An Inventory of the William Hubben Papers, 1906-1976

(3 boxes; 1.5 linear ft.)

RG 5/068


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Abstract
William Hubben (1895-1974) was a prominent Quaker educator, speaker, editor, and author. Born in Germany in 1895, William Hubben joined the small but growing movement of German Quakers in 1923 and participated in a number of international religious and peace conferences. His political involvement with the Social Democratic Party caused his dismissal in 1933 by Hitler's government. He emigrated to the United States with his wife, Maria, and children soon afterward, and went on to be heavily involved with Quakerism there. The collection contains correspondence (1906-1976), manuscript and published writings (1924-70), editorials, reviews, speeches, notes, pictures and memorabilia, and reference materials of William Hubben. Part of the collection is in German.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL William Hubben (1895-1974) was a prominent Quaker educator, speaker, editor of Friends Intelligencer and, later, Friends Journal, and author of books and articles in the fields of religion and literature. Before emigrating from Germany in 1933, he had been the editor of the German Quaker Monthly, Der Quaker. Born in Germany in 1895, William Hubben joined the small but growing movement of German Quakers in 1923 and participated in a number of international religious and peace conferences. In 1928 he was appointed principal of one of the largest public schools. His political involvement with the Social Democratic Party caused his dismissal in 1933 by Hitler's government. He emigrated to the United States with his wife, Maria, and children soon afterward, and in 1935 was named Director of Religious Interests at George School in Pennsylvania. He became the editor and manager of Friends Intelligencer in 1943 and remained as editor of its successor, Friends Journal, until 1963, and as contributing editor until his death in 1974. He was chosen by Friends World committee as Quaker observer to the Vatican Council in 1962. He also taught from 1963 to 1973 at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. His autobiography, Exiled Pilgrim, was published in 1943.

1895 Born, September 27, Krefeld, Germany. Son of William and Maria (Fehrenschild) Hubben.
1912-14 Student, Kgl. Lehrerseminar Cornellmunster, Germany
1920-22 Student, Heilpadagogiches Seminar, Dusseldorf, Germany
1922 Married Maria Feckes, October 5.
1924-33 Editor of Der Quaker, monthly periodical of German Friends
1928 Principal of a public high school in Magdeburg, Germany
1931 Exchange teacher at Westtown School
1933 Dismissed as principal under Hitler, emigrated to U.S.
1933 Student at Woodbrooke College, Birmingham, England; also at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pa.
1935-56 Director of Religious Interests, George School.
1943-55 Editor and manager, Friends Intelligencer
1943 Publication of autobiography Exiled Pilgrim (Macmillan).
1952 Publication of Four Prophets of Our Destiny (Macmillan).
1955-63 Editor, Friends Journal
1957 Wife Maria dies, November 27.
1958 Married Trudy Baum
1962 Selected by Friends World Committee as Quaker observer to Vatican Council
1963-73 Resident Quaker scholar and part-time teacher of German at William Penn Charter School.
1963-74 Contributing editor, Friends Journal
1974 Died, September 8.
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection contains correspondence (1906-1976), manuscript and published writings (1924-70), editorials, reviews, speeches, notes, pictures and memorabilia, and reference materials of William Hubben. Correspondents include C.F. Andrews, Pearl S. Buck, Henry J. Cadbury, Richard L. Cary, Fritz Eichenberg, Rufus M. Jones, Clarence Pickett, and Alexandra Tolstoy. Topics covered in his manuscript writings include German Catholicism and the rise of Hitler, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Russian Quakerism, Kafka, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Soloviev, Russia, Vatican Council, and many other topics. Part of the collection is in German.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into thirteen series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Catholic Church -- Germany
  • Friends' Journal
  • George School (Bucks County, Pa.)
  • Germany -- History -- 1918-1933
  • Quaker -- Authors
  • Quaker -- Diaries --20th century
  • Quakers -- Education
  • Quakers -- Germany
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Sozialdemokratische Parte: Deutschlands -- History -- 20th century
  • Vatican Council (2nd: 1962-1965)
  • William Penn Charter School
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Andrews, C.F. (Charles Freer), 1871-1940
  • Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973
  • Cadbury, Henry Joel, 1883-
  • Dostoyevsky, Fyodor, 1821-1881
  • Eichenberg, Fritz, 1901-
  • Hubben, William, 1895
  • Jones, Rufus Matthew, 1863-1948
  • Kafka, Franz, 1883-1924
  • Pickett, Clarence, 1884-1965
  • Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, 1712-1778
  • Solovyov, Vladimir Sergeyevish, 1853-1900
  • Tolstoy, Alexandra, 1884-1979
Credits
Processed by: Finding Aid Prepared by FHL staff
Date: 1975
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.
Sponsor: Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Biographical material, 1922-1932, n.d.

