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The David and Jane Wales Trumbull Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 122

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

Language of Materials

English, Spanish


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 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

Biographical Information

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)

Processing Information:

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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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