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William Hubben Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-068

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence (1906-1976), manuscript and published writings (1924-70), editorials, reviews, speeches, notes, pictures and memorabilia, and reference materials of William Hubben. Correspondents include C.F. Andrews, Pearl S. Buck, Henry J. Cadbury, Richard L. Cary, Fritz Eichenberg, Rufus M. Jones, Clarence Pickett, and Alexandra Tolstoy. Topics covered in his manuscript writings include German Catholicism and the rise of Hitler, Jean Jacques Rousseau, Russian Quakerism, Kafka, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Soloviev, Russia, Vatican Council, and many other topics. Part of the collection is in German.

Dates

  • 1906-1976

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Copyright and Rights Information

"Making of the Russian Mind"

Biographical / Historical

William Hubben (1895-1974) was a prominent Quaker educator, speaker, editor of Friends Intelligencer and, later, Friends Journal, and author of books and articles in the fields of religion and literature. Before emigrating from Germany in 1933, he had been the editor of the German Quaker Monthly, Der Quaker. Born in Germany in 1895, William Hubben joined the small but growing movement of German Quakers in 1923 and participated in a number of international religious and peace conferences. In 1928 he was appointed principal of one of the largest public schools. His political involvement with the Social Democratic Party caused his dismissal in 1933 by Hitler's government. He emigrated to the United States with his wife, Maria, and children soon afterward, and in 1935 was named Director of Religious Interests at George School in Pennsylvania. He became the editor and manager of Friends Intelligencer in 1943 and remained as editor of its successor, Friends Journal, until 1963, and as contributing editor until his death in 1974. He was chosen by Friends World committee as Quaker observer to the Vatican Council in 1962. He also taught from 1963 to 1973 at the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. His autobiography, Exiled Pilgrim, was published in 1943.

  • 1895 Born, September 27, Krefeld, Germany. Son of William and Maria (Fehrenschild) Hubben.
  • 1912-14 Student, Kgl. Lehrerseminar Cornellmunster, Germany
  • 1920-22 Student, Heilpadagogiches Seminar, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1922 Married Maria Feckes, October 5.
  • 1924-33 Editor of Der Quaker, monthly periodical of German Friends
  • 1928 Principal of a public high school in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1931 Exchange teacher at Westtown School
  • 1933 Dismissed as principal under Hitler, emigrated to U.S.
  • 1933 Student at Woodbrooke College, Birmingham, England; also at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pa.
  • 1935-56 Director of Religious Interests, George School.
  • 1943-55 Editor and manager, Friends Intelligencer
  • 1943 Publication of autobiography Exiled Pilgrim (Macmillan).
  • 1952 Publication of Four Prophets of Our Destiny (Macmillan).
  • 1955-63 Editor, Friends Journal
  • 1957 Wife Maria dies, November 27.
  • 1958 Married Trudy Baum
  • 1962 Selected by Friends World Committee as Quaker observer to Vatican Council
  • 1963-73 Resident Quaker scholar and part-time teacher of German at William Penn Charter School.
  • 1963-74 Contributing editor, Friends Journal
  • 1974 Died, September 8.

Biographical / Historical

  • 1895 Born, September 27, Krefeld, Germany. Son of William and Maria (Fehrenschild) Hubben.
  • 1912-14 Student, Kgl. Lehrerseminar Cornellmunster, Germany
  • 1920-22 Student, Heilpadagogiches Seminar, Dusseldorf, Germany
  • 1922 Married Maria Feckes, October 5.
  • 1924-33 Editor of Der Quaker, monthly periodical of German Friends
  • 1928 Principal of a public high school in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1931 Exchange teacher at Westtown School
  • 1933 Dismissed as principal under Hitler, emigrated to U.S.
  • 1933 Student at Woodbrooke College, Birmingham, England; also at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, Pa.
  • 1935-56 Director of Religious Interests, George School.
  • 1943-55 Editor and manager, Friends Intelligencer
  • 1943 Publication of autobiography Exiled Pilgrim (Macmillan).
  • 1952 Publication of Four Prophets of Our Destiny (Macmillan).
  • 1955-63 Editor, Friends Journal
  • 1957 Wife Maria dies, November 27.
  • 1958 Married Trudy Baum
  • 1962 Selected by Friends World Committee as Quaker observer to Vatican Council
  • 1963-73 Resident Quaker scholar and part-time teacher of German at William Penn Charter School.
  • 1963-74 Contributing editor, Friends Journal
  • 1974 Died, September 8.

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

William Hubben (1895-1974) was a prominent Quaker educator, speaker, editor, and author. Born in Germany in 1895, William Hubben joined the small but growing movement of German Quakers in 1923 and participated in a number of international religious and peace conferences. His political involvement with the Social Democratic Party caused his dismissal in 1933 by Hitler's government. He emigrated to the United States with his wife, Maria, and children soon afterward, and went on to be heavily involved with Quakerism there. The collection contains correspondence (1906-1976), manuscript and published writings (1924-70), editorials, reviews, speeches, notes, pictures and memorabilia, and reference materials of William Hubben. Part of the collection is in German.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into thirteen series:
  1. Biographical
  2. Correspondence
  3. Manuscript writing
  4. Published articles
  5. Editorials
  6. Reviews of his works
  7. School material
  8. Speeches
  9. Notes
  10. Scrapbook
  11. Pictures
  12. Memorabilia
  13. Reference material

Physical Location

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Gift of Trudy Hubben, 1975-1983

Gift of Ann B. Hubben, 1986

The collection was given by his widow, with additions from Ann Hubben in 1986.

General

  1. Exiled Pilgrim (New York, 1943)
Title
An Inventory of the William Hubben Papers, 1906-1976
Author
FHL staff
Date
1975
Description rules
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Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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