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Frederic Denison Collection of Baptist Biographies

Scope & content

The Denison collection is comprised of biographical material collected by Rev. Frederic Denison on Baptists from Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Denison identified and contacted potential subjects by postcard and asked them to provide a brief spiritual biography. The materials in the collection constitute the responses of the subjects (and, in some cases, those closest to them) on this topic, and provide a wealth of information on Baptist conversion and spiritual life in the mid-19th century. Denison compiled these materials and contributed them to The Baptist Encyclopedia, edited by William Cathcart, which was published in Philadelphia, 1881.