The George Tybout Purves Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Purves, George Tybout, 1852-1901
Dates: 1884-1901
Extent: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1852 September 27 Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1872 Graduated, University of Pennsylvania
1873-1877 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1877 April 27 Ordained, Presbytery of Chester
1877-1880 Pastor, Wayne, Pennsylvania
1880-1886 Pastor, Boundary Avenue Church, Baltimore, Maryland
1886-1892 Pastor, First Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1888 Awarded honorary doctor of divinity, Washington and Jefferson College
1892-1900 Professor, New Testament Literature and Exegesis, Princeton Theological Seminary
1894 Awarded honorary doctor of divinity, University of Pennsylvania
1895 Awarded honorary doctor of law, Lafayette College
1895-1899 Stated supply, First Church, Princeton
1899-1890 Pastor, First Church, Princeton
1900-1901 Pastor, Fifth Avenue Church, New York City
1901 September 24 Died, New York City

Biographical Information

In his lifetime, Dr. Purves authored more than 20 books and significant pamphlets.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of correspondence, biographical materials, and class notes from lectures by Dr. George Purves at Princeton Theological Seminary, taken by N.W. Harkness and Eliphalet B. Terry.



Purves, George Tybout, 1852-1901--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

The provenance of this collection is unknown. The collection was organized and the original finding aid was written in March 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 George Tybout Purves Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Class notes of lectures by Purves on Apostolic History taken by N.W. Harkness (P.T.S., class of 1900). Typed and printed by W.B. Sheddan, Princeton, New Jersey. 1899-1900
1:2 Typescript of class notes of lectures by Purves on the History of the New Testament Canon, taken by Eliphalet B. Terry (P.T.S., class of 1902). [Photocopies of the original notes currently preserved at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.] 1899-1900
1:3 Correspondence. Letter from Purves to C.W. Hodge. March 7, 1884
1:4 Biographical materials. Chiefly clippings and photocopies of obituaries and memorials following Purves' death in 1901.


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