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This collection contains manuscript notes on the lectures of Roswell Dwight Hitchcock and Henry Boynton Smith taken by Jackson during his years as a student at Union, as well as translations of the sermons of Swiss thinker Huldrich Zwingli, with additional correspondence of Robert Handy on the index of Jackson's translations.
Burke Library record group:
Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students
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Item description, UTS1: Samuel Macauley Jackson papers, circa 1871-1972, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Samuel Macauley Jackson Papers; MC 1; New York University Archives.
This collection was likely donated to the library at Union Theological Seminary in the decades following Jackson's death, and may have been added to the collection in 1940. These materials were part of a large group of unprocessed material that was organized in 2017 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The exact provenance of this collection is unknown.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Some material was cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-12. 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 2017 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation and the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2021.
2021-03-07 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Macauley Jackson was an American church historian, Presbyterian minister and philanthropist. He was born in New York City on June 19, 1851 to George T. Jackson and Letitia Jane Aiken Macauley. Jackson came from an affluent, educated family, a background that positioned him for a career in academia. He graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1870, followed by a brief time studying at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 1871 he transferred to Union Theological Seminary, where he earned his Bachelor of Divinity in 1873. At Union, Jackson met Phillip Schaff, a distinctive theologian whose thinking would impact Jackson's own theological career. After Union, Jackson spent a brief period abroad at the Universities of Leipzig and Berlin before becoming ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 1876, when he also received his A.M. from the College of the City of New York. Jackson served as a Presbyterian pastor in Norwood, New Jersey between 1876 and 1880. In 1880, Jackson left full-time ministerial work to work as Schaff's assistant editor on his Bible Dictionary. After Schaff's dictionary, Jackson led the writing and editing of the thirteen-volume The New SchaffHerzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge (1908-1914), as well as the Encyclopedia of Living Divines (1887), The Encylopaedia of Missions (1890), and served as joint editor of the American Church History series.
Jackson's interests in church history were primarily situated in the Protestant Reformation, with particular emphasis on the works of Swiss reformer Huldreich Zwingli. Jackson worked on a biography and various editions of Zwingli's works, and also translated portions of Zwingli's works. In addition to his editorial and writing work, Jackson performed a number of administrative and teaching roles. He served as secretary of the American Society of Church History beginning in 1888, and later became president of the Society. He was engaged in philanthropic activities with the Charity Organization Society and the Prison Associations in New York City. He taught as a professor at New York University beginning in 1895, and was Philip Schaff Chair of Church History at New York University until his death in 1912. Jackson was remembered as a vocal figure in the cultivation of modern church history as a discipline, and his scrupulous work in the field and in service to his peers and mentors is evidenced in his prolific (if often uncredited) writing and editing credentials. He died in Washington, Connecticut on August 2, 1912.