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Collection Manuscript/Mixed Material Benjamin Titus Roberts family papers,

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  • Benjamin Titus Roberts family papers,


  • Family and general correspondence, diaries, notebooks, speeches and writings, and other papers of Benjamin Titus Roberts and members of his family: his wife, Ellen Lois Stowe Roberts; his sons, lawyer George Lane Roberts and clergyman Benson Howard Roberts; and their wives, Anna A. Rice Roberts and Emma Sellew Roberts, respectively. Subjects include Benjamin Titus Roberts's work and association with the Free Methodist Church of North America, especially in upstate New York; Benson Howard Roberts's duties as principal of the Chili Seminary, later A. M. Chesbrough Seminary, North Chili, N.Y.; George Lane Roberts's law practice and business ventures in Bradford, Pa., and Rochester, N.Y., and his brief residency in South America; family and domestic matters; and matters relating to the allied Rice, Sellew, and Stowe families. Includes material on the dissension and division within the Genesee Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the 1850s; the overseas missionary work of the Free Methodist Church in the 1880s and 1890s especially in Liberia and South Africa; and various religious topics including Methodism and spirituality.


  • Roberts, Benjamin Titus, 1823-1893
  • Roberts, Anna A. Rice, 1854-1881
  • Roberts, Benson Howard, 1853-1930
  • Roberts, Ellen Lois Stowe, 1825-1908
  • Roberts, Emma Sellew, 1856-1931
  • Roberts, George Lane, 1852-1924


  • -  Rice family
  • -  Roberts family
  • -  Roberts family--Correspondence
  • -  Sellew family
  • -  Stowe family
  • -  A.M. Chesbrough Seminary (North Chili, N.Y.)
  • -  Chili Seminary (North Chili, N.Y.)
  • -  Free Methodist Church of North America
  • -  Methodist Episcopal Church.--Genesee Annual Conference
  • -  Methodism
  • -  Methodist Church--Clergy
  • -  Methodist Church--Missions
  • -  Methodist Church--Missions--Liberia
  • -  Methodist Church--Missions--South Africa
  • -  Methodist Church--New York (State)
  • -  Methodist theological seminaries--New York (State)--North Chili
  • -  Practice of law--New York (State)--Rochester
  • -  Practice of law--Pennsylvania--Bradford
  • -  Religion
  • -  Spirituality
  • -  Bradford (Pa.)--Commerce
  • -  Rochester (N.Y.)--Commerce
  • -  South America--Description and travel


  • -  Arranged in eight series. Series 1: Anna A. Rice Roberts Papers, 1869-1881; Series 2: Benjamin Titus Roberts Papers, 1844-1895; Series 3: Benson Howard Roberts Papers, 1875-1924; Series 4: Ellen Lois Stowe Roberts Papers, 1843-1907; Series 5: Emma Sellew Roberts Papers, 1875-1906; Series 6: George Lane Roberts Papers, 1869-1902; Series 7: Other Family Members, 1832-1906; and Series 8: Additions, 1839-1971.
  • -  Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container or reel number, Benjamin Titus Roberts Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  Microfilm edition of the portion of the collection processed prior to 1990 available, no. 20,293.
  • -  Microfilm produced from originals in the Manuscript Division. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Photoduplication Service, 1990.
  • -  Gift, Fannie W. Zahniser, 1979-1993.
  • -  Gift, Marvin Zahniser, 2005-2006.
  • -  Photographs transferred to Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
  • -  Roberts family members especially Benjamin Titus Roberts, clergyman and founder of the Free Methodist Church of North America.
  • -  Collection material in English.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Manuscript Reading Room and at


  • 7,300 items.
  • 40 containers.
  • 34 microfilm reels.
  • 15.8 linear feet.


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  • mm82058719

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  • Open to research.

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Chicago citation style:

Roberts, Benjamin Titus, Anna A. Rice Roberts, Benson Howard Roberts, Ellen Lois Stowe Roberts, Emma Sellew Roberts, and George Lane Roberts. Benjamin Titus Roberts family papers.

APA citation style:

Roberts, B. T., Roberts, A. A. R., Roberts, B. H., Roberts, E. L. S., Roberts, E. S. & Roberts, G. L. Benjamin Titus Roberts family papers.

MLA citation style:

Roberts, Benjamin Titus, et al. Benjamin Titus Roberts family papers.