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Oswald Chambers Papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Oswald Chambers

Biddy Chambers

Eva Spink Pulford

Oswald Chambers Publications Association

Photographs

Memorabilia

Secondary

Kathleen Chambers



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Oswald Chambers Papers, 1886-1983 | Special Collections, Buswell Library

By The Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections Staff

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Collection Overview

Title: Oswald Chambers Papers, 1886-1983Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: SC/122

Primary Creator: Chambers, Oswald (1874-1917)

Other Creators: Chambers, Gertrude (Biddy) (1884-1966), Pulford, Eva Spink

Extent: 56.0 Boxes. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by series with folder level control.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2002

Subjects: Bible - Psychology., Bible - Study and teaching., Bible. O.T. Genesis., Bible colleges - England - London., Chambers, Oswald, 1874-1917, Chambers, Oswald, 1874-1917 - Manuscripts., Chambers, Oswald, 1874-1917 - Quotations., Christian biography., Christian ethics., Christian life, Clergy - Biography., Clergy - Scotland - Biography., Devotional calendars., Devotional exercises., Devotional literature., Jesus Christ - Devotional literature., Man (Christian theology), Meditations., Missions, Pastoral theology., Prayer., Prayer books and devotions., Prayers., Sermons, English., Spiritual life.

Forms of Material: Articles, Correspondence, Diaries, Ephemera, Lecture notes, Manuscripts, Photographs

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of this collection came from David McCasland, who is the author of Abandoned to God, a biography of Oswald Chambers. Best known as the author of My Utmost for His Highest, the Reverend Oswald Chambers was an evangelist throughout the United Kingdom, America and Japan. In 1915 he traveled to Egypt to work with the YMCA in Zeitoun ministering to soldiers there. It was here that he suffered from an attack of appendicitis that ultimately took his life. It is to his wife Biddy Chambers that we owe the publication of his works. It is through her meticulous notes on Oswald's various talks and sermons that we are able to read the words of this great man.

The bulk of the collection is material gathered during McCasland's research. The majority of that research deals with each of Oswald Chambers' published works, the individuals connected with the Chambers' and Oswald and Biddy's time in Egypt.

The notes and diaries of Eva Spink, a student during Oswald's time at the Bible Training College, provide a first hand account of his words and life. Many of her diaries have been copied, and are contained within this portion of the collection. The originals are shelved elsewhere within the archives.

The collection also contains articles written by Oswald Chambers published mostly in the Bible Training College Journal along with Biddy's correspondence and diaries. Also included are three boxes of photographs, and two boxes of memorabilia.

Biographical Note

Oswald Chambers was born July 24, 1874 to Clarence and Hannah Chambers. He was one of 8 surviving children and spent his childhood in Aberdeen, Stoke-on-Trent and Perth.  Clarence Chambers was a Baptist minister who was strict but loving. Hannah Chambers had perhaps the deepest influence on Oswald. She provided the household with stability and love, which made indelible marks upon her children. Oswald received his education from several institutions beginning at the Art School in South Kensington where he received the Art Master’s Certificate. He continued on to Edinburgh University to further his art studies, and it was here that Oswald felt called by God into full service and ministry. He left Edinburgh shortly afterwards to attend Dunoon Training College where he studied with the Reverend Duncan Macgregor, who became a significant influence in his life. The period following his completion at Dunoon was a time of intense soul searching and seeking for Oswald, but it was this time that prepared him for his future work. The years after Dunoon provided the young Chambers with a great deal of adventure as he followed the call of God across oceans and nations. He preached at camp meetings in America, Japan and the United Kingdom. He traveled with men like Juji Nakada and worked closely with the Holiness movement in America and England. He lived a simple existence with virtually no excess. God provided as he needed and he was content. In 1908 on a ship headed for America he met Gertrude “Biddy” Hobbs and they became close friends. Through the following months and years their relationship deepened and they were married May 25, 1910.  Both Oswald and Biddy felt called to a ministry other than traveling evangelism, and the founding of the Bible Training College in 1911 was a fulfillment of that call. The Chambers’ spent 4 years in charge of the college, and ministered to a large number of students. The school had to be closed when Oswald began his ministry with the YMCA in Egypt, but it changed countless lives during its brief existence, and sent many to the mission field. In October of 1915 Oswald left Biddy and their daughter Kathleen in England, and traveled across treacherous seas to work with the YMCA in Zeitoun Egypt. Two months later Biddy and Kathleen joined him, and together they began a ministry that would reach thousands of soldiers and touch many lives. On October 29, 1917 Oswald was taken to the hospital in Gizeh with severe pains in his abdomen. An emergency appendectomy was performed that evening, and Oswald began to recover. A week later he suffered a series of relapses from a blood clot in his lung, and he died on November 15, 1917. Word was spread to England and abroad by cable that read “Oswald in His Presence.” All of the published writings of Oswald Chambers come from the sermons and lessons he gave, which Biddy took down in shorthand and then transcribed. The vast majority was published posthumously, and a great debt is owed to Biddy for her work in collecting and typing the manuscripts.  Oswald Chambers’ most popular book, My Utmost for His Highest has reached millions of people through the decades, and has extended the Chambers’ ministry far beyond what could have ever been imagined.

