The Neil MacGill Stevenson Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Stevenson, Neil M.
Dates: 1995
Extent: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1930 December 26 Born, Brooklyn, New York
1952 Graduated, Tarkio College, Missouri
1952-1955 Student, Bachelor of Divinity, Pittsburg-Xenia Theological Seminary
1955 November Ordained, Presbytery of New York City
1955-1957 Pastor, Mission Creek-Barneston
1957-1985 Chaplain, United States Navy
1967-1968 Student, Master of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
1983 Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity, Tarkio College
1985-1995 Pastor, Presbyterian Church, Williamsburg, Virginia
1995 Retired

Biographical Information

An alumnus of Princeton Theological Seminary, Neil MacGill Stevenson was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 26, 1930. After completing his undergraduate studies at Tarkio College, Missouri in 1952 and his Master of Divinity degree at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1955, Mr. Stevenson was ordained a Teaching Elder of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. on November 25, 1955 in New York. He later completed a Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree at Princeton Seminary in 1968.

Mr. Stevenson served as pastor of the Mission Creek and Barnston parishes in Nebraska from 1955 to 1956. In April of 1957 he began active duty as a Chaplain in the United States Navy, and was selected for the rank of Rear Admiral in 1980, while serving as Fleet Chaplain, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He became the 16th Chief of Chaplains in 1983. Chaplain Stevenson's awards include Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat V; Meritorious Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of typescripts of homilies, typed course lecture notes, and biographical materials by or about Neil Stevenson.



Stevenson, Neil MacGill, 1930---Archives.

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

Military chaplains--United States--Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was donated to the Seminary Libraries by Neil Stevenson in July of 1996. The collection was organized and the original finding aid was written 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 Neil MacGill Stevenson Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Finding aid and correspondence relating to the collection.
1:2 10 typed homilies. [Note the list of texts, titles, and themes on the first cover page, and biographical materials on Mr. Stevenson on the second page.]
1:3 "The Ministry as a Profession," typed notes from a course taught by Mr. Stevenson at Union Theological Seminary (Virginia), Winter term. 1995


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