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Herbert J. Gezork papers

Call Number: RG 298

Scope and Contents

The Herbert J. Gezork Papers, 1931-1981, document his professional work. The collection is arranged according to the following categories: sermons, prayers, addresses, lectures, literary manuscripts, class lectures/course documentation, student papers, and personal mementos related to his inauguration as President of Andover Newton and to his life and work in general. The bulk of the collection is comprised of material described as class lectures/course documentation.


  • 1931 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From the Andover Newton Theological School Collection, transferred to the Yale Divinity Library in 2017.


Series I. Sermons

Series II. Prayers

Series III. Addresses

Series IV. Lectures

Series V. Literary Manuscripts

Series VI. Class Lectures/Course Documentation

Series VII. Student Papers

Series VIII. Personal Mementos.


9 Linear Feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Gezork papers document his professional career, including as Professor of Social Ethics and Christian World Relations at Andover Newton Theological School from 1939 to 1950 and President of Andover Newton from 1950 to 1965.

Biographical / Historical

Herbert Johannes Gezork was born June 15, 1900, in Insterburg, Germany. He graduated from Baptist Divinity School in Hamburg and in 1925 became pastor of First Baptist Church in Berlin, where he was ordained on December 8, 1927. He did graduate study at the University of Berlin from 1925 to 1928 and continued his doctoral work in the in the United States at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

After receiving the Ph.D. degree at Southern Baptist in 1930, Gezork returned to Germany to become General Secretary of the German Baptist Youth Movement. He held that position until 1934, when the group was dissolved under Hitler's government because the Baptist organization was in direct opposition to the popular Hitler Youth organization. During this period he published two titles, both of which were banned by Hitler's government: an essay, "Unsere Jiingerschaft und unser Zeugendienst im Blick auf die Gottlosenbewegung" (1932) and a book, So Sah Ich die Welt (1933).

He escaped arrest by coming to the United States in 1936. Gezork became a citizen of this country in 1943. After World War II, he traveled to Europe on three different occasions on behalf of the U.S. government, twice for the Defense Department and once for the State Department.

Before his association with Andover Newton Theological School, Gezork taught at Furman University (1937-1938) and Wellesley College (1939-1943). He became Professor of Social Ethics and Christian World Relations at Andover Newton in 1939. In 1950 he became President, a position he held until his retirement in 1965.

He was an active preacher and lecturer in retirement. Herbert J. Gezork died October 21, 1984, in Vero Beach, Florida.

Guide to the Herbert J. Gezork Papers
Library staff, Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity Library
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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