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The John M. Mulder Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 088

Scope and Content

This collection includes material related to Dr. Mulder’s years as a student and later as a professor of church history at Princeton Theological Seminary, including course notes, correspondence, faculty materials, material related to the seminary’s journal Theology Today (1967-1977), reviews, and material related to the project of microfilming the Papers of David Avery.


  • 1968-1977, 1979

Language of Materials



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.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The John M. Mulder Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


1946 March 20
Born, Chicago, Illinois
Graduated, Hope College, Michigan
Student, Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary
Student, Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University
1970 November 2
Ordained, Presbytery of Chicago
Assistant editor, Theology Today
Assistant editor, Papers of Woodrow Wilson
Instructor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Assistant professor of American Church History, Princeton Theological Seminary
Associate professor, Louisville Theological Seminary
President and professor, Louisville Theological Seminary
Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Rhodes College, Tennessee
Honorary Doctor of Human Letters, Bellarmine College, Kentucky
Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Hanover College, Indiana
Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Faculte de Theologie, France

Biographical Information

Dr. John Mark Mulder was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1946. He graduated from Princeton Seminary in 1970, earning the Master of Divinity Degree. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Chicago that same year. From 1970 to 1974, he attended Princeton University as a doctoral student, and was the assistant editor of the Papers of Woodrow Wilson during that time. He earned his Ph.D. in 1974, and returned to Princeton Seminary as Assistant Professor of American Church History. He served as assistant editor of Theology Today from 1969 to 1977. Dr. Mulder was also the editor of the 179 page guide to the Papers of David Avery (Microfilm Edition), a project which was funded by a grant from the national historical publications and records commission. The guide was published by Princeton Seminary in 1979.

In 1981, at the age of thirty-five, Dr. Mulder began his twenty-one year long career as President of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He resigned from the Seminary in 2002. He is well-known for having co-edited the seven volume "Presbyterian Presence" series, along with Milton J. Coalter and Louis B. Weeks.


3.6 Linear Feet (4 Boxes)


Series I: Course Work at Princeton Seminary, 1968-1969. (Box 1)

Series II: Correspondence, 1972- 1977. (Box 1)

Series III: Princeton Seminary Faculty Materials, 1974-1976. (Box 1)

Series IV. Theology Today Materials, 1967-1977. (Box 1-Box 2)

Series V. Miscellaneous Materials, Reviews, and David Avery Materials (Box 2- Box 4)

Processing Information:

The papers of John Mark Mulder were accessioned on July 9, 1996. The original finding aid was written by Douglas F. Denné in the Summer of 1996, under the direction of William O. Harris, archivist. Index cards related to Dr. Mulder's work on the Avery Collection were located in the archives' backlog in 2008 and added to the collection. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin in March of 2009.

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Repository Details

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

Princeton Theological Seminary
Wright Library
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Princeton NJ 08540 USA