Subject/Index Terms

Bible - Psychology.
Bible - Study and teaching.
Bible. O.T. Genesis.
Bible colleges - England - London.
Chambers, Oswald, 1874-1917
Chambers, Oswald, 1874-1917 - Manuscripts.
Chambers, Oswald, 1874-1917 - Quotations.
Christian biography.
Christian ethics.
Christian life
Clergy - Biography.
Clergy - Scotland - Biography.
Devotional calendars.
Devotional exercises.
Devotional literature.
Jesus Christ - Devotional literature.
Man (Christian theology)
Meditations.
Missions
Pastoral theology.
Prayer.
Prayer books and devotions.
Prayers.
Sermons, English.
Spiritual life.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections, Buswell Library

Alternate Extent Statement: 35 linear feet

Access Restrictions: There are no specific restrictions on this collection.

Use Restrictions: Duplication may be restricted if copying could cause damage to items.

Acquisition Source: The bulk of this collection came from David McCasland, who is the author of Abandoned to God, a biography of Oswald Chambers.

Acquisition Method: Gift

Preferred Citation: Oswald Chambers Papers (SC/122), Special Collections, Buswell Library, Wheaton College (IL).

Other Note: This collection contains the research of David McCasland, the author of Abandoned to God a biography of Oswald Chambers, and was given by the Oswald Chambers Society. Best known as the author of My Utmost for His Highest, the Reverend Oswald Chambers was an evangelist throughout the United Kingdom, America and Japan. In 1915 he traveled to Egypt to work with the YMCA in Zeitoun ministering to soldiers there, and it was here that he suffered from an attack of appendicitis that ultimately took his life. Biddy Chambers, Oswald's wife, took meticulous notes on his various sermons and talks, and made the decision to have them published. Her hard work allows us to experience the wisdom of this great man so many years after his death.

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Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Oswald Chambers],
[Series 2: Biddy Chambers],
[Series 3: Eva Spink Pulford],
[Series 4: Oswald Chambers Publications Association],
[Series 5: Photographs],
[Series 6: Memorabilia],
[Series 7: Secondary],
[Series 8: Kathleen Chambers],
[All]

