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Ames, Edward Raymond, 1806-1879
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Edward Raymond Ames Family Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of diaries and family correspondence of itinerant clergyman Edward Raymond Ames.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of two of Ames' diaries and 21 letters of Ames family members: Edward Raymond Ames, his mother, Nabby L. Ames, his wife, Henrietta Beach Ames, her brother, William D. Beach, her sister, Julia Beach, and her father, Samuel Beach. The first diary (14 pp.), dated Dec. 18-30, 1852, tells of Ames being sent to California to preside over conferences of the Methodist churches in California and Oregon. The second diary covers events of the year 1855. The bulk of the correspondence took place during the time when Ames joined the Indiana Methodist Episcopal conference and became an itinerant minister (1830s-1850s). The letters to his wife, written from the various cities that he travelled to, provide a firsthand account of an itinerant clergyman's life.


Organized by form (diaries and correspondence); correspondence arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Collection Creator Biography:

Ames, Edward Raymond, 1806-1879

Edward Raymond Ames was born in Amesville, Ohio, on May 20, 1806 and died in Baltimore, on April 25, 1879. He became a Methodist, and in 1828 traveled to Illinois where, in Lebanon, he founded the school which later became McKendree College. In 1830 Ames joined the Indiana Methodist Episcopal conference, became a traveling preacher, and rode through the South and West, and among the Indian tribes, a distance of more than 25,000 miles. During his twenty years of traveling, he served as the chaplain of the Choctaw General Council at the tribe's request and as president of Asbury College. In 1852 he was elected bishop at a Boston conference.

Collection History


No AM given except for AM8504 for Folder 4a and AM8023 for Folder 24.

Custodial History:

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 11, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Edward Raymond Ames Family Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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