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William James Mutch Papers

Call Number: RG 118

Scope and Contents

This record group documents Mutch's work as a prominent author of religious education curricular materials during the first half of this century.

The Correspondence of Series I primarily relates to Mutch's Graded Bible Studies, which were used extensively in the U. S. and translated into Chinese. Writings and Sermons in Series II include copies of his religious education textbooks as well as a sermon delivered at the 35th anniversary of the Howard Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven, and a memoir by Mutch. The Notes and Lectures of Series III include documention of Mutch's work as a professor at Ripon College.

Some printed materials received with the Mutch Papers have been placed in other Yale Divinity Library record groups. The following materials related to the Howard Avenue Congregational Church in New Haven were placed in Record Group No. 48, New England Church Records:
  1. Manual (annotated) - 1887
  2. Programs for "Service of Praise" - 1887, 1888
  3. List of officers and members - 1888
  4. Manual - 1891
  5. Yearbook - 1892
  6. Historical brochure - 1895
  7. Manual (annotated) - 1897
  8. Program for 35th anniversary program - 1900
  9. Church newsletter - 1901
  10. Sunday School lesson outline - n.d.
The following materials were placed in Record Group No. 56, Congregational Church Records:
  1. Constitution and Rules of the Associated Pastors of New Haven Center - 1873
  2. The Creed and Confession of Faith - 1884
  3. Manual of the New Haven Congregational Club - 1889
  4. Articles of Association and By-Laws of the Congregational Union of New Haven - 1892


  • 1834-1947


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.


  1. I. Correspondence, 1917-1923, n.d.
  2. II. Writings and Sermons, 1879-1941
  3. III. Notes and Lectures, 1906-1937, n.d.
  4. IV. Personal Items and Memorabilia, 1834-1947, n.d.


1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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

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Correspondence, writings, sermons, notes, and biographical material document the career of William James Mutch as a professor and author of religious education material. William James Mutch (1858-1947) was a Yale-trained Congregational clergyman and Professor of Philosophy and Education at Ripon College, Wisconsin from 1907 to 1925. He was the author of Christian religious education materials, including the well known Graded Bible Stories.

Biographical / Historical

1858 Feb 7
Born in Hillsboro, Wisconsin
B.A. and B.L., University of Wisconsin
B.D., Yale Divinity School
Minister, Howard Avenue Congregational Church, New Haven
Married Rose Prevey who became the mother of James, William Warren, and Helen
1894 Ph.D., Yale1894
Attended Oxford University, England
Lecturer, Christian Pedagogy, Yale Divinity School
Professor of Philosophy and Education, Ripon College, Wisconsin
1947Nov 25
Guide to the William James Mutch Papers
Compiled by Martha Lund Smalley
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Finding aid written in English.

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