Ahlstrom, Sydney E.

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  • 1919 Dec 16: Sydney Eckman Ahlstrom born in Cokato, Minnesota, son of Joseph T. and Selma Eckman Ahlstrom
  • 1941: B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College
  • 1942 - 1946 : U.S. Army, Captain
  • 1946: M.A. University of Minnesota Instructor in history, Gustavus Adolphus
  • 1948 - 1952 : Teaching fellow and history tutor, Harvard University
  • 1951 - 1952 : Fulbright fellow, University of Strasbourg, France
  • 1952: Ph.D. Harvard, Instructor in history Faculty member, Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, Austria
  • 1953 Aug 8: Married Nancy Ethel Alexander (Children: J. Alexander, b. 1954; Promise, b. 1955; Constance, b. 1957; Sydney, b. 1960)
  • 1954: Assistant Professor of Modern Church History and American History, Yale University Fellow, Branford College, Yale The Harvard Divinity School published (co-author)
  • 1957: Lutheran World Federation lecturer in various countries of Europe
  • 1960: Associate Professor, Yale
  • 1961: The Shaping of American Religion published (co-author)
  • 1962 Spring: Visiting Professor, Princeton University The American Protestant Encounter with World Religions (Brewer Lectures, Beloit College) published
  • 1964: Full Professor, Yale
  • 1964 - 1965 : Research in Paris, France
  • 1965: Calvinism and the Political Order published (co-author)
  • 1967 - 1971 : Chair, American Studies Program, Yale
  • 1967: Rauschenbusch Lecturer, Colgate Rochester Divinity School
  • 1967: Theology in America published
  • 1970 - 1971 : Research in Munich, Germany
  • 1972 Summer: Visiting Professor, Kyoto Summer Seminar in American Studies, Japan
  • 1972: A Religious History of the American People published
  • 1972 - 1973 : Director of Graduate Studies, Religious Studies Department, Yale
  • 1973: National Book Award Recipient
  • 1973 Summer: Scholar-in-Resident, Aspen Institute of Humanistic Studies, Colorado Chair, Consulting Committee on the National Bicentenary of the Lutheran Church in America
  • 1973 - 1974 : Chair, American Studies Program, Yale
  • 1974: Brotherhood Award of the National Council of Christians and Jews
  • 1975: Visiting Lecturer at universities and professional conferences in Australia and New Zealand
  • 1975: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Upsala College, New Jersey
  • 1975: President, American Society of Church History
  • 1976: Honorary Doctor of Letters, Susquehanna University
  • 1976: Religious Dilemmas of Nationhood published (editor)
  • 1978: Rockefeller Fellowship for research on Romanticism
  • 1979: Samuel Knight Professor of American History and Modern Religious History, Yale
  • 1979: The Christian Century Award for the Decade's Most Outstanding Book on Religion
  • 1984: Died in New Haven, Connecticut
Member, Editorial Board of the Complete Works of Jonathan Edwards Member, Board of Trustees of Gustavus Adolphus Elected Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1978 Elected Corresponding Member, Massachusetts Historical Society, 1977

From the guide to the Sydney Ahlstrom Papers, 1931-1988, (Yale University Divinity School Library)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Paul Ramsey Papers, 1934-1984 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Indiana University Oral History Archive, 1991-1998 Indiana University, Bloomington. Center for the Study of History and Memory
creatorOf Sydney Ahlstrom Papers, 1931-1988 Yale University Divinity School Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith American Society of Church History. corporateBody
associatedWith Frei, Hans W. person
associatedWith Gustafson, James M. person
associatedWith Handy, Robert T. person
associatedWith Hartt, Julian Norris. person
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith Kuklick, Bruce, 1941- person
associatedWith Miller, Samuel Howard, 1900- person
correspondedWith Ramsey, Paul person
associatedWith Yale University. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Religious education


Birth 1919-12-16

Death 1984-07-03



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