Series I. Correspondence (calendared and
microfilmed), 1817-1875 2.4 l.f.
The bulk of the Finney Papers consists of Finney's incoming correspondence (Boxes 1-6). Calendared in two volumes with an index prepared in 1939 by LeRoy P. Graf, the 2,246 letters are divided as follows: volume 1, letters 1817-33; volume 2, letters 1834-75. These letters are written mainly by converts and friends of Finney, particularly from New York state, the scene of Finney's revivals. Also included are letters from Finney's English friends, written during and after his evangelistic visits to England in 1850 and 1859. The bulk of the later correspondence (1868-75) relates to anti-masonry.
Series II. Correspondence (uncalendared), 1828-75 .2 l.f.
This correspondence was acquired after the calendared correspondence; it includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence. Letters by Finney include two written in defense of his account of the 1825 revival at Gouverneur, New York (1873) and one letter (1871) to Mrs. Sarah Spees, opposing Freemasonry and secret societies. Additional letters are addressed to Jacob Helfenstein, a preacher in Germantown, Pennsylvania (1828, 1832); E.P. Marvin (1868-74); Mr. and Mrs. James Barlow, Finney's English friends, (1860-75); and Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Lamson of Boston, Massachusetts (1860-70). Incoming correspondence is filed before outgoing correspondence.
Series III. Miscellaneous Manuscripts (indexed; microfilmed), 1835-60, n.d.
This series, containing a variety of printed and manuscript materials relating mainly to Finney's revivals, includes two manuscripts by Finney: "Revival Memories," (n.d.) and "Innocent Amusements," (n.d.). The original order of these files has been maintained and follows the listing on pp. 271-72 of the index to the Calendar of the Finney papers. Accordingly, receipts, bills, and orders (1832-60) have been retained here rather than joined with those receipts housed in Series VII, Business Papers.
Series IV. Diaries and Commonplace Book, 1814-70, n.d. .2 l.f.
Includes four diaries (1814-19; 1829-41; 1857; 1860-70) containing weather observations,
financial accounts, and scripture passages [Note: Although these volumes are
called diaries, they do not contain the typical diary entries].
pp., n.d.) seems to be a small concordance to Scripture, with passages copied
Also housed here is an address book, purchased and used in England (1859) and
a pocket-sized pamphlet, The Names, Titles and Characters of Jesus Christ,
London, n.d. The diary (1857), pamphlet, and address book are included in the Index to
the Finney papers. Volumes are filed chronologically.
Series V. Lectures, 1868-75, n.d. .6 l.f.
Includes both bound and unbound lectures given by Finney, in outline and in essay form, covering such topics as baptism, church government, pastoral theology, and Asa Mahan's religious philosophy. The unbound lectures have been calendared and indexed. Bound lectures precede unbound lectures.
Series VI. Sermon Outlines, 1853-78, n.d. .4 l.f.
Finney's sermon outlines, which were arranged by Roy Alan Cheesebro in 1947, are individually numbered (1-685) and are housed in envelopes labeled by year of creation. Within years, outlines are arranged according to Scripture order. Filed with the sermon outlines are various lecture outlines (48 pieces), miscellaneous outlines (19 pieces), "Remarks of President Finney," made in 1874 at the dedication of Council Hall, and the original ms. account (with copy) of notes taken by a student hearing Finney preach on August 1, 1826; this is Finney's earliest reported sermon.
Series VII. Business Papers of Finney, 1823-75, n.d. .8 l.f.
Consists of family business papers such as receipts (1840-75); expense accounts (1844-47); agreements to have land cleared and barns built (1837-47); deeds of land; copyright agreements; insurance papers; bank books (1863-71); and an appraisal of William C. Cochran's estate (1847). It is possible that the Lorain County marriage licenses (1839-75) were issued to couples married by Finney. Materials are arranged alphabetically by type.
Series VIII. Writings of Finney (Ms.), n.d. .4 l.f.
Includes the original manuscript of Finney's Memoirs with annotations by its first editor, James Harris Fairchild (1817-1902). The manuscript is arranged in page order.
Series IX. Writings of Finney (printed), 1824-71 .2 l.f.
Finney's printed writings include: a series of pocket-size tracts published by the Williard Tract Repository, Boston; several issues of the Oberlin Evangelist (1852-61) containing Finney's addresses; an 1858 pamphlet; two 1942 reprints of Finney devotional works; a Chinese translation of "A Spiritual Awakening," (1920); and clippings relating to revivals conducted by Finney (1839-71).
Series X. Late Accretions, 1862 1.68 l.f.
Additional materials added to the Finney Papers after 1982 fall into this series. One item, a certificate made out to Charles Grandison Finney by the American Missionary Association in 1862, constitutes the series.