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Worth Marion Tippy papers

Identifier: MSD-1891-003

Collection Statement

The collection is divided into four series, Papers, Family, Writings and Correspondence. Papers within the series are arranged both alphabetically (by subject), and chronologically (as with correspondence). Many of the folder titles retain the name that Tippy had assigned them.


  • 1866 - 1961

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright interests for this collection are held by DePauw University.

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Worth Marion Tippy was an 85 year old retired Methodist minister and distinguished interchurch leader when he founded the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana Methodism in 1951. Twice recipient of honorary degrees from DePauw and an 1891 DePauw graduate, Dr. Tippy served as minister of numerous Indiana churches, then Cleveland's Epworth Memorial and New York's Madison Ave. Methodist churches early in his career. From 1917 to 1937, he was executive secretary of the church and social service commission of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America, now the National Council of Churches. He founded the Methodist Church Conference on Social Work in 1929 and after eight years as its executive officer he became its president in 1938. A former lecturer at Boston University, Oberlin Seminary and Iliff School of Theology, he also had been a campus minister at several colleges. Author of many church works, he wrote a biography of Bishop Robert Roberts, Frontier Bishop, which was published in 1958. Dr. Tippy served as first director of the DePauw archives from 1951 to 1957, when he retired and went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Ray M. Walker, in Laurel, Mississippi. He died on October 2, 1961.


7.6 Cubic Feet (19 containers)

Language of Materials


Worth Marion Tippy papers Class of 1891
Ashlyn Archer
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Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism Repository

Roy O. West Library
405 S. Indiana St.
Greencastle Indiana 46135 United States