copies|
|Box 4||Published 1936-1947, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 4||"Religion and Power" - included in the book Best Sermons|
|Author of Liberty|
|Box 4||Published edition (2 volumes)|
|Box 5||Published edition (2 volumes)|
|Box 5||Miscellaneous publicity|
|Books edited by Robert W. Searle|
|Box 5||Contemporary Religious Thinking|
|"Science and Religion" - 3 chapters|
|Box 5||Notes and typescripts|
|Box 5||Metropolitan Church Life, etc. 1934-1952|
|Oversize 2||The Protestant World 1951-1952 (58 issues)|
|Newsclippings, pamphlets, poems|
|Box 5||Miscellaneous 1948-1949, 1955-1958|
|Box 5||Typescripts, etc. 1924, 1938, 1940, 1942-1943, 1945-1946, 1950, undated|
|Box 5||Assorted topics undated (4 folders)|
|Box 6||Assorted topics 1928, 1930, 1932-1933, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 6||Assorted topics 1938, 1942-1943, 1945, undated - typescripts, etc.|
|Box 6||The Protestant World 1949, 1951-1952|
|Box 6||Addresses and a presentation 1949, undated|
|Oversize 2||New York World's Fair 1939|
|Box 6||Newsclippings 1934-1958, undated (8 folders)|
|Box 7||Newspaper clippings|
|Box 7||Pamphlets, studies, reports (11 volumes)|
|Box 7||Date books 1935-1950, 1953-1958 (17 volumes)|
|Oversize 1||Member of Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church 1921|
|Oversize 1||Certificate of Ordination, Reformed Church in America 1921|
|Oversize 1||Certificate of Appreciation, Kiwanis Club of Ossining, N.Y. Inc. 1952|
|Oversize 1||Certificate of Golf Prowess, Canada Dry Hole in One Club 1928|
|Oversize 1||Selective Service Medal, Congress of the United States 1940|
|Oversize 1||Member, Mayor's Commission on Displaced Persons, Mayor of City of New York 1949|
|Oversize 2||Basketball Letter Certificate (Rutgers College)|
|Oversize 2||Football Letter Certificate (Rutgers College)|
|Box 7||Childhood and youth (Rutgers Preparatory)|
|Box 7||College and Army|
|Box 7||Searle family|
|Box 8||Rutgers College (1 folder + 10 volumes)|
|Box 8||Scrapbooks (3 volumes)|