The David Allan Weadon Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Weadon, David Allan, 1956-
Dates: 1984-1993
Extent: 1 box (1.1 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1956 August 4 Born, Burlington, North Carolina
unknown Graduated, Master of Arts, Westminster Choir College
unknown Graduated, Doctor of Philosophy, Drew University
1980-1982 Assistant organist, Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church
1982-1995 C. F. Seabrook Director of Music and Lecturer, Princeton Theological Seminary
1983-1987 Director, Glee Club and Chapel Choir, Princeton University
1987-1993 Organist and Choir Director, Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City
1995 December 30 Died

Biographical Information

David A. Weadon was born in Burlington, North Carolina on August 4, 1956. He was educated at Westminster Choir College and Drew University, where he received his doctorate. Before joining the staff of Princeton Seminary, Dr. Weadon had served on the staff of the Duke University Chapel and as associate organist at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City. From 1982 until his death in December of 1995, he was the C.F. Seabrook Director of Music and Lecturer in Church Music at Princeton Theological Seminary. During this time he was also organist and assistant director of the Glee Club and Chapel Choir at Princeton University (1983-1987) and organist and choirmaster at Brick Presbyterian Church in New York City (1987-1993).


Scope and Content

This collection includes published articles by Weadon, course papers written for his doctoral work at Drew University, committee materials on a New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools, committee papers on Princeton University's organ repair project, typescripts of speeches delivered by Weadon, and several of his original musical composition manuscripts, and biographical materials.



Weadon, David Allan, 1956-1995--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection of papers was transferred to the Archives by the Seminary Chapel office in July of 1996. The collection was organized and the original finding aid was written by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. Additional materials removed from Chapel office files were added to the collection in August of 1996 and August of 2008. 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 David Allan Weadon Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following materials in Special Collections:

The Raymond D. Cannata Manuscript Collection (see course lecture notes)



Box 1
1:1 Finding aid and biographical materials.
1:2 Letter from Dr. D.M. MacPeek (Weadon's companion) to Carol Belles (Weadon's secretary).
1:3 Concert programs of performances by Weadon.
Speeches and Writings by Weadon
1:4 "John Marbeck," paper. Spring 1984
1:5 Typescript of "Hymn and Theology: A Little Case Study," by Weadon and Professor Hugh T. Kerr.
1:6 Entries in Harper's Dictionary of Religious Education and correspondence with the publisher and editors.
1:7 "Musical Reformation and the Music of Evensong," paper.
1:8 "Ecumenical Trends in American Church Music," paper.
1:9 Materials related to, Protestant Congregational Responses and Service Music, compiled by Weadon.
1:10 "Rejoice in the Lord: A New Hymnal for the Reformed Church in America," review paper.
1:11 "A Hymnal Tour of America," Journal of Church Music, pp. 9-11. (March 1987)
1:12 "A Report on Early Christianity by Nevin," paper.
1:13 Compositions by Weadon.
1:14 "Clarence Dickinson..," typescript of speech given at Yale University.
Miscellany and Addenda
1:15 Correspondence related to Princeton University's chapel.
1:16 Committee materials on A New Hymnal for Colleges and Schools.
1:17 Committee materials on the Princeton University chapel organ restoration project.
1:18 Two unbound copies of Weadon's doctoral dissertation for Drew University, Clarence Dickinson (1873-1969) and the School of Scared Music at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (1928-1973). October 1993
1:19 Dissertation research and correspondence.
1:20 "Rejoice in the Lord!," by David Weadon, The American Organist, vol. 19:12. December 1985
1:21 Miscellaneous correspondence and mementos.
1:22 D.A. Weadon: Recitals and Workshops, includes two photographs of Weadon
1:23 Services in memory of David Allen Weadon


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