Finding aid created by: -
|31 Aug 2007||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Betts, Frederick William.|
|Title:||Frederick William Betts Papers|
|Quantity:||2.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American clergyman. Betts (1858-1932) was the minister of the First Church Universalist, Syracuse, N.Y. Collection includes letters, notes, and sermons of a Universalist minister, also published articles and clippings by Betts and others.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Frederick W. Betts (1858-1932) was born in Winnebago County, Illinois on March 6, 1858. He attended St. Lawrence University from 1884 to 1885, and the next year was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister in Plymouth, New Hampshire. After several years in Plymouth, Betts moved to Syracuse, New York, where he became minister of the First Church, a position he held until his death. He was also active in civic affairs, serving as president of the Associated Charities of Syracuse (1906-1910), president of the Board of Syracuse Public Library, and as chairman of the Syracuse chapter of the American Red Cross. Betts wrote several books, including A Philosophy and Faith of Universalism, The Abiding Life, and Forty Fruitful Years.
Mr. Betts married the former Mary R. Browning in 1878 and the couple had two children, Welcome A. and C. Fred.
The Frederick W. Betts Papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts and published material. Correspondence contains two letters, one outcoming (Betts to his parishioners) and one incoming (from the Church secretary, written after Betts' death). Manuscripts include letters, notes, and sermons written by Betts. Published material consists of an article by Patterson and MacCauley, newspaper clippings about Betts and others, and a prayer in Betts' memory.
Correspondence and Printed material are arranged chronologically. Manuscripts are arranged in alphabetical order by type and then chronologically within each type.
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Betts, Frederick William Archives.
Clergy as authors.
Clergy, New York (State), Syracuse.
Sermons, American, 19th century.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Frederick William Betts Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Mrs. C. Betts, 1963.
|Box 1||Lectures 1902, 1904|
|Box 1||1885-1887 (5 folders)|
|Box 2||1888-1895 (March) (8 folders)|
|Box 3||1895 (April)-1902 (10 folders)|
|Box 4||1903-1909 (9 folders)|
|Box 5||Undated (3 folders)|
|Box 5||The Fruits of Imperialism, by Patterson and MacCauley 1902|
|Box 5||About Betts 1901|
|Box 5||About others 1901-1902|
|Box 5||Miscellaneous 1904, 1905, 1916, undated|
|Box 5||Prayer, in memory of Betts|