The William Oswald Yates Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Yates, William Oswald, 1884-1971
Dates: undated
Extent: 1 box (1.1 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1884 May 10 Born, Zelienople, Pennsylvania
1906 Graduated, New Windsor College
1906-1909 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1909 May 26 Ordained, Presbytery of Baltimore
1909-1914 Missionary, Thailand
1913 Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity, New Windsor College
1915-1916 Pastor, Olivet Church, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1916-1921 Pastor, Westminster Church, Allentown
1921-1949 Pastor, Swissvale
1949 Retired
1971 January 7 Died, Baltimore, Maryland

Biographical Information

William Oswald Yates (1884 - 1971) was a graduate of Princeton Seminary (Class of 1909). Following his ordination by the Presbytery of Baltimore (PCUSA), Mr. Yates served as a missionary to Thailand, 1909 - 1914. He served as a distinguished pastor of several churches in Pennsylvania until his retirement in 1949. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by New Windsor College in 1913.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of sermons, materials regarding the Presbytery of Baltimore, biographical materials, as well as other miscellaneous items of interest.



Yates, William Oswald, 1884-1971.--Archives.

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

Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Presbytery of Baltimore.

Presbyterian Church--Sermons.

Sermons, American.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection of Dr. Yates' papers was given to the Seminary Libraries in November of 1994 by his daughter, Miss Helen R. Yates of York, Pennsylvania. It was organized and the original finding aid was written in July of 1996, by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The sermons remain in the same basic order in which Dr. Yates maintained them. The manuscripts are arranged into twenty-four "volumes." Each volume is housed in an archival enclosure, along with a list of the titles and biblical texts included. The "finding aid" accompanying the material in folder 1:1 of the collection contains all of these lists, as well as lists of all additional materials. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and David 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 William Oswald Yates Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Finding Aid; correspondence regarding the collection.
1:2 List of sermons
1:3 - 1:27 Photocopied pages which follow, listing biblical texts and titles of sermon, volumes I - XXIV.
1:28 Sermons - Miscellaneous (arranged in biblical order
1:29 Materials regarding the Presbytery of Baltimore.
1:30 Miscellany.
1:31 Biographical materials and mementos.


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