MS 50 William Elliott Baker Notebooks

William Elliott Baker Notebooks
MS 50

Descriptive Summary
Creator: Baker, William Elliott
Title: William Elliot Baker Notebooks
Dates: 1851-1852
Quantity: .5 linear feet
Processed by: Matthew Gramling

Administrative History
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The arrangement is alphabetical by subject.

This collection consists of five handwritten notebooks from 1851-1852, and one undated, by Georgia Presbyterian clergyman William Elliott Baker (1830-1906) containing lecture notes from when he was a student at Princeton Theological Seminary. The notebooks cover lectures delivered by prominent seminary faculty Archibald Alexander, Joseph Addison Alexander, and Charles Hodge on theological topics such as pastoral theology, systematic theology, church history, and exegesis and interpretation of several New Testament books particularly the Second Epistle to the Corinthians.

Biographical Note
William Elliott Baker (February 20, 1830-January 5, 1906), son of John Osgood Baker and his wife, Francis Adeline Fabian, was born in Liberty County, Georgia. He studied at Nassau Hall (now Princeton University) and graduated in 1850, whereupon he entered Columbia Theological Seminary (Columbia, SC). After completing the first year of his theological course at Columbia, he transferred to Princeton Theological Seminary from which he graduated in 1853. He was then ordained by the Presbytery of West Jersey and served pastorates at churches in Bridgeton, NJ (1853-55), Sacramento, CA (1856-57), Staunton, VA (1857-1884), and Roswell, GA (1890-1906). His longest terms of ministry were at First Presbyterian Church of Staunton, 27 years, and First Presbyterian Church of Roswell, 16 years.

On July 7, 1856, he married Catherine Evelyn King—the daughter of influential Roswell planter and industrialist Barrington King—with whom he had seven children. Upon assuming the pastorate of First Presbyterian Church of Roswell, Baker resided with his family in historic Barrington Hall until his death in 1906.


Subject Headings
Alexander, Archibald, 1772-1851
Alexander, Joseph Addison, 1809-1860
Baker, William Elliott, 1830-1906
Church History
Hodge, Charles, 1797-1878
Lecture notes
Presbyterians–United States
Princeton Theological Seminary—19th Century
Religious education—Northern States
Roswell (Ga.)
Roswell (Ga.)–History
Theological seminaries
Theology –Methodology
Theology, American—19th Century
Theology, Doctrinal
Theology, Practical
Theology—Study and teaching

Box 1

Item 1. Notes on Exegesis Lectures of First Corinthians delivered by Charles Hodge dated September 2nd, 1851
Item 2. Notes on Church History Lectures delivered by Joseph Addison Alexander dated September 3rd, 1851
Item 3. Notes on Pastoral Theology Lectures delivered by Archibald Alexander dated September 3rd, 1851
Item 4. Notes on Systematic Theology Lectures delivered by Charles Hodge dated September 4rd, 1851
Item 5. Continued Notes on Systematic Theology Lectures delivered by Charles Hodge undated

Preferred Citation:
Please cite William Elliot Baker Notebooks, MS 50, Archives, Philip Weltner Library, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia. Permission to publish from this collection must be approved in writing by the Director of the Library, Oglethorpe University.