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Collection Number: 03893

Collection Title: Aldert Smedes Papers, 1790-1890 and undated.

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Size About 375 items (3.5 linear feet).
Abstract Aldert Smedes (1810-1877) was an Episcopal clergyman in New York City and rector at St. Mary's School, Raleigh, N.C., 1842-1877. He graduated from General Theological Seminary and was ordained a deacon in 1832. He served as an assistant to the Rev. Dr. Thomas Lyell of Christ Church, N.Y. from 1832 to 1835, and was ordained a priest in 1834. He married Dr. Lyell's daughter, Sarah Pierce, in 1833. From 1835 to 1838 he served as rector of St. George's Church in Schenectady, N.Y. He was recruited in 1842 by Bishop Levi Silliman Ives of North Carolina to direct St. Mary's School in Raleigh. He served as rector of St. Mary's from May 1842 until his death in 1877, when he was succeeded as rector by his son, Bennett Smedes (1837-1899). The collection consists chiefly of sermons, notes, and other writings of the Rev. Aldert Smedes while serving at Christ Church, N.Y., St. George's Church, Schenectady, N.Y., and St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C. Also included are registers and sketches of sermons by Smedes; seminary notes and writings; sermon fragments; a travel notebook dated December 1837, which describes a few days at Gibralter and in Spain during the eighteen months when Smedes traveled throughout Europe and the Holy Land for his health; and other miscellaneous papers and notebooks. The collection also includes sermons and writings of the Rev. Bennett Smedes, Aldert's son, dating from 1858 to 1886. Other papers include sermons of Levi Silliman Ives, 1828-1829; an autobiographical manuscript of Thomas Lyell (1775-1848), Aldert Smedes's father-in-law, Methodist circuit rider in Virginia, and Episcopal clergyman in New York City; miscellaneous notebooks of George N. Smedes and A. H. Lewis.
Creator Smedes, Aldert, 1810-1877.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Aldert Smedes Papers, #3893, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy of travel diary available.
Acquisitions Information
Gift 1969
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Aldert Smedes (1810-1877) was an Episcopal clergyman in New York City and rector at St. Mary's School, Raleigh, N.C., 1842-1877. He was born in New York and entered Columbia College in 1823, but later moved with his family to Kentucky. He studied law at Transylvania College and was admitted to the Kentucky bar. He graduated from General Theological Seminary and was ordained a deacon in 1832. He served as an assistant to the Rev. Dr. Thomas Lyell of Christ Church, N.Y. from 1832 to 1835, and was ordained a priest in 1834. He married Dr. Lyell's daughter, Sarah Pierce, in 1833. From 1835 to 1838 he served as rector of St. George's Church in Schenectady, N.Y., but spent eighteen months of that time traveling throughout Europe and the Holy Land because of throat illness. He was recruited in 1842 by Bishop Levi Silliman Ives of North Carolina to direct St. Mary's School in Raleigh. He served as rector of St. Mary's from May 1842 until his death in 1877, when he was succeeded as rector by his son, Bennett Smedes (1837-1899). Rev. Bennett Smedes was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church 26 July 1863. He served as a teacher and assistant to his father at St. Mary's School from 1862 to 1877, and was rector of the school from 1877-1899. He also served as a Confederate chaplain and spent sometime at Grace Church in Baltimore, Md.

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Chiefly sermons, notes, and other writings of the Rev. Aldert Smedes while serving at Christ Church, N.Y., St. George's Church, Schenectady, N.Y., and St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C. Also included are registers and sketches of sermons by Smedes; seminary notes and writings; sermon fragments; a travel notebook dated December 1837, which describes a few days at Gibralter and in Spain during the eighteen months when Smedes traveled throughout Europe and the Holy Land for his health; and other miscellaneous papers and notebooks. The collection also includes sermons and writings of the Rev. Bennett Smedes, Aldert's son, dating from 1858 to 1886. Other papers include sermons of Levi Silliman Ives, 1828-1829; an autobiographical manuscript of Thomas Lyell (1775-1848), Aldert Smedes's father-in-law, Methodist circuit rider in Virginia and Episcopal clergyman in New York City; and miscellaneous notebooks of George N. Smedes and A. H. Lewis.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated.

About 250 items.

Arrangement: Sermons are arranged by books of the Bible.

Chiefly sermons, notes, and other writings of the Rev. Aldert Smedes. Most of the sermons are marked several times to show when and where they were delivered, chiefly Christ Church, N.Y., St. George's Church, Schenectady, N.Y., and St. Mary's School in Raleigh, N.C. There are also a few scattered Bible class lectures and questions. Writings also include two registers and sketches of sermons preached by Smedes, seminary notes and writings, and scattered fragments of sermons written by Smedes. A travel notebook dated December 1837 describes a few days at Gibralter and in Spain during the eighteen months when Smedes traveled throughout Europe and the Holy Land for his health. Miscellaneous papers include an engraving of Smedes, records made while he served as rector at St. George's Church, and two certificates of ordination. Notebooks contain Italian and French language studies conducted by Smedes, lectures on scripture, notes on the church calender, and themes for examination.

