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The William K. Selden Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 395

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two cartons of notes, reference material, drafts and correspondence related to Selden’s Narrative History of Princeton Theological Seminary, 1812-1992. Box 2, folder 10 contains a 3.5 inch floppy disk with a Microsoft Word draft of the manuscript.


  • Majority of material found within 1812 - 1992

Biographical / Historical

William K. Selden was born on November 11, 1911, in Oil City, PA. Following his early education in the Oil City public schools, Selden attended and graduated from the Gilman School in Baltimore, MD. He graduated from Princeton University in 1934. He served in the administrations of Princeton, Brown and Northwestern Universities before assuming the presidency of Illinois College. He was for ten years the executive director of the National Commission on Accrediting in Washington and then vice president of the American Assembly at Columbia University. In the mid-1960s, Selden resigned from the American Assembly and took a series of appointments to national and regional boards and commissions concerned with education for the professions and military services. The U.S. Department of State and the Danforth Foundation also appointed him as an educational consultant in India. From the 1980s onward, Selden undertook the writing of a series of monographs and histories of various institutions in Princeton. These included the Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton Day School, the Nassau Club, Drumthwacket and the Princeton Public Library. Selden died on September 21, 2009 at Pennswood Village in Newtown, PA.


2.5 Linear Feet (- Two cartons)


At the time the finding aid was written in 2018, this collection had already been refoldered and arranged. It is unknown whether original order was maintained in the arrangement of the collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The immediate source of this acquisition is unknown; at the time of writing no donor or accession records could be found.
The William K. Selden Manuscript Collection
Megan Strader
August 29, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Special Collections Repository

Princeton Theological Seminary
PO Box 821
Princeton NJ 08542 USA