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The Muriel J. Van Orden and Harvey L. Jennings papers

Identifier: SCM 243

Scope and Content

The collection includes report cards, exam papers, college programs, class registration cards, church programs, photographs, administration records of Union Presbyterian Church of Carney's Point, NJ, and scrapbooks.


  • 1914-1981

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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.


1905 August 25
Born, Clinton, New Jersey
Graduated, Radcliffe College
Student, Bachelor of Theology and Master of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Co-director with Harvey Jennings of youth conference, Montrose Bible Conference, Montrose, Pennsylvania
Honored for 50 years of service at Montrose Bible Conference, Montrose, Pennsylvania
2000 February 19
Died in Maine

Biographical Information

Muriel J. Van Orden Jennings was the first woman to graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1932 with a Bachelor's and Master's of theology. She married her fellow student, Harvey L. Jennings after their graduation. She served as director of religious education in Frenchtown Presbyterian Church, Frenchtown, NJ, and Peckville Baptist Church, Peckville, PA, where her husband was the pastor. For more than 40 years Muriel ran a Christian bookstore in Peckville. She also gave more than 50 years of service to the Montrose Bible Conference a variety of roles.

Harvey L. Jennings began his ministry with his ordination at Frenchtown Presbyterian Church, Frenchtown, NJ, in June of 1932. He ministered there until his move to Union Presbyterian Church, Carney's Point, NJ, in 1946. After one year of ministry there, he and Muriel moved to Peckville, PA, where Harvey was installed as pastor of Peckville Baptist Church in 1947. He served there until his death in 1973. In addition to his pastorates, he spent 41 years on the summer staff at the Montrose Bible Conference, which he co-directed with Muriel for 25 years. He was also dean of Hyde Park Bible Institute, Scranton, PA, and a professor there for sixteen years.


1.6 Linear Feet (4 Box)


The arrangement has been slightly modified from its original filing system. Certain files were regrouped to make the finding of material more accessible. Otherwise, original filing remains intact.

Series I: Muriel J. Van Orden Jennings: Education and Achievements

Series II: Harvey Jennings: Education and Ministerial Activities

Series III: Scrapbooks

Processing Information:

The Muriel J. Van Orden Jennings and Harvey Jennings Collection was accessioned on March 27th, 1996. The finding aid was created by Elaine LaRose in 2005.

The Muriel J. Van Orden and Harvey L. Jennings Manuscript Collection
Elaine LaRose
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Repository Details

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

Princeton Theological Seminary
Wright Library
25 Library Place
Princeton NJ 08540 USA