Columbia seminary, state digital library partner to provide online collections
by Columbia Theological Seminary | Special to Presbyterian News Service
ATHENS, Ga. — Three new collections featuring historical resources related to the Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian educators, and their role in Georgia history are now available through the Digital Library of Georgia.
Housed at Columbia Theological Seminary, the resources are freely available online thanks, in part, to the DLG’s competitive digitization grant program, a funding opportunity intended to broaden DLG partner participation in statewide historic digitization projects.
The three digital collections are:
- Joseph R. Wilson papers, from the late 1800s, including the sermons of Presbyterian minister and educator Joseph Ruggles Wilson dating 1858 to 1893. View at usg.edu/collection/gcl_wilson. Wilson was pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Ga., and at First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, N.C. He also taught at Columbia Theological Seminary and Southwestern Presbyterian University (now Rhodes College) and was the father of President Woodrow Wilson.
- John Newton Waddel papers, 1821‐1881, including manuscripts and print material belonging to John Newton Waddel (1812-1895) and Moses Waddel (1770-1840). The father and son were Presbyterian ministers and educators in Georgia and Mississippi. View at usg.edu/collection/gcl_waddel. Moses Waddel served as the fifth president of the University of Georgia. John Newton Waddel was president of Presbyterian Synodical College in LaGrange, Tenn., and as chancellor of the University of Mississippi.
- Presbyterian Church in the U.S. Presbytery of Hopewell minutes, 1797‐1866, the official minutes of the Presbytery of Hopewell, the first presbytery in the state of Georgia. View at usg.edu/collection/gcl_hopewell. The Hopewell minutes provide descriptions of early missionary efforts among Native Americans, deliberations about slavery, and other collective decisions that offer perspectives from the state of Georgia between the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. Special thanks to the Northeast Georgia Presbytery for permitting the digitization of these records.
Dr. T. Erskine Clarke, professor emeritus of American religious history at Columbia Theological Seminary, describes the research significance of these three collections:
“The Wilson sermons will have interest for anyone wishing to probe the religious life of Woodrow Wilson. In addition, they will provide insight into the theological assumptions and rhetorical and homiletical strategies of an influential 19th-century Georgia pastor.
“Presbytery minutes are rich resources for cultural and religious history, and the years of the Hopewell minutes (1797-1866) will be of great interest to historians working in that period of Georgia history.
“The links with the University of Georgia presidents are astonishing. The Waddel papers are even more exciting … To have these important documents available online will be a great gift to those who in the future explore the history of Georgia.”
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