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George S. Hendry Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 307

Content Description

14 boxes, 193 books. This collection is comprised of Hendry's course notes, sermons, book projects, correspondences, and personal works. Certain papers from the American Theological Society are also represented in this collection.


  • 1918 - 1993

Language of Materials

Materials are primarily in English, but with certain materials in German.

Biographical / Historical

George S. Hendry (1904-1993) was born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He studied at the University of Aberdeen, graduated in 1924 with a first class honors in classics, and went on to earn his B.D. at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on systematic theology and graduating in 1927. He furthered his graduate study at the Universities of Tubingen and Berlin. Dr. Hendry was ordained in the Church of Scotland, Presbytery of Sterling and Dunbane in 1930. He served as minister of Holy Trinity Parish Church in Bridge of Allen, Scotland, from 1930 to 1949, after which point he joined the Princeton Seminary Faculty as Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology. He held that position until his retirement in 1973, when he was named emeritus. He continued to serve as a visiting professor at the Seminary for four years. Dr. Hendry authored many works throughout his influential career including several books, as well as frequent contributions to theological journals. From 1947 to 1949, he was the secretary of the Joint Committee on a New Translation of the Bible, which supervised the preparation of the New English Bible published in 1961. He took part in founding the Scottish Journal of Theology, and he was also a member of the American Theological Society and served as president in 1971. Dr. Hendry was married to Sheila M. Hendry, who died in 1987. They had two children together.


17.5 Linear Feet (14 record cartons.)


The George S. Hendry Collection documents the career, correspondences, and academic pursuits of the systematic theologian, George S. Hendry. It consists of Hendry's course notes from his long teaching career, correspondences at all stages of his life, sermons given, book projects Hendry worked on and edited for others, research materials and papers of Hendry himself, excerpts from the American Theological Society which Hendry was a part of, and a large collection of papers, books, and pamphlets composed by other authors which Hendry annotated.


Materials are arranged in seven series: Lecture and Course Notes, Sermons, Book Projects and Reviews, Correspondences, Manuscripts and Research Materials, American Theological Society, and Works by Others. Lecture and Course Notes is arranged alphabetically; Sermons are arranged alphabetically; Book Projects and Reviews are arranged alphabetically; Correspondences are arranged chronologically; Manuscripts and Research Materials are arranged alphabetically; American Theological Society is arranged chronologically; and Works by Others is arranged alphabetically, and then the boxes of books and pamphlets are arranged in the original order within each box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

PTS acquired the George S. Hendry Collection materials from Hendry's son, Allan Hendry, in September 1993.

Processing Information

Any material in ring binders, small journals, booklets, or small storage containers was removed and organized into folders according to their original arrangement. Several folders were not labelled explicitly, and were labelled and arranged based on content at the archvist's discretion. As much as possible all folders reflect the original subjects assigned by Hendry.

George S. Hendry Collection
Payson Marsh
November 2017
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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