The George Musgrave Giger Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Giger, George Musgrave, 1822-1865
Dates: undated
Extent: 6 boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Special Collections.


1822 June 6 Born, Baltimore, Maryland
1841 Graduated, Princeton Theological Seminary
1841-1844 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1844-1846 Tutor, Princeton Theological Seminary
1847-1854 Professor, Greek, College of New Jersey
1854-1865 Professor, Latin, Princeton Theological Seminary
1860 February 15 Ordained Evangelist, Presbytery of New Brunswick
1861 Awarded honorary doctor of divinity, Jefferson College, Pennsylvania
1865 October 11 Died, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Reverend Doctor George Musgrave Giger (1822-1865) was a graduate of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1841 and of Princeton Seminary in 1844. He served on the faculty of the College from 1844 until his death in 1865, at the age of 43. He began his teaching career as a tutor in mathematics, but soon became a Professor of Latin Language and Literature and Clerk of the faculty. Dr. Giger was ordained as an evangelist by the Presbytery of New Brunswick in 1860, and preached frequently. He is remembered today in theological circles for his translation of the three volume Institutes of Elentic Theology of the 17th century Genevan theologian Francois Turrettini (Francis Turretin).


Scope and Content

This collection contains manuscript sermons written by the Reverend Doctor George Musgrave Giger and his manuscript translation of Francois Turrettini’s Institutes of Elenctic Theology.



Giger, George Musgrave, 1822-1865



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The George Musgrave Giger Manuscript Collection, Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Processing Information

The provenance of these materials is unknown. They had been preserved uncatalogued in archival storage for many years. This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written in October of 1996, by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in June of 2009 and updated again in November 2010, and by staff in January 2015.


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.


Related Material

Turrettini, Francois, 1623-1687 Theological Institutes [microform]/ Translated into English by George Musgrove Giger 7 reels. Microfilm 103-109 Princeton Theological Seminary

Turrettini, Francois, 1623-1687 Institutes of Elenctic Theology/ by Francis Turretin; translated by George Musgrave Giger; edited by James T. Dennison, Jr. 3 volumes. BX9427 .T7913 1992 Phillipsburg, Nj: P&R Publishing, c1992-c1994.



Materials are arranged sequentially in their original order.



Box 1 Manuscript sermons with worship notes
Box 2 Institutes of Elenctic Theology: Topics 1-4
Box 3 Institutes of Elenctic Theology: Topics 4-10
Box 4 Institutes of Elenctic Theology: Topics 11-13
Box 5 Institutes of Elenctic Theology: Topics 14-15
Box 6 Institutes of Elenctic Theology: Topics 16-20


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