The Rev. Otto Paul Kretzmann was president of Valparaiso University from 1940 to 1968. During his administration a new campus was developed, enrollment grew from 400 to 4,000, and the University became nationally recognized.

Before coming to Valpo, O.P., as he was affectionately known, had been executive secretary of the international Lutheran youth organization, the Walther League, for six years. Prior to that, he had served for ten years on the faculty of Concordia Seminary, Springfield, Illinois.

A 1920 graduate of Concordia Collegiate Institute, Bronxville, New York, he received the Master of Sacred Theology degree in 1924 from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and pursued further graduate study at Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Chicago Universities. He was the recipient of ten honorary doctorates. He died on Holy Cross Day, September 14, 1975, in his 75th year.

This collection consists of 226 files within 53 folders containing addresses, sermons, and speeches created between the years 1921 to 1971. These documents are part of a larger collection of O.P. Kretzmann's personal papers and are housed within the Valparaiso University Archives and Special Collections.

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Notes: Christmas Vesper: Going Home for Christmas, 1963, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Christmas Vesper: He Came Down from Heaven, 1952, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Christmas Vesper: Pleasure and Happiness, 1946, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Christmas Vesper: Point and Counterpoint, 1951, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Christmas Vesper: Songs for the Child, 1953, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Christmas Vesper: Songs in the Night (Fragments), 1969, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Christmas Vesper: The Logic of Christmas, 1946, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Christmas Vesper: The Logic of Christmas, 1965, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Christmas Vesper: Time and the Child, 1955, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Colleges/Other Campuses: Indiana University Baccalaureate Address: Invitation to Pilgrimage (Fragments), 1956, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Colleges/Other Campuses: University of Chicago Chapel Address: To Whom Shall We Go, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Commencement Address, 1953, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Commencement Address, 1968, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Commencement Address: June 1952 (Fragments), O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Commencement Address: One Final Rap, 1970, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Dedication: Our Unseen Guests, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Final Yearly Chapel Address: Well and Good, 1956, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Gloria Christi Chapel Dedication: The Beauty of Holiness (Psalm 96:9), 1959, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Art Thou Not Also (John 18:25), 1950, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Barabbas (Matthew 27:20-22), 1946, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Barabbas (Matthew 27:20-22), 1957, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Dismas Preaches (Luke 23:42-43), 1944, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Good Friday 1939, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Good Friday (Luke 23:33), 1940, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Great Moments in Lent (Luke 22:53), 1956, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Holy Week: Friday: Brought Back to God (Revelations 5:9), 1941, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Holy Week: Monday: Glorified in Them (John 17:10), 1941, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Holy Week: Thursday: What Does Prayer Do? (Luke 11:5-13), 1941, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Holy Week: Wednesday: Gospel of Another Chance (John 8:11b), 1941, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: It Is Finished (John 19:30), 1943, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: It is Finished (John 19:30, Luke 23:46), 1955, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Luke 23:24, 1942, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: My God, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me (Matthew 27:46), 1947, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Pilate Preaches (Matthew 27:2), 1944, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Question and Answer (Matthew 27:22-29), 1945, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: The Agonized Look (Luke 22:44), 1949, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: The Cross and Your Prayers (1 Timothy 2:5), 1962, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: The Mystery of the Cross (Luke 23:33), 1945, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Today Thou Shalt be with Me (Luke 23:42-43), 1943, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Two Lenten Vignettes (Fragments), 1964, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lenten Address: Understanding Look (Luke 22:61-62), 1949, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: A Larger Ministry, 1948, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: Ebenezer and Beyond, 1967, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: Orlando, 1971, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: The Church (Christian Unity), 1967, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: What is the Picture, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Lutheran Unity: What Now, 1969, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Matins Address: The Sunrise of Hope, 1939, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Matins Address: The Sunrise of Humility, 1939, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Matins Address: The Sunrise of Life, 1938, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Matins Address: The Sunrise of Power, 1939, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: Alan Schroeder, 1968, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: A Whole God (Julius Klein, Bonnie Jean Ullrich, and Douglas Farney), 1964, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: Frederick Konrad Kruger, 1954, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: Martin Luther King, Jr. Service, 1968, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Memorial Address: Presidents Vesper [John F. Kennedy], 1963, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Opening Convocation, 1964, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Opening Convocation, 1966, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Opening Convocation: The Power of the Hidden (Fragments), 1965, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Opening Convocation: What is Required of Us (Fragments), 1946, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Reformation (Fragment), 1967, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Reformation Homily, 1967, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Reformation Vespers California, 1963, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Seminary Address: A Relevant Theology (John 8:31-32), 1962, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Seminary Address: Our Ministry, 1966, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Seminary Address: St. Louis, 1962, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Seminary Address: The New Age, 1964, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Sermon: The Love of Christ Constraineth Us, 1940, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Thanksgiving Address, 1947, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Thanksgiving Address: Gratitude for Grace and Heaven, 1958, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Thanksgiving Address, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Themes: Prayer (1 Peter 4:7), 1940, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Themes: The Abundant Life (John 10:10b), 1940, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Christian Worship (Fragments), 1945, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Conscience and Competence, 1955, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Conscience and Competence, 1956, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Conscience and Competence, 1964, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Death Be Not Proud, 1963, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Our Great Tradition, 1955, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Sir Winston Churchill, 1965, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: The Cross and Your Prayers (Fragments), 1962, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: The Day of Remembrance (John 16:4) (Fragments), 1969, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: The Loneliness of Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:40), 1959, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: The Price of Achievement, 1947, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Thunder on the Left (Fragments), 1966, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Truth for Tomorrow, 1945, O.P. Kretzmann

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Notes: Various Themes: Waiting for Godot, 1963, O.P. Kretzmann

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Opening Address and Matins Sermons of the Forty-Seventh International Walther League Convention, 1939, O.P. Kretzmann

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Ordination Service of The Rev. A. W. Huth: John 9, 10, 11, 1931, O.P. Kretzmann

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Our Greater War: Time and Eternity (Draft), 1943, O.P. Kretzmann

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Paul Lindemann Funeral, 1938, O.P. Kretzmann

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Proverbs 23:26, 1927, O.P. Kretzmann

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Psalm 27: 1-6, 1921 - 1926, O.P. Kretzmann

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Radio Address: From Heaven Above (Church of the Air), 1940, O.P. Kretzmann

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Radio Address: The Importance of the Individual (Valparaiso University Hour), 1943, O.P. Kretzmann

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Radio Address: The Quest for Certainty (WGN), 1943, O.P. Kretzmann

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Radio Address: Truth (WAAF), 1935, O.P. Kretzmann

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Radio Address: Will America Be First?, 1935, O.P. Kretzmann

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Sermon on Christian Higher Education: Proverbs 8:11, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann

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Shall We Organize?, n.d., O.P. Kretzmann