Adventures in the Archives: Carl F. H. Henry

The most popular collection for researchers in Trinity’s archives is the Carl F. H. Henry papers. Carl F. H. Henry was a prominent 20th-century evangelical theologian who lived from 1913 to 2003.

Perhaps one of Dr. Henry’s most prestigious roles was being the first editor of Christianity Today, a position he held from 1956 to 1968. However, before that, he helped found Fuller Theological Seminary in 1947, where he became a dean and a professor. Later in life, he became an adjunct professor at Trinity, and taught here for over 20 years.

Dr. Henry’s legacy lives on at Trinity, not only in the archives, but also through Trinity’s Carl Henry Center for Theological Understanding. The computer lab in the Rolfing Library is also named after him. Additionally, when you check out a book at our library, you may occasionally notice a bookplate inside it informing you that it was from Carl Henry’s library. This is because he donated 20,000 volumes to the Rolfing Library.

If you ever need to do research on Dr. Henry, or the 20th century Evangelical Church, feel free to contact us at We are still working on a finding guide for his papers which includes correspondence between such important figures as Billy Graham, Jimmy Carter, and Chuck Colson.

Dr. Henry was a prolific writer. You can check out one of his many books at our library: Click Here




Krapohl, Robert H. “The Life of Carl Henry.” Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding. Last modified October 15, 2013.  (accessed November 16, 2017)

Martin, David V., and Nigel M. de S. Cameron. Trinity International University 1897-1997: A Century of Training Christian Leaders. Deerfield, IL.: Trinity International University, 1998.

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