Caleb Cook Baldwin Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Baldwin, Caleb Cook, 1820-1911
Dates: 1855-1898
Extent: 1 archival box, .25 linear feet
Language(s): Chinese, English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Special Collections.


1820 Born, Bloomfield, N.J.
1841 Graduated, College of New Jersey
1847 Graduated, Princeton Theological Seminary
1847 May 25 Ordained, Newark, N.J., Presbytery
1847 September 28 Married Harriet Fairchild
1847 November 3 Left New Jersey for Foochow, China
1857 October 25 Sailed from Foochow to New York
1859 September Left New York for Foochow, by way of Hong Kong
1873 October Left U.S. for Foochow
1886 April Returned to U.S. from Foochow
1887 August Left U.S. for Foochow
1895 April-June Returned to U.S.
1896 Harriet Baldwin died.
1911 July 19 Died, Glen Ridge, N.J.

Biographical Information

Born in Bloomfield, N.J., Caleb Cook Baldwin was a member of the Presbyterian Church there. He attended the Bloomfield Academy. Upon graduation from the College of New Jersey, he taught school in Maryland before entering Princeton Theological Seminary.

After seminary, ordination, and marriage, Baldwin and his wife Harriet sailed around the Cape of Good Hope for China under the American Board of Missionaries, arriving in Foochow in 1848. They had four children, one of whom was born in China.

In China, Baldwin collaborated on an Anglo-Chinese Dictionary and a Manual of the Foochow Dialect, the latter co-written with his wife. A biographical sketch states Baldwin also wrote several other works in Chinese, including a revision of the Foochow Bible.

Baldwin retired in 1895. Harriet Baldwin died in 1896, and he died in 1911.


Scope and Content

The collection consists of works collected and created by Harriet F. and Caleb Cook Baldwin on their missionary tours in China during the 19th century. Items include black and white photographs, works by the Baldwins printed in China, and biographical documents about Caleb Baldwin.



Baldwin, Caleb Cook, 1820-1911



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: Caleb Cook Baldwin Manuscript Collection, Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


The Caleb Cook Baldwin Manuscript Collection was acquired by Princeton Theological Seminary Special Collections in 2013.


There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.



Arranged at the collection level.


Box 1
1:1 Cloth covered hand sewn Chinese book
1:2 "History and geography book which Grandpa and Grandma Baldwin wrote"
1:3 Booklet: Poems by Mrs. Harriet F. Baldwin, missionary of the American Board in Foochow, China, 1847-1895. Foochow: Romanised Press 1898
1:4 Pencil sketches by Harriet Baldwin 1855-1885
1:5 Booklet: Grosjean Pékin. Chinese name: Ko Yang. Kuang Mao Hutung 18 Hatamen, Pékin. Hand sewn with green ribbon.
1:6 Printed paper samples with Chinese lettering and illustrations
1:7 Biographical information: newspaper sketch, list of voyages to and from China 1847 to 1895, Alphabetic Dictionary of the Foochow Dialect, "p. 1-4 of 1,100 dictionary compiled by Dr. C.C. Baldwin", "Sketch" of C.C. Baldwin, notes [1870], undated
1:8 Photocopies of biographical information
1:9 Photographs
Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Baldwin, Foochow, China  
C.C. Baldwin  
Bridge of Ten Thousand Ages (stone)  
Shipping on R. Min (Foochow)  
Walk in temple enclosure  
4 photos, 2 unmarked: Sedan, gymnastics in kindergarten school  
Kusha monastery (Buddhist)  


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