The Henry Ward Beecher Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections
Dates: 1872-1922
Extent: 1 box (0.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1813 June 24 Born, Litchfield, Connecticut
1834 Graduated, Amherst College
1834-1837 Student, Lane Seminary
1837-1839 Pastor, Lawrenceburg, Indiana
1839-1847 Pastor, Indianapolis, Indiana
1847-1887 Pastor, Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, New York
1882 Officially repudiated orthodox Christianity, denied the possibility of hell, incorporated Darwinian evolution into his theology and sermons
1887 Died, Brooklyn, New York

Biographical Information

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) was one of the most prominent and influential American preachers of his day. He was the son of Lyman Beecher and the brother of the many successful Beecher children, including Harriet Beecher Stowe. Henry Ward Beecher graduated from Lane Theological Seminary in 1837 and became the pastor of the Plymouth Church (Congregational) in Brooklyn in 1847. He was most famous for his opposition to slavery and his skills as a preacher and public lecturer who championed the love of God rather than the wrath of God. He also supported women's suffrage and Darwin's theory of evolution.


Scope and Content

This collection contains materials about the life and legacy of Henry Ward Beecher and several articles written by him.



Beecher, Henry Ward, 1813-1887.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.



Administrative Information

Processing Information

This is a constructed collection on Beecher. The material was most likely collected by library and/or archival staff, however, the provenance of this collection is unknown.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection. The papers are available for review according to the normal rules of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Henry Ward Beecher Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1 of 1
1:1 List of Beecher-related articles
1:2 Henry Ward Beecher Pamphlet, 1912
1:3 Photograph of H.W. Beecher
1:4 Sermon Delivered at Plymouth Church, Brooklyn, June 1872
1:5 James Monroe Hubert, "Beecher Self-Revealing in His Own Parlor." The Interior. 23 June 1910.
1:6 The Congregationalist and Christian World. 89/1. (Bulletin from Plymouth Church, Brooklyn: 19 February 1922 found inside) 2 January 1904.
1:7 Henry Ward Beecher, "The Mission of the Pulpit." Reprinted from Evangelical Alliance, 1873


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