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PRATT (H. B.) COLLECTION, 1848-1884, 1911-1913, 1938-1939

Descriptive Summary

Title: H. B. Pratt collection
Dates: 1848-1884, 1911-1913, 1938-1939
Accession Number(s): 1996-010; 2008-004
Extent: 7 inches
Language: Materials are written in English and Spanish.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Biographical Note: Rev. Henry Barrington (H. B.) Pratt (1832-1912) was a Presbyterian minister and missionary in Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. Pratt was born in Darien, Georgia and graduated from Oglethorpe University in 1851 and from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1855. During the Civil War he served as a chaplain in the Fifth North Carolina Cavalry and Army Missionary. Rev. Pratt is known for writing and translating several major theological works into Spanish, including La Versión Moderna, a Spanish language Bible authorized by the American Bible Society, and for training Mexican-American ministers in Texas to serve the Spanish-speaking churches.

Scope and Contents: The collection consists of biographical material relating to Rev. H. B. Pratt and his wife, Joanna Gildersleeve Pratt, two of Rev. Pratt’s sermon notebooks, his annotated Greek lexicon, and a published book written by Pratt. Also included are biographical sketches of three Mexican-American ministers trained by Rev. Pratt in Laredo, Texas.

The material in accession 1996-010 was collected by Rev. Stonewall Jackson McMurry, a Presbyterian minister in Texas and a colleague and friend of Rev. H. B. Pratt. Rev. McMurry donated this material to the Austin Seminary Archives in 1938.

The material in accession 2008-004 was donated to the Austin Seminary Archives in 2008 by the great-granddaughter of Rev. Pratt.

Restrictions: Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.

Index Terms:
Avila, Reynaldo.
Fernández, Abraham, 1875-1965.
McMurry, Stonewall Jackson, 1862-1946.
Pratt, H. B. (Henry Barrington), 1832-1912.
Pratt, Joanna Gildersleeve, 1836-1904.
Treviño, Elias, 1875-1930.
Home missions.
Mexican Americans--Texas--Religion.

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Preferred Citation: H. B. Pratt collection, 1848-1884, 1911-1913, 1938-1939, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Box Number:
C157b   Sermon notebooks:
    “Book three,” 1866-1873
    “Book four,” 1874-1884 and undated
C035   Biographical:
    Correspondence between Stonewall Jackson McMurry and the Pratt family, 1938
    Obituary from El Faro [in Spanish], [1912]
    “Historical and Biographical Sketch / Rev. Henry Barrington Pratt (1832-1912) and his wife Joanna Gildersleeve Pratt (1836-1904),” and printed material regarding Rev. Pratt and his missionary work [some in Spanish], 1913, [1939]
    Biographical information from the Pratt family, ca. 1938
    Biographical tribute by Stonewall Jackson McMurry, ca. 1938
B025a   Photograph of Rev. and Mrs. H. B. Pratt with biographical tribute by Stonewall Jackson McMurry, undated
FF/7   Oversized photograph of Rev. and Mrs. H. B. Pratt, undated
C035   Mexican-American work:
    General, undated
    Rev. Reynaldo Avila, 1938
    Rev. Abraham Fernández, 1938-1939
    Rev. Elias Treviño, 1938
C157b   Publications:
    The Buried Nations of the Infant Dead: A Study in Eschatology, by H. B. Pratt, BG Pratt Company: Hackensack, NJ, 1911
    A Greek-English Lexicon based on the German work of Francis Passow, by Henry George Liddell and Robert Scott, Harper & Brothers, Publishers: New York, annotated by Rev. H. B. Pratt, 1848

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