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Peters, Clarence H. F. (1903–1984), Collection (1928–1973)

7.3 l.f. (23 document boxes) : manuscripts



BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

Clarence H. F. Peters was born 8 January 1903 at Linn, Kansas, to Nickolaus and Maria (nee Tewes) Peters. He graduated from Saint Paul’s College, Concordia, Missouri, in 1923 and from Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri, in 1927. He earned master of sacred theology (S.T.M.) and doctor of theology (Th.D.) degrees from the seminary and was also awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the same institution for exceptional service in the ministry. Peters also earned a master’s degree in education from Washington University, Saint Louis.

Peters was ordained at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Venus, Nebraska, on 14 October 1928 and served as pastor there until 1936. He was pastor of Saint John Lutheran Church, Scottsbluff, Nebraska, from 1936 until 1939. On 21 May 1939 he was installed as pastor of Saint Luke Lutheran Church, Saint Louis, where he served until his retirement in 1972.

Peters served as chair of the Missouri Synod Board for Young People’s Work from 1947 to 1967 and in 1952 represented the Synod at the Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Hanover, Germany. He also served on the National Lutheran Scouting Committee for 27 years, receiving the Gold Lamb and Silver Beaver awards. He was the author of numerous articles on youth work and of a book, The Early Years of the Christian Church (Garden City, N.Y.: Nelson Doubleday, c1959).

Peters was married to Marie E. Grossheim on 23 September 1928, and they were the parents of three children: Ruth (Mrs. Martin Brockmann), Eunice (Mrs. Edwin Albers) and Lois (Mrs. Neil Schmidt). Peters died on 18 May 1984.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The Peters collection documents his work in youth ministry and scouting. The original donation from Peters consisted of a large collection of periodicals and other printed materials that were distributed throughout the Institute’s Library collection. A small number of files containing correspondence and other documents make up the original set of files in the Peters Collection.

Supplemental donations contained Peters’s files on youth ministry, Scouting, the Walther League, etc., including files from many of the youth-related conferences and conventions that he attended and participated in. Supplement II consists mainly of correspondence.

FOLDER LIST

Original Donation (March 1968)



Box 1

  1. Board for Young People’s Work

  2. Compositions on Youth Work by Clarence Peters

  3. Correspondence — Theodore Graebner, 1937

  4. Correspondence — Miscellaneous, 1937, 1948–1949

  5. Correspondence — Clarence Peters, 1948–1960

  6. Miscellaneous Outlines

  7. Walther League Executive Board Minutes, 1952–1955

  8. Youth Work Bibliographies

Supplement I (Received 1 March 1973)

Box 1

  1. Released Time Classes: Papers, Rulings, Clippings

  2. Released Time Classes: Papers, Rulings, Clippings

  3. Releases Time Classes: Papers, Rulings, Clippings

  4. Released Time Classes: Correspondence

  5. Released Time Classes: Theses

Box 2

  1. Scouting: Reports, Agendae, Minutes of Committee on Scouting, 1945–1951

  2. Scouting: Pamphlets, Brochures, Papers on Awards

  3. Scouting: Correspondence, 1928–1947

  4. Scouting: Correspondence, 1948–1949

  5. Scouting: Correspondence, 1950–1951

  6. Scouting: Correspondence, Order of the Arrow, 1959–1967

Box 3

  1. Scouting: Correspondence, God, Home, Country, 1951–1964

  2. Scouting: Miscellaneous Articles, Opinions, Agendae NYAR, 1967

  3. Clippings, Politics (esp. Communism/Socialism and Their Effects)

  4. Lutheran Youth Leadership Award, Correspondence, 1955–1964

  5. LSV Caravaners, Leadership Training, 1958–1967

  6. LSV Caravaners, Leadership Training (cont.)

  7. Leadership Training Correspondence, 1958–1960

Supplement II (Received 11 March 1974)

