The David and Jane Wales Trumbull Manuscript Collection
Scope and Content
This collection includes primary source material on David and Jane Wales Trumbull. Materials include bound journals, student lecture notes, publications, correspondence, newspaper clippings, biographical information, and photographic materials.
- 1843 - 1889
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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.
The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The David and Jane Wales Trumbull Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.
- 1819 November 1
- Born, Elizabeth, New Jersey
- Graduated, Yale College
- Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
- 1845 June 13
- Ordained, Congregationalist, Norwich, Connecticut
- Missionary, Valparaiso, Chile, South America
- Editor, The Neighbor
- 1850 June 5
- Married to Jane Fitch, Smithfield, North Carolina
- Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity, University of Indiana
- Editor, The Record
- Editor, El Piedra
- 1904 February 8
- Died, Independence, Missouri
David Trumbull was one of the earliest Protestant missionaries in Chile and the first to have worked in the country for an extended period of time. He was a graduate of Yale and Princeton Seminary. He was especially influenced by Archibald Alexander and Charles Hodge. Little is known about his wife Jane. Her parents owned a plantation in North Carolina and both died by the time she was fifteen. She then moved to Connecticut to be cared for by her uncle, the Reverend Eleazar T. Fitch, professor of Homiletics at the Divinity School at Yale College. She traveled to Chile with David and her journal from this period is part of the collection.
4.1 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Series I: Bound Journals, bulk 1844 - 1889 (Boxes 1-6)
Series II: Bound Student Lecture Notes (Box 6)
Series III: Bound Publications--Chilean periodicals (Boxes 6-8)
Series IV: Unbound Correspondence from Peter Lesley, bulk 1843 - 1848 (Box 9)
Series V: Biographical Information (Box 10)
Series VI: Provenance Information (Box 10)
Series VII: Bound Journals of Jane Wales (Fitch) Trumbull, bulk 1848-1852, 1867-1870 (Box 11)
Series VIII: Photographic Materials (Box 12)
This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written in the summer of 1994, by Douglas Denné under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in March of 2009.
- The David and Jane Wales Trumbull Manuscript Collection
- Douglas F. Denné
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