ELCA Archives receives papers of Seminex professor Dr. Robert W. Bertram

Cathy Lundeen

​Work is now complete on arrangement and description of the faculty papers for Seminex professor Dr. Robert W. Bertram. This collection was donated to the archives by Dr. Bertram’s widow and family. Dr. Bertram was a principal figure in the struggle within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) in the early 1970s involving Concordia Seminary professors and charges they were putting forth teachings that were contrary to LCMS doctrine. Dr. Bertram was one of the faculty members fired in 1974 and along with other terminated Concordia Seminary colleagues formed Concordia Seminary in Exile-Seminex. After Seminex was absorbed into the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) in 1983, Dr. Bertram continued teaching systemic theology at LSTC until his retirement in 1991.  This collection comprises approximately 24 cubic feet of records. In addition to these papers, the archives also has the papers of several other Seminex professors including , Dr. Richard Caemmerer, Dr. John S. Damm, Dr. Fred Danker, Dr. William Danker, and Dr. Edgar Krentz among others.