Iden Meditation Upper Room Collection
NA1996.0001

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Iden, Thomas Medary, 1856-1933.
Creator
Putnam, James W.
Creator
Singular,, William H., 1890-1966.
Creator
Trusler, Victor T.
Title
Iden Meditation Upper Room Collection
ID
NA1996.0001
Date
1898-2000
Extent
12.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The collection consists of various materials gathered for the Iden Meditation Upper Room, including items related to Thomas M. Iden, the Upper Room Bible Class, the Thomas M. Iden Scholarship, the Upper Room Bible Class reunions, the Iden Upper Room Scholarship, and the establishment of the Iden Meditation Upper Room. Materials in the collection include annual letters, books, brochures, correspondence, leaflets, news clippings, notes, papers, photographs, programs, and other items.

Preferred Citation note

Iden Meditation Upper Room Collection, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Thomas Medary Iden

Thomas Medary Iden was born on July 11, 1856, in Bethel, Ohio, to William and Rebecca Iden. He grew up on their family farm, and received his early education at The Republican School House, District Number 11, Tate Township, Clermont County, Ohio. His education continued at Parker’s Academy. He taught in country schools for a few years, then entered Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. He earned his Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1883, and his Master of Philosophy degree in 1887. Iden later studied at the University of Berlin from 1891 to 1892. After his years as a student at Butler University, Iden became a science instructor there. In 1887 Iden began an informal student group for Bible study at Butler University, and this was the basis for what later became known as the Upper Room Bible Class.

In 1897 Iden became the head of the Department of Physics and Chemistry at the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia, Kansas. Once again he established a Bible study class as a private hobby that he offered to any young men of the college or the town. This Bible class, which was established in Emporia on November 19, 1898, eventually became known as the Upper Room Bible Class, or simply the “Upper Room,” taking its name from the Biblical account of the location of the Last Supper. In 1904 Iden made a trip to the Middle East with funds contributed by his Upper Room students for that purpose. That trip resulted in the publication of the book Upper Room Letters from Bible Lands. In 1913 Iden left Emporia to accept the position of Ann Arbor Bible Chair, a full-time religious instruction ministry serving the students of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Iden accepted the position on condition that, in addition to the other classes he would conduct, he could still conduct his Upper Room Bible Class as his own private hobby, according to his own plans. The Upper Room students collected funds to send Iden on a world tour in the 1924/1925 academic year, and that trip resulted in the publication of the book  Upper Room Letters from Many Lands in 1925. Iden continued to conduct the Upper Room class in Ann Arbor until 1932, when the religious societies which financed the Ann Arbor Bible Chair could no longer support it due to the financial difficulties of the Great Depression. After a long illness, Iden died in Ann Arbor on July 20, 1933.

Upper Room Bible Class (Emporia, Kan.)

Thomas Medary Iden, the head of the Department of Physics and Chemistry at the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia, Kansas, established a Bible study class as a private hobby that he offered to any young men of the college or the town. Iden had previously led an informal student group for Bible study while he was a professor at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1887 to 1897, and that class provided some of the basis for the class in Emporia. Iden’s Bible class, which was established in Emporia on November 19, 1898, eventually became known as the Upper Room Bible Class, or simply the “Upper Room,” taking its name from the Biblical account of the location of the Last Supper. Coincidentally, the class actually held its meetings in rooms on upper floors of several different buildings over the years. Students of the class affectionately called their leader “Father Iden,” and the popularity of the class was such that the vast majority of men from the college (and many other young men in Emporia) attended the weekly classes held on Saturday nights during the academic year.

During this time Iden produced weekly mimeographs of handwritten leaflets outlining the topics for the lectures and providing a schedule of Bible readings to study during the week. The leaflets also contained other notes or poetry and literary quotations relating to religious themes. Besides distributing the leaflets at the Saturday evening classes, Iden also regularly mailed leaflets to former students or those who could not attend the classes. Many students would save their weekly leaflets and have them bound at the conclusion of the academic year. Iden also wrote a special annual Christmas and New Year letter to all of his current and former students, and insisted on personally addressing by hand the hundreds of envelopes needed for mailing the letters. He often prepared the envelopes during the summer months when he was not busy with his regular academic job. The contents of the annual letters were prepared over many months of the year, although the completion and actual mailing of the letters would be done in late December.

Iden’s work on the Upper Room Bible Class was supported by William Allen White, the famous editor of the Emporia Gazette. The class met in a room on the upper floor of the  Emporia Gazette building for several years, and White made substantial contributions to a fundraising campaign with the purpose of building a permanent home for the class.

The meetings of the Upper Room Bible Class in Emporia ceased in 1913 when Iden left to accept the position of Ann Arbor Bible Chair, a full-time religious instruction ministry serving the students of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Iden also established an Upper Room Bible Class in Ann Arbor.

