The Mott Randolph Sawyers Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Sawyers, Mott Randolph, 1870-1971
Dates: 1890-1987
Extent: 2 boxes (2.2 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1870 July 5 Born, Unionville, Iowa
1890 Graduated, Parsons College, Fairfield, Iowa
1891-1892; 1893-1895 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1896 Stated supply, Moulton, Iowa
1897 Stated supply, First Church, Centerville, Iowa
1898-1899 Student, Union Theological Seminary, New York
1899-1902 Secretary, Iowa Anti-Saloon League
1902-1912 Stated supply, Mount Ida Church, Davenport, Iowa
1903 April 22 Ordained, Presbytery of Des Moines
1912-1914 Secretary, YMCA
1913 Awarded Doctor of Philosophy, West Union College, Le Mars, Iowa
1917-1919 War service, YMCA
1919-1920 Stated supply, First Church, Centerville, Iowa
1920-1940 Pastor, First Church, Centerville, Iowa
1940-1971 Pastor Emeritus, First Church, Centerville, Iowa
1971 June 2 Died, Iowa


Scope and Content

This collection includes sermons, pastoral registers and newspaper articles relating to Mott Sawyers. It also contains personal diaries, apparently written by Mott Sawyers' wife, dating from 1944 to 1987.



Sawyers, Mott Randolph, 1870-1971--Archives.

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

Spouses of clergy--United States--Diaries.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was donated to the Seminary Libraries by Fred Cassell in June 1998, after he had received them from Mr. Sawyer's daughter, Ruth, before her death in September 1997. The collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written in August of 1998, by library staff 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

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Mott Randolph Sawyers Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Manuscript for a novel, "Tenderfoot Phil Tackles the West"
1:2 Portrait
1:3 Newspaper Clippings
1:4 Papers
1:5 Papers
1:6 Genealogy
-Pastor's Record  
-Pastor's Record  
Box 2
- Diaries 1944 to 1987


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