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Guide to the J. Gordon Chamberlin Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1930-1994
Creator: Chamberlin, J. Gordon (1914-)
Extent: 20.00 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0580
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Teacher, Methodist minister and writer on theological and educational subjects. Correspondence, course materials, sermons and speeches, with materials relating to his many books and articles.

Access: This collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation: J. Gordon Chamberlin Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

J. Gordon Chamberlin was born March 18, 1914, in Blairstown, Iowa, to Alfred B. and Eunice Chamberlin. He attended Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and received his B.A. in History in 1935. He received his B.D. from Union Theological Seminary of New York City. His focus while there was Christian Ethics. In 1951, he received his Ed.D. degree from Teachers College at Columbia University. His thesis was "Revelation and Education."
In 1937, Chamberlin married Elna Challman. Together they had four children: John Stephen, Judith, Philip David, and Mark Andrew. In 1972, they divorced. Chamberlin married Mildred A. Eck in 1973.
Chamberlin was ordained a minister in the Methodist church in 1938. He has served as a minister in several congregations. He was a lecturer in religious education and psychology at Union Theological Seminary from 1953-1960. He served as a professor at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 1960-1979 and he and his wife, Mildred, moved to Greensboro, North Carolina.
Chamberlin has written many books during his long career in the religion and education fields. These include works such as The Church and its Young Adults, The Educating Act, A Phenomenological View, "I Don't Have No Education" and Other Reflections, and Churches vs. Education, A Battle Lost. He has contributed to Existentialism and Phenomenology in Education and Culture as Education. He has written numerous articles for magazines and newspapers.
In retirement, he continues to teach occasionally at Greensboro College, write books and articles, and participate in numerous organizations.

The papers of John Gordon Chamberlin consist of forty boxes of manuscripts dating from 1930-1994. The contents include articles and letters to the editor by Chamberlin, correspondence of business, personal, religious, and educational significance. The collection also includes information for courses which Chamberlin taught and organizations to which he belonged. His sermons and speeches are included, as are conference and convention materials from events in which Chamberlin participated.

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