James T. Barclay

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Scope and Content Note

This collection includes some books, a family Bible, correspondence, birth & death records, ephemera, and watercolor sketches depicting life in 1850s Jerusalem by a member of the Barclay family. This collection is considered on loan. The collection is housed in one box.

Biographical Note

James Turner Barclay was born in Hanover county, Virginia, on the 22nd day of May, 1807. He offered his services to the American Christian Missionary Society, and in 1850 went to Jerusalem as our first missionary to the Holy Land. There he prepared the material for his book, "The City of the Great King." This work is a standard authority on Jerusalem in England as well as America. On his return to the United States, in 1854, he published this book. At the time of his death he was sixty-seven years and five months old. To learn more, see James Turner Barclay on the History of the Restoration Movement page,,jt.htm

Donor Note

Lou David Allen; this collection is considered on loan.

Content List


The Works of the Rev. Edward Bickersteth: Vol. XV, The Signs of the Times. New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1855.

The Land and the Book by W.M. Thomson. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1859.

Post Biblical History of the Jews by Morris Raphall. Philadelphia: Moss & Brother, 1855.

United States Dispensatory by George Wood & Franklin Bache. Philadelphia: Grigg & Elliot, 1836.

Family Bible Notebook and Ledger Sketch book (cover)

Letter from Jane Clark to Robert Barclay (nephew, father of James T. Barclay)

1807 Portrait prints - James T. Barclay

13 sketches (mostly watercolor) by Sarah Barclay Johnson

Family Genealogical Records



Churches of Christ -- History -- 20th century Churches of Christ -- Texas – Abilene Manuscripts Barclay, James Turner



Extent of Collection

1.5 linear feet (1 box)

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #292

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

Use Restrictions

Open to researchers. Contact Abilene Christian University Special Collections and Archives to make an appointment.

Processing Status


Finding Aid created by

ACU Staff Kayla Sanderson, Mac Ice, Amanda Dietz, Erica Pye


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