Chicago Theological Seminary collection of Rev. Joseph Edwin Roy papers, 1853-1967.
Joseph Edwin Roy was born in Martinsburg, Ohio, in 1827. He graduated from Knox College in 1848 and from Union Theological Seminary in 1853. In 1853 he married Emily Stearns Hatch and took a position with the American Missionary Association (AMA) serving as first pastorate at a church under its care in Brimfield, Illinois. In 1855, he was called to lead Plymouth Church in Chicago where he continued to speak of abolition regularly. Roy became a district secretary for the Western District of the AMA in 1868, and by 1878 he was a field superintendent based in Atlanta. In 1885, he became Western District Secretary for the AMA, and he served in this capacity until his retirement in 1903. He also had a leadership role in the American Home Missionary Society. He served as chairman of the World's Congress on Africa at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Joseph E. Roy died in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1908.
Scope of Collection
This collection includes 2 sermon cases worth of sermons, lectures, and addresses given by Rev. Joseph Edwin Roy while he served as a minister in the Midwest and South from 1853-1896. It is unknown if there are any other sermons; this collection came as is from Chicago Theological Seminary. Additional provenance and acquisition correspondence also exists in the collection.