Upper Room Bible Class (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

The Upper Room Bible Class in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was established and led by Thomas Medary Iden. Iden had previously led Bible study classes for college students at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, from 1887 to 1897, and at the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia from 1898 to 1913. The class in Emporia eventually became known as the Upper Room Bible Class, or simply the “Upper Room,” taking its name from the Biblical account of the location of the Last Supper. Coincidentally, the class actually held its meetings in rooms on upper floors of several different buildings over the years. Students of the class affectionately called their leader “Father Iden.” In 1913 Iden left Emporia to accept the position of Ann Arbor Bible Chair, a full-time religious instruction ministry serving the students of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Iden accepted the position on condition that, in addition to the other classes he would conduct, he could still conduct his Upper Room Bible Class as his own private hobby, according to his own plans. The Upper Room Bible Class in Ann Arbor became popular with students, and Iden continued to publish weekly study notes and annual letters for his students as he had previously done in Emporia. The publications eventually grew into a series of bound volumes known as the Upper Room Bulletin, spanning the years 1914 to 1932. Iden continued to conduct the Upper Room class in Ann Arbor until 1932, when the religious societies which financed the Ann Arbor Bible Chair could no longer support it due to the financial difficulties of the Great Depression.

Thomas M. Iden Scholarships

Thomas Medary Iden was the leader of the Upper Room Bible Class in Emporia, Kansas, from 1898 to 1913, and in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 1913 to 1932. Beginning around 1906 and continuing for many years, Iden and the Upper Room Bible Class students had collected money to build a permanent home for the class. The fundraising had begun in Emporia and continued after Iden’s move to Ann Arbor. A variety of circumstances prevented Iden from realizing the goal of a permanent Upper Room building. When Iden became aware that his work teaching the Upper Room Bible Class would end after the 1931-1932 academic year, he suggested to the committee handling the building fund that the purpose of the money should be changed to finance scholarships for students who participated in religious activities. Because the money had been collected in both Emporia and Ann Arbor, it was decided that the scholarship money would be split in half to support students in both locations. The Upper Room Trust Fund Committee continued to administer the money after Iden’s death in 1933, and the first Thomas M. Iden Scholarships were awarded in 1935.

Upper Room Bible Class Reunions

The influence of Thomas Medary Iden and his Upper Room Bible Class remained alive in Emporia, Kansas, even after Iden left Emporia in 1913, and even after Iden’s death in 1933. Iden’s influence continued due to the ongoing activity of the committee which selected recipients of the Thomas M. Iden Scholarships, and also because alumni of the Upper Room Bible Class had careers at the Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. Noteworthy alumni of the Upper Room Bible Class included William H. Singular, who was a long-time administrator in the registrar’s office, and Victor T. Trusler, who was a professor and the Dean of Men at the Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia.

An informal “Local Committee” consisting of William H. Singular, Victor T. Trusler, and James W. Putnam developed in Emporia and became active in organizing many events commemorating the Upper Room Bible Class. Reunions of former Upper Room students and scholarship recipients were held in 1954, 1961, 1963, 1967, and 1969. In 1961 there was a solicitation for reminiscences of Iden from his former students, and the collected letters were edited into a booklet titled Iden Upper Room Letters.

Iden Upper Room Scholarships

After meeting many of the original students of the Upper Room Bible Class at a reunion in 1954, James W. Putnam, the recipient of the first Thomas M. Iden Scholarship, proposed the establishment of a second scholarship commemorating the work of Thomas Medary Iden and the Upper Room Bible Class. The plan involved raising money from recipients of the original Thomas M. Iden Scholarship who had already graduated and who could give money as an expression of gratitude for the help they had received while still students. The Iden Upper Room Scholarships began to be awarded to students at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in the Spring of 1955. Much of the coordination for these activities was conducted in Emporia by the “Local Committee” of William H. Singular, Victor T. Trusler, and James W. Putnam.

Iden Meditation Upper Room

The Iden Meditation Upper Room was a room set apart for meditation and personal prayer on the campus of Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. The meditation room was dedicated in honor of Thomas Medary Iden, who had been the leader of the Upper Room Bible Class in Emporia from 1898 to 1913 and in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from 1913 to 1932. The plan to dedicate a meditation room on campus in honor of Iden was made by several of Iden’s former students who wanted to acknowledge his influence on their lives. The planning of such a room involved an active campaign to gather materials related to Iden and the Upper Room Bible Class. The campaign was led by a group in Emporia called the “Local Committee,” consisting of William H. Singular, Victor T. Trusler, and James W. Putnam. The materials collected were intended to function as a combination of historical museum-type memorial with unique items on display and as religious literature available for students to read and use. The Iden Meditation Upper Room was first established on campus in a temporary location in the Memorial Union building in 1964. The permanent location for the meditation room was dedicated in 1966 on the top floor of Trusler Hall, the new men’s dormitory building. Materials relating to Iden’s Upper Room Bible Class in both Emporia and Ann Arbor were placed in the room. The Iden Meditation Upper Room remained available for student use in the dormitory building until the room was closed due to fire code regulations in 1996.

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Scope and Contents note

The Iden Meditation Upper Room Collection includes materials from Iden’s activities teaching the Upper Room Bible Class, materials relating to the two scholarships that were established in memory of Iden and the Upper Room, materials relating to reunions of the Upper Room students, and a variety of other materials relating to fundraising and the establishment of the meditation room.

Materials from Upper Room activities within Iden’s lifetime include the Bible he used in teaching the classes, other books relating to biblical studies from that time period, the weekly leaflets, the annual letters, the Upper Room Bulletin, Iden’s two travel books, and a few other items such as invitations and brochures advertising the Upper Room classes or advertising Iden’s various publications.

The collection contains approximately 122 separate leaflets spanning the years 1900 to 1905, and contains many leaflets mailed to George S. Errett in Gridley, Kansas, and Carl N. Kerr in Americus, Kansas. The envelopes with those leaflets are hand-addressed by Iden. The collection includes three bound volumes of leaflets dating from September 1902 to May 1904, September 1904 to May 1905, and September 1907 to December 1908.