Box 1

  1. Correspondence: A

  2. Correspondence: B

  3. Correspondence: C

  4. Correspondence: D

  5. Correspondence: E

  6. Correspondence: F

  7. Correspondence: G

  8. Correspondence: H

  9. Correspondence: I

  10. Correspondence: J

Box 2

  1. Correspondence: K

  2. Correspondence: L

  3. Correspondence: M

  4. Correspondence: N

  5. Correspondence: O

  6. Correspondence: P

  7. Correspondence: R

  8. Correspondence: S

Box 3

  1. Correspondence: The Rev. Carl Streufert

  2. Correspondence: T

  3. Correspondence: U

  4. Correspondence: V

  5. Correspondence: W

  6. Correspondence: Elmer Witt

  7. Correspondence: XYZ

  8. Elmaar Bakken

  9. Harry G. Barr

  10. Clarence W. Benitz

  11. The Rev. Gordon C. Bergin

  12. Herb W. David

  13. J. A. Brunton Jr.

  14. Ralph Dinger

Box 4

  1. Dr. William Fisher — Scout Correspondence

  2. William G. Fisher

  3. The Rev. Daniel Fuelling

  4. Russell J. Hart

  5. Ernie Hogan Jr.

  6. The Rev. Clair Hoifjeld

  7. Dr. A. E. Iverson

  8. Carl Jacobson

  9. Laren M. Ness

  10. Jack Oetgen

  11. Prof. Walter Sohn

  12. Dr. C. Thomas Spitz

  13. The Rev. Frans Victorson

  14. Donald G. Welsh

Box 5

  1. Scouting A

  2. Scouting B

  3. Scouting C

  4. Scouting D

  5. Scouting E

  6. Scouting F

  7. Scouting G

  8. Scouting H

  9. Scouting I

  10. Scouting J

  11. Scouting K

  12. Scouting M

  13. Scouting L

  14. Scouting N

  15. Scouting O

  16. Scouting P

  17. Scouting R

  18. Scouting S

  19. Scouting T

  20. Scouting U

  21. Scouting V

  22. Scouting W

  23. Scouting XYZ

  24. Scouting, 1962 B

Box 6

  1. Scouting, 1961

  2. Scouting, 1960

  3. Scouting, 1959

  4. Scouting, 1956–1958

  5. Boy Scouts of America, Correspondence on Relationships

  6. Boy Scout Jamboree, Valley Forge, 1964

  7. Boy Scout World Jamboree, Farragut, Idaho, Aug. 1–9, 1967

  8. Boy Scout Sunday, Feb. 12, 1967

  9. Boy Scout Sunday

  10. Camp Chaplains, 1965–1967

Box 7

  1. Chaplaincy

  2. Cub Scouts

  3. Executive Board Meeting, NLCS, June 3

  4. 56th Annual National Countil, May 19–26, 1966

  5. Inner City Scouting, Pilot Program

  6. Lamb Award, 1964

  7. Lamb Award, 1965–1967

  8. Lamb Award Presentation, H. Haysbert

  9. Lamb Award Presentation, H. Schmidt

  10. Scouting in the Lutheran Church, Materials Loaned

  11. Newsletter to Lutheran Scoutmasters

  12. Philmont Conference, July 19–25, 1967

  13. Canadian Lutheran Committee on Scouting, Pro Deo et Patria Award

  14. Congratulatory Letters, Pro Deo et Patria Recipients

  15. Pro Deo et Patria Letters, Carbons from Minnesota Letters

  16. The Lutheran Scouter

  17. Items for “The Lutheran Scouter”

  18. World’s Fair, New York, 1965

Box 8

  1. Young People’s Board — Miscellaneous

  2. Lutheran Youth Conference, Nov. 5–7, 1957

  3. Lutheran Youth Conference, Nov. 5–7, 1957 and Upward Call Conference, Nov. 7–10, 1957

  4. Lutheran Youth Conference, Jan. 22–23, 1957, Hotel Mark Twain, Saint Louis, Missouri

  5. Upward Call Conference, Nov. 8–11, 1956, College Camp

  6. Upward Call Conference

  7. Lutheran Youth Conference, Upward Call Conference, Nov. 10–13, 1955

Box 9

