|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one chronological series.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains a transcription of Ashbel Green Simonton's journal, requested by his wife Helen Murdoch Simonton, covering his years at Princeton Seminary and his first years as a Presbyterian missionary in Brazil.
Burke Library record group:
Missionary Research Library Archives: MRL9, Latin America
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
The 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, MRL9: Ashbel Green Simonton journal, 1852-1866, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
The original manuscript journal may be part of a collection on Simonton at Princeton Theological Seminary. Another transcript copy can be found in the Historical Museum of the Presbyterian Seminary in Campinas, Brazil.
The journal was first sent to Robert E. Speer by A.G. Simonton's daughter who asked that copies of it be made and distributed.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Formerly part of the independent Missionary Research Library (MRL), these records were originally donated by Robert E. Speer of the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. to Charles H. Fahs, director of the Missionary Research Library, in 1918. The records were accessioned by the Burke Library at the time of the MRL's closure in 1976.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Folded materials were flattened. Staples, rubber bands, and metal clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. All materials were placed in acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Miguel Escobar in 2006, reviewed and updated by Brigette Kamsler in 2014 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
July 1, 2014 XML Instance Created by Sarah Davis.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
2020-07-09 EAD spot checked and corrected and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Ashbel Green Simonton (1833-1867) was an American Presbyterian pioneer missionary in Brazil. A graduate of Princeton Seminary, he was sent to Brazil by the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions, arriving in Rio de Janeiro in August 1859. In 1860 Simonton organized the first Sunday school with five children, and began evangelistic work in Portuguese. He converted, baptized, and ordained a former Roman Catholic priest, José Manoel da Conceicão, the first Brazilian Presbyterian minister. He organized the first Presbyterian Church in Rio de Janeiro and was the founder of the first evangelical newspaper. Simonton returned to the United States in 1862 and married Helen Murdoch. She died in 1864 after giving birth to a daughter. Simonton died in 1867 of yellow fever at age 36.