The James Clement Moffat Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Moffat, James C. (James Clement), 1811-1890
Dates: 1862-1890
Extent: 1 Box (0.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1811 Born in Glencree, Scotland
1835 B.A., College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1835-1837 Tutor, New Haven, Connecticut
1837-1839 Tutor, Greek, Princeton, New Jersey
1838 M.A., College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1839-1841 Professor, Greek and Latin, Lafayette College
1841-1852 Professor, Latin and Modern History, Miami University (Ohio)
1852-1853 Professor, Greek and Hebrew, Cincinnati Seminary
1854-1861 Professor, Latin and History, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1861-1877 Lecturer, Greek Literature, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1861-1888 Professor, Church History, Princeton Theological Seminary
1890 Died, Princeton, New Jersey

Biographical Information

Dr. Moffat received the honorary Doctor of Divinity from Miami University in 1853. He was the author of several books, including Church History in Brief (which was also translated into Hindustani), The Church in Scotland, Comparative History of Religions, and Outlines of Church History.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of a small amount of primary and secondary material relating to James Clement Moffat collected by the Seminary Libraries. Content includes student notes, correspondence, biographical materials, and Professor Moffat's original lecture notebooks.



Moffat, James C. (James Clement), 1811-1900--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written by Raymond Cannata in March of 1996, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. This collection was gathered from a number of sources, and was organized in March of 1996, with additions made in November of 1996. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Malone in August 2008.


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 James Clement Moffat Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following materials in Special Collections:

The William Henry Green Manuscript Collection

See also:

The James Clement Moffat Collection, Princeton University Library, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Manuscripts Division.



Box 1
1:1 Finding Aid
1:2 Student notes taken by Samuel H. Thompson of Dr. Moffat's lectures on Church History. Bound with other miscellaneous notes of Thompson's, including some of Dr. Green's lectures, 1862-1863
1:3 Correspondence: letter from Moffat to Professor William Henry Green (1888 July 16), expressing Moffat's desire to continue teaching; letter from A. Gosman (Trustee) regarding Moffat's employment, (1888 July 14).
1:4 Biographical materials, obituaries, and news clippings.
1:5 Printed examination questions on church history, (1862 April).
1:6 Moffat's own lecture notebook on the History of Greek Literature, vol. IV, lectures XXV - XXVI, XXIV.
1:7 Moffat's own lecture notebook on the History of Greek Scholarship, lectures XXVII - XXX and a "recapitulation."
1:8 "In Memoriam" (pamphlet), (1890).


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