  1. Lutheran Youth Conference, De Soto, Jan. 12–13, 1955

  2. Lutheran Youth Conference, Jan. 13–14, 1954

  3. Lutheran Youth Conference, Jan. 14–15, 1953

  4. Lutheran Youth Conference, Feb. 8–10, 1952

  5. Lutheran Youth Conference, Jan. 17–18, 1951

  6. Lutheran Youth Conference, Jan. 20–21, 1950

Box 10

  1. Lutheran Youth Conference, Jan. 13–14, 1949

  2. Youth Conference, 1948

  3. Youth Conference, Jan. 29–30, 1947

  4. Youth Conference, 1946

  5. Youth Workers Conferences, 1959–1960

  6. Youth Workers Conference, 1958

  7. Youth Workers Conference, 1957

Box 11

  1. Youth Workers Conferences, July 29–Aug. 9, 1957

  2. Youth Workers Conferences, 1956

  3. Florida-Georgia Youth Workers Conference, April 9–13, 1956

  4. Youth Workers Conferences, 1955

  5. Youth Workers Conferences, 1954

  6. Youth Workers Conferences, 1953

  7. Youth Workers Conferences, 1952

  8. Youth Workers Conferences, 1951

  9. Youth Workers Conferences, 1950

  10. Youth Workers Conferences, 1949

  11. Youth Workers Conference, 1948

Box 12

  1. Pro Deo et Patria Information

  2. Pro Deo et Patria Recipients

  3. Pro Deo et Patria Correspondence, 1964, A–L

  4. Pro Deo et Patria Correspondence, 1964, M–Z

Box 13

  1. W. F. Weiherman, 1963–1964

  2. Witte – Peters, 1958–1967

  3. North American Ecumenical Youth Assembly, 1961

  4. Budget, Young People’s Work, 1958–1961

  5. Family Correspondence, 1965–1973

  6. Family Letters, mimeographed, 1966–1970

  7. Christmas Greetings, mimeographed, 1969–1971

  8. Miscellaneous Correspondence, A–L, 1963–1973

  9. Miscellaneous Correspondence, M–Z, 1963–1973

  10. Board for Young People’s Work, 1963–1972

  11. Lutheran Brotherhood, 1964–1972

  12. Lutheran Laymen’s League, 1963–1964

Box 14

  1. Scouting, 1963–1973

  2. Walther League, 1963–1965

  3. Peters – Neil Schmidt, 1965–1973

  4. Tours

  5. Scouting Correspondence, 1963–1973

  6. Youth Workers Conference, 1954

  7. Youth Workers Conference, 1957

  8. European Ecumenical Youth Assembly, 1960

  9. Walther League, 1936–1958

Supplement III (January 1976)

Box 1

  1. Marriage in the Twentieth Century, 1959

  2. The Believer-Priest and His Church Altar

  3. Statement of Policy Governing Church Contacts with Groups Now in Fellowship with Us (1959)

  4. Various Addresses #1

  5. Various Addresses #2

  6. Various Addresses #3

  7. Various Addresses #4

  8. Christian Youth and World Problems

  9. Psalm 23

  10. Released Time Information

  11. Clippings … Miscellaneous

  12. Walther League Materials

Box 2

  1. American Lutheran clippings

  2. Western District Pastoral Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, Oct. 16–18, 1956

  3. Florida-Georgia Pastoral Conference, October 18–20, 1955, Key West, Florida

  4. Kansas Pastoral Conference, May 17–19, 1954, Wichita, Kansas

  5. East Missouri Pastoral Conference, Sherwood Forest

  6. E. Mo. Pastoral Conference, Sherwood Forest, Sept. 21–23, 1954

  7. Address Detroit Pastoral Conference on Youth Work, March 12, 1951

  8. Western District Pastoral Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas, October 17–19, 1950

  9. Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, St. Paul, Minn.

