The William Edward Schenck Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Schenck, William Edward, 1819-1903
Dates: 1836-1902
Extent: 1 box (0.4 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1819 March 19 Born, Princeton, New Jersey
1838 Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1838-1839 Law student
1839-1842 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1842 Missionary, coal regions, Pennsylvania
1843 February 28 Ordained, Presbytery of New Brunswick
1843-1845 Pastor, Manchester, New Jersey
1845-1848 Pastor, Hammond Street Church, New York City
1848-1852 Pastor, First Church, Princeton, New Jersey
1852-1854 Superintendent, Church Extension Presbytery of Philadelphia
1854-1886 Corresponding secretary, Presbyterian Board of Publication
1859 Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity, Jefferson College
1862-1870 Editor, Presbyterian Board of Publication
1870-1903 Resided in West Philadelphia and Oakmont, Pennsylvania
1903 December 14 Died, Oakmont, Pennsylvania

Biographical Information

William Edward Schenck (1819-1903) was born in Princeton, New Jersey. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and Princeton Seminary (class of 1842). He served as a Presbyterian missionary and pastor for many years.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of William Schenck's personal journal (1842-1850), correspondence, and biographical materials.



Schenck, William Edward, 1819-1903--Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary--Alumni and alumnae--Archives.

Presbyterian Church--Clergy--Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

Some of these items were given to the Seminary Libraries in December of 1976 by W.E.S. Griswold, Jr., a relative of William Schenck's from Old Lyme, Connecticut. Other items may have been given in July of 1981 by a Mr. Hollenbach through the agency of the Lehigh County Historical Society in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For many years this collection was preserved in archival storage. 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 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 William Edward Schenck Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 "History of W.E. Schenck's Life."
1:2 Bound personal journal. [Schenck was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton from 1848-1850.] 1842-1850
1:3 Biographical materials.
1:4 Biographical and genealogical booklet on Archibald Alexander Schenck, son of W.E. Schenck, by W.E.S. Griswold. July 1978
1:5 "Frontier History" (typescript) by A.A. Schenck. 1936
1:6 Address on the 60th birthday of W.E. Schenck.
1:7 Essay on why England excels America in literature, by W.E. Schenck.
1:8 "Exegesis- An Episcopus diocesanas divino" (in Latin), Presbytery of New Brunswick, by W.E. Schenck. April 27, 1842
1:9 Church calls:
-Manchester (New Jersey) Presbyterian Church.  December 12, 1842
-First Presbyterian Church, Princeton (New Jersey).  January 31, 1848
-First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster (Pennsylvania).  February 25, 1852
1:10 Epitaph for my tombstone, by W.E. Schenck.
1:11 "Register of the Presbyterian Church of Manchester," by W.E. Schenck. 1844
1:12 3 letters from George Schenck (brother) to W.E. Schenck. May 17, 1836. February 8, 1841. July 8, 1846
1:13 Letter from Jeanne Schenck (wife). October 21, 1846
1:14 4 letters from Lydia Schenck-Conover. 1901
1:15 Miscellaneous correspondence: 4 letters. 1891-1892
1:16 Torrey genealogical notes.
1:17 Reminiscences of the Revolutionary War (with obits of William Torrey).
1:18 Miscellany.


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