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Smith Ordway Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Ordway, Smith, 1864-1927

American clergyman, Smith Ordway (1864-1927) was a member of the Princeton Class of 1884. After attending Princeton from 1880-1884, Ordway went to the Auburn Theological Seminary in New York and became a Presbyterian minister to congregations mainly in the New York area.

The collection consists of thirty-three diaries of Ordway (Princeton Class of 1884) written while an undergraduate at Princeton (1880-1884), a seminarian (1885-1888) at Auburn Theological Seminary (N.Y.), a traveler to Europe and the Middle East (1907), and a Presbyterian minister to congregations mainly in New York State (1888-1923). The collection also contains an album of photographs of members of the Class of 1884, scenes of Princeton, and Ordway family members.

This is an unprocessed collection and remains in its original arrangement.

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This is an unprocessed collection. The contents list provided is a preliminary inventory.

The collection inventory was created by Michael Heist in August 2007.

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Collection Inventory

1880 - 1896, 1880 - 1896. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

1896 - 1907, 1896 - 1907. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

1907 - 1919, 1907 - 1919. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

1919 - 1927, 1919 - 1927. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

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