Papers of Alfred North (1807-1869), Presbyterian missionary, minister, and printer. North served abroad for the American
Board in Singapore (1836-1843) and in Madura, India (1843-1847). He subsequently worked as a minister in New York, Kansas,
Missouri, and Wisconsin until his death in 1869.
The collection is arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE; 2) JOURNAL, 1835-1836; and 3) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS. The
bulk of the materials comprise letters (1857-1869) to A.P. Marvin, a longtime friend and fellow minister, regarding religious
issues. North's journal describes his ocean voyage to Singapore by way of the Cape of Good Hope, the Dutch settlement of
Cape Town, and the settlement of Singapore. Also included are research materials created by Mary North Shimkin for her family
history entitled Descendants of John North of Farmington, Connecticut (1987).
Alfred North was born in Exeter, New Hampshire on March 10, 1807. In 1832, he went to Utica, New York, where he attended
a denominational school, studied religion, and trained to be a printer.