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Guide to the Alfred Playfair Powelson Sermons, 1883-1888

Abstract

Alfred Playfair Powelson (1851-1916) was a Methodist minister who served in Ohio and in Tacoma, Washington. Powelson founded and served as principal of the non-denominational Tacoma Academy (1889-1898) and later served as president of the College of the City of Tacoma (1898-1905).

Collection includes 18 manuscript sermons of Methodist minister Alfred Playfair Powelson, dated 1883 to 1888. Each sermon is loosely tied with original string and three have printed cover sheets. Some sermons are title with only a book, chapter and verse, while Powelson supplied titles for others. Powelson often recorded the location and date that he preached each sermon. The bulk of the sermons in the collection were given at Woodbury, Conn. or Tacoma, Wash. Also included is Powelson's original minister's license from the State of Ohio, dated 1875.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Powelson, Alfred Playfair, 1851-1916
Title
Alfred Playfair Powelson Sermons 1883-1888
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.2 Linear Feet, 19 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection includes 18 manuscript sermons of Methodist minister Alfred Playfair Powelson, dated 1883 to 1888. Each sermon is loosely tied with original string and three have printed cover sheets. Some sermons are title with only a book, chapter and verse, while Powelson supplied titles for others. Powelson often recorded the location and date that he preached each sermon. The bulk of the sermons in the collection were given at the First Congregational Church in Woodbury, Conn. or Tacoma, Wash. Also included is Powelson's original minister's license from the State of Ohio, dated 1875.

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Contents of the Collection

Minister's License, State of Ohio, Union County, 1875 October 27

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1886 December 19); Tacoma, Wash (1888 Jan 15)

Box 1 Folder 1
John 9:13, 1883

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1883)

Box 1 Folder 2
John 17: 9-10., 1883 July 6

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1883 July 6)

Box 1 Folder 3
Matthew I:23., 1883 December

Sermon preached at: [?](1883 December 1883); Woodbury, Conn. (1884)

Box 1 Folder 4
John 6:47 - "Verily, truly I say to you he that believe in me haveth eternal life," 1884 January 4

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1884 January 4)

Box 1 Folder 5
John 3:19, 1885 February 15

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1885 February 15)

Box 1 Folder 6
John 20:19, 1885 March 5

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1885 March 5); Tacoma (1888)

Box 1 Folder 7
Psalm 32:5, 1885 April 4

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1885 April 4)

Box 1 Folder 8
Romans 8:14, 1886 January 31

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1886 January 31)

Box 1 Folder 9
Matthew 11:25, 1886 February 7

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1886 February 7)

Box 1 Folder 10
"Obedience", 1886 March 5

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1886 March 5); Tacoma (1887 January 28)

Box 1 Folder 11
Psalm 18:2 - "In Him will I Trust," 1886 May 23

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1886 May 23); [?] (1886 August 29)

Box 1 Folder 12
John 15:22 , 1886 July 11

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1886 July 11); Nordbury Church (1886 October 31); Tacoma (1887 June 7)

Box 1 Folder 13
Ezekiel 33:11, 1886 November 21

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1886 November 21)

Box 1 Folder 14
John 1:3 - "Sin Is transgression of law and sin is lawlessness," 1886 December 19

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. ( 1886 December 19); Tacoma, Wash. (1888 January 16)

Box 1 Folder 15
Luke 2:40, 1886 December 26

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1886 December 26)

Box 1 Folder 16
"Preparatory Lecture", 1886 December 31

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1886 December 31)

Box 1 Folder 17
Luke 15:12, 1887 January 16

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1887 January 16); Tacoma, Wash. (1888 January 29)

Box 1 Folder 18
Phil 4:8, 1888 August 22

Sermon preached at: Woodbury, Conn. (1888 August 22)

Box 1 Folder 19

Historical Note

Chronology List

DateEvent(s)
1851Born July 7 as Alfred Playfair Powelson in Plainfield, Ohio to Valentine Powelson and Ellen Thrapp
1875Received B.A. from Adrian College
1875-1879Served as a Methodist Minister in Richwood, Middlebury, and Lebanon, Ohio.
1880Received M.A. from Adrian College
1882Received Bachelor of Divinity from Yale
1883-1887Served as Minister to the 1st Congregational Church in Woodbury, Conn.
1887Married Laura Elizabeth Bull
1889-1898Principal and Founder of Tacoma Academy
1892Daughter Elizabeth born
1896Received Ph.D. from Adrian College
1897Son Alfred Playfair Powelson, Jr. born
1898-1905President of the College of the City of Tacoma
1916Died on December 16th in Tacoma, Wash.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Alfred Playfair Powelson Sermons, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Alfred Playfair Powelson Sermons were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in March 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Maia Hutt, April 2011

Encoded by Noah Huffman, April 2011

Accession 2011-0053 is described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.