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Henry C. Wingblade Papers, 1942-1955

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Henry C. Wingblade Papers, 1942-1955

Bethel University Digital Library
3900 Bethel Drive St. Paul, MN 55112

March, 2016

Profile Description

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Elizabeth Hynes and Kent Gerber March, 2016
Language: Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

Repository:History Center: Archives of the Baptist General Conference and Bethel University3949 Bethel Drive
St. Paul, MN 55112
Creator:Wingblade, Henry C.
Title: Henry C. Wingblade Papers
Dates: 1942-1955
Dates: 1942-1955
Quantity:19 boxes
Abstract: This series contains records of Henry C. Wingblade's activities as President of Bethel College and Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota (1941-1954).
Identification: HWP HC 2016.001
Language: English

Arrangement of Collection

Boxes are numbered and arranged according to Wingblade's system of organzation; Boxes are identified by date and individual folders are arranged alphabetically within each date range.

Scope and Contents of the Records

This collection consists of Henry C. Wingblade's personal papers, and includes records documenting Wingblade’s tenure at Bethel College and Seminary; student and event records pertaining to Bethel campus activities; files on Personnel from the 1940's; WWII correspondence with various churches; and documents pertaining to the joint activities of Wingblade and and his successor, President Lundquist, from 1953-1955

Biographical Information for Henry C. Wingblade

Henry C. Wingblade, born in Watervile, Kansas in 1883, became a believer at the age of nine and was baptized in Topeka in 1901 at the age of 17. He received his Bachelor of Arts in 1910 and began teaching English at Bethel in 1911, where he remained for 27 years. He went on to earn his Master of Arts in 1931, became ordained in 1933, and received his Doctor of Divinity in 1943, holding many pastoral appointments throughout this time. After a three year-appointment at Addison Street Church in Chicago, Henry Wingblade was chosen to succeed President G. Arvid Hagstrom, and became the first-American born presidnet of Bethel Junior College and Theological Seminary in the Fall of 1941. During his 13-year tenure as president, Wingblade transitioned Bethel from a Junior College to a four-year college and built three new dormitories on the Snelling Avenue campus, as well as a gymnasium and library. Wingblade navigated Bethel through the difficult years of WWII and the subsequent post-war boom in admissions as soldiers returned home. He was known to be very active in the Baptist General Conference, building longstanding relationships between Bethel and many Churches throughout the Conference. He made impressive gains in upgrading Bethel's academic standards and facilities, but more importantly was known across campus as a friendly, unassuming personality who desired that only Christ be magnified through his witness and unceasing devotion to Christ.

Index Terms

Wingblade, Henry C.
Baptist General Conference of America
Baptist World Alliance
Bethel College and Seminary (Saint Paul, Minn.)
Bethel University
Minnesota Women's Conference
Northern Baptist Convention
Women's Federation Twin Cities
Christian universities and colleges
College administrators
College presidents
WWII Correspondence
Saint Paul (Minn.)
Business Correspondence
Engagements and Itineraries
Grade Reports
Personal Correspondence
Personnel Files


Restrictions on Access

This material is not restricted.

Restrictions on Use

This material is not restricted.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

These records were donated to the History Center by the Office of the President upon President Wingblade's retirement.

Preferred Citation

[Cite the item (as appropriate)], History Center: Archives of the Baptist General Conference and Bethel University, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Acquisition Information

These records were donated directly to the History Center by the Office of the President in 1955 following President Wingblade's retirement.

Processing Information

The archives team processed these records in the Fall 2013 semester. Boxes were counted, their contents were inventoried, and the files were left as Wingblade had arranged them.

Related Material

Related or similar material can be found in the following series in the History Center: Archives of the Baptist General Conference and Bethel University; Henry C. Wingblade Biographical Collection;

Separated Material

Additional material is located in the Biographical Collection.

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