The J. Christy Wilson Sr. Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Wilson, J. Christy, 1891-1973
Dates: 1951, 1967-1969
Extent: 1 box (1.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1891 July 22 Born, Columbus, Nebraska to Charles C. and Lillie Gray Moore Wilson
1914 B.A., University of Kansas, Phi Beta Kappa
1914-1916 Newspaper editor, Daily Post, Idaho Falls, Idaho
1917 April 8 Married to C. Fern Wilson in Washington, D.C.
1918 July 19 Ordained, Lehigh Presbytery, United Presbyterian Church
1919 Th.B., Princeton Theological Seminary
1919 M.A., Princeton University
1919-1941 Evangelistic missionary in Tabriz, Iran, under the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions
1921-1923 Chairman, Near East Relief Commission for Persia
1926 Th.M., Princeton Theological Seminary
1934 Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Lafayette College; Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Emporia College
1937-1940 Chairman, Near East Christian Council
1941-1961 Associate Professor of Missions and Dean of Field Services, Princeton Theological Seminary
1942-1956 Director, Princeton Institute of Theology
1962-1965 Pastor of Visitation, First Presbyterian Church, Princeton
1965-1970 Pastor of Visitation, First Presbyterian Church, Monrovia, California
1965-1973 Resident, Duarte, California
1973 April 8 Died, Duarte, California; Interment at Live Oaks Cemetery, Monrovia, California.

Biographical Information

Dr. Wilson participated in archaeological expeditions in the closed country of Afghanistan during the years he was stationed in Persia. During his years on the faculty at Princeton Seminary, he traveled with Dr. Frank Laubach's Literacy Campaign in Afghanistan as interpreter and linguistic aid. During these same years he was also a member of the National Council of Churches' Foreign Missions Executive Committee on World Literacy and Christian Literature.

Dr. Wilson was the author of a number of books, including Introducing Islam (1950), The Christian Message to Islam (1950), and Apostle to Islam: A Biography of Samuel M. Zwemer (1952). He edited Minister in Training: Textbook in Field Education (1957), and contributed various articles to encyclopedias and religious journals.


Scope and Content

This collection consists primarily of correspondence, clippings, and lecture notes, most dating from the year 1951. Some items relate to the early career of Dr. Wilson's son, J. Christy Wilson, Jr.



Wilson, J. Christy, 1891---Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

These papers were given to the Seminary by Mrs. Milton Powelson of Jamesburg, New Jersey, July 30, 1991. When the collection was organized in May of 1996, some other biographical items were added from the Archives' office files.


There are no special restrictions to the 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 J. Christy Wilson, Sr. Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Finding Aid
1.2 Typescripts of eleven church talks and sermons delivered. July-August, 1951
1.3 Correspondence: Six form letters to friends from Dr. Wilson and from his son, J. Christy Wilson, Jr. 1951
1.4 Correspondence: Seven letters from Dr. Wilson to Mrs. Milton E. (Louise) Powelson. 1951
1.5 Correspondence: Letters with Arthur Byers (Princeton Seminary) 1967 and 1969
1.6 Travel journal entries. 1951
1.7 Mementos and miscellany.
1.8 Printed items about Dr. Wilson.
1.9 Biographical materials: alumni questionnaires, obituaries, memorial minutes.


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