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The Charles Hodge Manuscript Collection

Identifier: SCM 110

Scope and Content

This collection includes lecture notes, sermons, addresses, correspondence, accounts, material from the semi-centennial celebration of Princeton Theological Seminary, student notes on Hodge’s lectures, and miscellaneous materials.


  • 1816-1847

Language of Materials

English, German


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 Charles Hodge Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


1797 December 27
Born, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Graduated, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
Graduated, Princeton Theological Seminary
Missionary, Falls of Schuylkill, Philadelphia, Arsenal and Woodbury, New Jersey
1821 November 28
Ordained, New Brunswick Presbytery, New Jersey
Instructor, Original Languages of Scripture, Princeton Theological Seminary
Professor, Oriental and Biblical Literature, Princeton Theological Seminary
Awarded Doctor of Divinity, Rutgers University
Professor, Exegetical and Didactic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Moderator, General Assembly
Professor, Exegetical, Didactic, and Polemical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Awarded LLD, Washington College, Pennsylvania
1878 June 19
Died, Princeton, New Jersey


17.8 Linear Feet (47 boxes)


Series I: Lecture Notes: Boxes 1-11: Lecture notes by Charles Hodge on Theology. Bound manuscript notebooks and unbound manuscript essays, 1841 - 1847. These notes represent Charles Hodge's theology lectures in the late 1840's. The order for the lectures was provided by examining lecture notes taken by Thomas Markham in 1851-52; Markham's notes were verbatim of Hodge's manuscripts. This order was chosen over a chronological order.

Box 12: Charles Hodge's notes taken while a student at Princeton Seminary on Lectures in Theology, Ecclesiastical History and Church History, Biblical History, and Sermons. All bound manuscript notebooks, 1816 - 1819.

Box 13: Notes, lecture notes, and commentaries on various Biblical passages. All bound manuscript notebooks, 1821 - 1822.

Boxes 14-15: Lecture Notes and Notes on Biblical Criticism and Hermeneutics. Bound manuscript notebooks and unbound manuscript essay,1822-1834 [bulk 1822-1825].

Boxes 16-17: Notes on Lectures and Personal Journals while a student in Halle, Germany. Bound manuscript notebooks, 1827 - 1828.

Boxes 17-18: Lecture Notes, Notes, and Extracts on Church History and Government, Presbyterian History, and philosophy. Unbound manuscript notebooks, no dates.

Series II: Sermons and Talks: Box 19: Sermons. Bound, 1855-1866 [bulk 1855-1857]. Boxes 20-22: Sermons. Unbound, 1821-1874. Boxes 23-27: Conference Talks. Unbound, 1842-1877.

Series III: Addresses and Correspondence: Box 28: Addresses and Correspondence. Unbound,1832-1878 [bulk 1840's -1860's].

Series IV: Accounts: Boxes 29-31: Accounts and Memoranda Records. Mostly bound manuscripts, 1831 - 1878.

Series V: Semi-Centennial Materials: Box 32: Semi-Centennial Celebration materials. Mostly unbound, 1872.

Series VI: Student Notes on Hodge's Lectures: Boxes 33-43: Notes on Charles Hodge Lectures taken by students. Bound manuscript notebooks, 1833-1868 [bulk 1841-1855].

Series VII: Addendum: Box 44-47: Additional correspondence, notes, and addresses.

Related Material

See also the following materials in Special Collections:

The Alexander P. Silliman Manuscript Collection (Includes sermon and discourse notes taken by Alexander P. Silliman in his journal dating from December 1844 to April 1846.)

The Thomas Ward Cattell Manuscript Collection (Includes sermon notes taken by Thomas Ward Cattell, 1844.)

The Princeton Theological Seminary Board of Directors Records (See "Plan of the Course of Instruction in Oriental and Biblical Literature, May 12, 1823.)

The Henry C. Cameron Manuscript Collection (Includes notes taken by Henry C. Cameron, Class of 1885, on Charles Hodge'S Didactic Theology lectures.)

The William Miller Paxton Manuscript Collection (Includes notes on many sermons by Charles Hodge From 1846-1847.)

The Edward James Hamilton Manuscript Collection (Includes notes taken by Edward James Hamilton, Class of 1858, on "Sketches of Conferences and Sermons", Hodge on Ephesians, and Hodge'S questions on theology.)

See also the following:

The Charles Hodge Papers, 1773-1930 (Bulk 1811-1886). Princeton University Library, Manuscripts Division.

The Charles Hodge Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.

Processing Information:

This collection was originally organized, and the first draft of the finding aid was written in 1990 by David Whitford, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. Revisions to the finding aid were done by Douglas Denné, Raymond D. Cannata and Wesley W. Smith. The finding aid was edited and reformatted by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in March of 2009.

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Repository Details

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

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