Quirinus Breen faculty papers, c. 1900-1965  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Breen, Quirinus
Title
Quirinus Breen faculty papers
Dates
c. 1900-1965 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.5 linear feet, (1 container)
Collection Number
UA 224
Summary
Quirinus Breen served as a professor at the University of Oregon form 1938 to 1964. Breen taught in the history department, focusing his studies on Greek, Roman and French history during the Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation eras. The majority of the collection consists of lecture notes and course descriptions from the history courses he taught at the University of Oregon as well as the course notes for a class in this History of Education at Grand Valley State College. Additional materials include Breen’s unpublished papers as well as his personal correspondence.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

On March 3, 1896 Quirinus Breen was born to Evert Breen and Antoinette De Fouw in Orange City Iowa. With his father acting as the pastor of a Christian Reformed church, the ideas of Christianity and the church were prominent in Breen’s adolescence and would later play a key role in Breen’s future studies. Attending Chicago and Grand Rapids primary schools and later Calvin Preparatory School, Breen would receive his undergraduate degree at Calvin College and then move on to Calvin Theological Seminary. During his time in seminary Breen came into contact with Professor Ralf Janssen who inspired his pursuit of knowledge, introducing him to studies of philosophy and inspiring him to work as an objective secular scholar. Resigning from the ministry Breen pursued an education in history, attending University of Chicago. With a focus on Church history, Breen received his graduate degree in 1931. At this time Breen began to teach history at Hillsdale College in Michigan, later moving to Albany College in Oregon in 1933. In 1938 Breen was called to University of Oregon where he would serve for the majority of his career. At the University of Oregon Breen served as the chairman of the social science group. As an instructor, and later a professor, Breen taught courses on Greek, Roman and French history, focusing on the Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation eras. During this time, Breen was also active in the American Society of the Church, the Renaissance Society of America, Mediaeval Academy of America, American Society for Reformation Research and the American Historical Association. Additionally, Breen acted as a Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Florence as well as a guest lecturer and various other universities across the United States. Upon his retirement from the University of Oregon in 1964, Breen moved back to Michigan with his wife Helen, and began teaching at Grand Valley State College. Ten years later Breen would pass on in Eugene Oregon, with March 25, 1975 marking the date of his death. Breen’s work focused on the study of protestant reformers, early renaissance humanist scholars and scholars from the middle ages. Additionally he studied the Church and Christianity in relation to culture, faith and reason. His works include essays published in academic journals such as The Journal of the History of Ideas, The Review of Religion, Church History, Oregon Law Review, and Encounter among others. A book of his work was also published, titled, Christianity and Humanism: Studies in the History of Ideas. Containing a collection of his essays, this work was published in his honor by some of his students and colleagues upon his retirement. Information obtained from:

Quirinus Breen, Christianity and Humanism: Studies in the History of Ideas (Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1968), v-xvi.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes notes and unpublished papers by Quirinus Breen from his time at the University of Oregon (1938-1964). The majority of the collection consists of lecture notes and course descriptions from the history courses he taught at the University of Oregon as well as the course notes for a class in this History of Education at Grand Valley State College.

Also included are compilations of research notes on the study of Marii Nizoii, Christian Classical Literature, Latin works from the reformation era, as well as mixed notes that include works by Franz Hipler, Guiseppi Pagani, Friedrich Lauchert, Harry Hubbell, Bohdan Kieskowski, and Philipp Melanchthon among others.

Additionally the collection contains correspondence from 1952-1965 concerning his work at Colombia University, his work as a Fulbright Scholar in Italy as well as two letters from colleagues. The collection also includes two personal notebooks, containing notes from meetings at the University as well as personal writings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Quirinus Breen faculty papers, UA 224, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Personal Notebooks
1 2 Correspondence 1952-1965
1 3 Unpublished Papers
1 4 Lecture Notes: Roman History (1 of 2)
1 5 Lecture Notes: Roman History (2 of 2)
1 6 Lecture Notes: The Roman Republic
1 7 Lecture Notes: History of Greece
1 8 Lecture Notes: The Renaissance
1 9 Lecture Notes: The History of the Reformation Era
1 10 Course Notes: Soc.411World Cultures
1 11 Lecture Notes: The History of Education
1 12 Notes: Christian Classical Literature
1 13 Notes: Study of Marii Nizolii
1 14 Class and Research Notes (1 of 2)
1 15 Class and Research Notes (2 of 2)
1 16 Latin Reformation Works: Translated by Breen
1 17 Untranslated Latin Collections

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Education, Higher--Oregon--Eugene
  • History--Study and teaching (Higher).
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Faculty
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Oregon. Department of History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Correspondence
  • Lectures
  • Notebooks
  • Research notes