Peale, Norman Vincent (1898-1993)
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The Norman Vincent Peale collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, subject files, printed material, and other material. One section of the collection consists of the files of Peale’s wife.

Manuscripts by Peale in the collection include books, sermons, radio talks, syndicated columns, and booklets. Besides these pieces, the collection has illustrations and research for Peale’s sermons as well as his sermon library files.

Manuscripts for sermons by Peale date from 1934 to 1969; sermons from 1953-1954 also include synopses. Also present are edited manuscripts (with relevant research material) of Peale’s sermons in print from 1979 to 1984.

Manuscripts for books by Peale in the collection include The Power of Positive Thinking (Prentice-Hall, 1952); Stay Alive All Your Life (Prentice-Hall, 1957); The Amazing Results of Positive Thinking (Prentice-Hall, 1959); The Tough Minded Optimist (Prentice-Hall, 1961); Sin, Sex and Self-Control (Doubleday, 1965); Enthusiasm Makes the Difference (Prentice-Hall, 1967); You Can If You Think You Can (Prentice-Hall, 1974); Positive Power of Jesus Christ (Tyndale, 1980); Treasury of Joy and Enthusiasm (Revell, 1981); Have A Great Day (Revell, 1984); Why Some Positive Thinkers Get Powerful Results (Revell, 1986); The Positive Principle Today (Fireside / Simon and Schuster, 2003); Tune In On Life; Positive Thinking For a Time Like This ; Favorite Stories of Positive Faith ; and Words of Power: Selected from the Published Sermons 1945-1955, by Helen and Horace Johnson.

Other manuscripts by Peale in the collection include Peale’s syndicated newspaper columns (1951-1960) and material regarding Creative Help for Daily Living (1975, 1977). The collection also includes manuscript material for The Adventures of Being a Wife, by Peale’s wife, Ruth Stafford Peale.

Correspondence in the collection is organized into five categories: general files;
personal; special and other files; speaking engagements (rejected); and important personal letters. The earliest letters consist of files regarding church and civic organizations that Peale was involved with; these date from the 1930s and 1940s. General correspondence dates from 1965 to 1983, and includes letters regarding declined invitations to speak. Peale’s personal Guideposts magazine letters are filed alphabetically by year, from 1964 to 1985. Significant groups of personal letters include correspondence with M. L. Boardmann, Jeanne Akers, Gaylord Briley, Lee Keele, and Chuck Lawley.

Subject files of letters include books (1981-1983); the Horatio Alger Association (1979-1983); Foundation for Christian Living (1979-1982); television and radio, Easter 1973; baptisms; Vietnam and Berlin, Summer 1969; What Really Matters, by Oyer; and other subjects dating from ca. 1963 to ca. 1983. Letters regarding declined invitations to speak date from 1963 to 1983. Notable correspondents include Richard M. Nixon and the Nixon family, Bob Dole, Billy Graham, and Gerald Ford.

Subject files in the collection include various documents (manuscripts, letters, printed items, etc.) organized around particular topics. Subjects include the Marble Collegiate Church (1966-1976); Syracuse University; the Protestant Council (1965-1969); and the Foundation for Christian Living (1972-1980).

Printed material in the collection includes sermons, booklets, self-improvement handbooks, radio sermons, The Art of Living radio talks, Guideposts materials, and issues of the Marble Collegiate Church bulletins.

Other material in the collection includes photographs; research material (books, pamphlets, and notes) for Faith of Our Fathers ; and items regarding Peale’s radio talks (1937-1947), including transcripts of broadcasts and questions and answers from listeners.

The Ruth Stafford Peale material includes files and correspondence regarding American Colony Charities; The Committee of 24; The National Council of Churches; Reformed Church in America; various committee correspondence and reports; and fan mail for The Adventure of Being a Wife .
Notable Figures
1. Peale, Ruth
2. Peale, Norman Vincent, 1898-1993
Associated Subjects
1. Public Affairs Subject Guide
2. Religion and Spirituality Subject Guide