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Straw, Darien A.


Biographical Statement

Darien Austin Straw was born March 6, 1857 and was married to Isabel Eaton from Vermillionville, Illinois. He graduated from Wheaton College in 1881 and took coursework towards a master’s degree at the University of Chicago. He received an honorary Master of Science degree from Wheaton in 1884.

Beginning in 1882 he served as Professor of Logic and Rhetoric at Wheaton College and was also principal of the Preparatory School and served as the Secretary of the Faculty. Straw was granted an honorary doctorate (Litt.D.) from Wheaton in 1895.

While serving as a professor of rhetoric and logic Straw wrote his own textbook for the course. He also taught the school’s four-year Bible course. Straw retired from the faculty of Wheaton College in 1940 after serving the college for fifty-eight years.

He was a member of College Church of Christ and served as an elder. Straw died as a result of a fall at his home on April 24, 1950.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

Collection 104 Oral History Interview with Bruce F. Hunt

Identifier: CN 104
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews in which Bruce Finley Hunt (1903-1992) discusses his boyhood in Korea, college and seminary education at Wheaton College, Rutgers University and Princeton Seminary; a portion (1928-1942) of his missionary work in Korea and Manchuria; and his impressions of Korean culture. The time period covered by the interviews is roughly 1903-1976.Bruce Finley Hunt was interviewed by Robert Shuster on March 22 and May 21, 1980 and October 16, 2002 in Abington, PA and...
Dates: Created: 1980-1982

Collection 187 Papers of Eleanor R. Elliott

Identifier: CN 187
Scope and Contents Family correspondence, prayer letters, brochures, newspaper clippings, prayer cards and letters from other missionaries, photographs, slides, negatives, journals and diaries, and eight interviews concerning Elliott's childhood in China, mission work with China Inland Mission (now Overseas Missionary Fellowship) in China and the Philippines, her experiences as an evangelist and teacher, her life in China during the Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1945, and the civil war that followed. Her retirement...
Dates: Created: 1910-1988

Collection 196 Oral History Interview with Edna Louise Asher Case

Identifier: CN 196
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Edna Louise Asher Case (1905-1999), in which she discusses her aunt, Virginia Asher, who was a co-worker of Billy Sunday; she was also involved in many other evangelistic efforts. Other topics include: Case's student days at Wheaton College, and her involvement in city mission work; impressions of Mel Trotter, Billy Sunday, Helen Sunday. The time frame covered by the interview is 1905 to 1929.Edna Case was interviewed by  Robert Shuster  on November...
Dates: Created: 1905-1929

Collection 228 Oral History Interview with Lyndon Hess

Identifier: CN 228
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Lyndon Roth Hess in which he describes his missionary service in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) between 1932 and 1975 as a teacher of missionary children, assistant to village pastors and other work with the Lunda people. Topics include cultural influences on missionary children, education at Wheaton College, missionary service with Brethren Assemblies in Zambia teaching children of missionaries, the national African church, tribal tensions, Marxism, influence of...
Dates: Created: 1982

Collection 279 Oral History Interview with Elizabeth Evans

Identifier: CN 279
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Elizabeth Morrell Evans (1899-1976) in which she discusses her childhood; education at Wheaton College; work with J. Elwin Wright; her Christian education activities; the development of the New England Fellowship, the National Association of Evangelicals, and the World Evangelical Fellowship; and her work as a missionary in Taiwan. The time period covered by the interviews is 1899-1976.Elizabeth Evans was interviewed by Robert Shuster on October 8,...
Dates: Created: 1984-1985

Collection 288 Oral History Interview with Vincent L. Crossett

Identifier: CN 288
Scope and Contents Oral history interviews with Vincent Leroy Crossett (1907-1999) in which he describes his education at Wheaton and Westminster Seminary, missionary work with China Inland Mission/Overseas Missionary Fellowship in China and Taiwan, and pastoral work in a local church in Hawaii. Topics discussed include Crossett's education at Wheaton College and Westminster Seminary; decision to join China Inland Mission; language school; evangelism methods; characteristics of the Chinese church; CIM's...
Dates: Created: 1984-1986

Collection 293 Oral History Interview with Melvin D. Suttie

Identifier: CN 293
Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Melvin David Suttie (1912-2006) in which he discusses his childhood, Christian growth, education at Wheaton College and Biblical Seminary in New York and Omaha Presbyterian Seminary, missionary work with China Inland Mission (1940-1950), work among university students, persecution, evangelistic work among the Chinese population and Nationalist troops, his wife Mary's work among women, their children, church and state relations in China, the impact of the...
Dates: Created: 1985

Collection 488 Papers of John E. Phillips

Identifier: CN 488
Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews, letters, newspaper clipping, a booklet and other materials, relating mainly to John E. Phillips' work as a missionary with the Sudan Interior Mission among the Kambatta people of Ethiopia (1932-1937) and among the Dinka people of Sudan (1938-1949). There is also some information on his involvement in other ministries, such as Ambassadors for Christ and the Allentown Rescue Mission.

