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Milos Strupl Papers


Archival Description

Title: Milos Strupl Papers
Dates: 1946-1984
Quantity: 6 boxes
Identification: PP SM
Language of Material: German; English
Location: Moravian Church Archives
Alternate View: View Moravian Archives Finding Aid

Scope/Contents

The collection contains Sermons, written by Strupl, with his essays, and translations. There are also his class notes and note cards on a variety of subjects. Strupl's personal artifacts, diplomas and his correspondence are also in this collection.


Biography/History

Milos Strupl was born in Prague, Czech Republic, on November, 23, 1924. He was raised in the Evangelical Church of the Czech Brethren which was associated with the Presbyterian Church. He attended the University of Karlovy, year 1945. There he joined several clubs including the History club and the Socialist club. He also wrote one of his first articles, Kostnicke jiskry, or in English, Constant Spark. In the year 1948 Milos Strupl attended and graduated with a Master in Theology, at the Union Theological Seminary Richmond Virginia. He then went to complete his postgraduate Study as an Ecumenical Fellow, in the program of Advanced Religious Studies, at the Union of Theological Seminary in New York, NY. This he completed in year 1962. During this time he also started doing translations. Most of the translations were form Czech to English with German essays mixed in. Later, Strupl went to receive his Doctorate in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. There he started writing about the Brethren and got deeply involved with the history of the Untias Fractum. Year 1964, Milos Strupl graduated with Doctrine in Philosophy. For the next ten years Strupl worked at several Universities as a Professor in Theology and as a minister at the Universities Presbyterian Churches. He worked at the University of Illinois till 1965 and then at Defiance College, Ohio, for eight years. During this time Strupl was known to travel back and forth from Bethlehem, PA to Defiance, OH in order to do some translations for the Moravian Archives. Here Strupl found his information for his Essay he wrote called, Count Zinzendorf and the Moravian Brethrens. In Ohio, due to unknown reason, Strupl lost his job and was said to have ruined his career. That year, 1973, Strupl became very ill. He was hospitalized for several weeks. Once well again, Strupl was forced to move to Tampa, FL due to his unemployment. There Strupl struggled for several years trying to find work. Finally Strupl was able to find work at Newberry College, as a minister, around 1980. The exact date of Strupl's death is unknown; it is assumedly around the year of 1984.


Restrictions

no restrictions


Custodial History

After Strupl's death the records were sent to the Library of Presbyterian College in Clinton S.C. On July, 15, 1985, John C. Livingston, one of Strupl's close friends, sent Strupl's records to the Moravian Archives. The Archivist at the time, Vernon H. Nelson, received nine boxes. Nelson decided to keep the books in the boxes together. He felt they belonged together as a collection, due to the vast amount of Czech text.


