Stanley Hauerwas papers, 1962-2021 and undated

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Hauerwas, Stanley, 1940-
Stanley Hauerwas is a Duke Divinity School professor. Collection contains personal and professional materials documenting Hauerwas's career as an ethicist, professor, and scholar at the Duke University Divinity School and School of Law. Includes correspondence, lectures, professional engagement files, committee work, drafts, publications, and other assorted materials. Collection is closed pending processing.
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Letters to Hauerwas (28,403 items, 52.25 linear feet; dated 1972-2000) from Paul Ramsey discussing points of theology and Christian ethics; correspondence, addresses and writings, clippings, and notes relating to Hauerwas's work as a Christian ethicist; a copy of Ramsey's work Speak Up for Just War or Pacifism that contains an epilogue by Hauerwas, and Ramsey's letters to Hauerwas regarding the completion of the book; other papers on the ethical questions surrounding the issue of Christianity and war; 19 essays on Ramsey by various authors; and subject files focusing on conferences, workshops, topical subject areas, and writings and speeches by Hauerwas and others. There is also correspondence regarding the work of students and colleagues; university committees; events; publications; reviews of Dispatches from the Front; and miscellaneous materials. Container lists exist for a portion of this material. (88-017, 89-035, 95-111, 98-419, 99-003, 00-296, 00-333)

The addition to the collection (2001-0138) (939 items, 1.5 linear feet; dated 1991-1999) includes professional correspondence and recommendations for graduate students he mentored; drafts and finished essays by Hauerwas, his colleagues, graduate students, and those published in The Hauerwas Reader (Duke University Press, 2001); and materials relating to Hauerwas' conference attendance (ca. 1991-1999). There are also 39 electronic documents originally on three 3.5" diskettes and migrated to the electronic records server. A container list was not created for this accession.

The addition to the collection (2001-0181)(2175 items, 3.4 linear feet; dated 1993-1999) comprises primarily incoming and copies of outgoing correspondence with students, former students, and colleagues, including drafts of essays. Also includes material on conferences Hauerwas attended.

The addition (2002-0236) (3325 items, 5.2 linear feet; dated 1962-2002) is comprised of Hauerwas' lectures and course materials, professional correspondence, printed material, and reviews of his publications. Also includes his graduate student and event files.

The addition (2003-0116) (2175 items, 3.4 linear feet; dated 1990-2003) is chiefly comprised of incoming professional correspondence, including commentary on the religious aspects of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; also includes recommendations written by Hauerwas; drafts and finished essays by Hauerwas and others; and correspondence, essays, and other materials relating to conferences Hauerwas attended.

The addition (2003-0144) (3150 items, 5.0 linear feet; dated 1992-2003) contains mainly essays received by or written by Hauerwas; as well as incoming and outgoing correspondence with former students, colleagues and others.

Additions (2007-082 and 2007-083)(2100 items, 2.8 lin. ft.; dated 1991-2003) contains files related to former students and colleagues, as well as information about conferences. The files primarily include correspondence, drafts of essays, doctoral exams, and recommendations.

The addition (2008-0123) (13500 items; 19 lin. ft.; dated 1995-2005) contains subject files, correspondence and other professional files collected while Sarah Freedman was Hauerwas' assistant.

Addition (2009-0094) (2 items; 0.1 lin. ft.; dated 2006 and no date) contains two DVDs with programs by Hauerwas: the inaugural Will D. Campbell lecture series on Faith and Social Justices (2006) and "Why Religious Diversity is a Bad Idea," from the Chicago Sunday Evening Club.

Additions (2009-0272 and 2009-0273) (7200 items; 9.6 lin. ft.; dated 2001-2008) include travel materials, research and writings, and coursework and student correspondence from 2002-2006. Also includes reactions and press from Hauerwas's Time Magazine award (2001) and a manuscript of his book 'Hannah's Child' (summer 2008).

Addition (2012-0039) (3.0 lin. ft.) contains speaking/travel files, student files, correspondence, and writings. Arranged alphabetically within sub-series.

Addition (2012-0108) (3.0 lin. ft.; dated 1990-2001) contains Hauerwas's writing files, including some editorial correspondence and notes, arranged alphabetically by title.

Addition (2019-0074) (6.2 lin. ft.; dated 1981-2018) contains primarily travel and lecture files, along with reviews, biographical information, correspondence, research files, and contracts.

Biographical / historical:
Date Event
B.A. Southwestern University
B.D. Yale University
Ph.D.. Yale University
Assistant Professor and Professor Notre Dame University
Professor at Duke University

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics in the Duke Divinity School as well as Professor in the Duke School of Law. He came to Duke in 1984 after serving on the faculties of the University of Notre Dame and Augustana College. He has published ten books and many articles dealing with a variety of topics, many of them interdisciplinary, centering on moral discourse within the contemporary Christian community. Two recent books are A Better Hope: Resources for a Church Confronting Capitalism, Democracy, and Postmodernity (2000) and Dispatches from the Front: Theological Engagements with the Secular (1994). His work is typically non-denominational and often provocative and controversial. Hauerwas was named America's Best Theologian by TIME Magazine in 2001, and was the first American in 40 years to deliver the Gifford Lectureship at St. Andrew's College, also in 2001.

Acquisition information:
Collection received as a gift from Stanley Hauerwas in 1995-2008, 2018, 2022.
Processing information:

Processed by Paula Jeannet

Completed August 24, 1998

Additions processed by Don Sechler; Lisa Stark; Ruth E. Bryan; Danielle McGregor; Elizabeth Arnold; Douglas Brown; Ed Philpot; John Mayrose; Meghan Lyon and other Rubenstein Library staff

Last Updated March 2022.

Encoded by Don Sechler; Danielle McGregor; Ruth E. Bryan; Joshua A. Kaiser; Douglas Brown; Ed Philpot; John Mayrose; Meghan Lyon

This collection is unprocessed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

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