Fonds F2039 - Francis Wright Beare Fonds

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Francis Wright Beare Fonds


  • 1889 - 1986 (Creation)

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0.7 m of textual records and 130 photographs

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Biographical history

Francis Wright Beare, educator and clergyman, was born 16 August 1902 in Toronto, Ontario and died in Toronto on 20 May 1986. The son of George and Ellen (Orr) Beare of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Beare was educated at Harbord and Oakwood Collegiate Institutes in Toronto. He received his BA in 1925 from University College, University of Toronto, with the Gold Medal in Classics. He studied at the Universities of Paris and Chicago. From 1931 to 1933 he studied (chiefly papyrology) as a foreign member of the Institute Francais d’Archéologie Orientale in Cairo. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1945.

He studied theology at Knox College, University of Toronto, and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1929. From 1929 to 1931 he was Assistant Minister, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church,Toronto. He became an Anglican priest in 1947; from 1955 to 1965 he was Honorary Assistant, Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto.

In 1946 Beare became Professor of New Testament Studies at Trinity College, a position he held until his retirement in 1968. In 1980 he received his DD (honoris causa) from the College. He published extensively, including monographs on The Epistle to the Philippians (1959), The Earliest Records of Jesus (1962) and The Gospel According to Matthew (1981).

Professor Beare married Marion Gurd in 1932; after her death he married Marianne Pleus in 1973.

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The fonds was received by the Trinity College Archives in three accessions. In 1984 F.W. Beare donated his papers to the archives; in 1986 and 1993 a few remaining papers and offprints were donated by his widow, Mrs. Marianne Beare.

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Fonds consists of personal records, lecture notes, and material relating to academic publishing, including drafts, correspondence, and offprints. Also contains glass lantern slides and negatives, and an incomplete, unpublished book manuscript.

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The papers were arranged into the following series by the archivist.

  1. Personal
  2. Lectures
  3. Publications
  4. Manuscript for a book on religion in the Graeco-Roman world
  5. Photographs

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Various copyright holders. It is the researcher's responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.

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