FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Amy Glenn’s humble, long life as a Baptist and schoolteacher recently provided Southwestern with another glimpse into its past.
The Amy Glenn collection, with first acquisition in February, “provides a window into Southern Baptist life, particularly seminary life, here on campus during the 1920s,” says Barry Driver, dean of libraries at Southwestern Seminary.
The collection was provided by former trustee R.E. Smith and his wife. The collection includes several cookbooks from local clubs and churches, a diary, selected books from An Interpretation of the English Bible by B.H. Carroll, church record books, some personal photos and Glenn’s class ring from Southwestern Seminary.
During World War I, Glenn followed her brother, Mitchell Glenn, to Washington, D.C., when he enlisted in 1917. She worked in the War Risks department, helping the government keep insurance records for servicemen and cargoes.
After the war, Glenn earned her degree in Religious Education at Southwestern in 1924 when she was in her late thirties. She taught at Ballard school near Matador, Texas as well as Wayland Baptist College in Plainview, Texas, where her father, Charles Glenn, served as a trustee. Glenn taught in Texas schools until retirement in 1947.
During her lifetime, Glenn participated in service to her family as well as Baptist life, both on the local and state level, including service in the Baptist State Sunday School and Training Union as well as the Women’s Missionary Union.
Glenn died May 3, 1972, at the age of 87.