The format of the leaflets consisted of four pages, with writing on only one side. The first page contained a decorated title area near the middle of the page which advertised the location and time of the classes, and the rest of the page was filled with notes on the topic for the week. The second page of the leaflets often had a greeting similar to a letter, such as “Dear fellows,” and then contained more notes on the theme of the week. The third page generally contained a schedule for the week, with biblical readings assigned for each day, and a few notes relating to the readings. The fourth page often contained poetry and other quotations which Iden used as part of his class activities. Because of the poetic verses, the fourth page is often divided into irregular columns with a kind of zig-zag decorative line dividing the columns. The leaflets were generally folded horizontally in thirds, with the second through fourth pages folded with the text on the inside of the folds, while the first page was folded with the text on the outside, so that the decorated title area on the middle of the first page was visible.

The collection includes annual letters from 1900/1901 to 1931/1932, except for the annual letter of 1910/1911 (see Related Material for that annual letter). There was no annual letter in 1924/1925 due to Iden’s travels on his world tour, and the publication of Upper Room Letters from Many Lands in late 1925 took the place of an annual letter for 1925/1926. The annual letters in the collection include 22 that were mailed to George S. Errett in Gridley, Kansas, and 15 that were mailed to Carl N. Kerr in Americus, Kansas. Those letters include Iden’s handwritten addresses on the envelopes. Individually addressed letters often cover the same years, and the letters from 1914/1915 to 1931/1932 are also contained in the bound volumes of the  Upper Room Bulletin.

The format and size of the annual letter went through several variations over the years. The letter of 1900/1901 contains only handwritten mimeographed pages. The letters from 1901/1902 to 1912/1913 (except 1907/1908) contain a mixture of printed and handwritten pages. The letters of 1907/1908 and 1913/1914 contain only printed pages. The letters from 1914/1915 to 1931/1932 have a 16 page printed format reflecting their integration into the Upper Room Bulletin.

The annual letters of 1901/1902 and 1902/1903 also contain some pages from the college yearbook. The letter of 1903/1904 has a print of an Upper Room meeting. Prints of Iden were included in the letters of 1918/1919, 1923/1924, and 1929/1930. A sketch of the proposed Upper Room building was included in the letter of 1919/1920. A fundraising letter about Iden’s world tour was included in the letter of 1923/1924.

The collection contains multiple versions of annual letters which, although they may be from the same year, may not have exactly identical contents. Some letters may be incomplete.

The Upper Room Bulletin contains the weekly study notes for the Bible classes in Ann Arbor. The series of 17 bound volumes covers the academic years from 1914-1915 to 1931-1932, except that no volume was produced for the 1924-1925 academic year because Iden was absent from Ann Arbor on his world tour. (Thus Volume 10 is 1923-1924, and Volume 11 is 1925-1926.) The collection includes Volumes 2 through 17, with two copies of Volumes 3, 15, and 16.

The weekly issues have volume numbers, issue numbers, and continuous pagination within each volume. The Upper Room Bulletin followed the academic calendar, so issue dates reflect the holiday breaks within the school year.

The annual letter also was bound into the Upper Room Bulletin in chronological order within the issue dates, but the issue numbers and pagination were not standard at first. By the time of the annual letter of 1919/1920, the letter was fully integrated into the  Upper Room Bulletin with an issue number and serial pagination. This arrangement continued through the end of the series.

Volume 9, 1922-1923 is incorrectly bound inside a cover marked as Volume 7. Volume 14 is misprinted on the cover as 1927-1928, but the contents are actually 1928-1929. An unusual feature of Volume 17, 1931-1932, is that it contains bound into it a program for the 45th anniversary of the Upper Room Bible Class (1887-1932), dated March 19, 1932, and bound between pages 288 and 289.

The collection includes news clippings and other notes relating to Thomas M. Iden Scholarship recipients in Emporia beginning in 1935. James W. Putnam’s work on Emporia’s Upper Room is represented in the collection, including drafts and final typescripts. There are also notes and correspondence dealing with consideration of other students as scholarship candidates over the years. There are news clippings and photographs from many years publicizing the scholarship recipients.

After the establishment of the Iden Upper Room Scholarship in 1955 there is correspondence related to fundraising efforts for that scholarship. The correspondence is mixed in with other writings of the “Local Committee” through the 1960s.

There are programs from the reunions in 1954, 1961, and 1963, along with some photographs from reunion events. Some photographs also have caption notes with lists of names and other information. Correspondence relating to the reunions is also in the collection, and mentions reunions in 1967 and 1969.

The collection contains correspondence, news clippings, papers, photographs, and programs relating to the planning and dedication of the Iden Meditation Upper Room. Some correspondence describes the efforts to assemble the books, leaflets, and other materials which were placed in the dormitory meditation room for display or use by the college students, and sometimes mentions specific donors and items. Books in the Iden Meditation Upper Room Collection are: Comprehensive Teacher’s Bible, 1898, Iden’s personal Bible with his notes;  Book of Psalms: A New Translation, volumes 1 and 2, 1898; A Commentary on the Old and New Testaments, 2 volumes, 1898;  The Century Book of Facts, with Upper Room materials pasted into it, undated and 1902-1911;  Upper Room Letters from Bible Lands, 1904;   Upper Room Letters from Many Lands, 1925;  The Story of the Bible, 1934; and  Treasures of the Kingdom, 1947.

