Allen H. Godbey papers, 1926-1947

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Godbey, Allen Howard, 1864-1948
Dr. Allen Godbey was a Professor of Old Testament History at Duke University from 1926-1932. The collection contains letters and self-published printed material. The material ranges in date from 1926-1947.
0.3 Linear Feet
250 Items
Material in English
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University Archives Record Group:
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates
29 -- Papers of Faculty, Staff, and Associates > 02 -- Individuals


Scope and content:

Contains letters and self-published printed materials. Material ranges in date from 1926-1947.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Allen Godbey was born November 21, 1864 in Cooper County, Missouri. He received an A. M. degree in 1883 from Morrisville College and his Ph.D. from Chicago University in 1905. Dr. Godbey came to Duke University in the fall of 1926 as a scholar and teacher of Old Testament history in the School of Religion. Gradually, there developed a serious amount of friction between him and the rest of the faculty of the School. In January 1932, under the unanimous urging of that faculty, President Few and the Board of Trustees acted to remove Dr. Godbey from his position. These papers give a detailed accounting of the affair and include Dr. Godbey's long and self-serving "Open Letters" that he published in his own behalf. He died May 8, 1948 in Boston, MA after being struck by a truck.

Acquisition information:
The Allen H. Godbey Papers were received by the University Archives as transfers over a period of time.
Processing information:

Processed by Archives Staff, September 2006

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, February 2007

Accessions were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

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Duke University. School of Religion
Duke University -- History -- 20th century
Godbey, Allen Howard, 1864-1948
Few, W. P. (William Preston), 1867-1940


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[Identification of item], Allen H. Godbey Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.