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Guide to the Samuel Macauley Jackson Papers MC 1

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
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New York, NY, 10012
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Collection processed by Marcia Bienfield and University Archives staff in 1979. Additional processing by Aleksandr Gelfand in 2013.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on July 28, 2015 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: American Society of Church History.
Creator: Jackson, Samuel Macauley, 1851-1912
Title: Samuel Macauley Jackson Papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1888-1896
Abstract: The collections contains the papers of Samuel Macauley Jackson (1851-1912) and The American Society of Church History (1888-1896) of which he was the secretary and treasurer for the eight years of its existance. It contains mostly correspondence between Jackson and other church leaders as well as a scrapbook of items and publications.
Quantity: 6.0 boxes
Location: Portions of this collection are located in offsite storage. Please contact the repository for access.
Language of Materials: Material is predominantly in English. Some material is in French and German.
Call Phrase: MC 1

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Biographical note

Samuel Macauley Jackson (1851-1912) was a Presbyterian clergyman, philanthropist, church historian and professor at New York University. He studied at Princeton Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary, as well as at the Universities of Leipzig and Berlin. He spent four years as pastor of a New Jersey Presbyterian church and spent the remainder of his life in New York engaged in historical scholarship and social Christian activity. He served on the executive committees of the Charity Organization Society and the Prison Association.

Jackson was secretary of the American Society of Church History form its organization in 1888 until its amalgamation with the American Historical Association in 1896. Jackson then became secretary of its church history section. He wrote and edited many works, including "The Concise Dictionary of Religious Knowledge," a bibliography of foreign missions, and a biography of Huldreich Zwingli for a series, "Heroes of the Reformation," which Jackson edited. From 1895 until his death in 1912 he was professor of church history at New York University.

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Scope and Contents

The papers cover the years 1888-1896 and pertain to the organizational and editorial activities of the American Society of Church History and the to the person and professional affairs of Samuel Jackson. The documents are primarily manuscript and typed letters but also include clippings, printed flyers, reports, receipts, bills, advertisements, invitations, printer's page proofs, and a few photographs. Correspondence in Subseries A relates primarily to the Society's founding, with many letters concerning membership and dues. Subseries B contains a membership acceptance letter from abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Correspondence in subseries C and D deals mostly with with subjects of papers read by members at the Society's meetings, with the organization's Editorial Committee, and the American Society of Church History publications.

Series II contains three subseries of letters, receipts, clippings and printed materials from 1894-1896, and one section which was a scrapbook with materials from 1893-1896. The three alphabetically arranged correspondence sections deal with Jackson's writing and publishing, his philanthropic activities, and his business affairs but also include a small amount of family correspondence. The scrapbook contains mainly clippings and flyers reflecting Jackson's personal interests and his organizational memberships. It includes background and financial reports of the Charity Organization Society during 1895; materials on the City Club of New York, election laws of the city, and statements on candidates; the platform of the Democratic Reform Committee of 1894; printed flyers and notices from the Good Government Clubs D and E; resolutions by the Prison Association plus reports and statements; various news clippings on subjects that appear to have interested Jackson, including book reviews, Tammany Hall corruption reports, charity cheating, and poems. Publications represented include "The Evangelist," "The Independent,""Harper's Weekly" and "The Evening Post."

Series III contains seven bound volumes of the annual meetings of the American Society of Church History.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series. The original organization of this collection has been preserved.

  1. American Society of Church History
  2. Personal Correspondence
  3. Publications

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Schaff, Philip, 1819-1893

Subject Organizations

  • American Historical Association.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

The American Society of Church History papers and most of the private correspondence appear to have been deposited in the NYU Archives, then known as the NYU Historical Collection. Another box was later contributed by Philip Price, Director of the Gould Student Center at University Heights.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Use Restrictions

Questions regarding the use of these materials may be submitted to:
New York University Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-2641
Fax: (212) 995-4225
E-mail: university-archives@nyu.edu

Preferred Citation

Published citation should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Samuel Macauley Jackson Papers; MC 1; box number; folder number; New York University Archives

Other Finding Aids

A printed copy of the finding aid from 1979 is available at the Archives upon request.

 

List of Correspondents

Correspondents in the collection.

Processing Information Note

This collection was preliminarily processed by Marcia Bienfield. Processing was completed by NYU Archives Staff in June 1979. The finding aid was updated by Aleksandr Gelfand in 2013.

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Container List

Series I: American Society of Church History

Scope and contents

Series I includes correspondence of the American Society of Church History from 1888-1895.