Other materials include a microfilm copy of Iden’s address book listing Upper Room members, a binder with photographs of various groups of people related to the Upper Room, the sign which was on the door of the room, and a photograph of Iden which was hung in the meditation room.

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Arrangement note

Chronological.

Some envelopes contained more than one leaflet or more than one annual letter. Items which were in the same envelope have been placed in the same file folder together. Those folders are filed in chronological order by the earliest dated item in the folder, and the items are in chronological order within the folder. Separation sheets have been used to create an overall chronological order for the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives September-December 2007

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

6 file folders contain academic records which are regulated by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The yearbooks (with various titles) for the years 1898, 1901, 1904, and 1906 to 1913 contain photographs and some descriptions of Iden and the Upper Room Bible Class. The Faculty Index for T. M. Iden contains notes about Iden’s career at the Kansas State Normal School. The Bulletin Index for T. M. Iden lists seven articles about him, and ten articles about the Upper Room Bible Class. The Emporia Gazette issue of January 1, 1934 has an article about Iden’s death in 1933 and discusses his annual letters and his lasting influence in the Emporia area. The Alumni News contains articles about Upper Room reunions and activities in the issues of February 1954, May 1954, May 1961, October 1963, October 1964, October 1966, December 1966, and may have other articles in years when events relating to the Upper Room occurred. Qualities of Greatness, volume 1, describes Iden and his influence at the Kansas State Normal School. Information about the Iden Meditation Upper Room in the men’s dormitory is located in record group ESU004.002 in the file for Trusler/Singular Halls.

The Rose A. Grubbs Papers (NA1969.0001) include the annual letters for 1902/1903, 1904/1905, 1905/1906, 1906/1907, 1907/1908, 1909/1910, 1910/1911, and 1912/1913.

The F. O. Rindom Collection of Upper Room Letters (NAxxxx.0034) includes the annual letters for 1903/1904, 1908/1909, 1909/1910, 1910/1911, and 1911/1912. The papers include ten leaflets from September 12, 1908 to November 14, 1908. There is also a special letter dated October 1, 1916, which contains information about the plan to construct a permanent Upper Room building in Ann Arbor. That letter also has an “Upper Room Building Fund” pledge card and a return envelope, together with a copy of the architectural plans and architect’s painting of what the building would look like. The envelope addressed to “Prof. Frank O. Rindom,” written in Iden’s handwriting, is also included.

The J. Robert Steel Collection (NAxxxx.0038) includes a volume of bound leaflets dated 1912-1913, with a handwritten letter from Iden to Steel dated February 27, 1908, also bound into the front of the volume.

The Emporia’s Upper Room Typescript by James W. Putnam (NA1947.0001) collection includes two typescripts of Emporia’s Upper Room.

Upper Room Bulletin 1920-1921, Volume VII (NAxxxx.0035) has notes indicating it was a gift to James W. Putnam from Mary Iden Calkins.

The Second Reunion The Upper Room Program and Letter collection (NAxxxx.0036) includes a reunion program autographed by three dignitaries who had special roles in the event, with a letter to Putnam about the program.

The Upper Room Bulletin 1928-1929, Volume XIV collection (NA1960.0001) contains a volume donated by Mary A Gift.

The Upper Room Letters from Bible Lands by Thomas Medary Iden collection (NAxxxx.0037) includes a copy of the book signed by Iden and containing a list of signatures and addresses.

The Emporia State University Department of Physical Sciences has a collection of famous astronomical art prints by E. L. Trouvelot which has some connection to Iden’s work teaching science at the then Kansas State Normal School. Details about the art prints and the connection to Iden are in “Nineteenth Century E. L. Trouvelot astronomical prints at Emporia State University,” in Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, volume 109 (2006), number 1, pages 11-20, available through Emporia State University’s William Allen White Library.

Emporia State University’s William Allen White Library has some materials related to Iden which may be similar to items in this collection. The Emporia Gazette contains obituaries for William H. Singular on July 5 and 8, 1966, Carl N. Kerr on February 19, 1971, George S. Errett on October 26, 1972, Victor T. Trusler on October 21 and 22, 1976, and James W. Putnam on December 4, 1997.

The Bentley Historical Library of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor has materials in the Donald K. Anderson Biographical Sketch, the Lewis Charles Reimann Papers, the Shirley Wheeler Smith Papers, the Thomas M. Iden Photograph Collection, and the Guild House Records. Their holdings include biographical information on Iden, correspondence, information about the Ann Arbor Bible Chair, and the books Upper Room Letters from Bible Lands, Upper Room Letters from Many Lands, and C. Grey Austin’s  A Century of Religion at the University of Michigan: A Case Study in Religion at the State University, Commemorating the Centennial of Student Religious Activity at the University of Michigan.

Separated Materials note

Books and bound serials on shelf with collection and two oversize file folders in oversize file drawer OS 10.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Ann Arbor Bible Chair.
  • Butler University.
  • Emporia State University -- Religion.
  • Iden Meditation Upper Room (Trusler Hall (Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia)).
  • Iden Upper Room Scholarship.
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Religion. .
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Societies, etc. .
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Student activities and organizations..
  • Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia -- Religion.
  • Thomas M. Iden Scholarship.
  • University of Michigan -- Religion.
  • Upper Room Bible Class (Ann Arbor, Mich.).
  • Upper Room Bible Class (Emporia, Kan.) .
  • Upper Room Trust Fund Committee (Ann Arbor, Mich.).

