The Leonard J. Trinterud Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Trinterud, Leonard J., 1904-
Dates: 1950-1963
Extent: 2 boxes (0.8 linear feet)
Language(s): English, Swedish
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1904 September 25 Born, Aneta, North Dakota
1935 Graduated, University of Washington
1935-1938 Student, Bachelor of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
1938-1939 Student, Master of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
1940 Ordained, Presbytery of Seattle
1941-1946 Religious book editor, Westminster Press, Philadelphia
1947-1949 Associate professor, Church History, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago
1949-1963 Professor, Church History, McCormick Theological Seminary
1963-1972 Professor, Church History, San Francisco Theological Seminary
1972 Retired
1993 July 24 Died, Walnut Creek, California

Biographical Information

The Reverend Doctor Leonard J. Trinterud (1904-1993) took the B.A. degree at University of Washington, the B.D. and Th.M. at Princeton Theological Seminary, and the Th.D. at the University of Lund, Sweden. He also did graduate work at Princeton University. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Seattle in 1940 and served as religious book editor at Westminster Press, Philadelphia, 1941-46. He was Associate Professor of Church History at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago from 1947 to 1949, and thereafter Professor of Church History until 1963. From 1963 to 1972, he served as Professor of Church History at San Francisco Theological Seminary. His published volumes include, The Forming of An American Tradition (1949), A Bibliography of American Presbyterianism During the Colonial Period (1968), and Elizabethan Puritanism (1971). He was also the translator of The Gospel of God by Anders Nygren.


Scope and Content

This collection includes sermons, addresses, typescripts of articles and reviews, clippings and mementos from the life of The Reverend Doctor Leonard J. Trinterud (1904-1993).



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Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was given to the Seminary in June of 1994 by Mrs. Leonard Trinterud of Pleasant Hill, California. It was organized and the original finding aid was written by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin 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 Leonard J. Trinterud Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following material in Special Collections:

The Alexander Mackie Manuscript Collection (Includes correspondence with L. J. Trinterud)



Box 1: Sermons and Addresses
1:1 11 Sermons (typescript and manuscript)
1:2 Faith and Life seminar address, (manuscript) Fall 1950
1:3 Camp McCormick address, (manuscript) September 21, 1958
1:4 "Jerusalem Revisited," convocation address, (typescript) September 1958
1:5 Spront lectures at Union Theological Seminary (Virginia), (typescript) 1961
1:6 "On Forgetting Things," address, (typescript) October 24, 1963
1:7 "When the Pilgrim No Longer Makes Progress" (typescript address)
Typescripts of Articles and Reviews
1:8 Review of The Protestant Mind of the English Reformation, by C. H. George
1:9 Review of Worship and Theology in England, by Horton Davies
1:10 "Old Testament Saints" (Chapter IX of A Feeling of Celebration)
1:11 Miscellaneous articles
1:12 Address to Committee on Brief Statement of Faith, (2 typescripts) February 1987
Box 2: Clippings and Mementos
2:1 Clippings of published articles by Trinterud
2:2 A Feeling of Celebration [Trinterud authored Chapter IX]
2:3 Committee work on Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize 1965
2:4 Correspondence relating to "The Origin of the Puritans"
2:5 Reviews and correspondence involving the Charles Hodge essay in Sons of the Prophets, by Hugh Kerr
2:6 Reviews of The Gospel of God
2:7 Reviews of Elizabethan Puritanism
2:8 Reviews and correspondence involving The Forming of an American Tradition
2:9 Swedish reviews of The Forming of an American Tradition
2:10 Letter from V. Lindstrom
2:11 Material from his "Swedish year" 1939-1940
2:12 Swedish items
2:13 Mementos
2:14 Miscellaneous clippings and correspondence
2:15 Letter from Mrs. Betty W. Trinterud (photocopy) June 4, 1994


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