The William Brenton Greene Jr. Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Greene, William Brenton, 1854-1928
Dates: 1893-1929
Extent: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1854 August 16 Born, Providence, Rhode Island
1876 Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1877-1880 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1880 June 3 Ordained, Presbytery of Boston
1880-1883 Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Boston
1883-1892 Pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
1891 Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity, College of New Jersey (Now Princeton University)
1892-1903 Stuart Professor, Relation of Philosophy and Science to Christian Religion, Princeton Theological Seminary
1903-1928 Professor of Apologetics and Christian Ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary
1928 November 16 Died, Princeton, New Jersey


Scope and Content

This collection includes student notes from Dr. Greene's lectures, typescripts of Dr. Greene's lectures, correspondence, bibliographies, genealogy, printed articles, and biographical materials.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was organized, and the original finding aid was written in May of 1996, by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. At that time, some biographical materials from archives' office files were added to the collection. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in June of 2009.


There are no special restrictions placed on the use of these materials. They are available for use of library patrons under the normal conditions and rules of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The William Brenton Greene, Jr. Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following materials in Special Collections:

The Alexander Napier MacLeod Manuscript Collection (Includes notes from multiple lectures by Dr. Greene)

The Allan Alexander MacRae Manuscript Collection (Includes notes from Dr. Greene's lecture on Christian Sociology)

The Francis Landey Patton Manuscript Collection (Includes lecture notes taken by Dr. Greene)

The Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield Manuscript Collection (Includes correspondence with Dr. Greene)



Box 1
1:1 "Ethics of the Old Testament," pamphlet reprinted from the Princeton Theological Review, vol. XXVII, no. 3. July 1929
1:2 Student lecture notes, Christian Ethics, notes taken by R.S. Brank, Class of 1906, volume I. 1906
1:3 Student lecture notes, Christian Ethics, notes taken by R.S. Brank, Class of 1906, volume II. 1906
1:4 "Official Syllabus for Junior Apologetics," typescript from notes of Dr. Greene, prepared by students. 1921
1:5 Correspondence: 8 letters from Greene to Dr. Hodge and to Louis Benson. 1899-1911
1:6 Biographical materials: Obituaries, alumni questionnaires, bibliography, news items.
1:7 Pamphlet of the Princeton Seminary inauguration of Greene. Includes charge by Dr. Erskine, and address of Greene, "The Function of the Reason in Christianity". September 22, 1893
1:8 "Syllabus of lecture delivered in junior year by .. Greene on Christian Apologetics," (pamphlet), with student annotations by H.E. Hoover (class of 1921). circa 1919


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