Guide to the Frederick Edwards Papers, 1883-1945
Frederick Edwards was an Episcopal clergyman and president of the American Society for Psychical Research. Collection contains correspondence, journal (1884-1945, 52 v.), sermons, meditations, and poems, chiefly relating to psychical phenomena and Edwards' views on theology and spiritualism, particularly life after death. Also includes letters, 1933-1935, commenting on Franklin Roosevelt, the New Deal, and the social effects of the Depression. Includes World War I letters and also poetry of Edwards' son, Frederick Trevenen, who died during the war.
- Collection Number
- Frederick Edwards papers
- Edwards, Frederick, 1863-1948.
- 10 Linear Feet, 292 items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
The principal part of this collection is made up of the journals kept by Frederick C. Edwards between 1884 and 1945 reflecting Edwards's career as an Episcopal minister and his study of psychical phenomena, especially life after death. They contain letters, sermons, nature essays, book orders, and some clippings and financial records with numerous entries for 1933-1935 commenting on Franklin Roosevelt, the New Deal, and the effects of the Depression on the people Edwards saw and knew; and a considerable amount of material concerning Edwards's interest in spiritualism and psychical research, including mention of sittings with various mediums and a few transcriptions of these sittings. The unbound letters are those of Edwards's son, Frederick Trevenen Edwards, describing his experiences in World War I. There is a typed copy of these letters emended by Edwards, and they were published in 1954 by Elizabeth Satterthwait The collection also contains assorted volumes and notebooks including Trevenen Edwards's poetry and prose and Frederick Edwards's nature poems.
Volumes 1-58 are bound and unboxed, while volumes 59-61 are located in boxes 1-9.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Frederick Edwards Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Volumes 1-58 are bound and unboxed. Volumes 59-79 are housed in boxes 1-9.
Episcopal clergyman and president of the American Society for Psychical Research.
Frederick Trevenen Edwards' letters published in Fort Sheridan to Monfaucon: the war letters of Frederick Trevenen Edwards (1954), Elizabeth Satterthwait, ed.
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- Episcopal Church -- Clergy
- Edwards, Frederick, 1863-1948.
- Edwards, Frederick Trevenen
- Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
- Depressions -- 1929
- Future life -- Episcopal Church
- New Deal, 1933-1939
- Soldiers -- Correspondence
- World War, 1914-1918
The Frederick Edwards Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1956-1958.
Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff
Encoded by Noah Huffman, January 2010
Updated by Liz Adams, July 2014