The Joseph and Augusta Owen Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creators: Owen, Joseph, 1814-1870
Title: Joseph and Augusta Owen diaries
Dates: 1840-1861
Extent: 1 box (0.4 linear feet)
Collection Number: 157
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1808 (Augusta) Born, Canada, Augusta Margaret Firth Proctor. Daughter of Col. Henry and Elizabeth Proctor.
1814 June 14 (Joseph) Born, Bedford, New York
1835 (Joseph) Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1835-1839 (Joseph) Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1839 October 2 (Joseph) Ordained, evangelist, Presbytery of Bedford
1840-1868 (Joseph) Missionary, Allahabad, India
1842 (Augusta) Left England and traveled around the world
1844 (Augusta) Married to Joseph Owen, Allahabad, India
1846 February 14 (Augusta) Son Henry James Owen is born
Unknown (Joseph) President, Allahabad Missionary College
Unknown (Joseph) Professor, Allahabad Theological Seminary
1856 (Augusta) Left India and traveled to England and America
1858 (Augusta) Returned to India
1864 (Joseph) Granted Doctor of Divinity, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1870 December 4 (Joseph) Died, Edinburgh, Scotland


Scope and Content

This collection includes the diaries of Joseph Owen, missionary to India in the mid-nineteenth century, and of his wife Augusta.



Owen, Joseph, 1814-1870.

Owen, Augusta (Proctor), 1808-

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.



Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was processed and the original finding aid was written in the spring of 1993, by Douglas F. Denné, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Daved Anthony Schmidt and Sarah Seraphin in April 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.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Joseph and Augusta M. Owen diaries. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1Diaries
1:1 "Scrapbook" [diary] of Augusta Owen. [Includes biographical information on pages 2 and 3] 1861
1:2 Owen, Joseph. Diary. 1841-1842
1:3 Owen, Joseph. Journal, vol. 1. (August 10, 1840- January 25, 1841)
1:4 Owen, Joseph. Journal, vol. 2. (January 26, 1841- June 9, 1842)


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