Guide to the Carl French Henry Collection

Lucinda Glenn
Graduate Theological Union Archives
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Guide to the Carl French Henry Collection

Collection number: GTU 89-10-09

Graduate Theological Union Archives

Graduate Theological Union

Berkeley, California
Processed by:
Lucinda Glenn
Date Completed:
June 16, 2003
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© 2006 Graduate Theological Union. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Carl French Henry collection
Dates: 1892-1957
Collection number: GTU 89-10-09
Creator: Henry, Carl French
Collection Size: 2 boxes

.5 linear ft.
Repository: The Graduate Theological Union. Library.
Berkeley, CA 94709
Abstract: This small collection consists of biographical materials of the Henry family (C.F. Henry, Rena M. Henry, his wife, Helen Henry, daughter and other family members), and Henry's records of marriages, correspondence, sermons, class lectures and information on Throop Memorial Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA. etc.
Physical location: 4/B/3
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Graduate Theological Union. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Graduate Theological Union as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

Carl French Henry collection, GTU 89-10-09. Graduate Theological Union Archives, Berkeley, CA.

Acquisition Information

It is unknown when or from whom the collection was deposited in the Graduate Theological Union Library. The collection came in prior to the 1989 establishment of the GTU Archives, and there is no documentation. It is possible it came with material transferred from the Starr King School for the Ministry Library (Unitarian), when that library merged into the GTU Library in 1982.

Biography / Administrative History

Carl French Henry, 1867-1929, was born in Ohio. He grew up on a farm going to school first at a local district school, later to a near-by town high school. He attended Buchtel College, a Universalist institution, graduating in 1891. He earned the money to attend college by teaching high school, and running a boarding club furnishing meals to students. He attended Tufts College divinity school graduating in 1894. Tufts later granted him the honorary degree, Doctor of Divinity in 1924. He served the Universalist Church in Cleveland until 1905. It was there he married Rena M. Lathrop and their only child Helen was born. Feeling the need for training in Sunday School work, he then attended the Hartford School of Religious Pedagogy, receiving his degree in 1905.
He was called to the pastorate of the Universalist Church, Bangor, Maine, 1906, then to North Attleboro, Massachusetts in 1911. In 1915, he accepted the call to Throop Memorial Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA. He was well liked in the church and the community. The major accomplishment of his time at Throop was the construction of the church, dedicated in 1923. He became ill in the summer of 1928 and died in January 1929, greatly mourned in the church and wider community leaving behind "a large company of devoted friends".
In the memorial booklet published after his death, Carl French Henry, A Memorial, which can be found in the Graduate Theological Union Library Rare Books collection, it is said that he "was a devoted Universalist, - proud of his church, its doctrines and its history. Yet he had no quarrel with the churches of the older faith. Life was too short and there was too much to be done to waste time in fruitless controversy over doctrines and dogmas. He counted among his closest friends numerous ministers of orthodox churches, who were prompt to testify to his worth when the end came to him."

Scope and Content of Collection

This small collection consists of biographical materials of the Henry family (C.F.Henry, his wife Rena M. Henry, daughter Helen Henry and other family members), and Henry's records of marriages, correspondence, sermons, class lectures and information on Throop Memorial Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA. etc.
It is unknown when or from whom the collection was deposited in the Graduate Theological Union Library. The collection came in prior to the 1989 establishment of the GTU Archives, and there is no documentation. It is possible it came with material transferred from the Starr King School for the Ministry Library (Unitarian), when that library merged into the GTU Library in 1982.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Universalist churches--Clergy--Biography
Marriage records--Maine
Marriage records--Massachusetts
Marriage records--California
Throop Memorial Universalist Church (Pasadena, Calif.)--History--Sources
Henry, Carl F. (French)
Henry, Rena M.
Henry, Helen

Separated Material

Note

Books transferred to the Graduate Theological Union Rare Books:
  • History of Throop Memorial Universalist Church, Pasadena, California, 1886-1961, by William Wallace Wilcox.
  • Carl French Henry, A Memorial. Privately Published, 1930
  • Seven Steps to Spiritual Construction, by Bernard C. Ruggles (The Kennedy Company: Oakland, Calif., 1909)

Note

Returned to the Throop Unitarian-Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA:
  • Picture: Carl F. Henry, ca. 1893
  • Picture: Throop Church, ca. 1924
  • Duplicate copies of Sermons by Henry, ca. 1923: "Mr. Burbank's Religion and Where He Fails; and "Religion and Science"
  • Duplicate copy of Church Dedication booklet, 11/18/1923
  • Church Newsletters: ca. 1914-1957

Container List

Box:folder 1:1-2, 4, 6

Photographs

Box:folder 1:1

Carl French Henry, ca. 1927-28, can be found in the book, Carl French Henry, A Memorial, in the Graduate Theological Union Library Rare Books collection ca. 1927-1928

Box:folder 1:2

Rena M. Henry (wife) ca. 1930

Box:folder 1:4

Helen Henry (daughter) 6/11/1921

Box:folder 1:6

Throop Memorial Church, Pasadena, CA ca. 1924

Box:folder 1:3

Rena M. Henry, In Memoriam ca. 1956

Box:folder 1:5

Baptism Certificate, Helen Henry, born 8/6/1903, baptized 6/9/1904 1904

Box:folder 1:7

Record of Marriages performed by Henry (Book lists marriages in Maine, Mass., and California.) 1906-January 1929

Box:folder 1:8

Letter to Henry: The call to pastor Throop Church 9/1/1915

Box:folder 1:9

Sermons by Henry: "Mr. Burbank's Religion and Where He Fails"; and "Religion and Science". ca. 1923

Box:folder 1:10

Throop Memorial Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA. 1923-1928

Box:folder 1:10

Directory 1925

Box:folder 1:10

Worship Bulletin 10/21/1928

Box:folder 1:10

Church Dedication booklet 11/18/1923

Box:folder 1:11

Honorary Degree, D.D.: Tufts College 1924

Box:folder 1:12

Resolutions in Memoriam, Carl F. Henry, passed by Throop parish meeting 1/30/1929

Box:folder 1:13

Henry Family Record, by Fredrick Augustus Henry 1905

Box:folder 1:14

Telegrams to Helen announcing deaths of family members 1948-1957

Box:folder 1:14

Newsclippings and obituaries of family members 1929 1939 1955

Box:folder 1:15

Death of Ernest B. Merrel brother-in-law) 1938

Box 2

Notes on class lectures made by Henry (13 volumes) ca. 1891-1905