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[November 30, 2000]
Finney, Charles Grandison; 1792-1875
1 Box (DC; .2 cubic feet), 11 Reels of Microfilm
There are no restrictions on the use of this collection. However, permission to quote material from the microfilm must be obtained from:
Oberlin, OH 44074
Charles Grandison Finney was born in Warren, Connecticut, in 1792, the son of Sylvester and Rebecca (Rice) Finney. In 1794, Finney's parents moved to Oneida County, New York. Finney was converted on October 10, 1821, studied theology with a Princeton-trained pastor, and was licensed to preach and then ordained in the Presbyterian Church.
In 1824 Finney went as missionary to the settlers of upstate New York, where revival followed under his preaching. Revivals swept through urban centers such as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. Forced by illness to curtail his travels, he became pastor of the churches in New York City, then one in Oberlin, Ohio. In 1835 he accepted appointment as professor of theology of the newly formed Oberlin Collegiate Institute (now Oberlin College). He then served as president of the College from 1851 until 1866. He became known as the "Father of Modern Revivalism." Finney died in August 1875.
[NOTE: In the Scope & Content description, the notation "folder5-2" means box 5, folder 2.]
Scope and Content
This collection includes eleven reels of microfilm made of originals in the Oberlin College Library. Included on the microfilm are correspondence, sermon and lecture outlines, and articles. A calendar and index appear on Reel 1.
Also included in the collection are three letters (folder 1-1). One, dated January 15, 1873, was written by an unidentified person for Finney, and is addressed to Brother Pierson. It concerns the location of the home of Mr. Pierson's parents and also mentions Finney's poor eyesight. The second, dated January 6, 1845, is a letter from "Lydia" to William Westervelt in which she describes Finney's preaching, the response to his altar call by almost the entire congregation, and the shame of one of her friends who did not respond. The third letter was written June 23, 1829, by Rev. Jeremiah Porter to his sisters. In it he gives a first-hand account of a revival meeting held by Rev. Charles Finney.
The materials in this collection were received by the Archives in 1980, 1984, and 1988.
Revised, February 3, 1987
Frances L. Brocker
Accessions 88-59, 88-131
Revised, March 4, 1997
Janyce H. Nasgowitz
Accession 84-116, 88-59
Type of Material: Microfilm
One set of the items listed below are in the CENTER LIBRARY MICROFILM ROOM:
[for reels 1 through 9, listed below, there is a master negative, two copy negative reels, and two
positive reels; for reels 10 and 11, there is only one positive copy.]
Reels 1- 9 - Microfilm edition of the papers of Charles Grandison Finney; 1824-1875. Includes correspondence, sermon and lecture outlines, and articles. A calendar and index appear on reel 1. Originals are held by Oberlin College.
Reel 10 - Microfilm edition of C.G. Finney correspondence; 1830-1875. Originals are held by Oberlin College.
Reel 11 - Microfilm edition of C.G. Finney lecture notes and sermon outlines; 1872-1875, n.d. Originals are held by Oberlin College.
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