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F.W. Sweet fonds
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CA MCK RG1.MG1.1.2 Sweet
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Dr. Sweet was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1869. He graduated from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, in 1889 and the Rochester Theological Seminary in Rochester, NY, in 1892. Dr. Sweet received the degree Doctor of Divinity from Denison University in 1921. F.W. Sweet's first pastorate was in Adrian, Michigan, where he was ordained. Dr. Sweet served ten years at the Calvary Church in Minneapolis. During WWI he served as a member of the Y.M.C.A. in Canada and overseas. In 1920, Dr. Sweet was appointed to a committee by the Baptist Northern Convention to inquire into the fidelity of Baptist colleges to orthodox Baptist doctrine. After Dr. H. P. Whidden, the President of Brandon College, retired in 1923, Dr. Sweet was offered the position. He accepted the offer and arrived in Brandon on September 10, 1923. He assumed office on October 11, 1923. Dr. Sweet died suddenly at his home in Brandon on December 30, 1924. He was 55 years old. He was survived by his wife and six children.
This fonds was brought by Dr. Sweet to Brandon upon his appointment as President of Brandon College. After his death in 1924, the fonds was stored on the campus of Brandon College until the early 1980's. At that time, Dr. Sweet's papers were incorporated into the larger Brandon College collection held in the McKee Archives.
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The personal records of Dr. Sweet include sermon notes, newspaper clippings, and church bulletins. Dr. Sweet was a liberal Baptist. His sermons, as well as the clippings contained in the fonds reflex theological trends in North American Baptist thought in the early twentieth century. Approximately fifty sermons are contained in the fonds. Most include the date and place of delivery by Dr. Sweet. These records are an excellent source of information regarding religion, faith, and devotion among liberal Baptists from 1907 to 1924.
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Related material: Papers relating to Dr. Sweets term as President of Brandon University can be found at RG1.BC1. 2.3 Dr. Franklin W. Sweet.
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