Articles and clippings Box 1

Diary 1922-1932 Box 1

List of publications Box 1

Klaus and Herbert Hubben (sons of William) Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence, 1906-1976 and n.d.
Box 1

Correspondence
Arranged chronologically with undated items first. Includes letters received from C. F. Andrews, Pearl S. Buck, Henry J. Cadbury, Richard L. Cary, Fritz Eichenberg, Rufus M. Jones, Clarence Pickett, and Alexandra Tolstoy. Partially cataloged.
1906-1976, n.d.

3. Manuscript writings of William Hubben, 1934-1964, n.d.
Arranged alphabetically by title.


“Attending Meeting for Worship.” (2p.) Box 1

“Bericht von Wilhelm Hubben uber seinen Besuch in Paris Ostern 1928, zur Franosischen Jahrversammlung.” (6p.) Box 1

“The Church of the Needle's Eye.” Philadelphia. n.d. (17p.) Box 1

“Die Formelemene in Hauptmann's `Webern', der `Versunkenen Glocke', dem `Bogen des Odysseus' und dem `Weissen Heiland'.” Lansdowne, Pa. 1934 (17p.) Box 1

“German Catholicism and the Rise of Hitler.” (5p.) Box 1

“Gretchen, Dorothea, und Lotta.” 1935 (21p.) Box 1

“Das katholisch-christliche Element in Grillparzers Dramen.” Wallingford, Pa.; Pendle Hill, 1934 (14p.) Box 1

“Katholische Rebellion in der USA” (4p.) Box 1

“Klopstock und der Pietismus.” George School, Pa. 1935. (18p.) Box 1

“The Making of the Russian Mind.” 304p. RESTRICTED.
Trudy Hubben has retained literary rights to “The Making of the Russian Mind” during her lifetime. May be consulted for research, but permission for publication must be obtained directly from her.
Box 1

“The Masses.” (2 draft typescripts) Box 1

“Meine Grossmutter and die Schopfungsgeschichte.” (4p.) Box 1

“Miracles of Indifference,” by Theophile Delaporte? (5p.) Box 1

“Professor Bemme.” George School, Pa. n.d. (5p.) Box 1

“Pseudo-Quakerism in the 17th and 18th Century[!] in Germany.” Wallingford, Pa., Pendle Hill, n.d. (3p.) Box 1

“`Der Quaker': Monatchrift der Deutschen Freunde,” [by] Leonhard Friedrich (4p.) Box 1

“The Religion of Jean Jacques Rousseau.” Wallingford, Pa., Pendle Hill 1940. Box 1

“The Revolution of Youth.” 3p. (also with typescript draft) Box 1

“Die Rolle des Gefuhls in der `Penthsilea.' ” Wallingford, Pa.; Pendle Hill, 1934 Box 1

“Russia.”
Possibly an excerpt from "The Making of the Russian Mind."
(typescript) Box 1

“Should Theology concern Friends?” 1964 (13 p.) Box 1

“Tolstoy and Gandhi.” Philadelphia n.d. (3p.) Box 1

“The Varieties of the Christian Churches," with evaluations (10 p.) Box 1

“Was wir alle suchen.” (10p.) Box 1

“Who Are These Friends?” [1947?] (17p.) Box 1

“[It is Customary to Consider].”
Talk made at dedication of meeting house at George School.
n.d. (4 p. typescript) Box 1

