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Moffett Korea Collection

The Moffett Korea Collection consists of the personal papers of Samuel Hugh Moffett (1916–2015), Henry W. Luce Professor of Ecumenics and Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary (1981–1986), those of his wife, Eileen Flower Moffett (1928–), and manuscript materials, publications, clippings, and related non-print media regarding Korea, including the history of Korean missions, the Korean churches, and religion in Korea. There are also Moffett genealogical materials and personal papers relating to various members of the Moffett family, especially Samuel Austin Moffett (1864–1939), pioneer Presbyterian missionary in Korea.

For more information, see the extensive guide to the collection (finding aid). See also the description of the collection on the library website.

Digitization of this collection was made possible by the generous financial support of the Henry Luce Foundation.

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The Moffett Korea Collection includes three main types of materials: The Manuscript Collection consists of 230 boxes arranged in five series. The Photograph Collection contains photographs, photo albums, postcards, pictorial histories and yearbooks consisting of 118 boxes arranged in fourteen series. The Book Collection contains over 1,000 books on Korean history and culture, Korean Christianity and Korean religions.

Not all materials in the collection have been digitized. Some items are excluded due to copyright restrictions, privacy considerations, or physical condition. The complete collection is housed in Special Collections and Archives in Wright Library at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Manuscript Collection

Photograph Collection

See also the photographs from the original digital library.

Book Collection

Samuel H. Moffett also donated to Princeton Theological Seminary his extensive library of over 1,000 books, pamphlets, and periodicals on Korean history and culture, Korean Christianity and Korean religions.

Due to copyright restrictions, only a small subset of the Book Collection is digitally presented here. Not every item included is the personal copy from the Moffett collection. If the same edition of the same title was digitized previously, we link to that copy here rather than digitize the same edition twice.

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