Scope and Contents
This collection documents the life and work of Lutheran theologian and ecumenist N. Arne Bendtz.
Series I, Correspondence is divided into five subseries: Professional / work-related correspondence of Bendtz, Personal correspondence of Bendtz, Family correspondence, Correspondence of others, and Swedish language correspondence. Of most interest in this series are the letters related to Bendtz's work with the National Lutheran Council and when he was stationed in Indonesia.
Series II, Writings, consists primarily of unpublished typescript writings by Bendtz on subjects related to theology and missions, but also includes some writings of others, including "A History of Augustana Foreign Mission" by Dr. Eric Wahlstrom.
Series III, Documentation of Activities, includes printed material, minutes, reports, etc. regarding organizations with which Bendtz was involved.. These materials should be considered in connection with correspondence from the same era.
Series IV, Collected Material, includes materials not specifically associated with Bendtz's work, but which he had collected over the years.
Series V, Personal Items and Memorabilia, includes biographical information and clippings re. Bendtz as well as photographs.
- 1927-2003 1953-1990
- Majority of material found within 1953 - 1990
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright has not been transferred to Yale University.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of N. Arne Bendtz, 2004
- I. Correspondence, 1930-1990, n.d.
- II. Writings, 1947-1990, n.d
- III. Documentation of Activities, 1942-1984, n.d.
- IV. Collected Material, 1927-1990
- V. Personal Items and Memorabilia, 1931-1991
9 Linear Feet (19 boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection documents the life and work of Lutheran theologian and ecumenist Nils Arne Bendtz. Bendtz received his B.D. and Ph.D. from Yale. He served as a missionary in China under the Board of Swedish Missions, with prisoners of war during World War II under the YMCA World's Committee, in Sumatra under the Commission of Younger Churches and Orphaned Missions of the National Lutheran Council, as a professor at Augustana Theological Seminary, as a pastor at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY, and for the Lutheran World Federation.
Biographical / Historical
- 1914 October 2
- Nils Arne Bendtz born in Stockholm, Sweden, son of Nils T. and Emma Bendtz
- Attended Inner Mission Bible College and Lutheran Independent Theological Seminary, Oslo, Norway
- Attended China Inland Mission College, London
- Served as missionary in China under the Swedish Board of Missions
- Director of War Prisoners Aid of the World's Committee YMCA in China
- General Secretary of Christian Welfare Association among Korean refugees in China
- Married Elsa L. Linne
- B.D. cum laude from Yale Divinity School
- McFadden Fellow at Union Theological Seminary , New York
- Served the Batak Church, Sumatra, including as Liaison Office between Lutheran World Federation and Indonesia and Professor of Theology in seminary. Helped to found Nommensen University, the first Lutheran university in Far East.
- Ph.D., Yale University - Thesis: "The Meaning of Luther's Doctrine of Forgiveness"
- Returned to the U.S. from Indonesia due to health reason, served as guest lecturer at Augustana Theological Seminary, IL
- Field representative for Lutheran World Action of National Lutheran Council; visiting across the U.S. and in Colombia and Ecuador
- Professor of Systematic Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, CA
- Married Britt M. Friman; one son - Nils Arne Bendtz, Jr.
- Pastor of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, NY
- Superintendent, Leif Ericson Day School, Brooklyn, NY
- Adjunct Full Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY
- Director, International Management-Education Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Guide to the Nils Arne Bendtz Papers
- Fantasia Thorne and Martha Lund Smalley
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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