Series 3: Eva Spink PulfordAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Class NotesAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Eva Spink Pulford Class Notes B.T.C.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Eva Spink NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Eva Spink Sermon NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Eva Spink Diary Oct. 3, 1916- May 23, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Eva Spink Diary May 24, 1916-Oct. 21, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Eva Spink Diary Oct. 23, 1917-Jan 24, 1918/Aug 5, 1918-Nov. 3, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Eva Spink Diary Jan 25, 1918-Sept. 16, 1918/Nov. 11, 1918-Feb 6, 1919Add to your cart.
Box 22Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Eva Spink Diary March 11, 1919- Nov. 9, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Eva Spink Diary Nov 15, 1919-Aug 26, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Eva Spink Pulford Sermon Notes, From Lois Pulford her daughter, originalsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Eva Spink Pulford CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Telegrams sent to Eva SpinkAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: OC Lecture Notes taken by Sarah Maydew SimpsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: E West Class Notes God's Bible School 1907Add to your cart.
Box 23Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spink notes on Genesis, 1914 September 30-1915 January 19Add to your cart.
chapters 1-10
Folder 2: Spink notes on GenesisAdd to your cart.
chapters 11-25
Folder 3: Spink notes on Genesis, 1915 January 20-1915 April 15Add to your cart.
chapters 25-39; lectures 8-44
Folder 4: Spink notes from Egypt, 1917 July-OctoberAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spink notes on EthicsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Spink notes on The Christian ExperienceAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Spink notes on DanielAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Spink notes on PsychologyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Notes on John—Talks at Zeitoun, 1917-1918Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes on Genesis 8-39, 1915 January 5-1915 July 12Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Spink notes on Christian HabitsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Spink notes on Sermon ClassAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Spink notes from Devotional MeetingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Spink notes on Christian Sociology and KingdomAdd to your cart.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spink notes from Sunday sermons at ZeitounAdd to your cart.
[2 notebooks]
Folder 2: Spink notes on "The Story of God on Earth" OC lectureAdd to your cart.
[1 notebook]
Folder 3: Spink notes on "So I send You" The missionaryAdd to your cart.
[1 notebook and some loose-leaf notes]
Folder 4: Spink notes on Being a Christian WorkerAdd to your cart.
[1 notebook]
Folder 5: Spink notes on Christian DoctrineAdd to your cart.
[6 notebooks]
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spink notes on Ezekiel, 1914 January 14-1914 March 31Add to your cart.
chapters 1-32; 133 lectures; [2 notebooks, 1 of which (“Reporters’ Notebook) consists of pages no longer bound together]
Folder 2: Eva Spink notes on Ezekiel and Daniel, 1914 April-JulyAdd to your cart.
Notes cover Ezekiel chapters 33-48 (lectures 34-54) and Daniel chapters 1-9 (lectures 1-12)
Folder 3: Gladys Ingram notes on Ezekiel and Lamentations, 1913-1914Add to your cart.
Notes cover Ezekiel 1-9 and Lamentations (7 lectures)
Folder 4: B.T.C. Lecture notes by Sarah M. Simpson, 1913Add to your cart.
London Bible College
Sub-Series 2: DiariesAdd to your cart.
Box 27Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spink Diary, 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Spink Diary, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Spink Diary, 1932Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Spink Diary, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Spink Diary, 1934Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Spink Diary, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Spink Diary, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Spink Diary, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Spink Diary, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Spink Diary, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Spink Diary, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Spink Diary, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Spink Diary, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Spink Diary, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Spink Diary, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Spink Diary, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Spink Diary, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Spink Diary, 1947Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Spink Diary, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Spink Diary, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Spink Diary, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Spink Diary, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Spink Diary, 1952Add to your cart.
Box 28Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spink Diary, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Spink Diary, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Spink Diary, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Spink Diary, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Spink Diary, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Spink Diary, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Spink Diary, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Spink Diary, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Spink Diary, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Spink Diary, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Spink Diary, 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Spink Diary, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Spink Diary, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Spink Diary, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Spink Diary, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Spink Diary, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Spink Diary, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Spink Diary, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Spink Diary, 1971Add to your cart.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spink Diaries, 1972-1973Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Spink Diaries, 1974-1975Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Spink Diaries, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Eva Spink Pulford-book of quotations, 1918 DecemberAdd to your cart.
Zeitoun, Egypt
Folder 5: Eva Spink Pulford-prayer journal, 1924 April 22-1935 December 31Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Spink Diary, 1918 June 8-1919 February 22Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Spink Diary, 1919 February 23-1924 April 16Add to your cart.
Box 30Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spink Diary, 1921-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Spink Diary, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Spink Diary, 1928-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Spink Diary, 1938-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Book of Misc. QuotesAdd to your cart.
Box 31Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Spink Diary, 1915 October 3-1916 May 23Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Spink Diary, 1916 May 24-1917 October 21Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Spink Diary, 1917 October 23-1918 November 5Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Spink Diary, 1918 November 11-1919 February 6Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Spink Diary, 1919 March 11-1919 November 9Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Spink Diary, 1919 November 15-1921 July 26Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Spink Diary, 1917 December 8-1918 April 23Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Sermon NotesAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Eva Spink Pulford Sermon NotesAdd to your cart.
small notebook
Folder 2: Eva Spink Pulford Sermon NotesAdd to your cart.
small notebook
Folder 3: Eva Spink Pulford Sermon NotesAdd to your cart.
loose-leaf notes
Folder 4: Eva Spink Pulford Sermon NotesAdd to your cart.
loose-leaf notes
Sub-Series 4: Notes and ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Box 33Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Eva Spink Pulford Misc. NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Eva Spink Pulford Misc. NotesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Eva Spink Pulford Misc. Articles and ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Eva Spink Pulford Notes and ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 5: Quotations and ExcerptsAdd to your cart.
Box 32Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Quotations from OC's BibleAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Book of OC's PoetryAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 6: CalendarsAdd to your cart.
Box 52Add to your cart.
Folder 4: The Perpetual Prayer Calendar—Eva SpinkAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Oswald Chambers],
[Series 2: Biddy Chambers],
[Series 3: Eva Spink Pulford],
[Series 4: Oswald Chambers Publications Association],
[Series 5: Photographs],
[Series 6: Memorabilia],
[Series 7: Secondary],
[Series 8: Kathleen Chambers],
[All]


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