Manfred Hoffmann papers, 1947-2017.

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/s4cq3

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hoffmann, Manfred, 1930-2017.
Title: Manfred Hoffmann papers, 1947-2017.
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 374
Extent: 31.24 cubic feet (72 boxes)
Abstract:Contains seminars, essays written or collected by Manfred Hoffmann, Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Candler School of Theology, materials from Peachtree United Methodist church and other United Methodist churches, materials concerning Erasmus, Rhetoric and Theology, and Luther, Subject Files, Correspondence, Personal Materials, Photographs, trading cards, and materials from Vatican II.
Language:Materials in English and German.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Class rolls in Box 28 are restricted until 2048.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Separated Material

Three calendar prints of color wood engravings of international cities added to RG 020-5.


Three separate gifts, 1998, 2017, and 2018.

Custodial History

Received in three parts from Manfred Hoffmann (acc# 1998.009), from Elisabeth Lunz (acc# 2017.017), and (acc# 2018.053)


[after identification of item(s)], Manfred Hoffmann papers, MSS 374, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Emily Corbin, September 2019.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

The Rev. Dr. Manfred E. Hoffmann (1930-2017) studied in Mainz before entering graduate theological study at the University of Heidelberg, where he obtained a doctorate under Hans von Campenhausen (1960). Hoffmann was an elder in the German Methodist Church and served churches in the Karlsruhe district, including the German Methodist Church of Heidelberg. In 1960, he was invited to join the faculty of the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, where he taught church history and historical theology until retirement in 1997. In addition, Rev. Dr. Hoffmann served as Theologian-in-Residence at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church in Atlanta during his time at Candler.

Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of essays, lectures, and publications of Rev. Dr. Hoffmann and his colleagues at Emory University. It includes lectures from seminars and courses, published and unpublished essays, as well as an edited copy of his dissertation: “Der Dialog bei den christlichen Schriftstellern der ersten vier Jahrhunderte.” The collection also includes an assortment of Zinnfiguren (pewter figurines) painted by Klaus J. Hoffmann, Dr. Hoffmann’s brother as well as trading cards from church history. In addition this collection contains book reviews written by Hoffman, materials from his time at Peachtree United Methodist Church and other Methodists churches, correspondence between Hoffmann and others, personal materials, photographs, and writings by others collected by Hoffmann. Hoffmann also attended Vatican II and this collection contains materials pertaining to and from the Second Vatican Council.

Arrangement Note

Organized into 17 series: (1) Seminars, (2) Writings by Hoffmann, (3) Book Reviews, (4) Professional Materials, (5) Peachtree United Methodist church, (6) United Methodist Church Materials, (7) Sermons, (8) Erasmus, (9) Subject Files, (10) Rhetoric and Theology, (11) Correspondence, (12) Luther, (13) Personal Materials, (14) Writings by Others, (15) Vatican II, (16) Photographs, (17) Zinnfiguren and Trading Cards.

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