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Theodore Carswell Hume Papers

Call Number: RG 116

Scope and Contents

Dating from 1929 to 1969, the material includes correspondence, writings, printed material, and memorabilia of Theodore Carswell Hume. There are two chronologically arranged sequences for each series, because the material was donated to the library at separate times. The writings of Series II form the largest portion of the collection. Included under the broad category of "writings" are sermons, addresses, prayers, service outlines, notes, papers, and memoranda. Hume was clearly a rising star in the ecumenical scene and his death was a blow for many; this sense of loss is reflected in the many tributes to Hume that form part of this collection.

The papers of Hume's parents, Edward H. and Lotta C. Hume, are located at Sterling Memorial Library.


  • 1929-1969


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. T. C. Hume and Mrs. Charlotte Freeman.


  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Writings and Notes
  3. III. Collected Material


4 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Correspondence, writings, and tributes document the life and work of this prominent Congregational clergyman. Theodore Carswell Hume (1904-1943) was a Congregational minister in Chicago and California. He died in Europe while serving as emissary of the American churches under the auspices of the American Church Committee on Relief and Reconstruction and the World Council of Churches.

Biographical / Historical

Born in India; childhood spent in China. His father, Edward H. Hume was a medical doctor in China and later president of Yale-in-China.
Attended the Hill School
B.A., Yale
French government scholarship at the University of Paris
Rhodes Scholarship: New College, Oxford, England
Began formal theological education at Mansfield College, Oxford
B.D., Union Theological Seminary, New York
Ordained as Congregational minister
Minister: Summerdale Congregational Church, Chicago
Minister: New England Church, Chicago
Chairman of the World Friendship Commission of the Chicago Church Federation and president of the Chicago Peace Council
Secretary of the subcommittee on the Church and the War at the Oxford World Church Conference.
Served parish in Claremont, CA; he was married with five children.
Vice President of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions
1943 Sep
Went to Europe as emissary of the American churches, under the auspices of the American Church Committee on Relief and Reconstruction and the World Council of Churches.
1943 Oct
Died when Swedish neutral plane carrying him from London to Stockholm was shot down.
Guide to the Theodore Carswell Hume Papers
Compiled by Martha Lund Smalley
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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