The Lefferts Augustine Loetscher Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Loetscher, Lefferts Augustine, 1904-
Dates: 1930-1982
Extent: 23 boxes (24.9 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1904 July 24 Born, Dubuque, Iowa
1925 Graduated, Princeton University
1925-1928 Student, Master of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
1928 Ordained, Presbytery of New Brunswick, New Jersey
1929-1933 Assistant Pastor, First Church, Reading, Pennsylvania
1933-1941 Pastor, Rhawnhurst Church, Philadelphia
1940 Graduated, Doctor of Divinity, University of Dubuque
1941-1944 Instructor, Church History, Princeton Theological Seminary
1943 Graduated, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania
1944-1954 Associate Professor, Church History, Princeton Theological Seminary
1954-1974 Professor, American Church History, Princeton Theological Seminary
1956-1963 Director of Graduate Studies, Princeton Theological Seminary
1974-1981 Professor Emeritus, American Church History, Princeton Theological Seminary
1981 November 19 Died


Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence, bulletins and other materials for several Presbyterian churches with which Loetscher was affiliated, committee minutes and reports, manuscripts and printed articles by Loetscher, printed copies of articles and other works by various writers, the author's dissertation, and realia.



Loetscher, Lefferts Augustine, 1904---Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary--Faculty--Archives.

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

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was organized, and the original finding aid was written in the summer of 1996, by Douglas Denné under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited in April of 2009, by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt.


There are no special restrictions to 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 Lefferts Augustine Loetscher Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 General Correspondence 1939-1951
1:2 General Correspondence 1952-1954
1:3 General Correspondence 1955-1959
1:4 General Correspondence 1960-1969
1:5 General Correspondence 1970-1979
1:6 General Correspondence 1980-1982
1:7 Letter of sympathy after the death of Frederick W. Loetscher 1966
1:8 First Presbyterian, Reading, PA, materials
1:9 Rhawnhurst Presbyterian Church materials
1:10 Nassau Presbyterian Church materials
1:11 Various church bulletins
1:12 Various church bulletins
1:13 Various church bulletins
1:14 Various bulletins and pamphlets as aids to Loetscher's "Ministry."
1:15 General Assembly Special Committee on Lord's Prayer 1952
1:16 General Assembly Worship Committee 1952
1:17 General Assembly Special Committee on Baptized Children 1970
Box 2
2:1 General assembly Special Committee on Baptized Children 1970
2:2 General Assembly materials 1977-1979
2:3 Buchwalter vs. Pittsburgh Presbytery. Case materials 1978
2:4 Social Education and Action Department materials
2:5 Social Education and Action Department, General Assembly pronouncements
2:6 Religion and Race clippings and pamphlets
2:7 Class syllabi at Princeton Seminary
2:8 History Department materials 1968-1973
2:9 Committee on Doctoral Studies materials 1964-1971
Box 3
3:1 Committee on Doctoral Studies materials 1964-1971
3:2 Committee on Doctoral Studies materials 1964-1971
3:3 Dissertation Proposals 1969-1973
3:4 Comments on class papers 1969
3:6 Special committee on Faculty Bye-Laws 1957-1961
3:7 Chapel Committee materials. Some tools for the researcher in Church History (1969 - 1971), (1980)
3:8 Princeton Seminary publicity materials
3:9 American Society of Church History materials
3:10 "A Brief History of Presbyterianism," Galley Proof.
3:11 "A Brief History of Presbyterianism," Manuscript for Third Edition 1978
3:12 "A Brief History of Presbyterianism," Correspondence and Reviews
3:13 "A Brief History of Presbyterianism," Correspondence and Reviews
3:14 "Philadelphia Presbyterianism" materials
3:15 "20th Century Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge," Manuscript draft and Correspondence
3:16 "20th Century Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge," Proofs and Correspondence
3:17 "20th Century Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge," Reviews and Correspondence
3:18 "The Broadening Church," Original Manuscript draft
Box 4
4:1 "The Broadening Church," Second Manuscript draft
4:2 "The Broadening Church," Third Manuscript draft
4:3 "The Broadening Church," Correspondence and Reviews
4:4 "The Broadening Church," Correspondence and Reviews
4:6 "The Presbyterian Enterprise," Correspondence and Reviews
4:7 "Religion in New Jersey". Correspondence 1963
4:8 "American Christianity Source Book" (ACSB) Original Manuscript Chapter I-I
4:9 ACSB, Original Manuscript, Chapter I-I
4:10 ACSB, Original Manuscript, Chapter II-ii
4:11 ACSB, Forth Copy, Chapter II-ii
4:12 ACSB, Original Manuscript, Chapter III-I
4:13 ACSB, Original Manuscript, Chapter III-iv-A
4:14 ACSB, Original Manuscript, Chapter IV-ii-G
4:15 ACSB, Original Manuscript, Chapter VI-ii
4:16 ACSB, Original Manuscript, Chapter 13
4:17 ACSB, Original Manuscript, Chapter 18
4:18 ACSB, Original Manuscript, Chapter 19
4:19 ACSB, Correspondence and Reviews
Box 5
5:1 Papers by Loetscher (Bulk 1970 - 1974)
5:2 "Facing the Enlightenment and Pietism," Longhand Manuscript of Old Chapters I - VIII
5:3 "Facing the Enlightenment and Pietism," Original Final Manuscript (10/29/1980)
5:4 "Facing the Enlightenment and Pietism," Two carbon copies
5:5 Review of Dr. Clifton E. Olmstead's History of Religion in the United States 1960
5:6 Service of Remembrance. The National Alumni Association. Princeton University. (June 13, 1965)
5:7 James H. Smylie Articles
5:8 James H. Smylie Articles
5:9 Peter Kawerau Articles and Dissertation (Gottingen) 1947
5:10 Kawerau's Manuscript on Melchior Hoffman (Munster) 1951
Box 6
6:1 Articles by various individuals
6:2 Dissertations and Dissertation Materials by various individuals
6:3 Loetscher's Dissertation: "Presbyterianism in Philadelphia since 1870" (University of Pennsylvania) 1942
Boxes 7 - 19
- Research Materials for a History of Princeton Seminary
Box 20
- Academic Hoods
- Honorary Degree to Park Hays Miller. Center College of Kentucky June 9, 1930
- Commemorative Plate
- Certificate of Appreciation. Presbyterian Historical Society (Philadelphia) March 3, 1972
- Linen Collars (5 boxes)
Boxes 21 and 22
- Index cards containing research notes on the history of Princeton Seminary
Box 23
- Addendum: "Syllabi and Article," includes manuscript copy of "Facing the Enlightenment and Pietism"


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