The John DeWitt Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Princeton Theological Libraries. Special Collections Staff.
Dates: 1881-1910
Extent: 1 Box (0.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1842 October 10 Born, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
1861 Graudated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1861-1863 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1865 June 9 Ordained, Third Presbyterian Church, New York City
1865-1869 Pastor, Irvington, New York
1869-1876 Pastor, Central Congregational Church, Boston, Massachusetts
1876-1882 Pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
1877 Granted, Doctor of Divinity, College of New Jersey
1882-1888 Professor, Church History, Lane Theological Seminary
1888-1892 Professor, Apologetics, McCormick Theological Seminary
1888 Granted Doctor of Law, Hanover College
1892-1912 Professor, Church History, Princeton Theological Seminary
1923 November 23 Died, Princeton, New Jersey

Biographical Information

Dr. John DeWitt (1842-1923) was educated at the College of New Jersey (Princeton University), Princeton Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary (New York). He served several significant churches, including the Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, before becoming a professor of church history. Dr. DeWitt taught at Lane Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, and Princeton Seminary (1892-1912). He also served as a trustee of Princeton University, and was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Princeton University and Hanover College.


Scope and Content

This constructed collection includes correspondence, biographical materials, sermons, manuscripts, printed course outlines, and published pamphlets.



DeWitt, John, 1842-1923--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was gathered from a number of sources. The collection was organized in February of 1997.


There are no special restrictions placed on the accessibility of this collection. It is available to library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The John DeWitt Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following material in Special Collections:

The Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield Manuscript Collection

See also:

Dewitt manuscript holdings of the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



Box 1: Correspondence
- John DeWitt to Taylor Pyne (24 October 1910)
- John DeWitt to Prof. John D. Davis of Princeton Seminary (two letters). February 1898
- Robert E. Speer to John DeWitt (3 September 1895).
- H.M. Scott to John DeWitt (22 November 1894).
- Sixteen letters from John DeWitt to B.B. Warfield [photocopies from the B.B. Warfield Manuscript Collection]. 1889-1890
- Six letters from John DeWitt to George Shearer [Princeton Seminary class of 1864]. 1884-1904
- Telegram from John DeWitt to William Henry Roberts. (12 May 1884)
- Postcard addressed to Rev. John DeWitt by William Ewart Gladstone (1809-1898) postmarked. 8 March 1896
Box 1 continued: Published items by DeWitt
- "Philip Melanchthon, Scholar and Reformer," from the Presbyterian Quarterly, July 1897
- "The Bible and the Reformed Churches," opening sermon of the 7th Council of the Reformed Churches throughout the World.
- Addresses at the Inauguration of the Rev. John DeWitt at McCormick Theological Seminary, April 3, 1889
- "Archibald Alexander's Preparation for His Professorship: An Address to the Students of Princeton Theological Seminary," from the Princeton Theological Review. October 1905
- "The Memorial Tablet to Dr. James C. Moffat," from the Princeton Theological Review. October 1903
- "Church History as a Science, as a Theological Discipline, and as a Mode of the Gospel," inaugural discourse at his induction to the Chair of History in Lane Theological Seminary. May 8, 1883
- "A Speech, in Support of the Motion to Dismiss the Subject of Confessional Revision, Made at Philadelphia in the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church. May 24th 1901
- "The First General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. 1887
- "Dedication of the 7th Presbyterian Church, East Walnut Hills, Cincinnati, Ohio." Oct. 31, 1886
- "Commemorative Discourse (on Henry A. Boardman). 1881
- "Dr. Roberts' Article on Seminary Control," from the Presbyterian and Reformed Review. January 1893
- "William G.T. Shedd," from the Presbyterian and Reformed Review. April 1895
- "Jonathan Edwards: a Study," address at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, 5 October 1903, from the Princeton Theological Review. January 1904
- "Princeton College Administrations in the 19th Century," from the Presbyterian and Reformed Review. October 1897
- "Intellectual Life of Samuel Miller," opening address of the 1905-06 session at Princeton Seminary, the Princeton Theological Review. January 1906
Box 1 continued: Biographical materials
- Obituaries, biographical forms, and memorials from Archives' files.
Box 1 continued: Miscellany
- "For one is your Master, even Christ," Matt. 23:10, sermon manuscript, [from Archives' File D]. 1876
- Princeton Seminary Church History course outlines(4 ledger- sized printed sheets.)


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