|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is organized in one series arranged by format.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains 92 sermons written and delivered by Locke from 1843 to 1859, as well as lectures and essays. Sermon titles and location of delivery are noted on each sermon within folders.
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
This collection is open for research.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1-4. 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.
Item description, UTS1: Nathaniel Clarke Locke papers, 1840-1859, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
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
Sermons were cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-12. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Erin Campbell and Brigette C. Kamsler in 2015 with the support of the Henry Luce 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
Nathaniel Clarke Locke was born on June 1, 1816, in Salem, New Jersey. He graduated from Middlebury College in 1838, and became a teacher in Loundesboro, Vermont, from 1838-1841. Locke then entered Union Theological Seminary and graduated in 1844. The following year, he was ordained a Presbyterian minister in Hanover, Maine, and served as a home missionary in Eastville, Virginia, from 1844 to 1846. His sermons indicate that between November of 1846 and October of 1847, Locke was the minister of Holmes Church in Northampton, Virginia, although biographical information on Locke provides no record of this. He seems to have left this church under ambiguous circumstances. He preached fire and brimstone and focused most often on the temptations of sin, the lusts of the passions, and the terrors of damnation. From Virginia, he went to Brooklyn and became pastor of Central Church in December, 1847. In 1850, he went to Hempstead, Long Island, and in 1852 he became the pastor of the Hempstead church until 1860. In 1858 he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from the University of Alabama. He died in July of 1862 at the age of 46.