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William E. and Margaret E. Weld missionary papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: SCM 305

Content Description

One carton containing personal diaries, one bound collection of letters of W. Ernest Weld, other correspondence, speeches, notes, photo albums, and one flash drive containing Weld letters from India, photos and other files related to the Welds' travel, teaching, and missionary activities in India, Syria, and elsewhere in the early 20th century.


  • 1904 - 1937

Conditions Governing Access

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.

Biographical / Historical

William Ernest Weld was born January 21, 1881, in Marysville, OH. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 1903, earned an MA from Princeton University in 1909, and a doctorate from Columbia University 1918-1920. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary 1906-1909 and received a bachelor of divinity. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Marion July 2, 1909.

Weld and his wife Margaret E. Elder went to Allahabad, Syria, where he was professor of economics at Ewing Christian College 1903-1906. They then served as missionaries in India 1909-1918.

The Welds returned to the United States, where he was professor of economics at Columbia University 1919-1929, then dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of economics at the University of Rochester 1929-1936. Weld was President of Well College in Aurora, NY, 1936-1945. He died January 23, 1964.


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William Ernest Weld was a Presbyterian missionary to India with his wife Margaret E. Weld in the early 20th century and an academic administrator. The collection chronicles their time in India.

Processing Information

The collection was processed May 2016 by staff.

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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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