Harold J. Grimm

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Dr. Harold J. Grimm

Professor Harold J. Grimm (1901 – 1983) was an academic, historian and writer and an expert on the Reformation.

Born in Saginaw in Michigan in 1901, Grimm gained his PhD at Ohio State University. Grimm's numerous posts as an educator included Professor of History at Capital University, the Ohio State University and Indiana University. He was Department Chairman at Ohio State and Indiana Universities. In 1978 Grimm received the Distinguished Teacher award at Ohio State University. He was a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at the University of Freiburg.[1]

Grimm was a member of numerous societies and associations. He was President of the Ohio Historical Society and the American Society for Reformation Research. He contributed many articles to professional journals and was the American editor for the Archiv für Reformationsgeschichte.[1]

During his academic career Grimm collected about 200 volumes of books and pamphlets from the Reformation period. After his death the collection was donated to the Ohio State University Libraries and form the core of the Harold J. Grimm Reformation Collection, which now includes over 550 volumes.[1]

Grimm died in Columbus, Ohio in 1983. The Harold J. Grimm Prize, awarded by the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference for the best article on the Reformation published during the previous year, is named after Grimm.[2]


  • Grimm, Harold J. (editor) Christian Liberty by Martin Luther Fortress Press (1985) ISBN 978-0-8006-0182-9
  • Grimm, Harold J. (Design) Luther's Ninety-Five Theses Fortress Press (1957)
  • Grimm, Harold J. Luther's Works Vol 31: Career of the Reformer Fortress Press (1957)
  • Grimm, Harold J. Reformation Era, 1500-1650 Macmillan (1974) ISBN 0-02-347270-7
  • Grimm, Harold J. The Reformation in Recent Historical Thought Publication 54 The Macmillan Company, New York (1964)


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