The J.B. Phillips Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Phillips, J. B. (John Bertram), 1906-1982
Dates: 1953-1982
Extent: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1906 September 16 Born, Barnes, Surrey, England
Unknown Graduated, Cambridge University
1930 Ordained, Anglican Church
1982 July 21 Died, Swanage, England

Biographical Information

Canon John Bertram Phillips (1906-1982) was an Anglican priest and a popular author. He wrote several well regarded books and was the translator of one of the most widely used versions of the Bible ever produced.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of more than 50 personal letters to and from J.B. Phillips and from Dr. Walter James, from 1953 to 1980. Some letters contain small water colors painted by Mr. Phillips. It also includes some additional miscellanea.



Phillips, J.B. (John Bertram), 1906---Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection of papers was donated to the Seminary Libraries in April of 1994 by the Rev. Dr. Walter James. The collection was organized and the original finding aid was written in June 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.


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 J.B. Phillips Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Finding Aid.
1:2 "New Testament Christianity," [typescript]. circa 1955
1:3 The Young Church in Action [typescript].
1:4 News clippings re Phillips.
1:5 Correspondence with Walter James, (50 letters, many with artwork by Phillips, and a signed photograph). 1953-1980
1:6 Correspondence re Phillips' death. 1982
1:7 Miscellany.
1:8 Correspondence between J.B. Phillips and Marybelle H. Landrum 1967-1968


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