The Albert Cook Outler Papers

The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries
February 2 – May 1, 2015


The Albert Cook Outler Papers comprise the largest and one of the most significant archival collections at Bridwell Library. Dr. Outler (1908-1989) was a world-renowned theologian and Wesley scholar who served on the faculties of Duke University (1938-1945), Yale University (1945-1951), Perkins School of Theology (1951-1979; professor emeritus 1979-1989), and Texas Wesleyan University (1983-1984).

Outler’s professional library and personal papers were donated to Bridwell Library through the advocacy of Rev. Bob W. Parrott. From 2010 through 2014 library staff processed the Albert Cook Outler Papers in order to make the collection more accessible to the public.  Archival processing includes arranging materials into thematic or format-based units called series; removing redundant and out-of-scope materials; addressing preservation needs; and publishing a finding aid that describes the collection’s subject, history, arrangement, and contents.

Through this exhibition Bridwell Library is bringing Albert Outler’s intellectual legacy to the attention of a new generation of scholars and church leaders.