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General Presbyterian History Resources

We will be posting links to key books over the next several months. These original books deal with the history of the Presbyterian Church and various denominational disputes, such as the 1837-38 New School-Old School split.
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General
A history of the Presbyterian church in America, from its origin until the year 1760. With biographical sketches of its early ministers. By the Rev. Richard Webster ... With a memoir of the author, by the Rev. C. Van Rensselaer ... and an historical introduction, by the Rev. William Blackwood
Webster, Rev. Richard. Philadelphia: J.M. Wilson, 1857. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

A history of the new school, and of the questions involved in the disruption of the Presbyterian church in 1838. Baird, Samuel John. Philadelphia: Claxton, Remsen & Haffelfinger, 1868. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

A historical vindication of the abrogation of the plan of union by the Presbyterian church in the United States of America. Brown, Isaac Van Arsdale. Philadelphia: W. S. & A. Martien, 1855. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library
A treatise by an Old School proponent.

History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, Volume 1. Gillett, E. H. (Ezra Hall). Philadelphia: Presbyterian Publication Committee, c1864. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

History of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America, Volume II. Gillett, E. H. (Ezra Hall). Philadelphia: Presbyterian Publication Committee, c1864. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

The constitutional history of the Presbyterian church in the United States of America. Part 1 (1705 - 1741).
Hodge, Charles. Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Old School). Board of Publication. Philadelphia: Presbyterian board of publication, 1851. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

The constitutional history of the Presbyterian church in the United States of America. Part 2 (1741 - 1788).
Hodge, Charles. Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Old School). Board of Publication. Philadelphia: Presbyterian board of publication, 1851. Courtesy of Making of America Books, Univ. of Mich. Library

What is Presbyterianism?: An address delivered before the Presbyterian historical society at their anniversary meeting in Philadelphia, on Tuesday evening, May 1, 1855. Rev. Charles Hodge, D.D. Philadelphia: Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Old School). Board of Publication, c1855

American Presbyterianism, Its Origins and Early History. Briggs, Charles Augustus. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1885.

African-American
A semi-centenary discourse, delivered in the First African Presbyterian church, Philadelphia, on the fourth Sabbath of May, 1857: with a history of the church from its first organization: including a brief notice of Rev. John Gloucester, its first pastor. Catto, William T. Philadelphia: J. M. Wilson, 1857.

 


Additional Items
American War of Independence (1776 - 1783)

Letter from President George Washington to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America (May 1789). Click on link and then you can read the letter in regular type and/or view the letter in a larger size.


The College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) was founded in 1746 by New Side Presbyterians to train ministers. The drawing is from a 1764 brochure. "Aula Nassovica," the Latinized name for Nassau Hall, was the principal building of the College of New Jersey. Courtesy of The Library of Congress, Rare Book & Special Collections.

The Presbyterian Heritage Center at Montreat is willing to review the following for possible inclusion in its permanent archival collection (after January 2008):

  • Photographs
  • Artifacts
  • Manuscripts, letters, documents not required to be deposited with the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia or at a Presbyterian Seminary, such as Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.
  • Reference & research books
  • Maps
  • Montreat brochures and other paper ephemera.

We are specializing in the history of Montreat and Presbyterianism both in the U.S. and through American missionaries around the world.

A more detailed Collection Guideline will be issued in late November 2007.

If you have a question or have something you wish to consider donating or leanding to the Presbyterian heritage Center at Montreat, please contact us (click to email) before sending anything. Thank you.

 

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