The James Black McCreary Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: McCreary, James Black, 1797-1889
Dates: undated
Extent: 1 box (0.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1797 July 28 Born, Taneytown, Maryland
1825-1828 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1828 April 17 Received pastor's license, Presbytery of Philadelphia
1828 Missionary, Maryland
1829-1830 Stated supply, Lawsville and Great Bend, Pennsylvania
1831 Stated supply, Groton, New York
1832-1833 Stated supply, Deposit
1834 Stated supply, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
1835 Stated supply, Bald Eagle
1837 Stated supply, Northumberland
1838 November 8 Ordained, Presbytery of Montrose
1838-1865 Pastor, Great Bend (now Halstead)
1865-1882 Clerk, War Department, Washington, D.C.
1889 January 3 Died, Great Bend

Biographical Information

The Reverend James Black McCreary (1797-1889) attended Princeton Seminary, from 1825 to 1828. Following his licensing by the Presbytery of Philadelphia in 1828, he served several Presbyterian churches (PCUSA) as stated supply. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Montrose in 1838 and thereafter was a pastor for many years in Great Bend (Halstead) Pennsylvania.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of sermon manuscripts used by Reverend McCreary, as well as biographical information about him.



McCreary, James Black, 1797-1889--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

The sermons in this collection were given to the Seminary by Mrs. Ethel M. LeBar, and were organized in the library's "Alumni Alcove" collection for many years. When these papers were organized in June of 1996, biographical materials were photocopied from the Seminary Archives' office files and added to this collection. The collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written in June 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 James Black McCreary Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Sermon manuscripts.
1:2 Biographical materials.


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