The W.S. Plumer Bryan Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Bryan, W. S. Plumer (William Swan Plumer), 1856-1925
Dates: 1925
Extent: 1 box (0.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1856 August 30 Born, Allegheny City, Pennsylvania
1875 Graduated, Davidson College
1878 Graduated, Master of Arts, Davidson College
1878 Graduated, Columbia Theological Seminary, South Carolina
1879 June 8 Ordained, Lexington Presbytery
1878-1887 Pastor, Tygarts Valley and Mingo Flats Churches, West Virginia
1987-1992 Pastor, First Church, Asheville, North Carolina
1892 Awarded honorary doctor of divinity, Centre College, Kentucky
1892-1894 Pastor, Second Church, Cincinnati, Ohio
1895-1925 Pastor, Church of the Covenant, Chicago, Illinois
1925 May 29 Died, Chicago

Biographical Information

The Reverend Doctor William Swan Plumer Bryan (1856- 1925) was a grandson of the renowned Southern Presbyterian theologian, William Swan Plumer (PTS class of 1827). He was educated at Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary, and also received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Centre College in Kentucky. He served as a Presbyterian pastor for many years.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of eight typescript sermons given by Dr. Bryan during his pastorate in Chicago. These sermons were delivered shortly before his death in May of 1925.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

It is not currently known how these items were acquired by the Seminary. They may have been given by Dr. Bryan's son, the Reverend Alison R. Bryan (1891 - 1992), who visited the Seminary Archives several times in 1991. These documents were organized as a manuscript collection in December of 1996.


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.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The W.S. Plumer Bryan Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1: Sermons on Modernism, January 1925
1:1 "Modernism: What it is," (Matthew 13:52) January 4.
1:2 "Modernism and Nature," (Psalm 19: 1, 14) January 11.
1:3 "Modernism and Law," (I Timothy 1:8) January 18.
1:4 "Modernism and Sin," (I John 1:8) January 25.
Box 1 continued: Sermons on the Fundamentals of Sin, February, 1925
1:5 "The First Sin of Man - The Fall," (Genesis 3:9) February 1.
1:6 "The Love of God and the Sin of Mankind," (Romans 5:12) February 8.
1:7 "The Mystery of the Ages - Sinners Made Righteous," (Romans 5:19) February 15.
1:8 "Peace with God through the Work of Another," (Romans 5:1) February 22.


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