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The James W. Clarke Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 044

Scope and Content

This collection includes sermons, notes, and radio addresses of Dr. Clarke. They are organized alphabetically as Dr. Clarke left them, beginning with "Advent."


  • 1920 - 1970

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 James W. Clarke Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


1890 September 13
Born, Glasgow, Scotland
Student, McGill University
1923 August 22
Ordained, Presbytery Church of Canada
Professor of Homiletics, McCormick Theological Seminary
Professor of Homiletics, Princeton Theological Seminary
Pastor, Second Church, Richmond, Virginia
Pastor emeritus, Second Church, Richmond, Virginia
1976 September 6
Died, Memphis, Tennessee

Biographical Information

The Rev. Dr. James W. Clarke was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1890. He studied at the University of Glasgow, and at the age of 19, left for Canada to become a missionary to the lumberjacks in the Manitoba province. He attended seminary at the Presbyterian College of McGill University, where he was President of the student body for two years. During World War I he served Canada as a Captain overseas for four years. Twice wounded in the war, he was awarded the Military Cross at the Battle of Amians.

James Clarke was called to McCormick Seminary in Chicago as Professor of Homiletics in 1941. For many years in the late 1940s and early 1950s, he preached every Sunday over radio station KSD in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1955 to 1960 he taught homiletics at Princeton Seminary. Dr. Clarke died in Memphis, Tennessee, September 6, 1976.


10 Linear Feet (12 Boxes)

Processing Information:

The papers of James W. Clarke were accessioned on February 24, 1996.

The James W. Clarke Manuscript Collection
Douglas F. Denné
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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