Edward W. Amend. Papers, 1965-1997

Collection Overview

Title: Edward W. Amend. Papers, 1965-1997

Record Series: 14/05/02/04

Creator: Edward Amend

Date: 1965-1997

Extent: 5.0 linear feet, 4 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: This material is entirely in English.

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Accessing the Collection:

Except for one folder in Box 1, there are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the Edward W. Amend Papers, 1965-1997, Archives Record Series 14/06/14, [box and folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

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Historical Note

Edward W. Amend joined the UNI faculty as an Assistant Professor of Religion in 1967. In 1971 he became the Director of the Individual Honors Program. This program became the Individual Studies Program in 1973. Professor Amend remained head of that program until 1978. He had been promoted to Associate Professor in 1972. He was promoted to Professor in 1988. Professor Amend served as head of the Department of Philosophy and Religion from 1993 through 1997, when he retired and assumed emeritus status. As an emeritus member of the faculty, Professor Amend assisted in the work of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching.

Professor Amend devoted a significant portion of his professional career to administrative duties. But he also taught a regular and extensive schedule of religion and humanities courses. 


Scope and Content

Edward Amend's papers relate primarily to his own research in the area of religion as well as material related to the courses that he taught. His research centered on commonalities between St. Augustine and Jean-Jacques Rousseau; the relationship between religion and modern literature; and death and dying. Some of his research material extends back to the time of his study at the University of Chicago. Folders relating to a specific course may include teaching material from other courses. Also, these folders may show how the courses changed over the years, with different source material emphases.

Professor Amend's papers relating to his teaching give an excellent view of the content of courses in religion and the humanities. Most of that material is arranged by course title. In nearly all cases, the material includes syllabi, examinations, and teaching notes.

Professor Amend donated this material to the University Archives in September 2008. The arrangement of this collection closely follows the order in which it was received. However, as noted above, there is some duplication between folders.

In order to get a fuller picture of Professor Amend's administrative career, researchers may also wish to consult other collections in the University Archives, including the papers of the Individual Studies Program and the papers of the Department of Philosophy and Religion. 


Box 1

Professional evaluations [RESTRICTED]

Department of Philosophy and Religion, 1992-1993

Dosteyevsky--Brothers Karamazov

Flaubert--Madame Bovary

Tennyson--In Memoriam

Thomas Wolfe--Look Homeward, Angel

Ernest Hemingway

William Faulkner--Light in August

James Joyce--Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Vico's New Science

Friedrich Schlegel

Soren Kirkegaard

Matthew Arnold

Johann Gottfried Herder paper; History of Liberalism course

Jonathan Swift course

Dissertation proposal

Dissertation: Seriousness of Literature

Religion and literature conference, 1970

Faculty research application, 1980

Professional Development Leave application, 1981-1982

McElroy Symposia, 1984--Religion and the Electronic Media

"A Night-time Meditation"

Church Bible study

Presbyterian Synod School course, 1970

Soul and Heart

Two Confessions and Two Conversions--St. Augustine and Rousseau

Research topics

Article ideas

Box 2

University of Chicago research notes

Ethics of Martin Luther

Doctrine of reconciliation in Dostoyevsky

Theology and imaginative literature

NEH humanities grant application, 1986

Humanities staff memos and newsletters, 1965-1986

Death and dying textbook plans

Death and dying--Orville Kelly

Death and dying--death of children

Death and dying--discussion outlines

Death and dying--literature, suicide

Death and dying--course material--Pribbenow

Death and dying--ethical, religious, philosophical

Death and dying--funeral practices and hospice

Death and dying--special forms

Death and dying--course evaluations

Death and dying--seminar, fall 1972

Death and dying--seminar, spring 1975

Death and dying--public school curriculum

Death and dying--short course

Death and dying--resource people

Death and dying--syllabi

Social gerontology

Heritage of the Bible

Box 3

History of Christianity

Old Testament

New Testament

Religion and Literature

Religion and Modern Literature

Religious Perspective in Modern Literature

Religious satire

Religions of the World

Martin Buber

Contemporary Religious Thought

Introduction to the Reformation, spring 1975

Sun Myung Moon and other religious movements

Between Enkidu and Jesus

Alexander and Jesus

Between non-entity and infanticide--abortion

Dostoyevsky and suffering

Biomedical ethics

Perils of post-literate religions

Modern Theology--radical

Modern Theology--Reinhold Niebuhr

Modern Theology--Rudolph Bultmann

Modern Theology--religious belief and modern culture

Modern Theology--Karl Barth

Modern Theology--Paul Tillich

Modern Theology--Vatican II

Philosophy: Basic Questions, summer 1996 and summer 1997

Two creation stories and a missing link--forum series presentation

What is Religion?

Box 4

Humanities I--syllabi, course notes, examinations

Humanities II--syllabi, course notes, examinations

Processing Information

Material processed and finding aid prepared by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson in September 2008.  Modified: July 1, 2009 (GP). Updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, January 2018 and April 2018. Linear feet updated on September 14, 2017.

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