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Gilbert T. Smith Collection Relating to Rev. James Dempster

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: 8 May 2017

Biographical History

James Dempster (1740-1804) was a Methodist clergyman. Born in Scotland, he studied at Edinburgh University. He and several other lay preachers were sent to America around 1774 by John Wesley. Dempster settled in the Mohawk Valley area of New York, from which base he traveled upstate New York as an itinerant preacher and minister.

The material in the collection was compiled by Gilbert T. Smith.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Gilbert T. Smith Collection Relating to Rev. James Dempster consists of various material -- church records, essays, recollections, etc. -- relating to Methodist clergyman James Dempster. All items are modern photocopies; the collection contains no original material.

Arrangement of the Collection

Material is in alphabetical order by title or topic.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Dempster, James, 1740-1804.
Smith, Gilbert T.

Corporate Bodies

Methodist Church -- Clergy.


Clergy -- United States.
Methodists -- New York (State)
Methodists -- United States.

Genres and Forms

Church records.
Research notes.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Gilbert T. Smith Collection Relating to Rev. James Dempster,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Gilbert Smith, 2007.

Table of Contents

Research files