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The Charles Rosenbury Erdman Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator:Erdman, Charles Rosenbury, 1866-1960
Dates:1887-1960
Extent: 16 boxes (9 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Chronology

1866 July 20Born, Fayetteville, New York
1886B.A., College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1887-1891Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1890Travel
1891 May 8Ordained in the Presbytery of Philadelphia North, PCUSA
1891-1897Pastor, Overbrook Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
1897-1906Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Germantown, Pennsylvania
1905-1936Professor, Practical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
1924-1934Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Princeton, New Jersey
1960Died, Princeton, New Jersey

Biographical Information

Dr. Erdman also received honorary doctorates from the College of Wooster (1912), Davidson College (1924), and Princeton University (1925). He was the author of over thirty popular biblical commentaries and books of pastoral theology. Professor Erdman was elected the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in 1925.

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Scope and Content

This collection includes the personal papers Dr. Erdman. Among these are scrapbooks, correspondence, diaries, daybooks, lecture notes, sermon outlines, article manuscripts, printed materials, photographs, and memorabilia.

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Subjects

Erdman, Charles Rosenbury, 1866-1960--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

Dr. Erdman's papers were donated by his family, following his death in 1960. The collection was semi-organized some years ago (probably in the 1960's), though no finding aid was developed. The items were assigned call numbers (each beginning with "Doc .E") and cataloged . This collection remained in library storage and was not generally available to library patrons. In April of 1996 the collection was reorganized and a finding aid was written by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. At that time additional papers from the Seminary archive's department files and from "File D" were joined to the collection as addendum. The finding aid was edited in June 2008 by Sarah Malone.

Access

There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Charles Rosenbury Erdman Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

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Related Material

See also the following materials in Special Collections:

The John Gresham Machen Manuscript Collection

The Alexander Napier MacLeod Manuscript Collection

The Joseph Ross Stevenson Manuscript Collection

The Robert Dick Wilson Manuscript Collection

The PTS Board of Directors Records

See also the following oral histories in the PTS Audio Cassette Collection:

Oswald Allis (Tape #0514)

Muriel Jennings (Tapes #0339-0342)

Allan A. MacRae (Tapes #0314,0323-0324,0467)

Carl McIntire (Tapes #0310,0404)

Edwin Rian (Tapes #0331-0334)

Eloise Smith Wolferteig (cook for the Erdmans) (Tape #1414, interview by Matthew Reeder, 2002)

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged in eight series: Diaries and Daybooks, Correspondence, Manuscripts (sermons, notes, lectures, and articles), Sermon outlines, Scrapbooks, Printed material, Clippings and Miscellany, and Addendum.

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Contents

Box 1: Diaries and Daybooks
16 volumes
Box 2: Personal Letters
2:1Letters, 1889-1899
2:2Letters, 1900-1909
2:3Letters, 1910-1919
2:4Letters, 1920-1929
2:5Letters, 1930-1939
2:6Letters, 1940-1949
2:7Letters, 1950-1960
2:8Letters, undated
2:9Letters, pre-1889.
Box 3: Correspondence Arranged by Subject
3:1Letters concerning biography, 1925-1960
3:2Birthday greetings, 1941
3:3Birthday greetings, 1946
3:4Birthday greetings, 1947
3:5Letters concerning J. Gresham Machen, 1925-1926
3:6Letters concerning Moderatorship, (folder 1 of 4). 1925-1926
3:7Letters concerning Moderatorship,(folder 2 of 4). 1925-1926
3:8Letters concerning Moderatorship,(folder 3 of 4). 1925-1926
3:9Letters concerning Moderatorship, (folder 4 of 4). 1925-1926
Box 4: Correspondence Arranged by Subject
4:1Letters concerning "Quiet Day" Group, 1929
4:2Letters concerning Princeton Seminary Alumni Association, 1918-1949
4:2Letters concerning Princeton Seminary Alumni Association, 1918-1949
4:3Letters concerning Princeton Seminary, Class of 1891, 1905-1956
4:4Letters of sympathy to Mrs. Erdman, 1960
4:5Letters concerning position as student adviser, 1925
Box 5: Manuscripts: Sermons, Notes, Lectures, and Articles
3 notebooks
Box 6: Manuscripts: Sermons, Notes, Lectures, and Articles
6:1Sermon manuscripts by W.J. Erdman.
6:2Article manuscripts.
6:3"Epistles" notebook.
6:4"Junior Lectures" notebook.
Box 7: Manuscripts: Sermons, Notes, Lectures, and Personal Papers
1897-1959 4 notebooks,
Box 8: Sermon Outlines
4 notebooks.
Box 9: Sermon Outlines
4 notebooks.
Box 10: Sermon Outlines
4 notebooks.
Box 11: Sermon Outlines
5 notebooks.
Box 12: Scrapbooks
5 notebooks (quotations, etc.).
Box 13: Scrapbooks
1925 2 notebooks, In re Moderatorship,[Photocopy in Box 16]
Box 14: Printed Material
14:1Folder 1.
14:2Folder 2.
14:3Folder 3.
14:4Folder 4.
14:5Folder 5.
Box 15: Clippings and Miscellaneous Personal Papers
15:1Clippings, 1899-1925
15:2Clippings, 1926-1929
15:3Clippings, 1930-1949
15:4Clippings, 1950-1960
15:5Miscellaneous manuscripts.
15:6Poems and anecdotes.
15:7Photographs.
Box 16: Addendum
16:1Scrapbook, (photocopy of item in Box 13). 1925-1926
16:2Scrapbook, Moderatorship,(photocopy of item in Box 13). 1925
16:3"Our Marriage Vow," notebook of the Erdmans' wedding.
16:4Clipping, Public Ledger (Philadelphia), 1896 October 22.
16:5Miscellaneous news clippings In re Charles Rosenbury Erdman
16:6"Lord's Supper" address by Charles Rosenbury Erdman. First Church, 1932 December 4 and 1933 February 5.
16:7New Testament, inscribed "To: Rev. Charles R. Erdman, D.D. From: Linwood Presbyterian Church, 1926 January 22."
16:8Photographs.
16:9Copper engraving of Charles Rosenbury Erdman.

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