Folder 1a

Aldert Smedes: Introduction and biographical sketch #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 1a

Folder 1b

Sermons and writings on Genesis #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 1b

Folder 2

Sermons and writings on Exodus #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

Sermons and writings on Deuteronomy #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

Sermons and writings on II Samuel #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

Sermons and writings on Nehemiah #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6

Sermons and writings on Job #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 6

Folder 7

Sermons and writings on Psalms #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 7

Folder 8

Sermons and writings on Proverbs #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 8

Folder 9

Sermons and writings on Ecclesiastes #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 9

Folder 10

Sermons and writings on Isaiah #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 10

Folder 11

Sermons and writings on Jeremiah #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 11

Folder 12

Sermons and writings on Ezekiel #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 12

Folder 13

Sermons and writings on Joel #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 13

Folder 14

Sermons and writings on Amos #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 14

Folder 15

Sermons and writings on Zechariah #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 15

Folder 16

Sermons and writings on Malachi #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 16

Folder 17-18

Folder 17

Folder 18

Sermons and writings on Matthew #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 17-18

Folder 19

Sermons and writings on Mark #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 19

Folder 20-21

Folder 20

Folder 21

Sermons and writings on Luke #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 20-21

Folder 22-23

Folder 22

Folder 23

Sermons and writings on John #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 22-23

Folder 24-25

Folder 24

Folder 25

Sermons and writings on Acts #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 24-25

Folder 26-27

Folder 26

Folder 27

Sermons and writings on Romans #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 26-27

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Folder 28

Folder 29

Sermons and writings on I Corinthians #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 28-29

Folder 30

Sermons and writings on II Corinthians #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

Sermons and writings on Galatians #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

Sermons and writings on Ephesians #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

Sermons and writings on Philippians #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

Sermons and writings on Colossians #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

Sermons and writings on I Thessalonians #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 35

Folder 36

Sermons and writings on I Timothy #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 36

Folder 37

Sermons and writings on II Timothy #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 37

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Folder 38

Folder 39

Sermons and writings on Hebrews #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 38-39

Folder 40

Sermons and writings on I Peter #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

Sermons and writings on I John #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

Sermons and writings on Revelation #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

Registers and sketches of sermons preached by Aldert Smedes, 1832-1838 and 1856 #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

Aldert Smedes seminary writings #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 44

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Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

Fragments of sermons by Aldert Smedes #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 45-47

Folder 48

Travel notebook of Aldert Smedes at Gibralter and in Spain, December 1837 #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

Aldert Smedes miscellaneous papers, 1832-1890 #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

Aldert Smedes miscellaneous notebooks #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51

Aldert Smedes academic and other notebooks #03893, Series: "1. Sermons and writings of Aldert Smedes, 1831-1890 and undated." Folder 51

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About 100 items.

Arrangement: Sermons are arranged by books of the Bible.

Sermons, notes, and other writings of the Rev. Bennett Smedes, ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church 26 July 1863. He served as a teacher and assistant to his father, Aldert Smedes, at St. Mary's School from 1862 to 1877, and was rector of the school from 1877-1899, following the death of his father. He also served as a Confederate chaplain and spent sometime at Grace Church in Baltimore, Md. Writings include sketches of sermons, miscellaneous fragments, sermons written at seminary, and academic notebooks. Most of the sermons are marked several times to show when and where they were delivered.

Folder 52

Sermons and writings on books of the Old Testament #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53-54

Folder 53

Folder 54

Sermons and writings on Matthew #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 53-54

Folder 55

Sermons and writings on Mark #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 55

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Folder 57

Sermons and writings on Luke #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 56-57

Folder 58

Sermons and writings on John #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

Sermons and writings on Acts #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

Sermons and writings on I Corinthians #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

Sermons and writings on II Corinthians #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

Sermons and writings on Galatians #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

Sermons and writings on Ephesians #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

Sermons and writings on Philippians #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

Sermons and writings on Colossians #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

Sermons and writings on Hebrews #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

Sermons and writings on James #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

Sermons and writings on I Peter #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

Sermons and writings on Jude #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

Miscellaneous notes and sketches of sermons preached by Bennett Smedes #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 70

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Folder 71

Folder 72

Miscellaneous fragments #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 71-72

Folder 73

Miscellaneous academic notebooks #03893, Series: "2. Sermons and writings of Bennett Smedes, 1858-1886 and undated." Folder 73

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3. Other Papers, 1828-1829, 1868, and undated.

About 25 items.

Arrangement: by type or subject.

Includes severals sermons of the Rev. Levi Silliman Ives, before he became Episcopal Bishop of North Carolina; an autobiographical manuscript of the Rev. Thomas Lyell, native of Virginia and Methodist circuit preacher, who became an Episcopal priest in New York City and was the father-in-law of Aldert Smedes; and the notebooks of George N. Smedes and A. H. Lewis.

Folder 74

Sermons and writings of Levi Silliman Ives, 1828-1829 and undated #03893, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1828-1829, 1868, and undated." Folder 74

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Folder 75

Folder 76

Thomas Lyell autobiography, manuscript copy, undated #03893, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1828-1829, 1868, and undated." Folder 75-76

Folder 77

Miscellaneous notebooks of George N. Smedes and A. H. Lewis, 1868 and undated #03893, Series: "3. Other Papers, 1828-1829, 1868, and undated." Folder 77

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Finding aid updated by: Amanda Loeb, April 2014

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