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Guide to the Frederick Edwards Papers, 1883-1945

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Frederick Edwards papers
Creator
Edwards, Frederick, 1863-1948.
Extent
10.0 linear feet, 292 items
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Material in English

Collection Overview

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.

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Contents of the Collection

Frederick Edwards Papers, 1883-1945

(79 volumes, 9 boxes)
Arrangement note

Volumes 1-58 are bound and unboxed. Volumes 59-79 are housed in boxes 1-9.

Baptism, January 1-9
Volume 1
January 10-12
Volume 2
Disciples, January 13-18
Volume 3
January, January 25-February 6
Volume 4
February, February 7-12
Volume 5
February, February 13-18
Volume 6
Septuagesima, February 19-24
Volume 7
February 25-29
Volume 8
March, March 1-6
Volume 9
Lent, March 7-12
Volume 10
Lent, March 13-18
Volume 11
March, March 19-24
Volume 12
Perea, March 25-31
Volume 13
April, April 1-6
Volume 14
Palm Sunday, April 7-12
Volume 15
Good Friday, April 13-18
Volume 16
Easter, April 19-28
Volume 17
April 28-30
Volume 18
May, May 1-6
Volume 19
May, May 7-12
Volume 20
May, May 13-18
Volume 21
Ascension, May 19-31
Volume 22
June, June 1-6
Volume 23
Trinity, June 7-18
Volume 24
June, June 19-30
Volume 25
The Nation, July 1-6
Volume 26
July, July 7-12
Volume 27
July, July 13-18
Volume 28
July, July 19-24
Volume 29
July, July 25-31
Volume 30
Transfiguration, August 1-6
Volume 31
August, August 7-18
Volume 32
August, August 19-30
Volume 33
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Volume 34
September, September 1-9
Volume 35
September, September 10-18
Volume 36
September, September 19-24
Volume 37
September Sermons, September 25-30
Volume 38
October, October 1-6
Volume 39
October, October 7-12
Volume 40
October, October 13-18
Volume 41
October Sermons, October 19-24
Volume 42
October 25-31
Volume 43
October 31
Volume 44
All Saints, November 1-6
Volume 45
November Sermons, November 7-12
Volume 46
November, November 13-18
Volume 47
November, November 19-24
Volume 48
Thanksgiving, November 25 - December 6
Volume 49
December, December 7-18
Volume 50
December, December 19-24
Volume 51
Christmas, December 25-31
Volume 52
Notes for Sermons and Addresses
Volume 53
Poetry by Frederick Edwards
Volume 54
Miscellaneous Collection of Frederick Trevenen Edwards (pre-World War I)
Volume 55
Trevenen's Work: Poems & Prose, Vol. 1
Volume 56
Trevenen's Work: Poems & Prose, Vol. 2
Volume 57
Fifty letters concerning Rev. Frederick Edwards, 1915
Volume 58
January Journal Arcady
Box 1
Volume 59
Natural Year, March
Box 1
Volume 60
Natural Year, April
Box 1
Volume 61
Natural Year, May
Box 2
Volume 62
Natural Year, June
Box 2
Volume 63
Natural Year, July
Box 2
Volume 64
Natural Year, August
Box 3
Volume 65
Natural Year, September
Box 3
Volume 66
Natural Year, October
Box 3
Volume 67
October Scrapbook
Box 4
Volume 68
Natural Year, November
Box 4
Volume 69
Natural Year, December
Box 4
Volume 70
December Scrapbook
Box 5
Volume 71
December Letters
Box 5
Volume 72
Letters, 1915
Box 5
Volume 73
October 5 - Trinity (23)
Box 6
Volume 74
Miscellaneous Lectures
Box 6
Volume 75
Miscellaneous Lectures
Box 6
Volume 76
Newspaper Clippings, 1886-1887
Box 7
Volume 77
Newspaper Clippings, Miscellaneous (mainly 1880s)
Box 7
Volume 78
Plays by Frederick Trevenen Edwards (1 of 2)
Box 9
Volume 79
Plays by Frederick Trevenen Edwards (2 of 2)
Box 9
Volume 79
Letters, 1915- Frederick Trevenen Edwards
Box 8
Letters, 1916- Frederick Trevenen Edwards
Box 8
Letters, 1917- Frederick Trevenen Edwards (1 of 2)
Box 8
Letters, 1917- Frederick Trevenen Edwards (2 of 2)
Box 8
Copies of Letters, 1917- Frederick Trevenen Edwards
Box 8
Letters, 1918- Frederick Trevenen Edwards (1 of 2)
Box 8
Letters, 1918- Frederick Trevenen Edwards (2 of 2)
Box 8
Copies of Letters, 1918- Frederick Trevenen Edwards
Box 8
Letters Concerning Death of Frederick Trevenen Edwards, 1918-1921
Box 8
Copies of Letters Concerning Death of Frederick Trevenen Edwards, 1918
Box 8
Class Day Exercises, Columbia College- Frederick Trevenen Edwards
Box 9
Military Certificates- Frederick Trevenen Edwards
Box 9
Miscellaneous Documents Concerning Death of Frederick Trevenen Edwards
Box 9
Memorials and Newspaper Clippings- Frederick Trevenen Edwards
Box 9
Miscellany: Fort Sheridan to Montfaucon: The War Letters of Frederick Trevenen Edwards
Box 9
A Tribute to Rev. Frederick Edwards from the Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral, Detroit, MI, December 1919
Box 9
A Symphony of Seasons: A Review of 'The Natural Year' by Frederick Edwards' by J. Howard Flower
Box 9
The Radiant Array, painting by Alice R. Huger Smith
Box 9

Historical Note

Episcopal clergyman and president of the American Society for Psychical Research.

Subject Headings

Related Material

Related Material

Frederick Trevenen Edwards' letters published in Fort Sheridan to Monfaucon: the war letters of Frederick Trevenen Edwards (1954), Elizabeth Satterthwait, ed.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederick Edwards Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Frederick Edwards Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 1956-1958.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff

Encoded by Noah Huffman, January 2010

Updated by Liz Adams, July 2014