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Gilbert T. Smith Collection Relating to Rev. James Dempster

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Smith, Gilbert T.
Title: Gilbert T. Smith Collection Relating to Rev. James Dempster
Inclusive Dates: 1776-1958
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft.
Abstract: Research files compiled by Gilbert T. Smith, relating to Methodist minister James Dempster. All modern photocopies, no original material.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

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.

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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.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Material is in alphabetical order by title or topic.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: 8 May 2017
Revision history:

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Research files
Box 1 Baptism and marriage records as recorded by Rev. James Dempster, 1778-1803
Box 1 A calm address to our American colonies / Wesley 1776
Box 1 The Dempster records / Hartley 1935
Box 1 Early American Methodism [excerpt] / Barclay 1949 - excerpt only
Box 1 Encyclopedia of World Methodism [excerpt] / Harmon 1974 - article on Dempster
Box 1 A flame of fire / Schwartz 1982
Box 1 Journals and letters of Francis Asbury, Volume I [excerpt] / Clark 1958
Box 1 Minutes of the annual conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for the years 1773-1828, Volume I [excerpt] 1840
Box 1 Reclaiming of James Dempster / Schwartz 1995
Box 1 Recollections of John Dempster / McKean
Box 1 Records of the United Presbyterian Church in the town of Florida, Montgomery County, N.Y. [excerpt] / Vosburgh (Ed.) 1919
Box 1 Selected sources of information about Rev. James Dempster / Smith 2004
Box 1 Story of the Rev. James Dempster / Kroeger 1938

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