The Robert Franklin Bunting Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Bunting, R. F. (Robert Franklin), 1828-1891
Dates: 1849-1852
Extent: .5 linear feet
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1828 May 9 Born, Hookstown, Pennsylvania
1849 Graduated, Washington College, Pennsylvania
1849-1852 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1852 November 9 Ordained, Presbytery of Washington
1853-1856 Stated supply, La Grange and Columbus, Texas
1856-1861 Stated supply, First Church, San Antonio
1861-1865 Chaplain, Confederate States of America
1865 Given honorary doctorate, Hampden-Sydney College
1865-1866 Stated supply, First Church, Nashville, Tennessee
1866-1868 Pastor, First Church, Nashville, Tennessee
1868-1880 Pastor, First Church, Galveston, Texas
1876-1879 Editor, Texas Presbyterian
1881-1884 Stated supply, First Church, Rome, Georgia
1884-1885 Pastor, Rome, Georgia
1885-1889 Financial agent, Southwestern Presbyterian University
1889-1891 Pastor, Gallatin, Tennessee
1891 December 19 Died, Lebanon, Tennessee

Biographical Information

Robert F. Bunting was born in Hookstown, Pennsylvania in 1828. He graduated from Washington College (now Washington & Jefferson) in 1849, and earned his B.D. from Princeton Seminary in 1852. He served as a Presbyterian pastor until his death in September of 1891.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of three volumes of diary notes, which Bunting produced while a student at the Seminary:

  • Volume I (September 19, 1849 through May 1850);
  • Volume II (May 13, 1850 through September 25, 1850); and
  • Volume III (April 25, 1851 through May 18, 1852).

The collection also consists of biographical and historical manuscript materials.



Bunting, Robert Franklin, 1828-1891--Diaries.

Princeton Theological Seminary--Students--Diaries.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

These journals were given to the Seminary sometime prior to June 14, 1951, when they were marked with the library's dated stamp. For many years these volumes were maintained as part of the Seminary's "Alumni Alcove" collection. They were organized as a manuscript collection in October of 1996. Two manuscript folders were added to the collection in October 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.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Robert Franklin Bunting Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Diary, Volume I, September 19, 1849 - May 1850
1:2 Diary, Volume II, May 13, 1850 – September 25, 1850
1:3 Diary, Volume III, April 25, 1851 – May 18, 1852
1:4 Biography of Robert F. Bunting, Chapter VIII, by Henry S. Bunting, 1946
1:5 “Preface to ‘The Bunting Archive,’” from Henry S. Bunting, with earliest minutes of the 1st Presbyterian Church, San Antonio, Texas, 1947


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