4. Published writings, 1924-1970 and n.d.
Listed by date.


Major articles, 1936-1963, mostly in non-Quaker publications: Box 2

“Russian Quakerism.”
Bulletin of the Friends Historical Association, vol. 25, no. 2, p. 74-82.
Autumn 1936 Box 2

“The Totalitarian Mind.”
Religious Education, p. 172-174.
Box 2

“If Conscription Comes.”
The Christian Century.
Aug. 14, 1940 Box 2

“Religion at George School.”
Religious Education, vol. 36, no. 1, p. 20-24.
Jan.-Mar. 1941, Box 2

“Some Future Tasks of the Private School.” p.
School and Society, vol. 57, no. 1470, p. 230-232.
Feb. 27, 1943 Box 2

“The Virgin and the Nun” by Gottfried Keller.
Translated and abridged by William Hubben and Elined Kotschnig. Inward Light, no. 22, p. 5-8.
December 1944 Box 2

“Where Are Our Adolescents?”
Religion in Life, p. 71-83.
ca. 1947 Box 2

“Kafka's Apocalyptic Message.”
The Christian Century, p. 1171-1173.
October 1, 1947 Box 2

“An Existentialist Prophet.”
Friends Quarterly, p. 13-20.
January 1948 Box 2

“Ahab, the Whaling Quaker.”
With typed sheet of comments. The Friends Quarterly, p/ 169-181.
July 1949 Box 2

“Ahab, the Whaling Quaker.” p. 363-373
Religion in Life, vol. 18, no. 3, p. 363-373.
Summer 1949 Box 2

“Atomism - Not Thomism” p. 1035-1037.
The Christian Century, p. 1035-1037.
September 7, 1949 Box 2

“Dostoevsky's Holy Russia.”
The Friends Quarterly, p. 182-187.
July, 1952 Box 2

“Kierkegaard and the Friends.”
p. 230-234.
October 1953 Box 2

“Catholic Italy: Facts an Figures.”
Baptist leader, p. 9, 13.
April 1957 Box 2

“The Next Pope.”
The Christian Century, p. 704-706.
June 5, 1957 Box 2

“Pilgrims from Krefeld” in “The Krefelders and Colonial Germantown”
Reprinted in The American-German Review.
Oct.-Nov. 1958 Box 2

“Soloviev and the Vision of Unity.”
The Friends Quarterly, p. 372-384.
October 1963 Box 2

“Soloviev and the Vision of Unity.”
Religion in Life, p. 609-620.
Autumn 1963 Box 2

Articles in German.
Arranged chronologically but not individually listed.
1924-1963 Box 2

Articles in English.
Arranged chronologically but not individually listed.
1931-1970. Box 2

Ser. 5. Editorials from Friends Intelligencer and Friends Journal

Incomplete file of Hubben's editorials.
Arranged chronologically.
Box 2

Ser. 6. Reviews, ca. 1929-1952, n.d.

Reviews of William Hubben's writings: Box 2

Die Quaker in der deutschen ergangenheit (Leipzig, 1929) Box 2

Exiled Pilgrim (New York, 1943) Box 2

Four Prophets of Our Destiny: Kierkeaard, Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Kafka (New York, 1952) Box 2

Other writings by Hubben Box 2

Reviews by William Hubben of the writings of others Box 2

Ser. 7. School material

Reports and articles regarding religious life at George School and William Penn Charter School.
Also announcements of course offerings by Hubben at Cheltenham Township Adult School.
Box 2

Ser. 8. Speeches

Program announcements and reports of speeches by William Hubben Box 2

Ser. 9. Notes, 1962, n.d.

Quotations, phrasebooks compiled by William Hubben
Some notes included from his attendance at Vatican Council, 1962.
Box 2

Ser. 10. Scrapbook, 1929

“Frankreichfahrt Magdeburger Lehrer, 1929.” Box 3

Ser. 11. Pictures
Box 3

Ser. 12. Memorabilia

Miscellaneous memorabilia
Includes examination certificates, passport, birth certificate, military papers, teacher's contracts, delegate's card for Vatican Council, certificate of Appreciation from George School (copy).
Box 3

Ser. 13. Reference material

Articles and clippings collected by Hubben about Russia, Vatican Council, religious and miscellaneous Box 3