  10. Triennial Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Houston, Texas, June 17–27, 1953

  11. Forty-First Regular Convention, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 21–30, 1950

  12. Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States, Chicago, Illinois, July 19 to 29, 1947

  13. Fiscal Conference, St. Louis, Mo. – July 31–August 2, 1956

  14. Fiscal Conference, July 13–20, 1955, Concordia College, St. Paul, Minn.

  15. Walther League – Miscellaneous

  16. Youth Work — (Walther League)

  17. Walther League Convention, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, July 11–16, 1959

  18. Walther League Convention, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, August 10–14, 1958

  19. International Walther League Convention, Stillwater, Oklahoma, Aug. 11–15, 1957

Box 3

  1. Walther League Convention, Ames, Iowa, July 22–26, 1956

  2. Walther League Convention, New York City, July 3–7, 1955

  3. Walther League Convention, Long Beach, California, July 4–8, 1954

  4. Sixtieth Anniversary Convention of the Walther League, July 19–23, 1953, Chicago, Illinois

  5. Walther League Convention, Ottawa, Canada, July 6–10, 1952

  6. International Walther League Convention, St. Louis, Missouri, 1951

  7. International Walther League Convention, Denver, Colorado, July 2–6, 1950

Box 4

  1. International Walther League Convention, Houston, Texas, July 10–14, 1949

  2. International Walther League Convention, Portland, Oregon, July 12–16, 1948

  3. International Walther League Convention, Buffalo, New York, July 7–11, 1947

  4. International Walther League Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1946

  5. International Walther League Convention, Saint Louis, Missouri, July 18–21, 1944

  6. Walther League Convention, Pittsburgh, 1938

  7. International Convention, Detroit, July 1937

  8. Florida District W. L. Convention, Tampa, June 12, 1955 and LSV School, June 13–16

  9. Albany District Conv., Albany, N. Y., Sept. 11–12, 1954

  10. Oklahoma District Walther League Convention, Tulsa, Oklahoma, September 6–7, 1953

  11. Indiana District Walther League Convention, Evansville, Indiana, May 30–31, 1953

  12. Utah-Idaho Convention, Idaho Falls, Idaho, September 2–4, 1950

  13. Nebraska District Walther League Convention Banquet, Lincoln, Nebraska, August 27, 1950

Box 5

  1. 1943 Mo. District Walther League Convention, St. Louis, Mo.

  2. Ohio District Walther League Convention, September 17, 18, 1949, Toledo, Ohio

  3. Southern Pine District Walther League Convention, Oct. 30–31, 1948

  4. Southern California W. L. District Convention, October 9 and 10, 1948

  5. Missouri District Walther League Convention, De Soto Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, September 4–6, 1948

  6. Oklahoma District Walther League Convention, August 31 to September 1, 1947, Stillwater, Oklahoma

  7. Saskatchewan Walther League District Convention, Lutheran Bible College, Outlook, Sask., Can., June 30–July 2, 1961

  8. Southern Illinois District Walther League Convention, Chester, Illinois, September 1 and 2, 1946

  9. Kansas District Walther League Convention, August 24 and 25, 1946, Kansas City, Missouri

  10. Walther League Convention, Nebraska District, 1939, Grand Island

  11. Walther League, Nebraska District Convention, Omaha, 1938

  12. Walther League, [Nebraska] District Convention, 1937, Columbus

  13. Walther League, 1936 [Nebraska] District Convention, Fremont

  14. Workshop in Youth Work with Seniors of St. Louis and Springfield Seminaries, May 5–8, 1957, 1958

  15. Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary, Summer School Session, 1955

  16. Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary Seniors, St. Louis and Springfield, May 1–4, 1955

  17. Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary Seniors, St. Louis and Springfield, May 2–5, 1954

  18. Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, April 16–17, 1953

  19. Workshop in Youth Work, April 6, 1951, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis

  20. Workshop in Youth Work, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, April 19, 1950, for the Senior Class

DONOR INFORMATION

The original collection was donated by Peters in March 1968 along with a large number of publications and periodicals related to youth ministry that we incorporated into the CHI Library. Supplements I and I were donated by Peters in March 1973 and March 1974. Supplement III was donated by Saint Luke Lutheran Church (Saint Louis, Missouri) in January 1976 from papers left there by Peters before he retired.



2 October 2013
Marvin A. Huggins

Peters, Clarence H., Papers Page



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