Records

Milos Strupl Papers
1. Correspondence and Personal Material
18. Personal artifacts of Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: Documents are on very thin paper
Scope/Content: Passport, Faculty ID certificate, faculty association certificate, library cards (2), teaching certification, Department of History Club membership card, bank receipts (3), documents (2), Comenius stamp, 10 korun notes (3), KSK (Klub Socialisticke Kultury) membership card, Funeral announcement for Štepán Spálenka, List of his Publications
Note: Two photographs of Strupl and his family were moved to Photo Collections-Portraits
55. Diplomas of Milos Strupl
Date: 1948 - 1964
Physical Description: 3 items
Scope/Content: Includes: Master's Degree from The Union Theological Seminary, Doctorate from Vanderbilt University, Certificate for completion of one year of postgraduate study as an Ecumenical Fellow from The Union Theological Seminary
57. Correspondence between Strupl and Pastors/Religious figures
Date: 1975 - 1976
Physical Description: Some pages are very thin
Scope/Content: Includes: Lettersto/ from Rev. Elwyn Smith, Rabbi Hugo Stransky, Rev. Blahoslav Hrubý, and one unknown individual (handwriting was illegible)
58. Correspondence between Milos Strupl and the SVU (Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America, Inc.)
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: Letters to/from Spolecnost Pro Vedy a Umení (Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in America, Inc.)
59. Correspondence between Milos Strupl and various professors
Date: 1966 - 1979
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: letters to/from various professors mostly concerning job offers, essay critiques, or invitations to present research
60. Correspondence between Milos Strupl and the Moravian Church
Date: 1969
Physical Description: Some of the paper is very thin
Scope/Content: Includes: a letter to Strupl from the Moravian Church Archives, a letter regarding corrections to an attached bulletin, and two bulletins on John Hus
2. Essays and Translations
19. John Amos Comenius and the Confessional Heritage of the Unitas Fratrum
Date: without date
Physical Description: 2 items
Scope/Content: Includes: Two Copies of the document
Note: Written by Milos Strupl.
20. In the Obedience of Faith: The Unitas Fratrum
Date: without date
Physical Description: 2 items
Scope/Content: Includes: one typed draft and one published copy
Note: Written by Milos Strupl
21. Reflections on the Czech Reformation
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: Written by Milos Strupl.
22. History of the First Czechoslovak Presbytarian Church of Prince George
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: Most likely written by Milos Strupl
23. The Beginnings of the Moravians in America
Date: 1948
Physical Description: Paper is very thin
Note: Written by Milos Strupl
24. Count Zinzendorf and the Moravian Brethrens
Date: without date
Physical Description: i tem
Note: Written by Milos Strupl.
25. Agenda for the Lord's Supper
Date: without date
Physical Description: 2 items
Scope/Content: Includes: a translation of "Agenda For the Lord's Supper" and notes on the original Czech document
Note: Translated from Czech by Milos Strupl from the original text, which was edited by Josef Kubes
26. Ecce Homo!
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: Possibly written by Milos Strupl. Dated "April 7", year unknown.
27. Thoughts of Success Invalidated
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: Possibly written by Milos Strupl. Dated "April 8", year unknown.
28. Against the Idolization of Death
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: Possibly written by Milos Strupl
29. The Bretheren, Swingli's Followers, and Dr. Martin Luther.
Date: without date
Physical Description: 2 items
Scope/Content: Includes: one draft and one final copy of Strupl's essay.
Note: Written by Milos Strupl.
30. Prayers and Rituals Which are Performed at the Communion of the Bretheren
Date: without date
Physical Description: 2 items
Scope/Content: Includes: Two copies of the document
Note: Possibly written by Milos Strupl.
31. A Portrait of Jan Karafiát
Date: without date
Physical Description: 6 items
Scope/Content: Includes: Five typed copies of the document and one handwritten copy
Note: Written by Milos Strupl.
32. Peter Chelcický and his Treatise "On Spiritual Warfare"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
33. John Blahoslav, "Father and Charioteer of the Lord's People in the Unitas Fratrum"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 4 items
Scope/Content: Includes: Three typed copies of the document and one handwritten copy
Note: Written by Milos Strupl
34. Untitled essay on Richard Friedenthal
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: Most likely written by Milos Strupl
35. Notes on Pauling Chronology
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: Most likely written by Milos Strupl
36. Peter Chelcický and his Tract "On Spiritual Warfare"
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: Most likely written by Milos Strupl
37. John Hus, A Neglected Reformer
Date: 1965
Physical Description: 4 items
Scope/Content: Includes: Two types copies of the document, one handwritten copy, note regarding submission of document
Note: Written by Milos Strupl
38. The Case of Dr. Wenceslas Mitmánek
Date: without date
Physical Description: 5 items
Scope/Content: Includes: Five copies of the document
Note: Written by Milos Strupl.
39. The Background of the Czech Religious Reformation
Date: 1948