Geographic Name(s)

  • Palestine -- Description and travel.

Personal Name(s)

  • Errett, George S., 1876-1972.
  • Iden, Thomas Medary, 1856-1933 -- Correspondence.
  • Kerr, Carl N., 1883-1971.
  • Putnam, James W., -- Correspondence.
  • Singular, William H., 1890-1966 -- Correspondence.
  • Trusler, Victor T. -- Correspondence.
  • White, William Allen, 1868-1944.

Subject(s)

  • Bible -- Study and teaching -- Kansas -- Emporia.
  • Bible -- Study and teaching -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor.
  • Bible -- Study and teaching.
  • Christian education -- Kansas -- Emporia -- Periodicals.
  • Christian education -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Periodicals.
  • Church and college.
  • College students -- Kansas -- Emporia -- Societies and clubs.
  • College students -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Societies and clubs.
  • College students -- Religious life.
  • Devotional calendars.
  • Reunions -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
  • Students -- Kansas -- Emporia -- Societies and clubs.
  • Students -- Michigan -- Ann Arbor -- Societies and clubs.
  • Students -- Religious life.
  • Universities and colleges -- Religion.
  • Voyages around the world.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

*** RESTRICTED *** Academic records, undated. 

1 1

Book – Century Book of Facts, undated. 

Separated Materials note

Housed in Box 6, located on shelf 154B.

1 2

Brochure, undated. 

1 3

Envelopes, news clipping, notes, papers, photographs, undated. 

1 4

Invitation, undated. 

1 5

Prints – Thomas M. Iden, undated. 

1 6

Book – Book of Psalms, volume 1 and volume 2, 1898. 

Separated Materials note

Located on Shelf 196D.

1 7

Book – A Commentary: Critical, Practical and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, 2 volumes, 1898. 

Separated Materials note

Book located on shelf 196E.

1 8

Book – Comprehensive Teacher’s Bible, 1898. 

Separated Materials note

Housed in box 7, shelf 154B.

1 9

Print – Thomas M. Iden, 1898. 

1 10

*** Restricted *** Academic records, April 24, 1899. 

1 11

Leaflets, April 7, 1900, May 12, 1900, May 19, 1900, May 26, 1900. 

1 12

Leaflet, April 28, 1900. 

1 13

Leaflets, May 5, 1900, May12, 1900, May 19, 1900. 

1 14

Leaflet, May12, 1900. 

1 15

Leaflet, May 12, 1900. 

1 16

Leaflet, May 19, 1900. 

1 17

Leaflet, May 26, 1900. 

1 19

Annual letter, 1900/1901. 

1 20

Prints – yearbook pictures and notes, 1901. 

1 21

Leaflet, January 2, 1901. 

1 22

Leaflet, September 21, 1901. 

1 23

Leaflet, October 5, 1901. 

1 24

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), October 19, 1901. 

1 26
Box Folder

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), October 12, 1901. 

1 25

Leaflets, October 19, 1901, October 26, 1901. 

1 27

Leaflet, October 26, 1901. 

1 28

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), November 2, 1901. 

1 29

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr cop), November 9, 1901. 

1 30

Leaflets, November 15, 1901, November 23, 1901. 

1 31

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), November 16, 1901. 

1 32

Leaflets, November 23, 1901, November 30, 1901. 

1 33

Leaflet, November 23, 1901. 

1 34

Leaflet, November 30, 1901. 

1 35

Leaflet, December 14, 1901. 

1 36

Annual letter, 1901/1902. 

1 37

Annual letter, 1901/1902. 

1 38

Annual letter, 1901/1902. 

1 39

Annual letter, 1901/1902. 

1 40

Leaflet, January 11, 1902. 

1 41

Leaflet, January 18, 1902. 

1 42

Leaflets, January 24, 1902, February 1, 1902. 

1 43

Leaflet, January 25, 1902. 

1 44

Leaflet, February 1, 1902. 

1 45

Leaflet, February 8, 1902. 

1 46

Leaflet, February 15, 1902. 

1 47

Leaflet, March 1, 1902. 

1 48

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), March 15, 1902. 

1 49

Leaflet, March 22, 1902. 

1 50

Leaflet, March 22, 1902. 

1 51

Leaflet, March 29, 1902. 

1 52

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), March 29, 1902. 

1 53

Leaflet, April 12, 1902. 

1 54

Leaflet, April 12, 1902. 

1 55

Leaflet, April 19, 1902. 

1 56

Leaflet, April 19, 1902. 

1 57

Leaflet, April 26, 1902. 

1 58

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), April 26, 1902. 

1 59

Leaflet, May 3, 1902. 

1 60

Leaflet, (Carl N. Kerr copy), May 3, 1902. 

1 61

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), May 10, 1902. 

1 62

Leaflet, May 17, 1902. 

1 63

Leaflet, (Carl N. Kerr copy), May 17, 1902. 

1 64

Leaflet, May 24, 1902. 

1 65

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), May 24, 1902. 

1 66

Bound Leaflets – Upper Room Bible Lessons, September 1902- May 1904. 

Separated Materials note

Housed in box 8, located on shelf 154B.

1 67

Leaflet, September 13, 1902. 

1 68

Leaflet, September 20, 1902. 

1 69

Leaflet, September 27, 1902. 

