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Marva Dawn collection, 1970-2010

Identifier: 2001-002

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of Dr. Marva Dawn's correspondence, lecture notes, ephemera, research, class materials from book manuscripts, Christians Equipped for Ministry meeting minutes and memos, audio cassesets, CDs, and videos of speaking engagements. ca. 1970-2005.


  • 1970 - 2010


Use and Copyright

This material is owned by the University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections. Unpublished manuscripts are under copyright. Therefore, permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from both the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Marva J. Dawn (born August 20, 1948, in Napoleon, Ohio)(born August 20, 1948, in Napoleon, Ohio; died April 18, 2021 in Vancouver, Washington) is an American Christian theologian, author, musician and educator, associated with the parachurch organization Christians Equipped for Ministry in Vancouver, Washington. Dawn is generally perceived as a Lutheran evangelical. She often writes in a paleo-orthodox style, stressing the importance of Christian tradition and the wisdom of the Church through the centuries. Her birth surname is Gersmehl; Dawn is a pseudonym.

A scholar with four master's degrees and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics and the Scriptures from the University of Notre Dame, she has taught for clergy and worship conferences and at seminaries throughout the United States and Canada and in Australia, England, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore and Scotland. She is also well known as a preacher and speaker for all ages and sometimes contributes to worship by means of her musical gifts. She is married to Myron Sandberg.

Dawn is also a published author whose titles include Follow the Story - Daily Advent Devotions ( 2012),In the Beginning, GOD (2009), Being Well When We're Ill: Wholeness and Hope in Spite of Infirmity (2008), My Soul Waits: Solace for the Lonely from the Psalms, Rev. ed. (1983), Joy in Divine Wisdom: Practices of Discernment from Other Cultures and Christian Traditions (2006), The Sense of the Call: A Sabbath Way of Life for Those Who Serve God, the Church, and the World (2006), Talking the Walk: Letting Christian Language Live Again (2005), Unfettered Hope: A Call to Faithful Living in an Affluent Society (2003), How Shall We Worship, Vital Questions Series, ed.. Daniel Taylor (2003), Joy in Our Weakness: A Gift of Hope from the Book of Revelation, Rev. ed. (2002), Morning by Morning: Daily Meditations from the Writings of Marva J. Dawn, edited by Karen Dismer (2001), Powers, Weakness, and the Tabernacling of God (2001), The Unnecessary Pastor: Rediscovering the Call (co-written with Eugene Peterson) (1999), A Royal "Waste" of Time: The Splendor of Worshiping God and Being Church for the World (1999), Truly the Community: Romans 12 and How to Be the Church (1992; reissued 1997), Is It a Lost Cause?: Having the Heart of God for the Church's Children (1997), To Walk and Not Faint: A Month of Meditations from Isaiah 40, Second edition (1997; 1st in 1980), Trans, Ed., Sources and Trajectories: Eight Early Articles by Jacques Ellul that Set the Stage (1997), Reaching Out without Dumbing Down: A Theology of Worship for these Urgent Times (1995), Sexual Character: Beyond Technique to Intimacy (1993), Translator, editor for Holy War in Ancient Israel by Gerhard von Rad (Eerdmans, 1991), and Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting (1989).


19.25 Linear Feet (39 boxes)

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The integrity of Dr. Dawn's original organization was adhered to as much as possible. Series 1 consists of materials relating to her preaching and speaking engagements, arranged chronologically. Series 2: Academic Materials from Dawn's masters and doctoral classes between 1970-2000. Series 3 includes manuscripts, galleys, correspondence with publishers, and book contracts. Series 4 includes audio cassettes, CDs, and DVDs of various lectures as well as several of Dawn's books on tape.

Physical Location

Series 1-4 boxes are housed offsite in remote storage. 2001 ink sketch of Marva Dawn is on 3rd floor with other framed works.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials were acquired through the Welch Family Foundation Special Collection of Reformed and Renewal Theology of North America and Europe.


This collection was originally accrued from Dr. Marva Dawn via the Welch Family Foundation Special Collection of Reformed and Renewal Theology of North America and Europe in 2001. The audio cassettes were accuured in Fall of 2015. No other accurral is expected.


Marva Dawn collection, 1970-2010
Joey Petross
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Tulsa, McFarlin Library, Department of Special Collections & University Archives Repository

McFarlin Library
University of Tulsa
2933 E. 6th St
Tulsa 74104-3123 USA
(918) 631-2496