The Nicholas Murray Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Murray, Nicholas, 1802-1861
Dates: 1829-1861
Extent: 29 boxes (10.3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1802 December 25 Born, Ballinaskea, Ireland
1826 Graduated, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts
1826-1829 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1829 November 4 Ordained, Presbytery of Susquehanna
1829-1833 Pastor, Wilkes-Barre and Kingston, Pennsylvania
1833-1861 Pastor, First Church, Elizabethtown, New Jersey
1843 Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity, Williams College
1849 Moderator, Presbyterian General Assembly
1861 February 4 Died, Elizabethtown

Biographical Information

Dr. Nicholas Murray (1802-1861) was born in Ballinaskea, Ireland and received his education at Williams College and Princeton Seminary (class of 1829). He served as a Presbyterian pastor to churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania before his death in 1861. He also served on the Board of Directors of Princeton Seminary, 1836-1861, and was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1849.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of 28 boxes of manuscript sermons by Dr. Murray, dating from 1829 to 1861. There are 1,065 sermons, each of which is numbered and labeled in regard to the scriptural text, as well as the date and location in which it was delivered. This collection also contains one box (see box 29) of miscellaneous material, including a small diary maintained during his studies at Princeton (from November 1826 to January 1, 1828), a published pamphlet, biographical materials, and a short note (dated February 21, 1848).



Murray, Nicholas, 1802-1861--Archives.

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

Sermons, American--19th century.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

The provenance of this collection is unknown. It was organized and the original finding aid was written by Raymond D. Cannata in March of 1997, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist.


There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

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