The Robert Dick Wilson Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Wilson, Robert Dick, 1856-1930
Dates: 1880-1883, circa 1929
Extent: 1 Box (0.4 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1856 Born, Indiana, Pennsylvania
1876 B.A., College of New Jersey (Princeton University)
1879 M.A., College of New Jersey (Princeton University)
1880-1881 Student, Western Theological Seminary (Pennsylvania)
1881-1883 Student, University of Berlin (Germany)
1883-1885 Instructor, Old Testament, Western Theological Seminary
1886 Ph.D., College of New Jersey (Princeton University)
1885-1929 Professor, Semitic Philology and O.T., Princeton Seminary
1929-1930 Professor, Semitic Philology and O.T., Westminster Theological Seminary
1930 Died, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Biographical Information

Dr. Wilson received honorary doctorates from Lafayette College (1894) and the College of Wooster (1921). He was the author of several significant books (including Elements of Syriac Grammar, Hebrew Grammar for Beginners, Scientific Investigation of the Old Testament, Studies in the Book of Daniel, and others), as well as numerous published articles.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of biographical materials, correspondence and lecture notes for Hebrew language and Old Testament courses.



Wilson, Robert Dick, 1856-1930--Archives.

Princeton Theological Seminary--Faculty--Archives.

Old Testament scholars--United States--Archives.

Class notes--1880-1881.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was organized, and the original finding aid was written in March of 1996, by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The collection was organized from a number of sources. The files of lecture notes were acquired by the Seminary Libraries through Dr. Allan A. MacRae (along with a set of Dr. MacRae's own notes)in 1991. Dr. MacRae graduated from Princeton Seminary in 1927, and had assisted Dr. Wilson in the Old Testament Department of Westminster Theological Seminary (in Philadelphia). Dr. MacRae inherited Dr. Wilson's notes at the time of his death, in 1930.

Miscellaneous materials from archival faculty files and items from File D, being chiefly correspondence and biographical materials on Dr. Wilson, were arranged at the end of the collection. The finding aid was edited in February of 2009 by Sarah Seraphin.


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

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Robert Dick Wilson Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following materials in Special Collections:

The Alexander Napier MacLeod Manuscript Collection (for student notes of Wilson lectures)

The Allan Alexander MacRae Manuscript Collection (for material acquired with portions of this collection)

The Francis Landey Patton Manuscript Collection (for student notes of Wilson lectures taken by H.D. Davies, circa 1905-07)

The Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield Manuscript Collection (for correspondence)



Box 1
1:1 Finding Aid
Student Lecture Notes: Western Seminary, 1880 - 1881
1:2 Professor William Hamilton Jeffers, on Old Testament Prophets, with notes on Church History in the back of the note book [marked "LXXXIII"].
1:3 Professor William Henry Hornblower, on Preachers [marked "XXVIII"].
1:4 Professor William Henry Hornblower, on Homiletics [marked "XI"].
1:5 Professor Samuel Jennings Wilson, on Theology [marked "LXXXVI].
1:6 Professor William Hamilton Jeffers, on Old Testament.
1:7 Notes on Apologetics and Theology, possibly from lectures by Samuel Henry Kellogg or Samuel Jennings Wilson [marked "XXXIII].
1:8 Professor Benjamin B. Warfield, on New Testament [marked "XXXII"].
Student Notes from a lecture by Dr. Wilson
1:9 Notes taken and typed by Winifred Thomas (Griffith's daughter) from lectures given by Dr. Wilson at Westminster Theological Seminary, on "Introduction to the Pentateuch." circa 1929-30
1:10 Correspondence, including letters from R.D. Wilson, Charles R. Erdman, C.I. Scofield, and others. Of special interest are several letters re the Seminary's "reorganization controversy" of 1929. 1929
1:11 Miscellaneous notes, largely on genetics, royal genealogy, and heraldry. The handwriting does not appear to be that of either Dr. Wilson or Dr. MacRae.
1:12 Biographical materials and news clippings.
1:13 Correspondence: Six letters to B.B. Warfield. chiefly 1882-1883


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