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The William H. Felmeth Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 382

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a variety of Felmeth’s personal materials. These include selected sermons by Felmeth dated 1958-1977 and two folders of color photographs of uncertain date that seem to depict Felmeth’s PTS class of 1942 reunion, retirement party and other special events. The collection also includes retirement memorabilia, color facsimiles of Felmeth’s World War II scrapbook and four medals from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge honoring sermons by Felmeth.


  • 1942 - 1977

Conditions Governing Access

There are no special restrictions placed on the accessibility of this collection. It is available for the use of library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of the Seminary Archives.

Biographical / Historical

The Reverend Dr. William Harte Felmeth was born on May 21, 1918. Raised in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Dr. Felmeth graduated cum laude from Harvard College and earned his divinity degree from Princeton Seminary in 1942. In 1963 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree from Bloomfield College. After four years’ service as an Artillery officer in the Aleutians and Europe during World War II, he was called as Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cranbury, New Jersey. In 1951 he took up the pastorate of the Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where he served until accepting the appointment of Vice-President for Development at Princeton Theological Seminary in May of 1974. Dr. Felmeth served in this post until his retirement in 1983.


.42 Linear Feet (One document box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

A gift of Martha Felmeth Moore, William Felmeth's daughter, to PTS Special Collections, April 11, 2018.

Related Materials

John Rogers parlor statue: “Coming to the Parson” (1870). Acquired with June 2018 accrual, currently housed in the main entry room of the Library’s Special Collections Department (as of July 2018).

Related Materials

PTS 001: Office of Development, Vice President William H. Felmeth Records.

The William H. Felmeth Manuscript Collection
Megan Strader
July 11, 2018
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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