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At a Glance
This collection is organized in one unarranged series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains documents from the second and third Lutheran World Federation Assemblies in 1952 and 1957 (with five distinct themes or subtopics: "The Freedom we Have in Christ;" "The Unity of the Church in Christ;" "The Freedom to Reform the Church;" "Free for Service in the World;" and "Free and United in Hope."), yearly runs of the News Bulletin of the Lutheran World Federation from 1946 to 1950, press releases made by the Lutheran World Federation, and the Newsletter of the 3rd Assembly.
Burke Library record group:
William Adams Brown Ecumenical Library Archives
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
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, WAB: Lutheran World Federation records, 1946 - 1967, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
The papers are part of the William Adams Brown Ecumenical Library Archives, which was founded in 1945 by the Union Theological Seminary Board of Directors.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The exact provenance of this collection is unknown.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Some material cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-08-08. 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. Any items in an advanced state of deterioration were placed in Mylar envelopes. The finding aid was created by Elizabeth Beller in 2013 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.
2010-12-13 XML instance created by Elizabeth Beller.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2021-11-09 EAD spot checked and corrected and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) was founded in the aftermath of World War II in 1947. Based upon the interwar movement of international Lutheran cooperation as evidenced through the Lutheran World Convention, the LWF was a loose grouping of Lutheran churches from Norway, Germany, and the United States of America as well as smaller groupings of Lutheran churches worldwide. The founding principles of the federation were employed not only because of doctrinal importance but the great need for help and aid in war torn Europe and elsewhere internationally. The four founding tenants of LWF were help and aid for the needy; common initiatives in mission; joint efforts in theology; and common response to ecumenical challenges. The LWF assemblies, begun in 1947, are the highest order of decision making within the organization. The 1957 Assembly which was located in Minneapolis, Minnesota was the first such assembly held in the United States of America. According to the Lutheran World Federation Assembly website, 145 international delegates gathered, many from Germany and Scandinavia. As the decade between the founding of the LWF and the meeting of the 3rd Lutheran World Federation passed, the composition of the LWF continued to shift and change. The 3rd Assembly witnessed an increase in the influence of Latin America upon the LWF as greater numbers of Latin American Churches were joining. The 3rd Assembly also noticeably felt the absence of members from states located behind the iron curtain as the tensions of the Cold War between the United States and Russia heightened.