Physical Description: Paper is very thin
Note: Written by Milos Strupl
40. Confessional Theology of the Unitas Fratrum
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: Written by Milos Strupl
41. The Ecumenical Outlook of the Unitas Fratrum
Date: without date
Physical Description: Paper is very thin
Note: Written by Milos Strupl
42. Theological Foundations of Ecumenism in the Unitas Fratrum
Date: without date
Physical Description: 4 items
Scope/Content: Includes: four copies of the document
Note: Most likely written by Milos Strupl
56. Works translated by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Scope/Content: Includes: Translations of "Galileo" by Emanuel Rádl (2 copies) and "Alexander the Great" by Karel Capek (2 copies)
Note: The works were translated from Czech to English
3. Sermons
1. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 1-20)
Date: 1946 - 1950
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered.
2. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 21-61)
Date: 1951
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered.
3. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 62-70)
Date: 1952
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered.
4. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 70-117)
Date: 1953
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered.
5. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 118-132)
Date: 1954
Physical Description: 1 folder
6. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 133-146)
Date: 1955 - 1958
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered.
7. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 147-163)
Date: 1959
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered.
8. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 164-184)
Date: 1960
Physical Description: 1 folder
9. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 185-206)
Date: 1961 - 1963
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered
10. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 207-232)
Date: 1964
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered.
11. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 233-252)
Date: 1965 - 1975
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered.
12. Sermons, held by Strupl (no. 253-268)
Date: 1977 - 1984
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: All sermons are numbered.
13. Funeral sermons, held by Strupl
Date: 1959 - 1965
Physical Description: 1 folder
14. Special occasion sermons and addresses, held by Strupl
Date: 1932 - 1981
Physical Description: 1 folder
15. Aids to worship, collected or written by Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Prayers of Illumination, Pastoral Prayers, Prayers of Communion, C+W, PoA, PaS, DoP, and other assorted prayers.
16. Outline of theological studies from the Department of Systematic Theology
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Typed table of contents with selected bibliography and handwritten outline of theological studies.
Note: The Department of Systematic Theology could possibly be located at Newberry College, S.C. Dated after 1959.
17. Broadcast devotions by Strupl
Date: 1951 - 1955
Physical Description: 1 folder
4. Class Notes and Note Cards
43. Notes on Wenzel Mitmánet, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 item
Note: The notes were taken from "Wenzel Mitmánet", pgs 165-171, 54-56, and 138
44. Notes on Hebrew, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: notes, exercises, and a glossary of the Hebrew language, with translations in Czech
45. Notes on Jan Karafiát, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: one journal and one stack of notes
46. Notes on "Die Brüder" Society, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: assorted notes on the Bretheren's Society
Note: The notes mostly comprise Germany's Bretheren society.
47. Notes on Joseph Th. Müller, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: one journal of notes
48. Misc. Notes, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: page of cryllic alphabet, assorted notes on various books, list of books and essays of interest
49. Notes on "The Unity of Czechoslovakia in the 15th Century", collecte dy Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Note: The current title is translated from the original Czech.
50. Notes on "Exkurs I 1593" (First Excursion 1593), collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 2 items
Scope/Content: Includes: One set of notes in English and one in Czech
Note: The notes focus specifically on pages 178-188
51. Notes on The Bretheren of Germany and the Czech Republic, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: assorted notes on the history and other aspects of the Bretheren society
52. Notes on Theology, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: assorted notes on various aspect of theology and religion
53. Notes on the History of the Czech Republic, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: one journal a few sheets of notes
54. Notes on the Moravians, collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes: Notes on the Moravians' religion and two bibliographical pages
61. Informational notecards collected by Milos Strupl
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Note: The notecards are possibly bibliographic and are alphabatized.
62. Note Cards on The Lutherans and the Ecumenism.
Date: without date
Physical Description: 1 folder
Scope/Content: Includes:
Information on the Lutherans and the Ecumenism Unity Group.
Note: Notecards were used by Milos Strupl to write his Essays.