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The Ashbel Green Simonton Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 084

Scope and Content

This collection contains the Reverend Simonton's manuscript journal maintained from 1852 to 1866, accompanied by a typescript copy.


  • 1852 - 1866

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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.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Ashbel Green Simonton Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Biographical Information

The Reverend Ashbel Green Simonton (1833-1867) was born in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. After graduation from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and Princeton Theological Seminary (class of 1858), he became a Presbyterian missionary to Brazil (1859-67), serving the First Presbyterian Church of Rio de Janeiro.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 Journal, 1 Typescript)

Related Material

For a biographical essay on Reverend Simonton refer to the following publication in the Seminary Libraries (Title has multiple holdings):

Kerr, Hugh T. Sons of the prophets: leaders in Protestantism from Princeton Seminary. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1963.

Processing Information:

Part of this collection was given to the Seminary sometime prior to 1918, when the manuscript was marked with a dated stamp. Another copy was donated in 1960 by Miss Maria Amelia Rizzo. For many years these materials were stored and cataloged as a part of the library's "Alumni Alcove" and "File D" collections. These papers were organized as an manuscript collection, and the original finding aid was written by Raymond D. Cannata in October of 1996, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist.

The Ashbel Green Simonton Manuscript Collection
Raymond D. Cannata
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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