Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
 

Henry Haverstick Ranck letters, 1892 -- 1986, bulk 1892 -- 1893

Summary Information

Abstract

Henry Haverstick Ranck (1868-1948) was a graduate of the UTS class of 1893 and a Reformed Church minister. The collection contains letters sent by Ranck to his then fiancée, Mary H. Byrnes, while he was a student, as well as a photocopy of the Rank/Ranck family newsletter from 1986.

At a Glance

Bib ID 4492481 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Ranck, Henry H (Henry Haverstick), 1868-
Title Henry Haverstick Ranck letters, 1892 -- 1986, bulk 1892 -- 1893
Physical Description 0.5 linear feet (0.5 linear feet; 1 box )
Language(s) English .
Access

The collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one chronological series.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters sent by Henry Haverstick Ranck to his then fiancée, Mary H. Byrnes, while he was a student at Union Theological Seminary between October 27, 1892 and June 12, 1893, as well as a photocopy of the Rank/Ranck family newsletter from 1986, which provides biographical context to the Ranck-Byrne letters.

  • Henry Haverstick Ranck letters, 1892 -- 1986, bulk 1892 -- 1893

    This series contains letters sent by Henry Haverstick Ranck to his then fiancée, Mary H. Byrnes, while he was a student at Union Theological Seminary between October 27, 1892 and June 12, 1893, as well as a photocopy of the Rank/Ranck family newsletter from 1986, which provides biographical context to the Ranck-Byrne letters.

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

The collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

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.

Preferred Citation

Item description, UTS1: Henry Haverstick Ranck letters, 1892-1986, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

The letters were cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-13. 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. The finding aid was created by Rebecca Nieto in 2017 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.

Revision Description

2020-10-16 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Letters (correspondence) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Bynes, Mary H -- : Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clergy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ranck, Henry H (Henry Haverstick), 1868- -- : Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Union Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.) -- : Students Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Henry Haverstick Ranck was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1868. His theological education took place both at home and in New York; Ranck attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster before studying at Union Theological Seminary (then located at 700 Park Avenue) from 1892 to 1893. He returned to Lancaster to attend the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church from 1894 to 1895, then pursued graduate studies at the seminary from 1895 to 1896. Before his formal ordination, Ranck served as an acting pastor in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, as well as the librarian at the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church from 1896 to 1899. Ranck was ordained by the Reformed Church of the United States on December 5, 1896. In addition to this role as a librarian, Ranck worked as a pastor in Reformed congregations in Mechanicsburg (1896-1899) and at St. John's Church in Lebanon, Pennsylvania from 1899 to 1901. In 1901, Ranck began a fourteen-year career serving as a pastor at St. Andrew's Church in Reading, Pennsylvania. In 1912, Ranck published a biographical work on one of Reading's prominent Reformed church figures, The Life of the Reverend Benjamin Bausman, D.D., LL.D. In 1914, he became the pastor at Grace Church in Washington, D.C., where he would remain until 1939. In 1916, he received his doctorate of divinity (D.D.) from Franklin and Marshall College. In addition to his ministerial service, Ranck served as a delegate with the Alliance of Reformed Churches in Cardiff, Wales in 1925, the Stockholm Conference in 1925, and Oxford and Edinburgh in 1925. Ranck died on August 19, 1948 in his hometown of Lancaster.