The Samuel Dodd Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Dodd, Samuel, 1832-1894
Dates: 1861
Extent: 1 box (0.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1832 January 21 Born, County Down, Ireland
1858 Graduated, New York University
1858-1861 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1861 November 3 Ordained, evangelist, Ningpo Presbytery
1863-1865 Stated supply, Yu-yiao Church, China
1865-1866 Stated supply, Ningpo, China
1865-1867 Superintendent, mission school, Ningpo
1866-1867 Stated supply, Zong-yu and San-poh
1867-1878 Superintendent, mission school, Hangchow
1879-1882 Stated supply, Bridgehampton, New York
1884-1894 Pastor, Stephentown
1894 December 7 Died, Garfield, New York

Biographical Information

Samuel Dodd (1832-1894) was born in County Down, Ireland and graduated from New York University and Princeton Seminary (class of 1861). He served as a Presbyterian missionary in China, 1861-78, and thereafter as a Presbyterian pastor in New York until his death.


Scope and Content

This collection contains one bound travel diary written by Samuel Dodd while on route to his mission in China, from June 1 through September 27, 1861. The collection also includes a photograph of Dr. Dodd with his wife and three sons, as well as a letter which he wrote from China in 1875, addressed to Charles Aiken of Princeton Seminary.



Dodd, Samuel, 1832-1894--Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary--Alumni and alumnae--Archives.


Presbyterian Church--Missions--China.


Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

Dodd's travel diary journal was given to the Seminary on August 5, 1975, by the Reverend Dodd's granddaughter, Mary Craig Rice of Daytona Beach, Florida. A note from Mrs. Rice, filed with the diary, contains genealogical and biographical information. In the old library this diary was cataloged with the call number (MS D6615). In October of 1996, the diary and the other material in this collection were processed as a manuscript collection, and the original finding aid was written by Raymond Cannata under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in May 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

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