The Frank Sergeant Niles Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Niles, Frank Sergeant, 1888-1951
Dates: 1927-1950
Extent: 2 boxes (2.16 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1888 July 5 Born, Nelson, Nebraska
1909 Graduated, Princeton University
1910-1913 Student, Bachelor of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary
1913 April 15 Ordained, Presbytery of Newark
1913-1930 Missionary, China
1930-1934 Pastor, Georgetown Church, Washington, D.C.
1934-1951 Pastor, First Church, Princeton, New Jersey
1951 January 17 Died, Princeton, New Jersey

Biographical Information

The Reverend Frank Sergeant Niles (1888-1951) was educated at Princeton University (B.A. 1909) and Princeton Theological Seminary (1913). He served as a missionary to China from 1913 to 1930, and as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton (now Nassau Church) from 1934 to 1951.


Scope and Content

This collection includes sermons preached by the Reverend Niles at the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton. It also includes calendars, correspondence, family papers, and other material by or about Frank Niles.



Niles, Frank Sergeant, 1888-1951--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

Presbyterian Church--Sermons.

Sermons, American.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

The bulk of this collection was formerly stored in the Seminary library and marked "Box #605 - 606" sometime prior to 1989. Those materials were organized and the original finding aid was written in July of 1996, by Douglas Denné, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. In June of 1997 additional items (chiefly correspondence of Mr. Niles with his wife from 1927 to 1930) were discovered in the Librarian's office and 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 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 Sergeant Niles Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following material in Special Collections related to Chinese missionaries:

The M.S. Culbertson Manuscript Collection (Chinese Bible)

The Albert Andrew Fulton Manuscript Collection (China)

The Samuel H. and Eileen Flower Moffett Manuscript Collection (China and Korea)

The Scott Family (Chinese Missions) Manuscript Collection

See also: The First Presbyterian Church, Princeton Records



Box 1
- Princeton Sermons, #874 - #1202. 1945-1950
Box 2
- First Presbyterian Church calendars. 1933-1948
- Correspondence of F. S. Niles.
- Niles Family Papers:
-Bound volume of clippings.  
-Correspondence between Dr. William A. Niles and F. F. Ellinwood, Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions.  1893
-Letter and Articles from Dr. Mary W. Niles, M.D. on "Blind Girls in Canton, China."  
-Correspondence of Frank S. Niles to Margaret (Washington, D.C.).  1930
-Letter from Miss Minnie Niles to Dr. F. F. Ellinwood (Canton, China).  1892
- Approximately 70 letters from Frank S. Niles to Margaret Niles. 1927-1930


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