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Kenneth W. Morgan Papers

Identifier: A1357

Scope and Contents

The Kenneth W. Morgan Papers mostly consist of research and materials relating to his study of various religions. This include notes from his travels to Asia, lectures, classes at Colgate, and subsequent publications. There is also material from his involvement of establishing the Chapel House on Colgate's campus. Folders in the collection retain the name from the original folders, with all abbreviations spelled out and additions made by the archivist in brackets.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1934-2011, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Kenneth W. Morgan was a Colgate Professor Emeritus of Relgion, Chaplain, Director of the of Chapel House, and Director of the Fund for the Study of World Religions. He graduated from Harvard Divinity school in 1935 and then spent a year living in an ashrams in India, while studying and meeting with scholars. During World War II, Kenneth Morgan was granted consicentious objector status due to his religious convictions and formally became a Quaker after the war. Morgan came to Colgate in 1946 as a Chaplain and began teaching the following year. He spent 25 years at Colgate studying, teaching, and assisting scholars for Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism publish books. Morgan was a proponent of teaching other religions from the perspective of the religion's scholars. He was also instruemental in the establishment of Chapel House and Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions. Kenneth Morgan was born in Great Falls, Montana on October 15, 1908 and died on December 23, 2011 in Winchester, New Hampshire at 103. He married Amy Cowing Scott in 1936.


5 Cubic Feet (5 letter document boxes)

Language of Materials


Guide to the Kenneth W. Morgan Papers
Erin Patterson
December 5, 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

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