The Wilbur Moorehead Smith Papers At Trinity Evangelical Divinity School -- By: Roger Phillips

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 04:1 (Spring 1983)
Article: The Wilbur Moorehead Smith Papers At Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Author: Roger Phillips

The Wilbur Moorehead Smith Papers
At Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Roger Phillips


William S. Favata


In recent years, the holdings in Trinitys Rolfing Library have increased dramatically along several fronts. From time to time the Journal will draw attention to particular holdings that might be of interest to scholars in other institutions. The following note describes the papers of Wilbur Moorehead Smith that are held by Rolfing Library. Smith taught at Trinity from 1963–1968.—Ed.

Biographical Sketch

Wilbur Moorehead Smith was born June 9, 1894 in Chicago to Thomas S. and Sadie Sanborn Smith. Thomas Smith was a trustee at the Moody Bible Institute for forty-three years (1907–1950); Sadie Sanborn’s father was an associate to R. A. Torrey. Wilbur grew up on the north side of Chicago, attended Moody Bible Institute for one year, 1913–1914, and enrolled as a freshman at the College of Wooster (Ohio) the following year. After leaving Wooster at the end of his junior year, Wilbur married a student from Moody, Mary Irene Ostrowsky, and took a position as assistant pastor in Wilmington, Delaware. Later he pastored Presbyterian churches in Ocean City and in Baltimore, Maryland; Covington, Virginia; and Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Wilbur Smith joined the faculty of Moody Bible Institute in 1933 and remained there for ten years. In 1947 Smith moved to California to join the faculty of a new school: Fuller Theological Seminary. After teaching English Bible at Fuller for sixteen years, Dr. Smith taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. Thirty-five years of his life were invested in evangelical higher education.

Wilbur Smith was a prolific writer. He edited Peloubets Notes for thirty-five years. Two of his best-known works are Profittable Bible Study (1939) and Therefore Stand (1945). Hundreds of his articles appeared in the Sunday School Times, Christianity Today, Moody Monthly, Bibliotheca Sacra, His Magazine, and other evangelical periodicals.

Dr. Smith was known internationally as a bibliographer and bibliophile. His personal library numbered over twenty-five thousand volumes. His publishing career was punctuated with bibliographies, including a bibliographical column for ministers that appeared in Moody Monthly for

some twenty years. Even during the last years of his life he had several bibliographical projects in progress and had plans to have some of them published.

Though he had a strong dislike for committee meetings, Wilbu...

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