Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Catechism Manuscript, [late 1600s-early 1700s]

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Catechism manuscript
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: [late 1600s-early 1700s]
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This incomplete 312-page manuscript catechism contains a series of questions and answers about religious faith, including the doctrine of predestination, the creation of the world, Jesus Christ, and the form and contents of prayer. A marginal note by a different 18th or 19th century hand suggests that this is "perhaps the writing of N Chauncey Hatfield or Samuel Wh[illegible]."

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1984. M-2127.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Catechism manuscript, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

Christian catechisms have been used since the 16th century to instruct pupils in a question-and-answer format. Many Christian denominations have official, authorized catechisms.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This incomplete 312-page manuscript catechism contains a series of questions and answers about religious faith, including the doctrine of predestination, the creation of the world, Jesus Christ, and the form and contents of prayer. A marginal note by a different 18th- or 19th-century hand suggests that this is "perhaps the writing of N Chauncey Hatfield or Samuel Wh[illegible]."

The manuscript begins with a discussion of heaven and hell, and proceeds through additional topics, often accompanied by scriptural references. Each subject is part of a continuing question-and-answer process, often based on a previous answer, and many themes recur frequently. Several brief proverbs appear on the final page.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Catechisms, English--Early works to 1800.
    • Christianity--Early works to 1800.
    • Christian life.
    • Prayer--Christianity--Early works to 1800.
    • Predestination--Early works to 1800.
    • Sabbath--Early works to 1800.
    • Salvation--Christianity--Early works to 1800.
    • Theology, Doctrinal.
    Genre Terms:
    • Catechisms.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    Catechism manuscript,  [late 1600s-early 1700s] [series]: