|Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary|
At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series organized by format.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains two manuscript notebooks, which are 'private journals' containing Hall's handwritten notes on his life as a pastor and other events, including a visit to Europe. This collection also contains a scrapbook of clippings including a selection of Hall's sermons and letters, as well as brief family history and a pew plan.
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
The collection is open for research.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1. 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: John Goodman Hall Papers, 1837 -1863, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
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. The finding aid was created by Ruth Tonkiss Cameron in 2008 and updated in 2014, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2020.
2020-11-06 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
John Goodman Hall was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1816 and graduated from New York City University in 1836. He entered into the very first class of students at the newly founded and briefly named New York Theological Seminary, which was then renamed Union Theological Seminary upon incorporation. Hall graduated from UTS in 1839 and was ordained by the Congregational Berkshire Association on October 29, 1839. His career followed the traditional path of that period: as Stated supply (Acting Pastor) in New Lebanon, NY, 1839-42; Pastor in South Egremont, MA, 1842-50; Pastor in Cherry Valley, NY, 1850-57; and Pastor (Reformed Church in America )in Fort Plain, NY 1857-63. While pastor in Cherry Valley he undertook a journey to England and France from April to August 1853. In 1864 he moved to Ohio, but does not appear to have obtained a full church position there. Hall was Stated supply in the Congregational church in Ravenna, Ohio, 1864-73, but was without charge in Cleveland, Ohio from 1873-1900. John Goodman Hall was honored with a D.D. from New York University in 1879. He died in Cleveland, Ohio on January 30, 1900.