David Marks papers
Scope and Content Note
The David Marks papers consist of what appear to be unbound journals covering several periods of Marks's life. Included are numerous pages of notes and reflections pertaining to church services in Portsmouth, N.H. (1835); Rochester, N.Y, (1837); and Oberlin, Ohio (1844-45). Marks comments on lectures and sermons delivered by Amos Sutton, Asa Mahan, President of Oberlin Collegiate Institute; and Charles Finney, professor of theology at Oberlin.
There are numerous outlines of Marks's own sermons which he calls "skeletons;" 26 pages of notes concerning Freewill Baptist missions in India with minutes from several meetings of the Foreign Mission Society (April 1835); and notes for a letter addressed to William Burr, concerning the India missions dated October 1837.
There is also a 24-page sermon dated 1789/1792 which does not appear to have been copied by Marks and whose author is unknown.
- Marks, David, 1805-1845 (Person)
The collection is open for research.
The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.
David Marks was a popular evangelist who was connected with the establishment of the Foreign and Home Mission Societies, and the Education Society. He was also prominent in the anti-slavery movement.
Marks was born in New York state in 1805. He was called to the ministry at an early age, and at age 16 he began to preach, traveling through New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Kentucky, and Connecticut. In 1831, Marks was appointed agent of the newly established Book Concern, a position he held for four years. This became the Freewill Baptist printing establishment at Dover, N.H. In 1834, Marks took charge of a church in Portsmouth, N.H. and in 1836 he started a church in Rochester, N.Y.
In 1842, Marks moved to Oberlin, Ohio. His wife, Marilla, attended Oberlin Collegiate Institute and befriended Charles G. Finney, professor of theology and pastor of the Congregational Church. Marilla was active in the underground railroad activities in Ohio. David Marks died in 1845.
An autobiography, The Life of David Marks, was published in 1831. His wife, Marilla, edited and published his Memoirs after his death.
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Language of Materials
David Marks was a Freewill Baptist minister. The collection consists of his notes pertaining to church services in Portsmouth, N.H. (1835); Rochester, N.Y, (1837); and Oberlin, Ohio (1844-45). Marks comments on lectures and sermons delivered by Amos Sutton, Asa Mahan, President of Oberlin Collegiate Institute; and Charles Finney, professor of theology at Oberlin. Also included are his own sermons, notes concerning Freewill Baptist missions in India, and minutes from several meetings of the Foreign Mission Society (April 1835).
Organization and Arrangement
Organized into seven series: I. Portsmouth, N.H.; II. Rochester, N.Y.; III. Oberlin, Ohio; IV. Minutes; V. Sermon; VI. Skeletons of David Marks's Sermons; and VII. Miscellaneous.
Arranged in chronological order within series.
Acquisition and Custody Information
No provenance information available. Accession No.: xx-060.
The first folder in the box contains biographical information on David Marks and his wife Marilla Turner Marks Hutchins Hills. This information is not part of the original collection.
Initial arrangement and description by Judy Hansen, 1997.
- Finney, Charles G., 1792-1875
- Free Will Baptists (1780?-1911) -- Sermons
- Free Will Baptists (1780?-1911) -- Missions -- India
- Mahan, Asa, 1799-1889
- Marks, David, 1805-1845 -- Archives
- Oberlin Collegiate Institute
- Public worship -- New Hampshire -- Portsmouth
- Public worship -- New York (State) -- Rochester
- Public worship -- Ohio -- Oberlin
- Sermons, American -- 19th century
- Sutton, Amos, 1798-1854
- Guide to the David Marks papers, 1835-1845
- Edited Full Draft
- Kat Stefko
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- Description is in: English
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