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The Henry Ward Beecher Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 024

Scope and Content

This collection contains materials about the life and legacy of Henry Ward Beecher and several articles written by him.


  • 1872-1922

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There are no restrictions on access to this collection. The papers are available for review according to the normal rules of Special Collections.

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The Henry Ward Beecher Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Biographical Information

Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887) was one of the most prominent and influential American preachers of his day. He was the son of Lyman Beecher and the brother of the many successful Beecher children, including Harriet Beecher Stowe. Henry Ward Beecher graduated from Lane Theological Seminary in 1837 and became the pastor of the Plymouth Church (Congregational) in Brooklyn in 1847. He was most famous for his opposition to slavery and his skills as a preacher and public lecturer who championed the love of God rather than the wrath of God. He also supported women's suffrage and Darwin's theory of evolution.


0.3 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Processing Information:

This is a constructed collection on Beecher. The material was most likely collected by library and/or archival staff, however, the provenance of this collection is unknown.

The Henry Ward Beecher Manuscript Collection
Kristen J. Nivling
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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