|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is organized in one unarranged series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains information on activities that Betty Gough Stannard was involved with as one of Fosdick's secretaries, as well as information on other secretaries that Fosdick employed, correspondence, and books given to Betty by Fosdick. In the correspondence, Eugene ("EE") Exman was Fosdick's contact at his publisher, Harper's, and Fosdick often wrote or signed his name as HEF.
Burke Library record group:
Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1-3. Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, UTS1: Hannah Elizabeth Gough Stannard papers, 1913-2006, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Item description, UTS1: Harry Emerson Fosdick papers, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Books that contain annotations or inscriptions from Fosdick to Stannard were kept in the archival collection; materials that had no annotations or personal accounts were removed. A full list with call numbers of books that were originally donated but removed in available upon request.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated in February 2006 by the daughter of Hannah Gough Stannard, Wendy Stillwell. Wendy's recollections of her mother's comments about Fosdick are found in box 1, folder 14.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. Books that contain annotations or inscriptions from Fosdick to Stannard were kept in the archival collection; materials that had no annotations or personal accounts were removed. A full list with call numbers of books that were originally donated but removed in available upon request. The finding aid was created by Brigette C. Kamsler in 2015 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-05-18 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Hannah (known as Betty) Elizabeth Gough Stannard (Mrs. Forrest Stannard) was secretary to Harry Emerson Fosdick, a Union Theological Seminary Professor of Homiletics and Practical Theology, Baptist Pastor and first pastor of Riverside Church in New York City. Betty was born March 7, 1913 in Greencastle, Indiana. She was responsible for listening to Fosdick and reading the typing and punctuation of galley proofs. Printers often made errors, and Fosdick was particular about having things exactly right. Betty eventually became the one to sign Fosdick's form letters for him using Fosdick's signature purple ink. This was especially useful in September, as there was always a great deal of mail during that time frame as Fosdick's sermons began in September. Fosdick thanked Betty in the introduction to A Great Time to Be Alive. She helped prepare the manuscript, checked references and saw the volume through to the press throughout the summer of 1944, when she was pregnant and living in Madison, Connecticut. Other secretaries who worked with Fosdick were Alice Neuberger, a typist in the Riverside office who typed Fosdick's sermons; and Dorothy Noyes, who typed correspondence, went through Fosdick's mail and sorted it for Fosdick's attention, typing his answers from a Dictaphone. Mrs. Margaret Rendon was Fosdick's head secretary.