The Eugene Carson Blake Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections
Dates: 1946-1985
Extent: 1 Box (0.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1906 November 7 Born, St. Louis, Missouri
1928 Graduated, Princeton University
1928-1929 Teacher, Forman Christian College, Lahore, India
1929-1930 Student, University of Edinburgh
1930-1932 Student, Bachelor of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
1932 April 19 Ordained, West Jersey Presbytery
1932-1935 Assistant pastor, Collegiate Church of St. Nicholas, New York City
1935-1940 Pastor, First Church, Albany
1937-1939 Lecturer, Religion, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
1940-1951 Pastor, Presbyterian Church, Pasadena, California
1941 Granted Doctor of Divinity, Occidental College
1951-1966 Stated clerk, General Assembly, United Presbyterian Church of the United States of America
1954-1982 Trustee, Princeton Theological Seminary
1954-1957 President, National Council of Churches
1966-1972 General secratary, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland
1982-1985 Trustee emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary
1985 July 31 Died

Biographical Information

Eugene Carson Blake (1906-1985) was a powerful Protestant leader in the 1950s and 1960s. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1932 with a Bachelor of Theology. He taught at a Christian missionary school in Lahore, India (now Pakistan), held pastorates at churches in New York City and Albany, and served as the pastor of the Pasadena Church in Pasadena, California for eleven years. In 1951 he was elected stated clerk of the General Assembly of the UPCUSA, a post he held until 1966. Blake demonstrated against segregation and was in the vanguard of the ecumenical movement. He served as the president of the National Council of Churches USA from 1954-1957 and the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches from 1966-1974. Blake became a trustee of Princeton Seminary in 1954.


Scope and Content

This collection contains sermons by Dr. Blake, photographs of him, and newspaper clippings and biographical information about him from miscellaneous sources.



Blake, Eugene Carson, 1906-

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Sermons, American.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

The provenance of these materials is unknown. It is most likely a constructed collection, though there are no records of who originally collected these materials. The finding aid was written in February of 2008 by Kristen Nivling.


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

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Eugene Carson Blake Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1 of 1
1:1 Newspaper clippings: 1961-1985
1:2 Photographs (See also: PTS Photograph Collection: Individuals: Eugene Carson Blake)
1:3 Sermons 1943-1966
1:4 Miscellaneous biographical information


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