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Collection Number: 01599

Collection Title: Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 (bulk 1900-1948).

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 8.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5,000 items)
Abstract Allen Howard Godbey (1864-1948) of Missouri, was a Methodist minister, Methodist historian, and teacher, writer, and scholar in the field of the Old Testament, Hebrew history, archeology, and Semitics, and professor at Duke University, 1926-1932. The collection includes general and family correspondence, mainly 1900-1948, and writings of Godbey. Volumes include writings, notebooks, scrapbooks; also financial records of Central Methodist College at Fayette, Mo., 1900-1909. Materials earlier than 1900 (7 volumes and a few papers of scattered dates) pertain to the Reverend William Clinton Godbey, other Methodist preachers, and Methodism in 19th-century Missouri, including a preacher's diary and record, 1871-1872, on the St. Louis circuit.
Creator Godbey, Allen Howard, 1864-1948.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Publishing rights to unpublished books and articles of Allen H. Godbey are retained by his daughter, Beulah Godbey Johnson.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Allen Howard Godbey Papers, #1599, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Recieved from Beulah Godbey Johnson, 1949-1958.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Allen Howard Godbey (1864-1948) of Missouri, was a Methodist minister, Methodist historian, and teacher, writer, and scholar in the field of the Old Testament, Hebrew history, archeology, and Semitics. He was a professor at Duke University, 1926-1932. His father was William Clinton Godbey, a Methodist circuit preacher of Missouri.

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The collection is chiefly general, family, and genealogical correspondence, mainly 1900-1948, and scholarly writings of Allen Howard Godbey. Scholarly writings are chiefly on theological, historical, and archeological topics. Volumes include writings, notebooks, scrapbooks; also financial records of Central Methodist College at Fayette, Mo., 1900-1909. Materials earlier than 1900 (seven volumes and a few papers of scattered dates) pertain to the Reverend William Clinton Godbey, other Methodist preachers, and Methodism in 19th-century Missouri, including a preacher's diary and record, 1871-1872, on the St. Louis circuit. There is also a group of photographs that appear to be related to Godbey's genealogical inquiries and include members of the Smith and Russell families and others.

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Contents list

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Folder 1a

Original finding aid #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1

1785, 1795, 1814-1868 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2a

1887-1907 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 2a

Folder 2b

1908-1910 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 2b

Folder 2c

1913 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 2c

Folder 2d-2e

1914 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 2d-2e

Folder 2f

1915 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 2f

Folder 2g-2i

1916-1919 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 2g-2i

Folder 3

1920-1921 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4-5

Folder 4

Folder 5

1922 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 4-5

Folder 6a

1923 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 6a

Folder 6b-6c

1924 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 6b-6c

Folder 7-8b

Folder 7

1925 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 7-8b

Folder 9

1926 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10a-10b

1927 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 10a-10b

Folder 11-12b

Folder 11

1928 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 11-12b

Folder 13a-13b

1929 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 13a-13b

Folder 14a-21

1930 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 14a-21

Folder 22-23b

Folder 22

1931 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 22-23b

Folder 24a-25b

1932 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 24a-25b

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

1933 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 26-27

Folder 28-29

Folder 28

Folder 29

1934 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 28-29

Folder 30-31

Folder 30

Folder 31

1935 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 30-31

Folder 32-35

Folder 32

Folder 33

Folder 34

Folder 35

1936 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 32-35

Folder 36-39b

Folder 36

1937 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 36-39b

Folder 40a-41f

1938 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 40a-41f

Folder 42a-43d

1939 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 42a-43d

Folder 44a-45b

1940 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 44a-45b

Folder 46a-48b

1941 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 46a-48b

Folder 49a-50c

1942 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 49a-50c

Folder 51a-51d

1943 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 51a-51d

Folder 52

1944 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53-54

Folder 53

Folder 54

1945 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 53-54

Folder 55

1946 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

1947-1948 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57-58

Folder 57

Folder 58

Undated #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 57-58

Folder 59-60

Folder 59

Folder 60

Family data #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 59-60

Folder 61

"Ancient Hebrew Science" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

"Are the Lost Ten Tribes a Myth?" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

"Beelzebub. 2 Kings 1:1-4" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

"Commandments of Men" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

"The Critical Historian Is the Court of Last Resort for All Things Human," by William Rainey Harper #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

"The Dilemma of Theological Schools" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

"Deuteronomy and Hammurabi's Code" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

"Deuteronomy and the Prophets" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

"Ezekiel" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

"Ezekiel's Message" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

"The Failure of H. P. Smith's 'Religion in Israel,' and of the JEPD Analyses" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72

