The Frank Rosebrook Symmes Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Symmes, Frank Rosebrook, 1856-1928
Dates: 1883-1927
Extent: 1 box (0.4 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1856 October 24 Born, Madison, Indiana
1881 Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1881-1883 Teacher
1883-1886 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1886 May 13 Ordained, Presbytery of West Jersey
1886-1890 Pastor, Fairfield Presbyterian Church, Fairton, New Jersey
1890-1919 Pastor, Old Tennent Presbyterian Church, Tennent, New Jersey
1919-1928 Pastor Emeritus, Old Tennent Presbyterian Church
1924 Awarded honorary doctor of divinity, Central College (Iowa)
1928 March 22 Died, Freehold, New Jersey


Scope and Content

This collection consists of sermons and Sunday school lesson manuscripts, as well as hand-illustrated papers by Dr. Symmes.



Symmes, Frank Rosebrook, 1856-1928--Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

These materials were given to the Seminary Libraries by Dr. Symmes' daughter, Miss Marion Symmes of Freehold, New Jersey in May of 1983. Dr. Symmes was a skillful artist, and some of these hand-illustrated papers were placed on display in the campus Mackay Center for several years. They were removed to archival storage in 1989. This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written by Raymond D. Cannata in September of 1996, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in June 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 Frank R. Symmes Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following material in Special Collections:

Fairfield Presbyterian Church (PCA) Records



Box 1
1:1 Finding Aid
1:2 Sermons 1883-1886
1:3 Sermons 1887-1888
1:4 Sermons 1889-1891
1:5 Sermons 1893-1897
1:6 Sermons 1898-1906
1:7 Sermons 1907-1910
1:8 Sermons 1911-1918
1:9 Sermon "Why we are Presbyterians" November 18, 1888
1:10 Christmas Sermons and Lessons 1892-1910
1:11 26 Children's Sermons 1884-1917
1:12 7 Funeral Sermons 1897-1909
1:13 Blackboard Sermons (Sunday School Reviews) 1887-1927
1:14 Biographical materials
1:15 Miscellany


Email questions or comments to:

Copyright 2008 by the Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries.
Please credit the Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries if you copy or reproduce material from this page.