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Caleb Cook Baldwin Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 267

Scope and Content

The collection consists of works collected and created by Harriet F. and Caleb Cook Baldwin on their missionary tours in China during the 19th century. Items include black and white photographs, works by the Baldwins printed in China, and biographical documents about Caleb Baldwin.


  • 1855-1898

Language of Materials

Chinese, English


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.


Born, Bloomfield, N.J.
Graduated, College of New Jersey
Graduated, Princeton Theological Seminary
1847 May 25
Ordained, Newark, N.J., Presbytery
1847 September 28
Married Harriet Fairchild
1847 November 3
Left New Jersey for Foochow, China
1857 October 25
Sailed from Foochow to New York
1859 September
Left New York for Foochow, by way of Hong Kong
1873 October
Left U.S. for Foochow
1886 April
Returned to U.S. from Foochow
1887 August
Left U.S. for Foochow
1895 April-June
Returned to U.S.
Harriet Baldwin died.
1911 July 19
Died, Glen Ridge, N.J.

Biographical Information

Born in Bloomfield, N.J., Caleb Cook Baldwin was a member of the Presbyterian Church there. He attended the Bloomfield Academy. Upon graduation from the College of New Jersey, he taught school in Maryland before entering Princeton Theological Seminary.

After seminary, ordination, and marriage, Baldwin and his wife Harriet sailed around the Cape of Good Hope for China under the American Board of Missionaries, arriving in Foochow in 1848. They had four children, one of whom was born in China.

In China, Baldwin collaborated on an Anglo-Chinese Dictionary and a Manual of the Foochow Dialect, the latter co-written with his wife. A biographical sketch states Baldwin also wrote several other works in Chinese, including a revision of the Foochow Bible.

Baldwin retired in 1895. Harriet Baldwin died in 1896, and he died in 1911.


0.3 Linear Feet (1 Box)


Arranged at the collection level.


The Caleb Cook Baldwin Manuscript Collection was acquired by Princeton Theological Seminary Special Collections in 2013.

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Repository Details

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

Princeton Theological Seminary
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