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William N. Wysham Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Wysham, William Norris, 1890-1982.
Title: William N. Wysham Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1920-1962
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts and published material of the American clergyman, author and missionary to Iran
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

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.

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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.

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Arrangement of the Collection

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

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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


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.



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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.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: MRC
Date: Jun 1967
Revision history: 16 Jul 2010 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Box 1 Outgoing 1920-1936
Box 1 Of others (Henry Luce to Mr. Rosengrant) 1952
Subject files
Pamphlets by
Box 1 Bulwark for Tomorrow
Box 1 Doors
Box 1 Into All the World Together
Box 1 Is Protestantism Second-Class Christianity?
Box 1 The Missionary Candidate
Box 1 Toward an Ecumenical Mission
Reports by
Box 1 Christian literature distribution in the Middle East 1961
Box 1 Intermission literature of Persia for the years 1930-1937
Statements, financial
Box 1 I.L.C. sales account 1930-1931
Box 1 Book, Christianity is Like That circa 1962
Box 1 Christian education in the Middle East 1961
Box 1 Christian literature in Persian from 1925-1931
Box 1 "The Passport and the Pistol" 1921
Personal reports
Box 1 1926-1929 (3 folders)
Box 1 1933-1938 (3 folders)
Box 1 1950-1951
Box 1 Itineration trip to Demghan 1929
Box 1 Itineration trip to Mazanderan 1930
Box 1 Itineration trip to Mazanderan Province
Box 1 "Some Vicissitudes of Jesus as a Person"
Published material
Box 1 Memoirs of a Centenarian 1957
Magazine articles by
Box 1 in Five Continents 1937, 1947, undated
Box 1 in Missionary Reviews of the World 1924, 1926, 1928, 1932
Box 1 in Presbyterian Life 1954, 1957, 1959
Box 1 in Women and Missions 1924, 1925, 1932, 1947
Box 1 Miscellaneous 1925, 1927, 1936, 1943, 1944, 1959
Newspaper clippings about
Box 1 Miscellaneous undated
Pamphlets by
Box 1 Counsel to New Missionaries 1925, 1948
Box 1 Measure of a Modern Missionary 1925
Box 1 On This We Build in the Near East undated

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