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The Donald K. Theobald Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 201

Scope and Content

This collection consists of class notes (1936-1972), correspondence, reports, bulletins, conferences, studies, ecumenical work and Christian education materials (1940-1990), sermon outlines and sermons. It covers Dr. Theobald's education and years of experience in the Church. It is divided into three series: education, ministry, and sermons. There is also a collection of his cassette tapes which have been added to the audio-tape collection (See Theobald Collection).


  • 1936 - 1990

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 Donald K. Theobald Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Biographical Information

Dr. Donald Ketcham Theobald was born in Syracuse, New York in 1917. He studied at Bob Jones College, Princeton Seminary, Syracuse University and the University of Pennsylvania, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and finally New York University where he received a Master's degree in education and a Doctorate in Education in 1972. Dr. Theobald was an active ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church, organizing Osceola Presbyterian Church and serving Huntington Valley Church and the Presbyterian Church of Harrison, New York. He also served as a chaplain in the US Navy - both active duty and in the reserves. Dr. Theobald retired to Director of the Sea Grove Conference Center in Cape May, New Jersey where he had been an active participant for many years. He was active in Christian education, inter-faith work, and the Presbyterian charismatic movement.


5.4 Linear Feet (5 boxes)


Series I: Formal Education

Boxes 1-2: class notes (1936 - 1972)

Series II: Ministry

Boxes 2-4: correspondence, reports, bulletins, conferences, studies, ecumenical work and Christian education (1940 - 1990)

Series III: Sermons

Boxes 4-5: sermon outlines and sermons [bulk 1957 -1959]

Processing Information:

This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written by Douglas F. Denné in March of 1996, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in June of 2009.

The Donald K. Theobald 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