Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
 

James H. Ecob papers, 1892 -- 1894

Summary Information

Abstract

This collection contains 42 letters written to former Presbyterian minister James H. Ecob, the majority concerning his resignation from the Presbyterian church in protest of the heresy trial of Charles Augusts Briggs.

At a Glance

Bib ID 4492446 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Ecob, James H. (James Henry), 1844-
Title James H. Ecob papers, 1892 -- 1894
Physical Description 0.25 linear feet (0.25 linear feet; 1 box)
Language(s) English .
Access

The collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one chronological series.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains 42 letters written to former Presbyterian minister James H. Ecob, the majority concerning his resignation from the Presbyterian church in protest of the heresy trial of Charles Augusts Briggs. The letters provide insight into how Ecob's decision to resign was received by his congregation, associations, and the public, including UTS affiliates Francis Brown, Henry Preserved Smith, and Josiah Stone.

  • James H. Ecob papers, 1892 -- 1894

    This series contains 42 letters written to former Presbyterian minister James H. Ecob, the majority concerning his resignation from the Presbyterian church in protest of the heresy trial of Charles Augusts Briggs. The letters provide insight into how Ecob's decision to resign was received by his congregation, associations, and the public, including UTS affiliates Francis Brown, Henry Preserved Smith, and Josiah Stone.

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.

Onsite storage.

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, UTS 1: James H. Ecob Papers, 1892-1894, box #, and folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Related Materials

UTS1: Charles Augustus Briggs Papers, 1841–1913, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Custodial History

These papers are part of the Union Theological Seminary Archives, which comprises institutional and administrative records of the Seminary, combined with the papers of many organizations, scholars, pastors, laypersons, and others connected with the school. The materials in this collection were part of a large group of unprocessed material that was organized in 2015.

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. The finding aid was created by David Mucz in 2015 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.

Revision Description

2020-09-24 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Briggs, Charles A (Charles Augustus), 1841-1913 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Clergy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Ecob, James H. (James Henry), 1844- -- : Correspondence Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. -- : Clergy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presbyterians -- New York (State) -- Albany Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Trials (Heresy) -- United States -- History -- Sources Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Dr. James Henry Ecob was born on September 17, 1844 and died on November 6, 1921. He began preaching in Augusta, GA before moving to Albany, NY in 1881, where he was a Presbyterian minister for fourteen years. It was during this period that he became connected to Charles Augustus Briggs, a noteworthy religious scholar and theologian. Briggs' trial for heresy and subsequent acquittal influenced Ecob to resign from the Presbyterian Church on doctrinal grounds. As an open supporter of Briggs, Ecob strongly advocated a liberal stance and the establishment of the Free Church of America. Such an institution, it he hoped, would have a more open doctrine acceptable to any Christian denomination.