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Ralph W. Sockman Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: 1 Jan 2001

Biographical History

Ralph Washington Sockman (1889-1970) was an American Protestant clergyman, educator, and radio personality. For many years he was the featured speaker on the weekly NBC radio program National Radio Pulpit, which aired from 1928 to 1962. He was also associate professor of theology at Union Theological Seminary, a prolific author, and a trustee of Syracuse University.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ralph W. Sockman Papers includes correspondence, incoming and outgoing (1924-1970); manuscript addresses, articles, books, lectures, radio scripts, and sermons; published material by and about Sockman (1946-1970); and photographs.


Access Restrictions:

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Papers dealing with personal counseling of patients restricted indefinitely to protect patient confidentiality and identity.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings related to Methodist church and clergy in and around New York State, in both its manuscript and rare book holdings. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing of related manuscript collections, and to the Classic Catalog for a listing of cataloged published and printed material.

Subject Headings


Sockman, Ralph W. (Ralph Washington), 1889-1970.

Corporate Bodies

Methodist Church -- Clergy.


Christian life.
Christianity -- 20th century.
Christianity and culture.
Church and social problems -- United States.
Clergy -- United States.
Clergy as authors.
Methodists -- United States.
Radio in religion.
Sermons, American.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.
Radio scripts.
Speeches (documents)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Ralph W. Sockman Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ralph W. Sockman, 1968-1970.

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