The Benjamin Franklin Farber Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Farber, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), b. 1882
Dates: 1918-1964, bulk undated
Extent: 4 boxes (3.1 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1882 July 13 Born, Thornton, Indiana
1905 BS, Hanover College
1908 MA, Princeton University
1909 M.Div, Princeton Theological Seminary
1909 May 11 Ordained, Presbytery of North Philadelphia
1909-1910 Assistant Pastor, 1st Presbyterian Church, Germantown, Pennsylvania
1910-1917 Assistant Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Plymouth, Michigan
1917-1919 Assistant Pastor, Woodward Avenue Presbyterian Church, Detroit, Michigan
1918 YMCA war service
1919-1926 Pastor, 6th Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1924 D.D., Washington and Jefferson College, D.D., Grove City College
1926-1953 Pastor, 4th Presbyterian Church in New York, New York
1954-1965 Pastor Emeritus: 4th Presbyterian Church in New York, New York
1954 Interim Pastor: Tenafly, New Jersey
1930-1958 Trustee, Princeton Theological Seminary
1965 September 20 Died, Cresskill, New Jersey


Scope and Content

This collection consists primarily of a large collection of Reverend Farber's sermons. It also contains his personal papers, including correspondence, family information and his 1918 war diary.



Farber, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), b. 1882.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

Sermons, American--20th century.



Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written by Wesley W. Smith in January of 1998, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin in February 2009.


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 Benjamin Franklin Farber Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Sermon on creation and the universe
1:2 Sermons on the Ten Commandments
1:3 Sermons on George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
1:4 Sermons on the Westminster Assembly
1:5 Sermon, "The Lost Chord"
1:6 Sermon, "Mind Your Own Business"
1:7 Sermons on Hebrews 11
1:8 Sermon, "The Unashamed Christian"
1:9 Sermon, "The Need for the Gospel"
1:10 Sermon, "The Way God Works in Our World"
1:11 Sermon, "In God We Trust"
1:12 Sermons on The Lord's Prayer
1:13 Sermons on Being Awake to God
1:14 Sermons on John 3
1:15 New Year's Sermons
1:16 Sermons on the Beatitudes
1:17 Sermon, "The Balances of God"
1:18 Sermon, "In the Valley of Decision"
1:19 Sermon, "Patches Won't Do"
1:20 Sermon on Jeremiah 18:1-20
1:21 Sermons on the Rich Fool
1:22 Sermons on the Apostle's Creed
1:23 Independence Day Sermon
1:24 Sermon, "The Christian Imperative"
1:25 Sermons on I Cor. 13 and I John 4
1:26 Sermon, "Walls in the Desert"
1:27 Sermon, "The Manliness of Christ"
1:28 Sermon, "The Changing and the Changeless"
1:29 All Saints' Day Sermons
1:30 Sermon, "The Task Before Us"
1:31 Sermon on John 3:16
1:32 Sermon, "Facing Life with Confidence"
1:33 Sermon, "More than Conquerors"
1:34 Thanksgiving Day Sermons
1:35 Sermon on Right Thinking
1:36 Sermon on Spiritual Preparedness
1:37 Sermons on the Church
1:38 Sermons on the Temptation of Jesus
1:39 Sermons on Job
1:40 Easter Sermons
1:41 Easter Sermons
1:42 Easter Sermons
1:43 Christmas Sermons
1:44 Christmas Sermons
1:45 Advent Sermons
1:46 Lenten Sermons
1:47 Lenten Sermons
1:48 Christmas and Easter Bulletins
1:49 Christmas Sermons
1:50 Christmas Sermons
1:51 Christmas Sermons
1:52 Sermon on Col. 1:1-20
1:53 Sermon, "The Consolations of God"
Box 2
2:1 PTS Trustee Minutes Oct. 13, 1964
2:2 Conversion of a Confuscianist
2:3 Sermons by Other Preachers
2:4 "The Phenomenon of Billy Graham"
2:5 Memorial Minute for Dr. Farber by PTS Board of Trustees
2:6 Sermons Preached by Dr. Farber to Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, New Jersey
2:7 Sermon Preached over CBS
2:8 Student Papers
2:9 Funeral Sermons
2:10 Sermon, "The Convinced Christian"
2:11 Chi Alpha Addresses, and Charge to Princeton Professors
2:12 "An Address in Fourth Church"
2:13 Sermon, "The Birthday of the Church"
2:14 Familiar Hymns and their Stories
2:15 Lessons on Church Membership
2:16 Study on the Bible
2:17 Bible Studies on Hebrews
2:18 Prayers
2:19 Commemorative Sermon for 6th Pres. Church, Pittsburgh PA
2:20 Sermons on the Holy Spirit
2:21 Sermon, "Living with a Purpose"
2:22 Sermon, "The Consecrated Personality"
2:23 Sermon, "When Religion Becomes Real"
2:24 Sermon, "Office Bearers in the Church"
2:25 Sermon, "The Christian Lives in Expectation"
2:26 Sermon on Conversion
2:27 Sermon, "Our American Dreams"
2:28 Sermon on Grace
2:29 Sermon, "Your Answer to Christ"
2:30 Radio Broadcasts: Democracy and Religion
2:31 Sermons on the Reformation
2:32 Sermon, "Limiting God"
2:33 Sermon on Compassion
2:34 Sermons on the Commonplace
2:35 Sermon, "A Charge to the People"
2:36 Sermons on Integrity
2:37 Lenten Sermons
2:38 Sermon, "God's Concern about Man"
2:39 Sermon, "Maintain the Spiritual Glow"
2:40 Sermon, "Christian Stewardship"
2:41 Sermon, "I sat where they sat"
2:42 Sermon on Vocation
2:43 Sermon, "The Second Mile"
2:44 Sermon, "If Christ had not Come"
2:45 Preparatory Sermons
2:46 Children's Sermons
2:47 Miscellaneous Talks, Anecdotes, etc.
2:48 Pilgrim's Progress Sermons
2:49 Sermon on Heaven
2:50 Palm Sunday Sermons
2:51 Easter Sermons
2:52 Mother's Day Sermons
2:53 Mark Twain Paper
2:54 Christmas Sermons
2:55 Sermon, "Forgiveness of Sins"
2:56 Communion Meditations
2:57 Sermons on Joshua and Caleb
2:58 Sermon, "The Stride of God"
2:59 Sermon, "What God Requires of Us"
2:60 Sermon, "A Charge to the Pastor"
2:61 Sermons on the Bible
2:62 Sermons on the Kingship of Jesus
2:63 Anniversary Sermons of 4th Presbyterian Church
Box 3
3:1 Church Annual Reports 1947-1953
3:2 Correspondence
3:3 Correspondence
3:4 Family Information
3:5 Personal Papers
3:6 Church Call Letters to Dr. Farber
3:7 Military Service in France
Box 4
4:1 Pastor's Register of Sermons, Marriages, Baptisms, Pastoral Calls and New Members 1937-1952
4:2 Two Personal Copies of the Book of Common Worship
4:3 Personal Copy of the New Testament
4:4 War Diary from his 1918 Military Service with the YMCA


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