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David J. Edwards papers

Call Number: MS 995

Scope and Contents

David J. Edwards' papers consist of correspondence; of sermons preached in Germany, Brussels, and the United States; of notes on religious topics and notes for a lecture on Egypt; of four unidentified photographs; and of miscellaneous poems, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia. In Edwards' correspondence is a copy of a letter from him to the American Consul in Leipzig asserting his innocence of unspecified charges of dishonesty which resulted in his departure from Leipzig and protesting the confiscation of his property (1896 Jan 5). Many of the letters written to Edwards in the following few years offer consolation in the face of adversity and support from his friends. The remaining letters are largely from friends in Germany, Brussels, and the United States, and are for the most part concerned with church matters and the personal affairs of the writers. Among these is one letter from a doctor in Tientsin, China, writing of his life there (1891 Feb 28) and a series of letters from a friend describing the social and cultural life of Brussels (1897-1898). A number of letters are in French and German.

The provenance of these papers is unknown.


  • 1882-1909


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


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Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence and sermons relating to David J. Edwards' religious work for the American and English Union Church in Leipzig, Germany, and for various churches in the United States and Brussels, Belgium.

Biographical / Historical

David J. Edwards was pastor of the American and English Union Church in Leipzig from at least 1888 until 1896, when he left due to a dispute with some members of his church. He spent a short time preaching in Brussels, after which he returned to the U.S., preaching between bouts of ill-health he preached in various places including Peace Dale, Rhode Island, between 1897 and 1898, Clifton Springs, New Jersey, in 1902, and Margaretville, New York, in 1904. He appears to have resided in New Haven, Connecticut, during this period and also to have worked for the Y.M.C.A. from time to time.

Guide to the David J. Edwards Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
July 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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