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William N. Wysham Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: MRC
Date: Jun 1967

Biographical History

William N. Wysham (1890-1982) was an American author, clergyman, and missionary to Iran.

William Norris Wysham was born in Baltimore, Maryland on 10 Sep 1890. He was educated at the Baltimore City College (A.B. 1908), Lafayette College (1913), Princeton University (M.A. 1915), Princeton Theological Seminary (1916), and he received an honorary doctorate from Coe College in 1932.

Wysham was a missionary to Iran (Persia) under the Presbyterian Church in the United States from 1920 to 1923, and again from 1925 to 1938. He was the executive secretary for the Western area of the Board of Foreign Ministers in the Presbyterian Church. He lectured on missions in the San Francisco Theological Seminary and taught in the departments of English and Religion of Alborz College in Teheran, Iran from 1920 to 1923 and again from 1925-1938.

Wysham was a member of the Board of Directors of the American Christian Literary Society for Moslems, as well as of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the Benham Club at Princeton. He edited numerous books and wrote many pamphlets in the Persian language, and was a regular contributor to religious magazines including The Presbyterian and Presbyterian Life.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William N. Wysham Papers consists of correspondence, subject files, manuscripts and published material.

Correspondence contains a series of letters from Wysham at the American mission in Teheran, and a letter from Henry Luce to a Mr. Rosengrant about one of Wysham's books.

Subject files contains pamphlets by Wysham, reports by him, and a statement of the I.L.C. Sales Account.

Manuscripts contains typescript copies of essays by Wysham on the state of Christian education in the Middle East, personal reports by Wysham, and manuscripts for several articles and books.

Published material includes a book edited by Wysham, three published pamphlets, and newspaper articles about Wysham.

Arrangement of the Collection

Correspondence is arranged chronologically. All other material is arranged alphabetically.


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Subject Headings


Wysham, William Norris, 1890-1982.

Corporate Bodies

Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. -- Board of Foreign Missions.


Christianity and other religions -- Islam.
Islam -- Relations -- Christianity.
Missionaries -- Iran.


Iran -- Religion.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Manuscripts for publication.



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William N. Wysham Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of William N. Wysham, 1964, 1967, 1969.

Table of Contents


Subject files


Published material