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Charles Eli Bronson papers, 1845 -- 1966

Summary Information

Abstract

Charles Eli Bronson (1857-1926) was a UTS alumnus of 1884, graduate of Amherst College, and an ordained Presbyterian minister who served in Marlborough, New York; Saginaw, Michigan; and West Hope Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia; and as President of the Philadelphia School of Christian Workers. This collection contains Bronson's sermons and writings, as well as personal materials related to the Bronson immediate and extended families, including genealogical research.

At a Glance

Bib ID 11918046 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bronson, Charles Eli, 1857-1929
Title Charles Eli Bronson papers, 1845 -- 1966
Physical Description 1.25 linear feet (1.25 linear feet; 3 boxes)
Language(s) English .
Access

The collection is open for research.

The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1-3. Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is organized in one series arranged roughly by material type: writings, and family materials.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Bronson's sermons and writings, including early sermons that were revised and re-preached and include annotations with multiple locations and dates; as well as personal materials related to the Bronson immediate and extended families, including genealogical research, bibles, bulletins, clippings, journals, correspondence and other writings, and artifacts.

  • Charles Eli Bronson papers, 1845 -- 1966

    This series contains Bronson's sermons and writings, including early sermons that were revised and re-preached and include annotations with multiple locations and dates; as well as personal materials related to the Bronson immediate and extended families, including genealogical research, bibles, bulletins, clippings, journals, correspondence and other writings, and artifacts.

Burke Library record group:

Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students

Using the Collection

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1-3. Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.

Preferred Citation

Item description, Charles Eli Bronson papers, 1845-1966, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Bronson papers were donated in part by Elizabeth Duvall, with additional materials supplied through the UTS Development Office.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. Any items in an advanced state of deterioration were placed in Mylar envelopes. The finding aid was created by Rebecca Nieto in 2016 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.

Revision Description

2021-11-16 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Charles Eli Bronson was born in Geneva, New York on December 6, 1857 to parents Eli Atwater and Amelia (Kellogg) Bronson. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College in 1880 before attending Union Theological Seminary, where he earned his diploma in 1884. He was ordained in the No-River Presbytery on November 6, 1884, and immediately embarked on a three decade-long ministerial career in the Midwest and Northeast. During his career, he served as a pastor in Marlborough, New York (1884-1892); Saginaw, Michigan (1892-1900), at West Hope Presbyterian Church from 1900-1922. In 1894, Bronson went on to receive his Doctorate of Divinity from Alma College in Alma, Michigan. In addition to his ministerial work, Reverend Bronson served as President of the Philadelphia School of Christian Workers beginning in 1923, and was a member of Psi Upsilon and the Union League of Philadelphia. He married Amey Talbot Taintor – herself a graduate of Smith College, Columbia College and native of Stratford, Connecticut – in 1898, and they had two children together.

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Charles Eli Bronson papers, 1845 -- 1966

This series is open for research.

1.25 linear feet; 1.25 linear feet; 3 boxes

This series contains Bronson's sermons and writings, including early sermons that were revised and re-preached and include annotations with multiple locations and dates; as well as personal materials related to the Bronson immediate and extended families, including genealogical research, bibles, bulletins, clippings, journals, correspondence and other writings, and artifacts.

This series is arranged roughly by material type: writings, and family materials.



Box 1 Folder 1-2 Marlboro, Saginaw and Philadelphia Sermons, circa 1884 -- 1912


Box 1 Folder 3-4 Writings, circa 1912 -- 1919


Box 1 Folder 5 Sermons of Reverend Charles Eli Bronson (bound)`, 1930


Box 1 Folder 6 Correspondence, 1895 -- 1922


Box 1 Folder 7 Notes, circa 1884 -- 1930



Box 2 Folder 1 Personal Workers' Testament, 1905


Box 2 Folder 2 Polyglot Bible (English version), circa 1900 -- 1909


Box 2 Folder 3 West Hope Presbyterian Church Bulletins, 1911 -- 1929


Box 2 Folder 4 West Hope – 17th Anniversary of Rev. Bronson's Pastorate, 1917


Box 2 Folder 5 Calendar and Journal, 1922 -- 1925


Box 2 Folder 6 Tenant College of Christian Education – Bulletin and Clipping, 1941


Box 2 Folder 7 Amy Talbot Taintor [Bronson] Wedding Datebook, circa 1898



Box 3 Folder 1 Notes on Bronson Children, circa 1900 -- 1911


Box 3 Folder 2 Clippings of Bronson Childrens' Hair, 1907 -- 1916


Box 3 Folder 3 Amey Bronson – Pressed flowers, Smith College records, circa 1928


Box 3 Folder 4 Margaret Letters, 1910 -- 1911


Box 3 Folder 5 Letter from Katherine, circa 1910 -- 1911


Box 3 Folder 6 Biographical clippings, circa 1910 -- 1911


Box 3 Folder 7 Manuscript – Pattern Language by Julia Talbot, circa 1910 -- 1911


Box 3 Folder 8 Poem – The New England Mother, circa 1910 -- 1911


Box 3 Folder 9 E.C. Taintor Valedictory Poems and Notebooks, 1845


Box 3 Folder 10 Ralston Genealogical Correspondence, 1865


Box 3 Folder 11-12 Genealogical Correspondence – Bewley, Talbot, Bronson, 1951 -- 1966


Box 3 Folder 13 Bronson-Talbot-Taintor Family Genealogy, circa 1950 -- 1959


Box 3 Folder 14 Ralston Family Wills, 1962


Box 3 Folder 15 Genealogical Research – Methodist Church Records, 1966


Box 3 Folder 16 Ralston Family Gravestone Illustrations, circa 1966