Scope and Contents
Series II, SERMONS, comprises a numerical run of approximately 500 of Owen's sermons delivered from the time he assumed the position of rector at Holy Trinity Church until less than two months before his death. The sermons are handwritten on loose sheets of paper, and at the beginning of each is a form showing the sermon number, text, topic, season, date originally delivered, and other dates and locations for preaching the same sermon.
Series III, OTHER WRITINGS, NOTES, AND MEMORABILIA, includes student essays, sermons not part of the numerical sequence in Series II, lectures and talks to church and non-church groups, and talks on coin collecting and the Yale Numismatic Collection. The files also encompass Owen's recollections of people and events in his life and drafts of his memoir "Reactions to Life," 1939. At the end of the series are a few folders of notes on topics relating to coins and to church work and some items of memorabilia and memorial tributes.
The William Henry Owen Papers were given to the Yale University Library between 1934 and 1945 by Owen and by his estate. For many years the papers were physically divided between the Manuscripts and Archives Department and the Beinecke Rare Book Library. The papers were reassembled as one collection in Manuscripts and Archives in 1983.
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9.75 Linear Feet (25 boxes)
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Biographical / Historical
In 1901 he graduated from the General Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest in the Protestant Episcopal Church. For five years he served an assistantship at St. Thomas Church, New York, before assuming the position of rector at Trinity Church, Mount Vernon, New York, in 1906. Here he served until 1922 when he became rector of Holy Trinity Church in New York City. Owen remained at Holy Trinity until his retirement in 1937. He was also a trustee of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology by the General Theological Seminary in 1936.
Owen was a life-long collector of coins, and in 1927 he donated his valuable collection to Yale University. From 1931 until his death Owen worked as associate curator of coins in the Yale University Library. Owen died at his summer residence at Natural Bridge, Virginia, on May 27, 1944.
- Borden, Mary Lavinia
- Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (New York, N.Y.)
- Chorley, E. Clowes (Edward Clowes), 1865-1949
- Coffin, Henry Sloane, 1877-1954
- Coins -- Collectors and collecting
- Cummins, Alexander Griswold, 1869-1946
- Cushing, Harvey, 1869-1939
- Episcopal Church -- Clergy -- Correspondence, reminiscences, etc.
- Gates, Milo
- Holy Trinity Church (New York, N.Y.)
- Manning, William Thomas, Bp., 1866-1949
- Mount Vernon (Westchester County, N.Y.) -- Religious and ecclesiastical institutions
- New York (N.Y.) -- Religious and ecclesiastical institutions
- Owen, Lewis
- Owen, William Henry, 1874-
- Robbins, Howard Chandler, 1876-1952
- Trinity Church (Mount Vernon, N.Y.)
- World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives
- Yale University -- Officals and employees
- Yale University. Numismatic Collection -- Library
- Guide to the William Henry Owen Papers
- Under Revision
- compiled by Diane Ellen Kaplan
- July 1984
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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