The Donald and Ruth Gard Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Gard, Donald
Dates: 1993, bulk undated
Extent: 2 boxes (0.4 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


Donald Gard

1923 May 20 Born, Kingsburg, California
1943 Graduated, University of California, Berkeley
1943-1946 Student, Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary
1946 June Ordained, Presbytery of San Joaquin
1946-1947 Student, University of Basel
1948-1955 Professor, Princeton Theological Seminary
1949 Granted Master of Arts degree, Princeton University
1950 Graduated, Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University
1955-1959 Pastor, First Church, Trenton
1959-1966 Pastor, First Church, Anaheim, California
1967-1969 Assistant to the president, California State University, Fullerton
1969-unknown Professor, California State University, Fullerton
1995 July 25 Died

Ruth Gard

1922 November 22 Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1943 Graduated, University of California, Los Angeles
1944-1947 Student, Master of Religious Education, Princeton Theological Seminary
1943-1943 Teacher, Burbank, California
1947-1948 Director of Christian Education, Presbyterian Church, Bellflower
1970-1971 Teacher, special education, Fullerton
1971-1973 Teacher, kindergarten, Fullerton
1973-1976 Reading specialist, Fullerton

Biographical Information

The Rev. Dr. Donald H. Gard received his education at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A., 1943), Princeton Theological Seminary (B.D., 1946), the University of Basel, Switzerland (1946-47), and Princeton University (M.A., 1949; Ph.D., 1950). He was ordained into the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1946, and served as a pastor in churches in New Jersey and California. He also had a successful career as an educator, serving as a professor at Princeton Seminary and California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Gard died in 1995.

Mrs. Ruth Gard (B.A., UCLA, 1943; M.R.E., PTS, 1947) was among the first female graduates of Princeton Theological Seminary. She had a distinguished career as a teacher and Christian educator.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of Reverend Gard's manuscript sermons.



Gard, Donald H.--Manuscripts.

Gard, Ruth--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

Presbyterian Church--Sermons.

Sermons, American.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

Ruth Gard donated papers belonging to her late husband in three installments, received December 9, 1995 and February 28, 1996, and December 1997. The collection consists primarily of sermons manuscripts prepared by Dr. Gard. The collection was organized in March of 1996 by Raymond D. Cannata and in December 1997 by Wesley W. Smith, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. Mrs. Gard also donated four photographs of women students enrolled during her time at Princeton Seminary. These have been labeled and organized in the PTS Photograph Collection.


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 Donald and Ruth Gard Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.



Box 1
1:1 Finding Aid
1:2 Prayers
1:3 Sermon, Ezek 37:3, "Can These Bones Live?"
1:4 Sermon, JN 12:8, "Steps Toward the Cross--And Beyond"
1:5 Sermon, Acts 9:8, Death and Eternal Life
1:6 Sermon, I Cor 2:10b, "Man, God, Spirit"
1:7 Sermon, II Cor 12:1, "What is Right with the Church"
1:8 Sermon, Col 2:8-15, Christ's Triumph on the Cross
1:9 Sermon, LK 17:16, "One Thanked God"
1:10 Sermon, LK 18:18,27, Eternal Life
1:11 Sermon, I Cor 3:9, "Fellow Workmen for God"
1:12 Sermon, Joshua 24:13-24, "God's November Elections"
1:13 Sermon, Prov. 30:18-19, "Christian Teachers"
1:14 Sermon, I Kings 19:12, "The Still Small Voice"
1:15 Sermon, Acts 9:25
1:16 Sermon, MT 8:27a, "What sort of man is this?"
1:17 Sermon, Ephesians 6:10-20, Eternal Life
1:18 Sermon, EX 32:26, "Who is on the Lord's Side?"
1:19 Sermon, LK 2:19, Mother's Day
1:20 Sermon, LK 8:4-8, Communion Meditation
1:21 Sermon, Micah 2:12, Advent
1:22 Sermon for B'nai B'rith
1:23 Sermon, Acts 10, for college students
Box 2
2:1 Sermon, Ps 95:1-7, Giving thanks
2:2 Sermon, Joshua 1:9, Courage
2:3 Sermon, I Sam 17:43, "The Battle is the Lord's"
2:4 Sermon, Heb 3:4
2:5 Sermon, Rom 13:1-7, Reformation Sunday
2:6 Sermon, Rom 12:3, Priesthood of Believers
2:7 Sermon, Isa 9:2a, "Lost and Found"
2:8 Sermon, II Cor 6:13, "Widen your hearts"
2:9 Sermon, JN 3:16, "Found! A New Life"
2:10 Sermon, I Cor 10:1-4, Baptism
2:11 Sermon, LK 4:22, "Gracious Words of Life"
2:12 Sermon, MT 3:11, Seminary Sunday
2:13 Sermon, MT 9:2
2:14 Sermon, Phil 3:14, "Four steps toward spiritual life"
2:15 Sermon, II Peter 2:9, the Bible
2:16 Sermon, LK 24:35, Maundy Thursday
2:17 Sermon, Isa 11:6
2:18 Sermon, Eccl 3:1a, "What despair leaves out"
2:19 Sermon, Ps 23:1a, "The Lord is my Shepherd"
2:20 Sermon, I Kings 2:2, "Show yourself a man"
2:21 Sermon, Isa 42:6c, Advent
2:22 Sermon, Isa 40:1, "Behold your God"
2:23 Sermon, Rev 21:4
2:24 Sermon, LK 2:10b, Advent
2:25 Sermon, Isa 42:1, "Behold my servant"
2:26 Sermon, Heb 13:1-16, Brotherly love
2:27 Sermon, Aug. 27, 1993
2:28 Sermon, Col 3:4
2:29 Sermon, Acts 4:32, "Christ and Karl Marx"
2:30 Sermon, Acts 4:1-12, AChrist and Bertrand Russell
2:31 Sermon, JN 8:11, Adultery


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