1 70

Leaflet, October 4, 1902. 

1 71

Leaflet, October 11, 1902. 

1 72

Leaflet (George S. Errett copy), October 18, 1902. 

1 73

Leaflet, November 1, 1902. 

2 1

Leaflet, November 8, 1902. 

2 2

Leaflet, November 8, 1902. 

2 3

Leaflet, November 22, 1902. 

2 4

Leaflet, November 29, 1902. 

1 5

Leaflet, November 29, 1902. 

2 6

Leaflet, December 6, 1902. 

2 7

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), December 6, 1902. 

2 8

Leaflet, December 13, 1902. 

2 9

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1902/1903. 

2 10

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1902/1903. 

2 11

Envelope (George S. Errett copy), 1903. 

2 12

Leaflet, January 3, 1903. 

2 13

Leaflet, January 17,1903. 

2 14

Leaflet, January 17,1903. 

2 15

Leaflet, January 24, 1903. 

2 16

Leaflet, January 24, 1903. 

2 17

Leaflet, January 31, 1903. 

2 18

Leaflet, February 7, 1903. 

2 19

Leaflet, February 7, 1903. 

2 20

Leaflet, February 14, 1903. 

2 21

Leaflet, (George S. Errett copy), February 14, 1903. 

2 22

Leaflet, February 21, 1903. 

2 23

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), February 21, 1903. 

2 24

Leaflet, February 28, 1903. 

2 25

Leaflets (George S. Errett copies) February 28, 1903, March 7, 1903. 

2 26

Leaflet, March 7, 1903. 

2 27

Leaflet (George S. Errett copy), March 7, 1903. 

2 28

Leaflet, March 14, 1903. 

2 29

Leaflet, March 14, 1903. 

2 30

Leaflet, March 21, 1903. 

2 31

Leaflet, March 21, 1903. 

2 32

Leaflet, March 28, 1903. 

2 33

Leaflet, March 28, 1903. 

2 34

Leaflets, April 4, 1903, April 11, 1903. 

2 35

Leaflet, April 11, 1903. 

2 36

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), April 11, 1903. 

2 37

Leaflets, April 18, 1903, April 25, 1903, May 2, 1903, May 9, 1903, May 16, 1903, May 23, 1903, October 10, 1903.  

2 38

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), April 18, 1903. 

2 39

Envelope (Carl N. Kerry copy), April 25, 1903. 

2 40

Leaflet, April 25, 1903. 

2 41

Leaflet, April 25, 1903. 

2 42

Leaflets, May 23, 1903, November 7, 1903, November 28, 1903, December 12, 1903. 

2 43

Leaflet, May 2, 1903. 

2 44

Leaflet, November 1, 1902. 

2 1

Leaflet, November 8, 1902. 

2 2

Leaflet, November 8, 1902. 

2 3

Leaflet, November 22, 1902. 

2 4

Leaflet, November 29, 1902. 

2 5

Leaflet, November 29, 1902. 

2 6

Leaflet, 

2 7

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), December 6, 1902. 

2 8

Leaflet, December 13, 1902. 

2 9

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1902/1903. 

2 10

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1902/1903. 

2 11

Envelope (George S. Errett copy), 1903. 

2 12

Leaflet, January 3, 1903 

2 13

Leaflet, January 17,1903. 

2 14

Leaflet, January 17,1903. 

2 15

Leaflet, January 24, 1903. 

2 16

Leaflet, January 24, 1903. 

2 17

Leaflet, January 31, 1903. 

2 18

Leaflet, February 7, 1903. 

2 19

Leaflet, February 7, 1903. 

2 20

Leaflet, February 14, 1903. 

2 21

Leaflet, (George S. Errett copy), February 14, 1903. 

2 22

Leaflet, February 21, 1903. 

2 23

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), February 21, 1903. 

2 24

Leaflet, February 28, 1903. 

2 25

Leaflets (George S. Errett copies), February 28, 1903, March 7, 1903. 

2 26

Leaflet, March 7, 1903. 

2 27

Leaflet (George S. Errett copy), March 7, 1903. 

2 28

Leaflet, March 14, 1903. 

2 29

Leaflet, March 14, 1903. 

2 30

Leaflet, March 21, 1903. 

2 31

Leaflet, March 21, 1903. 

2 32

Leaflet, March 28, 1903. 

2 33

Leaflet, March 28, 1903. 

2 34

Leaflets, April 4, 1903, April 11, 1903. 

2 35

Leaflet, April 11, 1903. 

2 36

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), April 11, 1903. 

2 37

Leaflets, April 18, 1903, April 25, 1903, May 2, 1903, May 9, 1903, May 16, 1903, May 23, 1903, October 10, 1903.  

2 38

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy) April 18, 1903. 

2 39

Envelope (Carl N. Kerry copy), April 25, 1903. 

2 40

Leaflet, April 25, 1903. 

2 41

Leaflet, April 25, 1903. 

2 42

Leaflets, May 23, 1903, November 7, 1903, November 28, 1903, December 12, 1903. 

2 43

Leaflet, May 2, 1903. 

2 44

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), May 2, 1903. 

2 45

Leaflet, May 9, 1903. 

2 46

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy),  

2 47

Leaflet, May 16, 1903. 

2 48

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy) May 16, 1903. 

2 49

Leaflet, May 23,1903. 

2 50

Leaflet (Carl N. Kerr copy), May 23, 1903. 

