The James Addison Henry Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Henry, J. Addison (James Addison), 1835-1906
Dates: 19th century
Extent: 1 box (0.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1835 October 28 Born, Cranbury, New Jersey
1857 Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1857-1860 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1860 June 5 Ordained, Presbytery of Philadelphia
1860-1906 Pastor, Princeton Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1877 Awarded honorary doctor of divinity, Centre College, Kentucky
1877 Awarded honorary doctor of divinity, Washington and Jefferson College
1904 Moderator, General Assembly
1906 Awarded honorary doctor of systematic theology, University of Pennsylvania
1906 August 8 Died, Asbury Park, New Jersey

Biographical Information

Dr. James Addison Henry was born in Cranbury, New Jersey, on October 28, 1835. A graduate of Princeton College (1857) and Princeton Seminary (1860), he was awarded honorary doctorates from Centre College (Kentucky), Washington and Jefferson College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Henry served the Princeton Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as pastor from 1860-1906, and was also elected Moderator of the General Assembly of Presbyterian Church in 1904.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of letters, documents, and signatures preserved by Dr. Henry in the course of his extensive correspondence.



Henry, James Addison, 1835-1906--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was donated to the Seminary Libraries in October of 1994, by Mr. Peter Willard of Wilmington, Delaware. With the assistance of William O. Harris (Seminary Archivist), Mr. Willard sold the bulk of the larger original collection through the R.M. Smythe auction house of New York City. Papers that related most directly to Princeton Seminary or the Presbyterian Church were selected for donation. They were organized as a manuscript collection in August of 1996 by Raymond D. Cannata.


There are no special restrictions to the 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 James Addison Henry Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Finding aid and correspondence regarding collection.
1:2 Biographical materials.
1:3 Signature collection [Chester Beatty, Robert J. Breckinridge, James Carnahan, Ashbel Green, Charles Hodge, John Maclean, Francis McFarland, Samuel Miller, R.S. Stanton, Cornelius Van Rensselaer, and others - forty-one items].
1:4 Early nineteenth century documents and correspondence [six items].
Box 1, continued: Correspondence
1:5 Two letters from Archibald Alexander.
1:6 Letter from James W. Alexander.
1:7 Letter from James Carnahan.
1:8 Four letters from Theodore Cuyler.
1:9 Four letters from William Henry Green.
1:10 Letter from John Hall.
1:11 Two letters from Charles Hodge.
1:12 Three letters from John Maclean.
1:13 Five letters from James McCosh.
1:14 Three letters from Alexander Taggart McGill.
1:15 Letter from Francis L. Patton.
1:16 Three letters from William B. Sprague.
1:17 Letter from Henry Van Dyke.
1:18 Six letters from John Wanamaker.
1:19 Six letters from overseas.
1:20 Five letters from moderators of the Presbyterian General Assembly.
1:21 Eighteen letters from Princeton Seminary alumni [William Swan Plumer, Stephen Alexander, Henry C. Alexander, Samuel Lowrie, Charles Beatty, and others].
1:22 Forty-eight letters, miscellaneous.


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