Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
 

George Bowen papers, 1846 -- 1862

Summary Information

Abstract

George Bowen, a graduate of Union Theological Seminary, served as a missionary in Bombay, India from 1848 until his death in 1888. Bowen was editor of the Bombay Guardian from 1854-1888. The collection includes one bound notebook containing his lectures, sermons, notes, and comments.

At a Glance

Bib ID 4492544 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Bowen, George, 1816-1888
Title George Bowen papers, 1846 -- 1862
Physical Description 0.25 linear feet (0.25 linear feet; 1 box)
Language(s) English .
Access

This collection is open for research.

Onsite storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged in one series in original order.

Description

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a bound notebook containing hand-written lectures, sermons, notes and comments written by George Bowen during his time at Union Theological Seminary and in Bombay. The notebook has 332 pages and is bound chronologically, from October 1, 1846 through March 16, 1862. A set of numbered lectures is available on pages 150-169.

  • George Bowen papers, 1846 -- 1862

    This series contains a bound notebook containing hand-written lectures, sermons, notes and comments written by George Bowen during his time at Union Theological Seminary and in Bombay. The notebook has 332 pages and is bound chronologically, from October 1, 1846 through March 16, 1862. A set of numbered lectures is available on pages 150-169.

Burke Library record group:

Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL3, South Asia

Using the Collection

Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Conditions Governing Access

This 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, MRL 3: George Bowen Papers, 1846-1862, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

Related Materials

MRL 12: American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions records, 1878-1958, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions Archives, 1810-1961 (ABC 1-91) Houghton Library, Harvard University.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Processing Information

The notebook was cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-18. Materials were tied with cotton string and wrapped in unbuffered tissue paper and placed in a new acid-free box. The finding aid was created by Debbie Liu in 2012 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.

Revision Description

2014-04-08 XML instance created by Cecile Queffelec.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

2020-05-07 EAD spot checked and corrected 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"
Sermons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Missionaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Missions -- India Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. -- Missions Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

George Bowen (April 30, 1816 - February 5, 1888) was a missionary born in Middlebury, Vermont. At sixteen, Bowen decided on a literary career combined with music. Bowen studied German, French, Italian, and Spanish and further mastered these languages by extensively travelling Europe from 1836-1840. The death of his fiancée began a drastic transformation in his life and resulted in Bowen offering himself to the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (ABCFM) as a missionary.

From 1844-1847 Bowen studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He arrived in Bombay on January 19, 1848, where he lived until his death in 1888. After withdrawing from the ABCFM, Bowen earned his living by tutoring and was Associate Editor (1851-1854) then Editor (1854-1888) of the Bombay Guardian. Bowen was also editor of the Marathi publications of the Bombay Book and Tract Society and Secretary to the Religious Tracts Society.

In 1871 Bowen began associating himself with the work begun by travelling Methodist Evangelist William Taylor. As a result of this relationship, Bowen joined the Methodist Episcopal Church as a missionary staff member in 1873. He became a charter member of the South India Conference, and for three years was a presiding elder of the Bombay District. Twice, in the absence of the bishop, Bowen acted as the president of the Conference.

George Bowen's editorials in the Bombay Guardian were published as three volumes: Daily Meditations, The Amens of Christ, and Love Revealed in Scotland (Edinburgh) and the United States (Presbyterian Board of Publications, Philadelphia). They were widely regarded as influential devotional books.

George Bowen papers, 1846 -- 1862

This series is open for research.

0.25 linear feet

This series contains a bound notebook containing hand-written lectures, sermons, notes and comments written by George Bowen during his time at Union Theological Seminary and in Bombay. The notebook has 332 pages and is bound chronologically, from October 1, 1846 through March 16, 1862. A set of numbered lectures is available on pages 150-169.

This series is arranged in original order.


Box 1 Folder 1 Notebook, 1846-10-01 -- 1862-03-16, 1 folder