2 51

Leaflet, October 10, 1903. 

2 52

Leaflet, November 7, 1903. 

2 53

Leaflet, November 21, 1903. 

2 54

Leaflet, November 28, 1903. 

2 55

Leaflet, December 12, 1903. 

2 56

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1903/1904. 

2 57

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1903/1904. 

2 58

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1903/1904. 

2 59

Prints – Upper Room in Emporia, Upper Room in Jerusalem, 1904. 

2 60

Leaflets, January 9, 1904, January 16,1904. 

2 61

Leaflet, January 16, 1904. 

2 62

Correspondence (George S. Erett copy), January 16, 1904. 

2 63

Bound Leaflets – Upper Room Bible Lessons, September 1904 - May 1905.  

Separated Materials note

Housed in box 9, located on shelf 154B.

2 64

Brochure (Carl N. Kerr copy), Brochure (Carl N. Kerr copy),  

2 65

Book – Upper Room Letters from Bibile Lands (George S. Errett Copy), 1904. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

2 66

Book - Upper Room Letters from Bible Lands (L.H. Lewis Copy), 1904. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

2 67

Postcard, circa December 1904-July 1913. 

2 68

Annual letter, 1904/1905. 

2 69

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1904/1905. 

2 70

Leaflet, January 14, 1905. 

3 1

Leaflet, January 21, 1905. 

3 2

Leaflet, January 28, 1905. 

3 3

Leaflet, February 4, 1905. 

3 4

Leaflet, February 4, 1905. 

3 5

Leaflet, February 18, 1905. 

3 6

Leaflet, February 25, 1905. 

3 7

Leaflet, March 4, 1905. 

3 8

Leaflets, March 11, March 18, 1905. 

3 9

Leaflet, March 18, 1905. 

3 10

Leaflet, March 18, 1905. 

3 11

Leaflets, March 18, 1905, March 25, 1905. 

3 12

Leaflet, March 25, 1905. 

3 13

Leaflets, March 30, 1905, April 8, 1905. 

3 14

Leaflet, April 8, 1905. 

3 15

Leaflet, April 15, 1905. 

3 16

Leaflet, April 22, 1905. 

3 17

Envelope (Carl N. Kerr copy), December 30, 1905. 

3 18

Annual letter, 1905/1906. 

3 19

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1905/1906. 

3 20

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1906/1907. 

3 21

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1906/1907. 

3 22

Photographs – Thomas M. Iden, 1907. 

3 23

Bound leaflets – Upper Room Bible Lessons, September 1907- December 1908.  

Separated Materials note

Housed in box 10, located on shelf 154B.

3 24

Annual letter, 1907/1908. 

3 25

Annual letter, (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1907/1908. 

3 26

Brochure, prints, 1908. 

3 27

Annual letter, 1908/1909. 

3 28

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1908/1909. 

3 29

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1908/1909. 

3 30

Annual letter, 1909/1910. 

3 31

Envelope (George S. Errett copy), 1909/1910. 

3 33

Annual letter, 1911/1912. 

3 34

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1911/1912. 

3 35

Envelope (Carl N. Kerr copy), December 29, 1911. 

3 36

Papers, 1912. 

3 37

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1912/1913. 

3 38

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1913/1914. 

3 39

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1914/1915. 

3 40

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1914/1915. 

3 41

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin,volume 2, 1915-1916. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

3 42

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1915/1916. 

3 43

Bound Serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 3 (H.H. Siegele copy), 1916-1917. 

Separated Materials note

Located on 196E.

3 44

Bound Serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 3 (Willard Iden Shepherd copy), 1916-1917. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

3 45

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1916/1917. 

3 46

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1916/1917. 

3 47

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 4, 1917-1918. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

3 48

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1917/1918. 

3 49

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 6, 1919-1920. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

3 54

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 5, 1918-1919. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

3 50

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1918/1919. 

3 51

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1918/1919. 

3 52

Prints – Thomas M. Iden, circa 1919-1920. 

3 53

Bound Serial - Upper Room Bulletin, volume 6, 1919-1920. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

3 54

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1919/1920. 

3 55

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1919/1920. 

3 56

Bound Serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 7, 1920-1921. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

4 1

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copies), 1920/1921, 1921/1922. 

4 2

Bound Serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 8, 1921-1922. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

4 3

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1921/1922. 

4 4

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1921/1922. 

4 5

Bound Serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 9, 1922-1923. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

4 6

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1922/1923. 

4 7

Annual letter (Carl N. Kerr copy), 1922/1923. 

4 8

Correspondence, January 1, 1923. 

4 9

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 10, 1923-1924. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

4 10

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1923/1924. 

4 11

Book – Upper Room Letters from Many Lands (Fred M. Thompson copy), 1925. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

4 12

Book – Upper Room Letters from Many Lands (Dolphus Williams copy), 1925. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

4 13

Book – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 11, 1925-1926. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

4 14

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 12, 1926-1927. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

4 15

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1926/1927. 

4 16

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 13, 1927-1928. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196E.

4 17

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1927/1928. 

4 18

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 14, 1928-1929. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196F.

4 19

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1928/1929. 

4 20

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 15, 1929-1930. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196F.

4 21

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 15 (H.H. Siegele copy), 1929-1930. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196F.

4 22

Annual letter, 1929/1930. 

4 23

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1929/1930. 

4 24

Correspondence, 1929/1930. 

