Henry William Rankin Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Rankin, Henry William, 1851-1937
Dates: 1902-1937
Extent: 6 archives boxes, 3 linear feet
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Special Collections.

Biographical Information

Henry William Rankin (1851 - 1937) of E. Northfield, MA, was librarian at the Northfield Mount Hermon School and a theologian, philosopher, and author.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of manuscripts, notes, and scrapbooks belonging to Mr. Rankin.



Rankin, Henry William, 1851-1937

McCartee, Divie Bethune, 1820-1900

Nevius, John L. (John Livingston), 1829-1893

Shedd, John Haskell, 1833-1895

Philosophy and religion.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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


According to bookplates in bound volumes, these items came from the library of Dr. Robert E. Speer (1867 - 1947), Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and a major figure in Presbyterian and ecumenical church history. The collection was given to the Seminary July 1960, along with other papers of the Speer family, by Dr. Speer's daughter.

The Rankin items were organized and catalogued with the Robert E. Speer Manuscript Collection in 1964. At that time they were assigned call numbers in the library catalogue. The call numbers range from Doc .S754 R196 to Doc .S7542 R205. In May 1997 the Speer collection was reorganized, and the Rankin items were removed and organized as a separate collection.


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.


Related Material

See also the following manuscript materials in Special Collections:

Robert Speer Manuscript Collection



Boxes 1 through 4 contain manuscripts. Boxes 5 and 6 contain scrapbooks.



Box 1
1:1 Divie Bethune McCartee - pioneer missionary, a sketch of his career, 1902
1:2 The world-order of experience and evolution, 1930-1931
1:3 David Hume and modern thought, 1926, undated
1:4 The definition of philosophy, undated
1:5 Evangelical Christianity - What is it?, May 1925
1:6 Evolution and creation, April 14, 1931
1:7 The Universe depicted in the Bible, March 1926
Box 2
2:1 Ms I, January 1937
2:2 Ms II, February 1937
2:3 Ms III, March 1937
2:4 The Bible and Philosophy undated, 1933
2:5 Philosophy and the problem of revelation, undated
Box 3
3:1 Christ the Criterion of all revelation, undated
3:2 Life of John Nevius by his wife, undated
3:3 Life of John H. Shedd by his son, undated
Box 4
4:1 Philosophy and the problem of revelation, September 22, 1914
4:2 Philosophy and the problem of revelation, February 1, 1924
4:3 Primer of Philosophy: Appendix, 1936
Box 5 Scrapbooks 1-5: Philosophy and Religion, vols. 1-2
Box 6 Scrapbooks 1-5: Philosophy and Religion, vols. 3-5


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