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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in three chronological series: Series 1: Notebooks; Series 2: Correspondence; Series 3: Sermons and essays.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains two essays and four published sermons written and delivered by Griswold; correspondence between various people and Griswold; as well as Griswold's diaries, prayer books, and "studies," which focus on one passage and expound upon its meaning.
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.
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, MRL3: Hervey DeWitt Griswold Papers, series #, box #, and folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Hervey DeWitt Griswold papers, #2124. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Originally part of the independent Missionary Research Library, these records were received by Union Theological Seminary librarian Robert F. Beach and MRL archivist Laura Person in 1961 from Hervey DeWitt Griswold's daughter, Mrs. Frances Griswold Ballantine. In 1976 the records were accessioned to the Burke Library archives with the closure of the MRL.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Material was cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-18. 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. Notebooks were wrapped in acid-free tissue and tied with acid-free cotton tying tape. An inventory was compiled by Paul A. Byrnes in 1977; the full finding aid was created with an updated inventory by Brigette C. Kamsler in December 2011 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-03-15 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Hervey DeWitt Griswold was born May 24, 1860 in Dryden, New York to Benjamin and Laura Eliza (Hurd) Griswold. He attended Union College in Schenectady, New York 1881 – 1885, and then attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City 1885 – 1888. For the next two years, he had a fellowship at Oxford and Berlin Universities. Griswold began his service for the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in India 1890 as a local missionary in Jhansi. That same year, he also married Frances S. Sheldon. Together they would have three children: Laura Katharine; Arthur Sheldon; and Frances Louise. In 1894, Griswold became Professor of Philosophy at Forman Christian College in Lahore, India, also teaching History and English. Griswold built the Foreman Christian College Library as its Librarian, adding greatly to the selection of books on philosophy and religion. He served as secretary of the India Council of the Presbyterian Missions. Griswold continued his own education, earning a PhD from Cornell University in 1900 with his thesis on Indian Philosophy, Brahman. He obtained his Doctor of Divinity in 1910. Griswold was a prolific writer, penning a number of pamphlets and other literary works throughout his life. Griswold retired from missionary work in India in 1926 and died May 11, 1945.