Guide to the Peter Colegrove (1817-1860) Diary

Collection Title: Peter Colegrove (1817-1860) Diary
Dates: 1833-1840
Identification: 55/36
Creator: Colegrove, Peter, 1817-1860
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Peter Colegrove's diary includes entries made between September 9, 1833 and November 10, 1840. Colegrove recounts his conversion to a life of Christian faith and, throughout the diary, records his struggles and failures to attain Christian perfection. The diary reflects on Colegrove's education at Hamilton and, during vacations from school, his preaching at churches in southwestern New York and northern Pennsylvania. Also included in the diary are a brief biographical sketch, entries concerning the Eastern Association, and accounts of Colegrove's visits to both friends and area residents.
Colegrove referred to his diary as “my history of feeling & of the exercises of my mind…” It is a valuable source for the study of religious experience in nineteenth century New York.
Acquisition Information: Separated from the papers of Kenneth W. Colegrove, Northwestern University Archives series number 11/3/22/4 (accession number 95-188).
Processing Information: Kevin B. Leonard; November 14, 1995.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Peter Colegrove was born in Tompkins County, New York on January 10, 1817. Deeply influenced by the early nineteenth century religious revivals, which swept western New York, Colegrove professed his Christian faith on September 9, 1833. He entered Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution (now Colgate University) from Mecklenburg in 1834 to prepare for a career in the ministry. Colegrove finished his literary course of studies at Hamilton in 1839 and completed his theological training in 1841.

While at Hamilton, Colegrove served as corresponding secretary of the Eastern Association, a student organization promoting foreign missionary work. He was ordained a Baptist minister at Mecklenburg on August 25, 1841, and served pastorates in Canandaigua, Reading, Mead's Creek, Woodhull, Townshend Settlement, Branchport, Italy Hill, and Bath. In May, 1859, Colegrove settled near Fairbank, Fayette County, Iowa. After a brief illness he died on August 1, 1860.

Scope and Content

Peter Colegrove's diary includes entries made between September 9, 1833 and November 10, 1840. Colegrove recounts his conversion to a life of Christian faith and, throughout the diary, records his struggles and failures to attain Christian perfection. The diary reflects on Colegrove's education at Hamilton and, during vacations from school, his preaching at churches in southwestern New York and northern Pennsylvania. Also included in the diary are a brief biographical sketch, entries concerning the Eastern Association, and accounts of Colegrove's visits to both friends and area residents.

Colegrove referred to his diary as “my history of feeling & of the exercises of my mind….” It is a valuable source for the study of religious experience in nineteenth century New York.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Baptists--Clergy--Diaries

Geographical Name

New York (State)--Religious life and customs

Personal Name

Colegrove, Peter, 1817-1860--Diaries

Subjects

Revivals--New York (State)--History--19th century


Container List / Contents

  • General Biographical MaterialsBox 1, Folder 1
  • Diary, 1833-1840Box 1, Folder 2