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OGLE, GEORGE E., 1929-.
George E. Ogle papers, 1945-1981

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/gtmgx

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ogle, George E., 1929-.
Title: George E. Ogle papers, 1945-1981
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 332
Extent: 5.83 cubic ft. (6 boxes)
Abstract:Consists of writings, correspondence, subject files, news clippings, and periodicals related to Ogle’s service as a missionary in South Korea.
Language:Materials in English and Korean.

Administrative Information

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

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[after identification of item(s)], George E. Ogle Papers, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Aimee Morgan, 2006.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

George Ewing Ogle, Methodist missionary, labor activist, and educator, was born in Pitcairn, Pennsylvania, on January 7, 1929. He was educated at Maryville College (B.A., 1951), Duke University (B.D., 1954), and the University of Wisconsin (M.S. 1966, Ph.D.). Following his graduation from Duke, Ogle was ordained in the Evangelical United Brethren Church and traveled to South Korea as a Methodist missionary. From 1954-1957 he taught high school English in Taejon and Kongju. He returned to the United States in 1957, where he studied labor relations at Roosevelt University and was a member of the West Side Christian Parish, an interdenominational, interracial ministry in Chicago. He married Dorothy Lindman in 1959.

In early 1960, the Ogles left for South Korea as missionaries. Later that year, they were assigned to begin mission work among the workers of Inchon, an industrial port city; the result of this work was the Inchon Urban Industrial Mission program. Except for furloughs in 1965-1966 and 1971-1973, during which he completed an M.S. and a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, George Ogle remained in South Korea until December 1974. In 1973 he was appointed to the position of lecturer at the College of Commerce, Seoul National University. All four of George and Dorothy Ogle’s children were born in South Korea and educated in Korean schools.

On December 14, 1974, George Ogle was deported to the United States after speaking out against the imprisonment of eight men accused of having Communist ties. Several months later he was joined in the U.S. by his wife and children. Ogle accepted a teaching position at the Candler School of Theology, which he held for seven years. He went on to serve as a lobbyist for the United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., then led an interdenominational social justice group in Illinois before retiring.

Ogle is the author of three books: Liberty to the Captives: The Struggle against Oppression in South Korea (1977), South Korea: Dissent within the Economic Miracle (1990), and How Long O Lord: Stories of Twentieth Century Korea (2002).

Biographical Source: Burns, Matthew. “Defying Injustice in Korea.” Duke Magazine. Volume 89, no. 5. July-August 2003.

Scope and Content Note

The papers of George E. Ogle include writings, correspondence, subject files, news clippings, periodicals, and other documents. The bulk of the materials relate to Ogle’s service as a missionary in South Korea during the 1960s and 1970s, as well as his ongoing research and writing on South Korea. Of particular interest to Ogle were economic issues and the labor movement in South Korea.

The papers do not document the years after Ogle left his teaching position at the Candler School of Theology. Although there are research files from his tenure at Candler, there is little evidence of his teaching activity at the school. The papers provide no coverage of Ogle’s subsequent position as a lobbyist for the United Methodist Church, nor of his position as head of an Illinois social justice group prior to his retirement.

Although there is a series of documents in Korean at the end of the collection, researchers should be aware that Korean language materials are located throughout Ogle’s papers. Documents in Korean that were intermingled with English-language documents within a single folder were left in place during processing. In addition, folders of Korean-language materials with folder titles in English which identified them as belonging to a particular series have been filed with that series. Series 6 at the end of the collection contains Korean-language materials from unlabeled folders. See the container list below for more detailed information on Korean-language materials found in series 1-5.

Researchers should also note that, although Ogle used the terms South Korea and Republic of Korea interchangeably throughout his papers, the term South Korea has been used for consistency in this finding aid.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 6 series: (1) Writings by Ogle, (2) Inchon Urban Industrial Mission, (3) Deportation from South Korea, (4) Subject Files, (5) Periodicals and News Clippings, and (6) Materials in Korean.

Description of Series