The Francis Landey Patton Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections
Dates: 1871-1907
Extent: 1 box (0.4 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1843 Born in Warwick, Bermuda
1863 B.A., Knox College, University of Toronto
1863-1865 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1865-1867 Pastor, 84th St. Church, New York City
1867-1870 Pastor, Nyack, New York
1874 Prosecutor, David Swing heresy trial
1874-1881 Pastor, Jefferson Park Church
1871-1881 Professor, theology, North-Western Theological Seminary
1878 Moderator, General Assembly, PCUSA
1881-1888 Professor, Relations of Philosophy and Science to Christian Religion, Princeton Theological Seminary
1888-1902 President, Princeton University
1884-1913 Professor, Ethics, Princeton University
1888-1902 Lecturer, Theism, Princeton Theological Seminary
1902-1913 President and Professor of Philosophy of Religion, Princeton Theological Seminary
1913-1932 Resident, Warwick, Bermuda
1932 Died, Warwick, Bermuda

Biographical Information

President Patton also received honorary doctoral degrees from Hanover College, Yale University, the College of Wooster, Harvard University, the University of Toronto, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, and Princeton University. He authored three books and numerous articles and pamphlets.


Scope and Content

This constructed collection includes student notes of Patton lectures, printed lecture notes (with student marginalia by Robert E. Speer), biographical materials, news clippings, and correspondence.



Patton, Francis L. (Francis Landey), 1843-1932--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was organized, and the original finding aid was written by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist in April of 1996. In May of 2004, Special Collections was gifted photographs of Patton's tombstone and church in Bermuda, which were added to the end of the collection. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin in February of 2009.


There are no special restrictions on the accessibility of this collection. It is available for the use of library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of the Seminary Archives.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Francis Landey Patton Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Lectures on Theism, given in Miller Chapel, March 25- 29, 1907. With: Notes taken by H.D. Davies, student at Princeton Seminary, class of 1907. (Gift of Dr. William Seath.) With: Notebook removed from Archive's "Alumni Alcove". Bound with these notes are the following lecture notes:
-"Old Testament Canon," by Prof. Robert Dick Wilson, PTS, Mar. 2, 1905  
-"Philosophy of Missions," 4 lectures by Prof. W. B. Greene, PTS 1905.  
- "Biblical Basis of Missions," 4 lectures by Prof. Geerhardus Vos, PTS, 1905.  
-"Medieval Missions," 6 lectures by Prof. John DeWitt.   
-"Modern Missions," 4 lectures by Prof. F.W. Loetscher, PTS, 1905.  
1:2 Printed lectures on ethics, with marginal notes by student (Robert E. Speer). circa 1890
1:3 Printed lectures on Theism, 1888, with marginal notes by student (Robert E. Speer). circa 1890
1:4 Biographical material - I: News clippings, memorials, etc.
1:5 Biographical material - II: News clippings, memorials, etc.
1:6 Biographical material - III: News clippings, memorials, etc.
1:7 Correspondence: 18 letters from Prof. A. A. Hodge, some with typescripts attached, bulk. 1879-1881
1:8 Correspondence: Miscellaneous.
1:9 Correspondence: 8 letters to Samuel T. Lowrie (Presbyterian pastor and P.T.S. Director), [photocopies from S.T. Lowrie Manuscript Collection, P.T.S.]. 1903-1904
1:10 Report of students to Board of Directors re 1909 student protest. 1909
1:11 Inauguration pamphlets [North-Western; Princeton Seminary; Princeton College]. 1871, 1881, 1888
1:12 Pictures of tombstone and church in Bermuda (accession 2004.20)


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