The Philip Schaff Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Schaff, Philip, 1819-1893
Dates: 1839-1887
Extent: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1819 January 1 Born, Chur, Switzerland
1841 Graduated, University of Berlin
1842 Associate Professor, University of Berlin
1843 Professor, Church History and Biblical Literature, German Reformed Theological Seminary, Mercersburg, Pennsylvania
1863-1870 Secretary, Sabbath Committee, New York City
1870-1873 Professor, Theological Encyclopedia and Christian Symbolism, Union Theological Seminary, New York
1873-1874 Professor, Hebrew and the Cognate Languages, Union Theological Seminary
1874-1887 Professor, Sacred Literature, Union Theological Seminary
1887-1893 Professor, Church History, Union Theological Seminary
1893 October 20 Died

Biographical Information

The Reverend Doctor Philip Schaff (1819-1893) was born in Switzerland and received his education at the Universities of Tubingen, Halle, and Berlin. Dr. Schaff became a leader of the German Reformed Church in America and its "Mercersburg" school of theology. He was also one of the premier church historians in America, teaching at Mercersburg and at Union Theological Seminary (New York), and founding the American Society of Church History. Many of his works, including his three volume Creeds of Christendom and his 8 volume History of the Christian Church.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of course notes, correspondence, and clippings belonging to Dr. Schaff.



Schaff, Philip, 1819-1893--Archives.

Church historians--United States--Archives.

Mercersburg theology--Archival resources.

Class notes--1839-1840.

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 October of 1996, by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The Gospels, with annotations by Schaff(item 1:5), was previously located in rare book storage and added to collection in November of 2003. 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 Philip Schaff Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Bound volume of student notes taken by Schaff from lectures on evangelical dogmatics delivered by Professor Muller at Halle, Germany. [This notebook was formerly cataloged with the call number MS M8876.] 1839-1940
1:2 2 letters from Schaff to James W. Alexander. March, 1859
1:3 3 letters from Schaff to Benjamin B. Warfield, [photocopies]. 1886-1887
1:4 "Sketches of Spain," clippings of articles by Schaff in the New York Observer.
1:5 The Gospels, Second Revision, annotations by Schaff. [Accession 2003.40]


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