Contents and Arrangement

Family Letters, 1890-1923

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains biographical materials, writings, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, and printed material of Walter Lowrie (Class of 1890), as well as a smaller group of papers created by Canon Howard A. Johnson, the executor of Lowrie's estate. The majority of the collection comprises Lowrie's own papers, which include manuscripts of several works by Lowrie, such as A Short Life of Kierkegaard (1942), The Enchanted Island (1953), and The Soul of Plants (1957), his unpublished translation of Raul Francé's work; articles, addresses, prayers, and sermons by him; and reviews and clippings about his works. Much of the collection is devoted to correspondence between leading theologians and Kierkegaard scholars, such as Canon Howard A. Johnson, Niels Thulstrup, Masuri Otani, and Frederik Riedel, concerning translations of and articles about Kierkegaard's works. The collection also reflects Lowrie's contributions to Kierkegaardian scholarship by making accessible through his translations the Danish philosopher's works. There is additional correspondence by family members to Lowrie, particularly letters from his mother, as well as letters exchanged between family members and correspondence between Lowrie and various publishers. In addition, there are scrapbooks of printed materials about Kierkegaard, material (1907-1930) relating to Lowrie's principal parish, St. Paul's in Rome, and offprints of Lowrie's published works. Howard A. Johnson's papers include drafts of his own writings, teaching materials, corrections on Lowrie's work, student writings, and additional printed materials. Also present is a small collection of writings by other scholars about Kierkegaard.

Collection History

Custodial History:

The collection was formed as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

Archival Appraisal Information:

During 2015 re-processing, a copy of a dissertation by the original processor of the collection, Donald Fox, and explanatory correspondence related to later donations were separated from the collection and placed in the collection file.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Family Letters; Walter Lowrie Papers, C0286, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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