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Descriptive Summary

Biographical note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Sermon notebooks:

Biographical:

Mexican-American work:

Publications:

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

H. B. Pratt collection, 1848-1893, 1911-1913, 1938-1939



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Pratt, H.B.
Title: H. B. Pratt collection
Dates: 1848-1893, 1911-1913, 1938-1939
Abstract Rev. Henry Barrington (H. B.) Pratt (1832-1912) was a Presbyterian minister and missionary in Columbia, Cuba, Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas. 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, a published book written by Pratt, and Pratt’s copy of the Santa Biblia with annotations in preparation for his translation of the Bible into Spanish as La Versión Moderna. Also included are biographical sketches of three Mexican-American ministers trained by Rev. Pratt in Laredo, Texas.
Identification: 1996-010; 2008-004; 2019-018
Extent: 10 inches
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, 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.

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Scope and Content Note

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, a published book written by Pratt, and Pratt’s copy of the Santa Biblia with annotations in preparation for his translation of the Bible into Spanish as La Versión Moderna. 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. Pratt’s annotated copy of the Santa Biblia was donated to the Austin Seminary Spanish Speaking Department by Mrs. Minnie Gunn Campbell in 1932. It was found uncataloged in a locked rare book case in 2019 and transferred to the Pratt Collection by the archivist.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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

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Index Terms

Personal Names
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.
Subjects
Home missions.
Mexican Americans--Texas--Religion.
Missions--Mexico.
Missions-- Columbia.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

H. B. Pratt collection, 1848-1893, 1911-1913, 1938-1939, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Sermon notebooks:

Box
C157b “Book three,” 1866-1873
“Book four,” 1874-1884 and undated

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Biographical:

Box
C035 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
Box
B025a Photograph of Rev. and Mrs. H. B. Pratt with biographical tribute by Stonewall Jackson McMurry, undated
Box
FF/7 Oversized photograph of Rev. and Mrs. H. B. Pratt, undated

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Mexican-American work:

Box
C035 General, undated
Rev. Reynaldo Avila, 1938
Rev. Abraham Fernández, 1938-1939
Rev. Elias Treviño, 1938

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Publications:

Box
C157b 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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Rare Books | Row A Santa Biblia, que contiene el Antiguo y el Nuevo Testamento : Row A version de Cipriano de Valera: revisada y corregida, Nueva York : Impresa por la Sociedad Biblica Americana, 1868; includes typed biographical note and dedication by Mrs. Minnie Gunn Campbell at the time of her donation of the book in 1932, annotated by Rev. H. B. Pratt with notes in preparation for his translation of the Bible into Spanish [2019-018], circa 1868-1893
Box
C157b The Buried Nations of the Infant Dead: A Study in Eschatology, by H. B. Pratt, BG Pratt Company: Hackensack, NJ, 1911

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