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W88-0128. Zwemer, Samuel M. (1867-1952). Papers, 1867-2019. 2.50 linear ft.

Identifier: W88-0128

Scope and Contents

Collection mainly contains selected articles and monographs written by Samuel Zwemer. Other materials include correspondence, biographical information and photographs of Zwemer and his family taken in America, Arabia, and Egypt


  • 1867 - 2019


Samuel Marinus Zwemer was born on April 12, 1867, in Vriesland, Michigan. Zwemer received an A.B. from Hope College in 1887, M.A from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1890; Classical Literature degree from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in 1890, ordained by the Pella, Iowa, Classis in 1890; D.D. from Hope College in 1904; L.L.D. from Muskingham College in 1918, and a D.D. from Rutgers College in 1919.

Zwemer was a member of the Church Missionary Society in Arabia (1890-1913) where he met and married fellow missionary Amy Elizabeth Wilkes on May 18, 1896. He also served in Egypt (1913-1929). His tenure as professor at the Princeton Theological Seminary lasted from 1929-1952. Besides his many duties, he had time to write over fifty religious books and hundreds of articles; founded the Moslem World, a missionary periodical; and served as its editor for thirty-five years.

He retired from active work on the faculty of Princeton College Seminary at the age of seventy in 1937; however, he was allowed to teach for another year. He continued to write and publish books and articles, as well as doing a great deal of public speaking. Zwemer died in New York City on April 2, 1952, at the age of eighty-four.


2.50 Linear Feet

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Minister of the RCA and missionary to Arabia, India, and Egypt; professor of missions at Princeton Theological Seminary, 1929 1952. Many pamphlets on missions, including “The Ship That Sailed and the Keel That Never Kissed the Sea” (Missionary Ship); published articles by or about him. See also W88-0060 for additional correspondence. Detailed Collection Register available.


13 images (Box 1)


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Repository Details

Part of the Joint Archives of Holland Repository

Theil Research Center
9 East 10th Street
Holland Michigan 49423 United States