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Henry Stauffer Papers

Call Number: RG 125

Scope and Contents

This collection provides documentation of a Yale Divinity School graduate who served Congregational churches in Ohio, Wisconsin and California and was active in promoting social reforms. Stauffer was an associate of Washington Gladden in Columbus, Ohio from 1889 to 1895 and was active in the 1895 "Great Awakening" in Columbus, an evangelistic campaign led by the Rev. B. Fay Mills. Stauffer's sermons, his numerous contributions to local newspapers, and other printed material in this collection reflect his concern with the relation of Christianity to social problems, especially labor issues and alcohol.

The four scrapbooks of Series I contain correspondence, newspaper clippings, newspaper transcriptions of sermons and other published writings of Stauffer, and other printed material. Series II contains a sampling of 24 sermons, all but one in manuscript form, as well as other representative writings by Stauffer.

The following items received with the Stauffer Papers have been transferred Record Group No. 53, Yale Divinity School Memorabilias at the Yale Divinity Library: Rules of the Divinity School of Yale University (n.d.); Yale Divinity School Annual Circular, 1889; Yale Theological School '89 (class poem). A hymnbook received with the collection A Collection of Spiritual Hymns ... for the Use of the Brethren in Christ, known as "River Brethren", 1876, has been cataloged. An unpublished manuscript by Stauffer, "Those Queer Mennonites", was deposited by his daughter, Norma Stauffer, in the Bancroft Library of the University of California.


  • 1874-1948


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Norma Stauffer.


  1. I. Scrapbooks, 1883-1930
  2. II. Sermons and Writings, 1889-1948, n.d.
  3. III. Biographical Documentation, 1874-1938, n.d.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Sermons, writings, and scrapbooks document Stauffer's work as a Congregational minister. Henry Stauffer (1858-1949) was a graduate of the Yale Divinity School who served Congregational churches in Ohio, Wisconsin, and California, and was active in promoting social reforms.

Biographical / Historical

1858 Jan 29
Born in Canton, Ohio
Attended Otterbein University
1885 Jul 5
Ordained as United Brethren minister, Denver
B.D., Yale Divinity School
Served under Washington Gladden as assistant minister of First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio; became first minister of Mayflower Congregational Church, formerly a mission chapel of Gladden's church.
Minister: First Congregational Church, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
Minister: Hanover Street Congregational Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minister: First Congregational Church, Menasha, Wisconsin
Superintendent: - Fox River Efficiency League
Superintendent - Industrial League, Wisconsin Anti-Saloon League
Minister: Park Congregational Church, Los Angeles, California
Minister: First Congregational Church, Petaluma, California
Moved to Berkeley, California, joined First Congregational Church; served church in Antioch, California; had interim pastorates and speaking engagements throughout Bay area. Was instrumental in organization of South Berkeley Community Church, first integrated church in Berkeley.
1949 October
Guide to the Henry Stauffer 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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