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Irvine, William, 1863-1947
William Irvine Letters from Jerusalem
Manuscripts Division
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3 boxes
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3


Consists of typescript copies of letters sent from Jerusalem by evangelist William Irvine to his followers.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of typescript copies of Irvine's evangelic letters, mostly from Jerusalem but likely typed in California. The letters document the heterodox and fundamentalist Christian offshoot of Irvine's Two-by-Two Movement, which stressed the primacy of the Bible and sent its preachers out in pairs to establish home-based churches across America, Australia, New Zealand, China, Africa, and Europe. Many of the letters are addressed to Willie Edwards, a follower who was in charge of disseminating Irvine's message until Irvine broke with him in mid-1945. The collection contains some duplicates of letters addressed to different people.


The letters are organized by volume, roughly in chronological order. (Original binders were thrown out.)

Collection Creator Biography:

Irvine, William, 1863-1947

Born in Scotland, Irvine was an evangelist who joined the Faith Mission there in 1895. Dissatisfied with its teachings, Irvine formally broke with the Mission while serving in Ireland in 1901. With an expanding ministry of his own, Irvine came to North America in 1903. He traveled widely, preaching that the Age of Grace was coming to an end. In November 1919 he moved to Palestine, where he spent the rest of his life, continuing to transmit his theology to his followers in a continuing series of letters. These were reproduced by selected members for distribution among the followers. Such are the copies in this collection. Irvine died in Jerusalem in 1945. The larger branch of the church he founded ("Christian Conventions" or "Two-by-Twos") continues today.

Collection History


The collection was purchased from Garrett Scott in November 2010 (AM2011-45).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by John Delaney on November 9, 2010. Finding aid written by John Delaney on November 9, 2010.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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:

William Irvine Letters from Jerusalem; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1-3

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Transcripts of over 400 William Irvine letters can be viewed at

Subject Terms:
End of the World.
Evangelicals -- Israel -- Jerusalem -- 20th century -- Correspondence.
Two-by-Two's (Christian sect)
Genre Terms:
Letters -- 20th century.