Theophile James Meek

Title: Theophile James Meek Fonds

Date(s) of creation: 186- - 2007

Physical description: 2.0 metres of textual and graphic records

Admin. history/Biographical sketch:
Born in 1881 into a farming family in Port Stanley Ontario, Theophile James Meek graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in 1903. After theological studies at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago (1903-06) and two years as a traveling scholar in Germany, he held a post at James Millikin University in Illinois (1909-1918) while studying for his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto (Ph.D. 1915). While at Chicago, he met and married his mentor’s daughter, Dorothea Carrier in 1909. After teaching at the Meadville Theological School (1918-1922) and after spending a year as Professor of Semitic Languages at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, he returned to the University of Toronto in 1923 to take up the same position. In his final year before retirement (1951-52), he became Chair of the Department Oriental Studies and upon retirement was made Professor Emeritus. T.J. Meek died on February 19 1966.

Professor Meek’s areas of specialty were Mesopotamian Literature and the Old Testament. He is perhaps best known for his contributions to The Bible, An American Translation. From 1931-1941, he was associate editor of American Journal of Semitic Languages; he served as president of the American Oriental Society (1942) and the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis (1943). Throughout his career he traveled extensively and led studies in various Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Egypt. He was an internationally recognized scholar and contributed to the University of Toronto’s reputation as a serious centre for Oriental Studies.

Scope and content:
This fonds consists of two accessions received 35 years apart. The records received in 1972 consist of typescript drafts of a manuscript relating to books of the Bible; "Deuteronomy Its date and origin" by " ' Bamoth'"; a thesis presented to the Faculty of McCormick Theological Seminary...1906.; mimeographed copy of "New Light on the old Testament" by Allen Howard Godbey, 1934. Also included is a presentation book to Prof. Meek from his students, April 6, 1945: "The Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible.  The papers received in 2007 consist of both personal family papers documenting the Meek family as well as a small amount of professional records documenting T.J. Meek’s career. Professional records include some articles, correspondence, clippings, reviews of his work, memorabilia, and photographs. Family papers include early ancestral photographs as well snapshots, correspondence, family documents and memorabilia.

Access and use: Open

Finding aids: Theophile James Meek Personal Records  does not include B1972-0017.

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Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1972-0017B2007-0017