Theodore Runyon papers, 1956-1998

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Runyon, Theodore.
Title: Theodore Runyon papers, 1956-1998
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 322
Extent: 4.2 cubic feet [23.8 cubic feet of unprocessed materials] (5 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of writings and subject files that represent Runyon’s scholarly and professional activities at Candler School of Theology.
Language:Materials in English and German.

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Restrictions on Access

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Pitts Theology Library in advance to access this collection.

Material in Series 3 restricted until January 1, 2030.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


[after identification of item(s)], Theodore Runyon Papers, MSS 322, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Aimee Morgan, 2005.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Theodore Runyon is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Candler School of Theology. He was educated at Lawrence College (B.A., 1952) and Drew University (B.D., 1955). After serving as a Methodist minister in New York and New Jersey from 1952-1955, Runyon completed the Doctor of Theology at University of Goettingen, Goettingen, Germany. He returned to Goettingen for post-graduate study in 1964-1965, and also studied at the Universities of Tübingen and Constance in 1971-1972. Runyon and his wife, Cynthia Margaret Runyon, have three children.

In 1958, Runyon was appointed Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Candler School of Theology. He was promoted to the rank of full professor in 1966. Runyon served as the Acting Associate Dean of Candler from 1974-1975 and 1976, as well as the Chairman of the Department of Theological Studies in the Graduate School’s Division of Religion from 1962-1970 and 1976.

Runyon was active in several professional associations, including the American Association of University Professors (President, Emory Chapter, 1970-1971) and the American Academy of Religion. His honors include a Fulbright fellowship (1955-1957), the Pi Delta Epsilon and Campus Outstanding Faculty Award (1967), and the Emory Williams Award for Distinguished Teaching at the Graduate and Professional Level (1973). Runyon’s articles and reviews have appeared in the Christian Advocate, the Drew Gateway, and the Candler Review. His books include John Wesley’s Theology Today (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1998).

Runyon retired from Candler in 1998.

Scope and Content Note

This collection focuses closely on Runyon’s scholarly and professional activities at Candler School of Theology. There is little information about Runyon’s background, except the one folder of biographical material that comprises Series 1. The collection also lacks documentation of courses taught by Runyon at Candler School of Theology.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 4 series: (1) Biographical Information, (2) Writings, (3) Name Files, and (4) Subject Files.

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