Edward Brown Walsworth Papers: Finding Aid mssWW

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
November 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Edward Brown Walsworth papers
Creator: Walsworth, Edward Brown, 1819-1892
Identifier/Call Number: mssWW
Physical Description: 2.34 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1840-1889
Abstract: A collection of material related to the life and work of American Presbyterian pastor and seminary founder Edward Brown Walsworth.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Edward Brown Walsworth papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Edwin Grabhorn, January 1945.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Brown Walsworth (1819-1892) was born in Cleveland, Ohio; Walsworth married Sarah A. Pierson (1829-1912) in 1849 and served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church in East Avon, New York. In October 1852, the couple sailed to California on the clipper ship Trade Wind; Walsworth was a representative of the American Home Missionary Society. In 1853, he organized the first Presbyterian Church of Oakland, California, but soon left to become pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Marysville, California. At the same time, Walsworth was also filling the post of Yuba County Superintendent of Schools. He established the Female College of the Pacific in Oakland, California, in June 1863. The college was sold to the Pacific Theological Seminary in 1871, and Walsworth was put in charge of the Oakland Seminary before he returned to New York in 1876.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 138 items from 1840 to 1889, which consists of letters and documents. The material is related to Edward Brown Walsworth and the Presbyterian Church in New York State for the years 1840 to 1853, the Presbyterian Church in California from 1852 to 1883, and the Female College of the Pacific from 1863 to 1871.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1950. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the finding aid derived from a legacy summary report.


Arranged chronologically.


Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssWW 1-138.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Educators -- California
Presbyterian Church -- California
Presbyterian Church -- Clergy -- California -- History -- 19th century
Presbyterian Church -- Clergy -- New York (State) -- History -- 19th century
Presbyterian Church -- New York (State)
Marysville (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century
Oakland (Calif.) -- History -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- California -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- New York (State) -- 19th century
Female College of the Pacific

Box 1


Box 2