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Identifier: A0589

Title: Allen Howard Godbey Papers, 1832-1946


Allen Howard Godbey was an archaeologist and orientalist; pursued research into ancient history and in clarifying ethnological problems, particularly those related to the origin of the Jewish race; sometime professor of Old Testament study at Duke University; permanent executive secretary of the Historical Commission of the M.[Methodist] E.[Episcopal] Church Society, 1943; 31 years executive secretary of the St. Louis Conference Historical Commission. He was also a scholar on the subject of cuneiform inscriptions. His works include The Lost Ten Tribes A Myth and New Light on The Old Testament.

The smaller portion of the collection, containing approximately 75 items, includes correspondence of Allen H. Godbey with Ms. Stella M. Drumm (1937-1939) in regards to early Methodism in Missouri and genealogical information about his family, namely the John Smith family of Virginia, the Pleasant family, John Russell family, Storrs family, etc.; Bridgeton Sunday School minute book, 1832-1853; open letter of Dr. Godbey to Dr. C.W. Tadlock of the Methodist Board of Pensions, 1940-1941; "What Rabbi Yeshua Thought of Soldiers and Ante-Nicene Christian Soldiers," 1941; open letter to Bishop John C. Broomfield titled "Worthless Compilations of Early St. Louis Methodist History," September 21, 1940; several other open letters regarding Methodist church history. A larger portion (addition) contains genealogical information regarding his family; sketch of Dr. Godbey, Archaeologist and Orientalist, from Town and Country Review, August 1935; prospectus of book titled The Lost Tribes A Myth, 1930; prospectus of book titled New Light on the Old Testament advertising the third edition, September 1936; record book of Recording Stewards of Union Circuit, St. Louis Conference, John Arnist, 1859; minutes of the Quarterly Meetings of the Union Circuit Conference of Missouri, 1849-1881; minutes for years 1835-1846 in back of book; Bridgeton Sunday School Minute Book, 1832-1853; correspondence with Jesse H. Kern, 402 Joe Ave., Kirkwood, Missouri, 1938-1943; and religious manuscripts, many of them open letters of Dr. Godbey to Methodist Church officials; correspondence and material regarding the history of early Methodism in Missouri.

2 boxes

Cite as: Allen Howard Godbey Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1832-1946

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Godbey, Allen Howard, 1864-1948

Subjects: Methodist Church
Sunday schools
Apocryphal books (Old Testament)
Lost tribes of Israel


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