The Allan Alexander MacRae Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: MacRae, Allan A. (Allan Alexander), 1902-1997
Dates: 1923-1938
Extent: 4 Boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1902 February 11 Born, Calumet, Michigan
1922 B.A., Occidental College
1923 M.A., Occidental College
1923-1924 Student, Bible Institute of Los Angeles
1927 Th.B., Princeton Theological Seminary
1927 M.A., Princeton University
1927-1929 Graduate student, University of Berlin (Germany)
1929 Graduate student, American School of Oriental Research, Jerusalem
1936 Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Supervisor, E.A. Speiser)
1929-1937 Assistant Professor, Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
1937-1971 President and Professor of Old Testament, Faith Theological Seminary
1971-1985 President and Professor of Old Testament, Biblical Theological Seminary (Hatfield, Pennsylvania)
1985-1997 Chancellor, Biblical Theological Seminary (Pennsylvania)
1990-1997 Resident, Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Home, Quarryville, Pennsylvania
1997 September 27 Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Biographical Information

Dr. MacRae authored several books, including The Gospel of Isaiah, Nuzi Personal Names, and Prophecies of Daniel. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).


Scope and Content

This collection consists mainly of photocopies of course notes collected by Dr. MacRae while a student at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (now Biola) and Princeton Seminary. There are also photocopies of typescripts of notes from Dr. Allis' courses at Westminster Theological Seminary. Miscellaneous materials include other unidentified student course notes, biographical materials, printed materials regarding the "Reorganization Controversy", and photocopied correspondence between W.M. Hayes and notable Presbyterian leaders (including Robert Speer, Samuel Craig, and Clarence Macartney).



MacRae, Allan A. (Allan Alexander), 1902---Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary--Alumni and alumnae--Archives.

Class notes--1923-1927.

Class notes--1934.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was given to the Seminary Libraries by Dr. MacRae in May of 1991, through the assistance of Stephen Hague, a former student and instructor at Biblical Theological Seminary. The papers were acquired as a set, along with a collection of course notes by Robert Dick Wilson, which Dr. MacRae had inherited in 1930. These notes were separated from the notes of Dr. MacRae, and are now stored as a part of the Robert Dick Wilson Manuscript Collection.

This collection was organized, and the original finding aid was written in April 1996, by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. At that time, some biographical materials and correspondence from Dr. MacRae's alumni biographical record and from archives' office files were photocopied and added to the collection. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin in February 2009.


There are no special restrictions placed on the use of these materials. They are available for use of library patrons under the normal conditions and rules of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Allen Alexander MacRae Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following materials in Special Collections:

The Robert Dick Wilson Manuscript Collection (much of which was originally preserved with Dr. MacRae's papers)

See also the following items in the PTS Audio Collection:

Tape #0314, #0323, #0324, and #0467 (interviews of Dr. MacRae, 1991 - 1994).

Tape #0119 (lecture by Dr. MacRae on Charles Darwin).

Tape #0331, #0332, #0333, #0334 (interviews of Edwin Rian)



Box 1
1:1 Finding Aid
Student Course Notes: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1923-1924
1:2 "Personal Work". Fall 1923
1:3 Missions [photocopy] 1923-1924
1:4 Synthesis of first year, Dr. Hubbard. Spring 1924
1:5 Notes, Dr. G. Campbell Morgan. Spring 1924
Student Course Notes: Princeton Theological Seminary, 1924-1927
1:6 Old Testament History. circa 1925
1:7 Old Testament Survey, Dr. Allis [photocopies].
1:8 Textual Criticism of the Old Testament, Dr. R.D. Wilson [photocopy]. Fall 1926
1:9 Notes on Hebrew Syntax. 1925
1:10 Apostolic History, Dr. W.P. Armstrong [photocopy]. Fall 1926
1:11 Apostolic History, Dr. W.P. Armstrong, [photocopied typescripts]. circa fall 1925
1:12 Eschatology of the Old Testament, Dr. Vos, [photocopied typescripts]. circa 1924
1:13 Epistle to the Hebrews, Dr. Vos [photocopied typescripts].
1:14 Apologetics, Dr. G. Johnson, [photocopies]. Fall 1924
1:15 Evidences of Christianity, Dr. G. Johnson, [photocopy of printed notes - part I]. 1925-1926
1:16 Evidences of Christianity, Dr. G. Johnson, [photocopy of printed notes - part II]. 1925-1926
1:17 Apologetics and Theism, Dr. G. Johnson, [photocopy of printed notes - part I]. 1925-1926
1:18 Apologetics and Theism, Dr. G. Johnson, [photocopy of printed notes - part II]. 1925-1926
1:19 Christian Sociology, Dr. W.B. Greene, [photocopy of typescript]. Fall 1926
1:20 Pastoral Theology, Dr. Erdman. Spring 1927
Box 2
2:1 Systematic Theology, Drs. Hodge and Jenkins, [photocopy]. Fall 1924
2:2 Soteriology and Eschatology, Drs. Hodge and Jenkins, [photocopy]. Fall 1926
2:3 Systematic Theology, Dr. Jenkins, [photocopy]. 1924
2:4 Doctrine of Man, Dr. Jenkins, [photocopy]. Includes notes on biological evolution. Fall 1925
2:5 Homiletics. circa 1924-27
2:6 Missions, [photocopy]. 1925
2:7 Methods in Missions, Dr. J.R. Stevenson, [photocopy]. Spring 1926
2:8 Seminary Exams. 1926-1927
Box 3
Notes: Westminster Theological Seminary, 1929-1937
3:1 Old Testament Poetical and Wisdom Literature, Dr. Allis, [photocopied typescript]. Spring 1934
3:2 Old Testament Prophetical Literature, Dr. Allis, [photocopied typescript]. Fall 1934
3:3 Pentateuch, Dr. Allis, [photocopied typescript]. Spring 1934
3:4 Old Testament History (through death of Saul), Dr. Allis [photocopied typescript].
Notes: Miscellaneous
3:5 Philosophy, (Princeton University?), [photocopy]. Spring 1925
3:6 Notes on sermons heard. 1925
3:7 Miscellaneous notes.
Box 4
Miscellaneous materials
4:1 Course notes: New Testament Biblical Theology, Dr. Vos. Notes by W.O. Johnson [photocopied typescript]. 1925
4:2 Course notes: Gospel History, Dr. W.P. Armstrong, [photocopied typescript]. Fall 1924
4:3 Correspondence of W.M. Hayes [President of North China Baptist Theological Seminary in Tenghsien, Shantung] [photocopies]. Letters to Robert E. Speer, Walter D. Jones, Dr. Trull, Clarence Macartney, Samuel Craig, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Euretta A. Simons, C. L. Culpepper, and others. 1927-1938
4:4 Reorganization Controversy, printed materials.
4:5 Biographical materials and correspondence.


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