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John W. Powell Collection M/A 1998.18.01

John W. Powell Collection M/A 1998.18.01

Creator:Powell, John W., Rev., 1872-1953
Title: John W. Powell Collection
Dates:n.d, 1911-1953
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


Rev. John Walker Powell was born March 22, 1872, in Blue Earth, Minnesota. He became a pastor and served in multiple Minnesota communities. He then worked as a lecturer at the University of Minnesota, teaching classes in English and Biblical literature. He also wrote an unpublished manuscript entitled "Isaiah". In 1940, after spending 50 years at the university, he retired. That spring, he was invited to give the baccalaureate speech to honor his many years of service to the university. He died in 1953 in Minneapolis.

Collection Description

One box. The Rev. John W. Powell Collection consists biographical clippings, an obituary, and a baccalaureate speech delivered at University of Minnesota on June 9, 1940. It also includes a bound handwritten manuscript entitled Isaiah.

Related Material

See also:

In Search of God: An Appreciation of the Ancient Hebrew Literature, by John Powell. Call Number: Adult Nonfiction Book, 221.1 P88. 1920.

Confessions of a Browning Lover, by John Powell. Call Number: Adult Nonfiction Book, 820.2 B89P. 1918.

Both books are at MN Library Access Center.

Subject Headings


Authors, American--Minnesota.
Clergy -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
College teachers -- Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Clippings, obituary, and baccalaureate address 1911, 1940, 1953 -- Box 1, Folder 1
Isaiah manuscript, written by Powell and donated to the Minneapolis Public Library in 1934 n.d. -- Box 1, Folder 2

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