4 25

Print – Thomas M. Iden, circa 1930-1931. 

4 26

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 16 (H.H. Siegele copy), 1930-1931. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196F.

4 27

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 16 (Weyler Family Copy), 1930-1931. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196F.

4 28

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1930/1931. 

4 29

Bound serial – Upper Room Bulletin, volume 17, 1931-1932. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196F.

4 30

Annual letter (George S. Errett copy), 1931/1932. 

4 31

News clippings, July 1933-January 1934. 

4 32

Book – Story of the Bible, 1934. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 196F.

4 33

Correspondence, news clippings, (folder 1 of 3) 1935. 

4 34

Typescript – Emporia’s Upper Room, (Folder 2 of 3) 1935. 

4 35

Correspondence, (folder 3 of3) 1935. 

4 36

News clippings, notes, 1936. 

4 37

News clippings (Folder 1 of 2) 1937. 

4 38

*** RESTRICTED *** Academic records, (folder 2 of 2) 1937. 

4 39

News clippings, notes, 1938-1940. 

4 40

News clippings (folder 1 of 3) 1941. 

4 41

*** RESTRICTED *** Academic records, (folder 2 of 3) 1941. 

4 42

News clippings, (folder 3 of 3) 1941. 

4 43

*** RESTRICTED *** Academic records, 1942. 

4 44

News clipping, 1943. 

4 45

*** RESTRICTED *** Academic records, 1944. 

4 46

Book, correspondence, news clipping, notes, 

4 47

News clipping, notes, 1951-1953. 

Separated Materials note

Newsclippings located in oversized drawer OS 10.

4 48

Correspondence, news clippings, notes, papers, photograph, programs, (folder 1 of 3) 1954. 

4 49

Correspondence, news clippings, postcard, (folder 2 of 3) 1954. 

4 50

Correspondence, news clipping, notes, (folder 3 of 3) 1954. 

4 51

Correspondence, microfilm, news clippings, notes 1955-1959. 

4 52

Correspondence, photographs, (folder 1 of 3) 1960. 

4 53

Correspondence, (folder 2 of 3) 1960. 

4 54

Correspondence, (folder 3 of 3) 1960. 

4 55

Correspondence, papers, (folder 1 of 3). circa 1961. 

5 1

Correspondence, papers, circa 1961 (folder 2 of 3). 

5 2

Photograph – Singular, Putnam, and Trusler, circa 1961 (folder 3 of 3). 

5 3

Negatives – Upper Room ceremony, circa 1961-1966 (folder 1 of 3). 

5 4

Photographs – Upper Room ceremony, circa 1961-1966 (folder 2 of 3). 

5 5

Photographs – Upper Room ceremony, circa 1961-1966 (folder 3 of 3). 

5 6

Correspondence, papers, 1961 (folder 1 of 8). 

5 7

Correspondence, papers, 1961 (folder 2 of 8). 

5 8

Correspondence, papers, 1961 (folder 3 of 8). 

5 9

Correspondence, papers, 1961 (folder 3 of 8). 

5 10

Booklet – Iden Letters (copy 1), 1961 (folder 5 of 8). 

5 11

Booklet – Iden Letters (copy 2), 1961 (folder 6 of 8). 

5 12

Certificates, correspondence, news clipping, programs, 1961 (folder 7 of 8). 

5 13

Correspondence, news clippings, papers, 1961 (folder 8 of 8). 

5 14

Correspondence, news clippings, papers, print, 1962. 

5 15

Correspondence, draft, papers, photographs, programs, 1963, (folder 1 of 2). 

5 16

Correspondence, news clippings, notes, papers, 1963 (folder 2 of 2). 

5 17

Binder, photographs, circa 1964. 

5 18

Scrapbook, circa 1964-1996. 

Separated Materials note

Located in oversized drawer OS 10.

5 19

Correspondence, news clippings, typescript, 1964 (folder 1 of 2). 

5 20

Correspondence, news clippings, 1964 (folder 2 of 2). 

5 21

Correspondence, draft, papers, 1965. 

5 22

Correspondence, draft, news clippings, note, papers, programs, 1966 (folder 1 of 4). 

5 23

Correspondence, news clippings, papers, 1966 (folder 2 of 4). 

5 24

Sign, 1966 (folder 3 of 4). 

5 25

Photograph, sign, 1966 (folder 4 of 4). 

5 26

Correspondence, news clippings, 1967-1968. 

5 27

Correspondence, drafts, invitations, news clippings, papers, 1973-1990. 

5 28

Correspondence, drafts, news clippings, notes, papers, 1991. 

5 29

News clipping, papers, 1994-2000. 

5 30
Box

Book - The Century Book of Facts, with Upper Room materials pasted into it, undated and 1902-1911.  

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 154B.

6

Book – The Comprehensive Teachers’ Bible, 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 154B.

7

Book - Upper Room Bible Lessons, September ’02-May ’04, 1902-1904. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 154B.

8

Book – Upper Room Bible Lessons, September ’04-May ’05,  1904-1905. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 154B.

9

Book – Upper Room Bible Lessons, September ’07-December ’08,  1907-1908. 

Separated Materials note

Located on shelf 154B.

10

Microfilm – Emporia “Upper Room” Membership, undated. 

11
Box Folder

Meditation Room photographs from binder, circa 1964-1966. 

12 1

Meditation Room binder, circa 1964-1966.  

12 2