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Horton Davies papers

 Collection — Box: 1-11
Identifier: SCM 290

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of papers and mixed media from the academic and professional careers of Davies. Included are Davies course notebooks from his doctoral study at Oxford University, essays and sermons from his ministry in South Africa and elsewhere, and course and lecture notebooks on worship, theology and the arts from his tenure at Princeton University. Also here are slides, photos, and prints to accompany and illustrate those lectures and a course on Christian art.


  • 1939 - 2014


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Biographical / Historical

Horton Marlais Davies, the Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion Emeritus at Princeton University, served on the faculty there 1956-1984. He wrote more than 30 books, including Worship and Theology in England. A native of South Wales, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Edinburgh and his D.Phil. from Oxford University. He came to Princeton to help inaugurate a broad new program of graduate study in religion that had been established in 1955. In addition to teaching at the University, Davies also led a course every year or so at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1978, he was one of seven faculty members from New Jersey colleges and universities to help launch a cooperative ecumenical graduate program in liturgical studies at Drew University. After retiring, Davies pursued his interest in art by painting floral still lifes, church interiors and exteriors, biblical scenes, and landscapes. From: Horton Davies Collection, Princeton University Library Finding Aids.


7.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

Multiple languages

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to Princeton Theological Seminary Special Collection by Marie-Hélène Davies over several years, beginning 2005 through 2014.

Related Materials

See also the following materials: Horton Davies Collection, Princeton University Library Finding Aids.

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Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

Princeton Theological Seminary
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