"The Great Galilean" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 72

Folder 73

"The Hebrew Cult of the Dead" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 73

Folder 74

"Incense and Poison Ordeals in the Ancient Orient" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 74

Folder 75

"The Independent Voter" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 75

Folder 76

"Influence of Minoan-Aegean-Philistine Culture in Shaping Judah or Southern Palestine" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 76

Folder 77

"James Lee" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 77

Folder 78

"Jesus Revolutionizes the Passover Liturgy" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 78

Folder 79

"The Kenite-Sapdu Theories" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 79

Folder 80

"A Moron Expositor" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 80

Folder 81

"The New Moon in the Talmud" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 81

Folder 82

"No Such Bible Commentary" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 82

Folder 83

"New American Old Testament" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 83

Folder 84

"Papers on the Pan-Amorite Theory" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 84

Folder 85

"The Patha-Factor in Archealogical Chronology" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 85

Folder 86

"The Making of Hebrew Secular Law" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 86

Folder 87

"Primitive Materialism" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 87

Folder 88

"The Psychology of Narcotism among American Indians" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 88

Folder 89

"Report of the Board of Education on Central College" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 89

Folder 90

"Sacrifice in the Old Testament" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 90

Folder 91

"Secretaries Ruin Church History" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 91

Folder 92

"Social Economics in the New Testament" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 92

Folder 93-94

Folder 93

Folder 94

"Social Economics of the Anglo-Saxon-Village Community" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 93-94

Folder 95

"Social Economics in the New Testament, II" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 95

Folder 96

"Sons of Korah" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 96

Folder 97

"The Soul of Habakkuk" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 97

Folder 98

"The Spade and the Book" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 98

Folder 99

"Statistical Resurrection of Dead Methodists" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 99

Folder 100

"A Suggestion on Ezekiel" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 100

Folder 101

"To the Methodist Bishops of the Southeast and South Central Jurisdictions" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 101

Folder 102

"What is the Earliest Bronze?" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 102

Folder 103

"Whoever Teaches True History Teaches True Religion, by Dean Arthur Penrhyn Stanley" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 103

Folder 104

Untitled and fragments #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 104

Folder 105

Miscellaneous notes #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 105

Folder 106

Clippings #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 106

Folder 107

Miscellaneous #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 107

Folder 108

Volume 1: List of books read, W. C. Godbey, 1860-1861 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 108

Folder 109

Volume 2: Scrapbook, ancient history and religion, 1870-1878 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 109

Folder 110

Volume 3: Preacher's diary and records, 1871-1872 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 110

Folder 111

Volume 4: Scrapbook, 1874, 1882-1894 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 111

Folder 112

Volume 5: Commonplace book, W. C. Godbey, 1880 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 112

Folder 113

Oversize Volume SV-1599/6

Volume 6: Scrapbook, Charles Chandler, 1880-1890 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 113, Ovolume SV-1599/6

Folder 114

Volume 7: Scrapbook, Charles Chandler, 1882-1890 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 114

Folder 115

Volume 8: Scrapbook, Allen H. Godbey, 1900-1901 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 115

Folder 116

Volume 9: Ledger, tuition and school fees, 1906-1907 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 116

Folder 117

Volume 10: Ledger, tuition and school fees, 1907-1909 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 117

Folder 118

Volume 11: Ledger, tuition and school fees, 1909? #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 118

Folder 119

Volume 12: Preacher's record book, 1913-1921 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 119

Folder 120

Volume 13: Scrapbook, 1921-1929 #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 120

Folder 121

Volume 14: New Light on the Old Testament (1934) #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 121

Folder 122-128

Folder 122

Folder 123

Folder 124

Folder 125

Folder 126

Folder 127

Folder 128

Volumes 15-21: Notebooks, A. H. Godbey, undated #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 122-128

Folder 129

Volume 22: "Inquiry, Kipper, Oracle, Deliverance" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 129

Folder 130-135

Folder 130

Folder 131

Folder 132

Folder 133

Folder 134

Folder 135

Volume 23: "The Hebrew Cult of the Dead" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 130-135

Folder 136

Volume 24: "The House of Ya'u" #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 136

Folder 137

Volume 25: Book of five sermons #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 137

Folder 138-139

Folder 138

Folder 139

Volume 26: Typescripts of articles #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 138-139

Folder 140

Volume 27: Periodicals #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." Folder 140

Image Folder PF-1599/1-2

PF-1599/1

PF-1599/2

Photographs #01599, Series: "Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1785-1948 and undated." PF-1599/1-2

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, August 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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