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John W. Powell Papers

Identifier: M/A 0053

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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.


  • 1911-1953, undated


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The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.


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 He also wrote an unpublished manuscript entitled "Isaiah".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.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)

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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.

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Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
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Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.