The Chalmers Martin Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Martin, Chalmers, 1859-1934
Dates: 1875-1881
Extent: 1 box (0.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1859 September 7 Born, Ashland, Kentucky
1879 Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1879-1882 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1882-1883 Hebrew fellow, Princeton Theological Seminary
1883 April 17 Ordained, Presbytery of Elizabeth
1883-1886 Missionary, North Laos, Siam
1888 Assistant pastor, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
1889-1891 Pastor, First Church, Moorestown
1891-1892 Pastor, First Church, Port Henry, New York
1892-1900 Instructor, Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary
1892-1900 Instructor, Hebrew, Princeton University
1893-1894 Stated supply, Burlington, New Jersey
1896-1897 Stated supply, Second Church, Princeton
1900-1903 President, Pennsylvania College for Women, Pittsburgh
1901 Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity, Princeton University
1903-1929 Professor, Old Testament history and Literature, College of Wooster, Ohio
1907-1909 Stated supply, Westminster church, Wooster, Ohio
1929-1930 Stated supply, San Mateo, Florida
1929-1934 Professor emeritus, College of Wooster
1934 February 28 Died, Wooster, Ohio

Biographical Information

The Rev. Dr. Chalmers Martin (1859-1934) was born in Ashland, Kentucky on September 7, 1859. For more than fifty years, he served the Church as a missionary, pastor, and educator.

Dr. Martin was a 1879 graduate of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and an 1882 graduate of Princeton Seminary. He was awarded a fellowship in Hebrew at Princeton Seminary for 1882/1883. He also received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Princeton University in 1901.

Dr. Martin was ordained by the Presbytery of Elizabeth of the PCUSA in 1882, and, after three years on the mission field in Siam, he served several churches in New Jersey, Florida, and Ohio. He was an instructor of Hebrew at both Princeton Seminary and Princeton University from 1892 to 1900, and was Professor of Old Testament History and Literature at the College of Wooster, from 1903 to 1929. He briefly served as President of the Pennsylvania College for Women in Pittsburgh, from 1900 to 1903.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of papers written while Martin was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).



Martin, Chalmers, 1859-1934--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was given to the Seminary in February of 1985 by Hugh I. Troth of Ashland, Ohio. The collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written in July of 1996, by Raymond D. 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

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Chalmers Martin Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Finding aid and correspondence relating to the collection.
1:2 "Evolution and Conscience," paper presented orally in Chapel, by Chalmers Martin, senior year, College of New Jersey (Princeton University). 1879
1:3 Papers by Martin, College of New Jersey: 1875-1879
-"Aaron Burr," no. 1, freshman year.  November 1875
-"The City of Elizabeth," no. 2, freshman year.  
-"Demosthenes," no. 3, freshman year.  March 18, 1876
-"The Defects of American Collegiate Education," no. 4, freshman year.  
-"Figurative Language as Exhibited in Addison's Spectator,".  October 16, 1876
-"Our Grading System," no. 3, sophomore year.  June 26, 1877
-"The Modern Journalist," no. 4, sophomore year.  March 12, 1877
-"Peculiarities of Hawthorne as a Novelist," analysis no. 1, junior year.  October 11, 1877
-"Sarah Duchess of Marlborough and Her Influence Upon English Politics," no. 5, sophomore year.  June 5, 1877
-"Our Relation to Our Age," for Clio Hall - J.O. Contesh.  December 1877
-"The Poetry of Bryant,"; "The Critical Spirit."  November 15, 1877
-"Our Relation to Our Age."  
1:4 Miscellaneous papers:
-"Rudeness," by Martin, Dr. Pingry's School  March 15, 1875
-"The American Journalist," by 'Culpeper.' [On the same stationary and hand as Martin's College of New Jersey papers, see file 1:3.]  
-Translation of Hosea 3:2-5.  
1:5 Articles from The Princetonian. 1880-1881
1:6 Miscellaneous: Financial receipt from College of New Jersey. September 13, 1877
1:7 Biographical materials: items photocopied from the PTS Alumni Biographical File for Chalmers Martin.


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