Dates: Created: 1926-2003

Conversion Narratives Collection

 Collection — Container: Books
Identifier: SC-228
Scope and Contents

The contents of the Conversion Narratives Collection may be searched in the library catalog using keyword: SC/228

Dates: Other: -

Darien Straw Papers

Identifier: SC-093
Scope and Contents The Straw papers are organized into six series (Biographical, Correspondence, Financial, Manuscripts, Publications, Secondary and Memorabilia). The manuscripts portion of the collection comprise the bulk and relate almost entirely to his teaching career and include notes, grades and addresses. The biographical materials represent the second largest portion of the collection and contains personal and family information, as well as materials relating to the Wheaton College Executive Council,...
Dates: Created: 1900-1942

Additional filters:

Evangelistic work. 8
Children of missionaries. 7
Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election. 7
Missionaries. 7
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Alumni. 7
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Catholic Church. 6
Christian education. 6
Missionaries -- Training of. 6
Christianity and culture. 5
Church and state. 5
Church development, New. 5
Communism. 5
Indigenous church administration 5
Language in missionary work. 5
Rural churches. 5
Buddhists. 4
Catholic Church -- Missions. 4
Conversion. 4
Missionaries, Resignation of. 4
Missions -- Educational work. 4
Missions -- Finance. 4
Missions to Buddhists. 4
Tribes. 4
Women missionaries. 4
World War, 1939-1945. 4
Bible. 3
Catholic Church -- Protestant churches. 3
Children of missionaries -- Education. 3
China -- History -- 1937-1945. 3
China -- History -- Civil War, 1945-1949. 3
China -- History. 3
Church work with women. 3
Communism -- China. 3
Education 3
Evangelistic work -- China. 3
Evangelistic work -- United States. 3
Medical care 3
Missions -- China. 3
Missions -- India. 3
Missions, Medical. 3
Persecution. 3
Presbyterian Church -- Missions. 3
Presbyterian Church. 3
Religious institutions. 3
Rural missions. 3
Sex role. 3
Wheaton College (Ill.) -- Athletics. 3
Women 3
Women -- Religious life. 3
Bible -- Publication and distribution. 2
Brethren Assemblies -- Missions. 2
Buddhists -- China. 2
Christian education -- China. 2
Christian education -- Taiwan. 2
Christian education -- Zambia. 2
Church and social problems. 2
Church and state -- Zambia. 2
Church growth. 2
Church work with military personnel. 2
Church work with women -- China. 2
Communism -- Zambia. 2
Crime and criminals 2
Culture shock. 2
Education -- Zambia. 2
Evangelistic work -- Zambia. 2
Family. 2
Great Britain 2
Great Britain -- Colonies -- Africa. 2
Great Britain -- Colonies. 2
Indigenous church administration -- China. 2
Indigenous church administration -- Taiwan. 2
Indigenous church administration -- Zambia. 2
Interdenominational cooperation. 2
Jevovah's Witnesses -- Missions. 2
Laity. 2
Medical care -- Zambia. 2
Missionaries' spouses. 2
Missions -- Africa -- Politics and government. 2
Missions -- Africa. 2
Missions -- Interdenominational cooperation. 2
Missions -- Taiwan. 2
Missions -- Zambia. 2
Missions to Buddhists -- China. 2
Modernist-fundamentalist controversy. 2
Occultism. 2
Pentecostalism. 2
Persecution -- China. 2
Presbyterians. 2
Racism -- Zambia. 2
Racism. 2
Refugees 2
Refugees -- China. 2
Rural churches -- Zambia. 2
Sino-Japanese Conflict, 1937-1945. 2
Southern Lunda (African people) 2
Superstition. 2
Theology 2
Theology -- Study and teaching -- Asia. 2
Tribes -- Africa. 2
Tribes -- Zambia. 2
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