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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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  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


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

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

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.


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

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

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

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1