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Paul W. Meyer papers

Identifier: SCM 304

Content Description

4 record cartons of personal files, correspondence, notebooks, course materials, manuscripts, off prints, monographs, photographs, one 5.25 inch floppy disk, 1 wooden box (5.5 inch x 12.5 inch) containing 3.5 index cards, 1 metal box (9.5 x 16) containing 5 x 8 index cards, and one pencil drawing.


  • 1936 - 2012

Language of Materials

Materials are primarily in English, as well as German and Greek.

Biographical / Historical

Paul William Meyer was born on May 31, 1924, in Raipur, India. The son of missionaries, his early education was at Highclerc School in Kodaikanal, southern India, followed by undergraduate study in the United States at Elmhurst College in Illinois. Meyer served in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945, after which he studied at the Union Theological Seminary where he earned his Th.D. in 1955. He then went on to do further graduate work at the University of Basel and post-graduate study as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Gottingen, Germany. His teaching career began at Yale University Divinity School, where he would develop a lifelong friendship with Professor J. Louis Martyn and have Moody Smith and Wayne Meeks as students. Meyer would go on to teach at Colgate Rochester Divinity School, Vanderbilt University, and return to Yale as a Shaffer Lecturer in 1976. Meyer joined the faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary (PTS) in 1978 as the Helen H. P. Manson Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis. He taught at PTS until his retirement in August 1989, when he moved to North Carolina and participated in theological colloquia held at Duke University. Paul Meyer died at the age of 89 on Monday, July 29, 2013, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

May 31, 1924
Born, Raipur, India
July 29, 2013
Died, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.


5.79 Linear Feet (4 record cartons, 1 metal index card box (9.5x16).)


The Paul W. Meyer papers document the career of New Testament scholar, Paul W. Meyer. It consists of notes taken as a student, course materials and lecture notes made as a teacher, correspondences, research notes, a variety of annotated off-prints and monographs, articles and essays, two sets of note cards on topics related to talks, sermons, courses, and other materials from his life.


Materials are arranged by three series: Papers, Annotated Books, and Note Cards. The Papers and Annotated Books series are arranged alphabetically by title, whereas the Note Cards are arranged in a unique order created by Paul Meyer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

PTS acquired the Paul W. Meyer papers in March 2017 from Meyer's daughter, Katherine Priode Meyer.

Processing Information

Material in ring binders was removed and foldered according to their original arrangement. A few folders of personal papers that did not have original titles had description applied to them by the archivist, but otherwise reflect the titles used by Paul Meyer.

Paul W. Meyer papers
Kenneth Cleary
October 10, 2017
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Repository Details

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

Princeton Theological Seminary
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