Papers of John Charlton Steen, 1898-1967, Church of Scotland minister

Scope and Content

Papers of John Charlton Steen 

  • Sermons and lectures;
  • Poetry;
  • Loose journal notes;
  • Journals;
  • Journals and notebooks in shorthand;
  • Personal and business letters and papers;
  • Miscellaneous notebooks and writings;
  • University lecture notes;
  • Homiletic commentary on the Bible;
  • Church records and cash books;
  • Letters etc. relating to Prof. L.A. Waddell

Administrative / Biographical History

John Charlton Steen was born in Kilmarnock in 1898, the son of a teacher. He was educated at Paisley Grammar School and the University of Glasgow where he received an MA. He served in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and later in the 2/1 Lanarkshire Yeomanry in the Great War from 1917-1919. He briefly lectured in Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow in the 1922-1923 session before being licensed by the Presbytery of Glasgow in 1927, the same year in which he married. From 1920 he was minister at Lockerbie Dryfesdale in Dumfries and Galloway, moving to Renton Union church in 1957. He died in 1967.


The material has yet to be formally catalogued but is arranged into the following series:

  • Boxes 1-26. Sermons and lectures;
  • Boxes 27-40. Poetry;
  • Boxes 41-48. Loose journal notes;
  • Boxes 49-58. Journals, 1917-1965;
  • Boxes 59-63. Journals and notebooks in shorthand; Boxes 64-67. Personal and business letters and papers;
  • Boxes 68-74. Miscellaneous notebooks and writings;
  • Box 75. University lecture notes;
  • Boxes 76-77. Homilectic commentary on the Bible;
  • Boxes 78-79. Church records and cash books.

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Acquisition Information

ACCN 2380

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Custodial History

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