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This collection consists primarily of materials related to the professional activities of Dr. Robert Fortenbaugh as a historian and, to a lesser extent, a Lutheran clergyman. Activities represented include Lutheran ministry, publication, review, and requests for published works, speaking engagements, involvement in professional organizations, summer employment at colleges and universities, and communication with former students. His correspondence from 1931 to 1959, and his diary from a trip to Germany in 1933 most fully document his activity as a historian, although the handwriting in the diary is extremely challenging. In particular, the diary and accompanying materials demonstrate Robert’s specialized knowledge of religious history as he paid close attention to the Lutheran church in Germany during this period between world wars while also discussing Germany’s situation through a historical lens. A card file containing records of services performed, sermons given, and other ministry-related information, mainly from 1914 to 1923, provides insights into Robert’s early career as a clergyman.

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Collection Size

2 cubic feet

Publication Date

November 2014


Gettysburg College, College History, Fortenbaugh, Lutheran Church, John S. Rice


Cultural History | History | History of Religion | Social History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-168: Lena and Dr. Robert Fortenbaugh ’13 Papers