February 1888-December 1890, February 1888-December 1890

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 A
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Adams, Herbert Baxter
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 3 B
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 4 C
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 5 D
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 6 E
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 7 F
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 8 G
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 9 H
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 10 J
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 11 K
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 12 L
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Mc
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 14 M
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 15 N
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 16 P
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 17 R
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 18 S
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 19 T
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 20 V
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 21 W
1888-1890
Box: 1 Folder : 22 Z
1888-1890

February 1889-June 1892, February 1889-June 1892

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 23 A
1889-1892
Box: 1 Folder : 24 Adams, Herbert Baxter
1889-1892
Box: 1 Folder : 25 B
1889-1892
Box: 1 Folder : 26 C
1889-1892
Box: 1 Folder : 27 D
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 1 E
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 2 F
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 3 G
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 4 H
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 5 I-J
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 6 K
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 7 L
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Mc
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 9 M
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 10 N
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 11 O
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 12 P
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 13 R
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 14 S
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 15 T
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 16 V
1889-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 17 W-Z
1889-1892

January 1892-December 1893, January 1892-December 1893

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 18 A
1892-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 19 B
1892-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 20 C
1892-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 21 D
1892-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 22 E (Includes Editorial Committee)
1892-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 23 F
1892-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 24 G
1892-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 25 H
1892-1893
Box: 2 Folder : 26 J
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 1 K
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 2 L
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Mc
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 4 M
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 5 N-O
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 6 P
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 7 R
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 8 S
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 9 T
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 10 V
1892-1893
Box: 3 Folder : 11 W
1892-1893

December 1893-December 1895, December 1893-December 1895

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 12 A
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 13 B
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 14 C-D
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 15 E
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 16 Evangelical Association
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 17 F
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 18 G
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 19 H
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 20 I-J
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 21 K-L
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 22 M
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 23 N
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 24 P
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 25 R
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 26 S
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 27 T
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 28 U-V
1893-1895
Box: 3 Folder : 29 W-Z
1893-1895

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Series II: Personal Correspondence

Scope and contents

Series II contains the personal correspondence of Samuel Macauley Jackson. It also includes a scrapbook, presumably created by Jackson.

January-December 1894

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 A-C
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 2 D-E
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 3 F
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 4 G
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 5 H
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 6 I
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 7 J
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 8 K-L
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Mc-M
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 10 O
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 11 P
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 12 R
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 13 S
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 14 T
1894
Box: 4 Folder : 15 U-Z
1894

November 1894-December 1895

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 16 A
1894-1895
Box: 4 Folder : 17 B
1894-1895
Box: 4 Folder : 18 C
1894-1895
Box: 4 Folder : 19 D
1894-1895
Box: 4 Folder : 20 E-F
1894-1895
Box: 4 Folder : 21 G
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 1 H-J
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 2 K-L
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 3 M
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 4 N
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Oatman, Joseph (Rental Agent)
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 6 P
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Prison Association
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 8 R
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 9 S
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 10 T-V
1894-1895
Box: 5 Folder : 11 W
1894-1895

January 1896-December 1896

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 12 A
1896
Box: 5 Folder : 13 B
1896
Box: 5 Folder : 14 C
1896
Box: 5 Folder : 15 D
1896
Box: 5 Folder : 16 E-F
1896
Box: 5 Folder : 17 G
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 1 H-J
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 2 K-L
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 3 M
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 4 N-O
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 5 P-Q
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Prison Association
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 7 R
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 8 S
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 9 T-V
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 10 W
1896
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Winslow, William Copley
1896

Scrapbook 1893-1896

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 12 A-B
1893-1896
Box: 6 Folder : 13 C
1893-1896
Box: 6 Folder : 14 D-F
1893-1896
Box: 6 Folder : 15 I-K
1893-1896
Box: 6 Folder : 16 L-R
1893-1896
Box: 6 Folder : 17 S-W
1893-1896
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Originals of Photocopied Documents
1888-1896

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Series III: Publications

Container 1     Title Date
Object: 1 American Society of Church History - Reports and Papers of the First Annual Meeting
1889
Object: 2 American Society of Church History - Reports and Papers of the Second Annual Meeting
1890
Object: 3 American Society of Church History - Reports and Papers of the Third Annual Meeting
1891
Object: 4 American Society of Church History - Reports and Papers of the Fourth Annual Meeting
1892
Object: 5 American Society of Church History - Reports and Papers of the Fifth Annual Meeting
1893
Object: 6 American Society of Church History - Reports and Papers of the Sixth Annual Meeting
1894
Object: 7 American Society of Church History - Reports and Papers of the Seventh Annual Meeting
1895

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