The Alford Kelley Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Kelley, Alford, 1859-1942
Dates: 1895-1941
Extent: 1 box (1.1 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1859 April 6 Born, Baltimore, Maryland
1886 Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1886-1889 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1889 Graduated, Master of Arts, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1889-1890 Stated supply, Nicholson, Pennsylvania
1890 July 15 Ordained, Presbytery of Carlisle
1890-1893 Pastor, Mooredale, Pennsylvania
1894-1897 Pastor, Malvern, Pennsylvania
1894-1905 Pastor, Frazer, Pennsylvania
1906-1907 Pastor, Westminster Church, Erie, Pennsylvania
1907-1910 Field Secretary, Anti-Saloon League
1910-1914 District superintendent, Anti-Saloon League
1914-1915 Field Secretary, Dauphin County, No License League
1915-1918 Pastor, Manassas, Virginia
1915-1919 Pastor, Clifton Station, Virginia
1919-1920 Stated supply, Clifton Station, Virginia
1920 Field Secretary, Anti-Saloon League, Philadelphia
1920 Retired, due to ill health
1920-1934 Resided in West Chester, Pennsylvania
1935-1942 Resided in Ballston Spa, New York
1942 August 8 Died, Ballston Spa, New York


Scope and Content

This collection consists of 8 volumes of scrapbooks dated 1895-1941. It includes materials related to pastorates of Malvern, Frazer, and Westminster Presbyterian churches; work with the prohibition movement (Anti-Saloon League of Philadelphia); and involvement with various Presbyterian Church, Princeton University, and Princeton Theological Seminary interests. Also included is a letter from Woodrow Wilson.



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Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written by Douglas F. Denné in the Spring of 1996, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin AND Daved Anthony Schmidt in March of 2009.


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 Alford Kelley Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1: Scrapbooks (8 volumes)
- Vol. 1: Memorabilia and "Wide World". Includes Kelley's years at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) 1895-1896
- Vol. 2: Minister of Malvern and Frayer Presbyterian Churches. Covers ministry, particularly work in Prohibition. Also includes Princeton University Alumni materials. 1896-1904
- Vol. 3: Minister of Frazer and Westminster Presbyterian Churches. Covers ministry, particularly work in Prohibition. Also includes Princeton University Alumni materials. 1904-1907
- Vol. 4: Field Secretary of Anti-Saloon League, District Superintendent and Field Secretary, Dauphin County, No License League. Also includes Princeton University activities. 1907-1914
- Vol. 5: Minister and Secretary of Anti-Saloon League in Philadelphia. Covers ministry and Princeton University activities. Letter from Woodrow Wilson included. 1914-1929
- Vol. 6: Retirement in 1920 due to ill health. Covers various Presbyterian Church interests, Princeton University and Princeton Seminary. 1929-1936
- Vol. 7: Covers Presbyterian Church interests and Princeton University 1936-1941
- Vol. 8: Journals and newspaper clippings with articles by Kelley.


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