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The Frank Sergeant Niles Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 205

Scope and Content

This collection includes sermons preached by the Reverend Niles at the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton. It also includes calendars, correspondence, family papers, and other material by or about Frank Niles.


  • 1927 - 1950

Language of Materials



There are no special restrictions to the 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 Frank Sergeant Niles Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Biographical Information

The Reverend Frank Sergeant Niles (1888-1951) was educated at Princeton University (B.A. 1909) and Princeton Theological Seminary (1913). He served as a missionary to China from 1913 to 1930, and as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Princeton (now Nassau Church) from 1934 to 1951.


2.16 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Related Material

See also the following material in Special Collections related to Chinese missionaries:

The M.S. Culbertson Manuscript Collection (Chinese Bible)

The Albert Andrew Fulton Manuscript Collection (China)

Moffett Korea Collection

The Scott Family (Chinese Missions) Manuscript Collection

See also: The First Presbyterian Church, Princeton Records

Processing Information:

The bulk of this collection was formerly stored in the Seminary library and marked "Box #605 - 606" sometime prior to 1989. Those materials were organized and the original finding aid was written in July of 1996, by Douglas Denné, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. In June of 1997 additional items (chiefly correspondence of Mr. Niles with his wife from 1927 to 1930) were discovered in the Librarian's office and added to the collection. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in June of 2009. Additional updates to the organizational structure of the Collection and Finding Aid were completed by Brian Shetler and Ryan MacLean in August, 2021.

The Frank Sergeant Niles Manuscript Collection
Douglas Denné
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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