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Earlham School of Religion (ESR)



Ever since many American Friends adopted a pastoral system of ministry in the late nineteenth century, they had carried on discussions of a seminary to train Quaker ministers. The Earlham School of Religion, the world’s first Quaker graduate seminary, opened in 1960, using buildings at the northeast corner of the campus. The Hugh Maxwell house, built before the Civil War, which had long been owned by the college and had once been used as the presidential residence, and the adjacent Jenkins house, provided the first quarters for the new school. In 1988-1989, the Jenkins house was demolished and a new ESR classroom building was built on its site.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

D. Elton Trueblood Papers

Identifier: FMS-115
Scope and Contents

The Papers of D. Elton Trueblood.

Dates: 1857-1995

Wilmer Cooper Papers

Identifier: FMS-162
Scope and Contents

The collection contains writings by Wilmer Cooper, papers of various Quaker organizations of which Cooper was active, Earlham School of Religion materials, personal correspondence, and some miscellaneous material.

Dates: 1958-2009; Other: Date acquired: 01/01/1998