Scope and Contents
The collection includes autobiographical material, correspondence, subject files, writings, and memorabilia.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred from Andover Newton Theological School Collection, 2017
Series I. Journal and Autobiographical Material
Series II. Correspondence
Series III. Subject Files
Series IV. Unpublished Literary Manuscripts
Series V. Publications
Series VI. Memorabilia
8 Linear Feet (19 boxes)
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
The collection documents Greenleaf's professional life, including as founder of the Servant Leadership movement and of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, which was first known as the Center for Applied Ethics.
Biographical / Historical
Greenleaf was born in 1904 in Terre Haute, Indiana. He attended Rose Polytechnic (an engineering school) in Terre Haute for several years, then transferred to Carleton College in Minnesota. He graduated as a math major in 1926 and took a job with AT and T (telephone company). During his 38-year career with the company he served as Director of Management Development, originator of the world’s first corporate assessment center, promotion of the first females and blacks to non-menial positions, a program to expose up-and-coming leaders to the humanities, even bringing in famous theologians and psychologists to speak about the wider implications of corporate decisions.
Greenleaf retired in 1964 and began his second career as a writer, consultant, and teacher. His seminal essay "The Servant as Leader" was published in 1970. In 1976, Paulist Press published a book of his essays titled "Servant Leadership." He died in 1990.
- Guide to the Robert K. Greenleaf Papers
- Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity School Library staff
Part of the Yale University Divinity School Library Repository