Edward W. Amend Papers

Archives Record Series: 14/06/14

Edward W. Amend. Papers, (1965-1997). 6 linear feet.


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.


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 coures 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.

Container Inventory

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

Material processed and finding aid prepared by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson in September 2008.

Last modified: July 1, 2009 (GP)

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