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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 594

Eliot, Samuel A. (Samuel Atkins), 1862-1950. Papers, 1863-1961.


Papers of Unitarian minister Samuel A. Eliot including sermons, addresses, and othe writings; correspondence; subject files; and photographs.


  • Creation: 1863-1961.


17 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Atkins Eliot (1862-1950) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College in 1884 and Harvard Divinity School in 1889. He served Unitarian parishes in Denver, Colorado, the Church of the Saviour in Brooklyn, New York, and the Arlington Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Denver he founded the Rocky Mountain Conference of the American Unitarian Association (AUA). In 1898 he became the secretary of the AUA, the executive of the association at that time. In 1900 the AUA made a shift in leadership and designated its executive officer as the president, a position held by Eliot until 1927. In 1925 he led a merger between the AUA and the National Conference of Churches that became the modern AUA. Eliot was the son of President Charles W. Eliot of Harvard University. His biography has been written by his brother-in-law, Dr. Arthur Cushman McGiffert, titled Pilot of a Liberal Faith: Samuel Atkins Eliot, 1862-1950; Skinner House book by Beacon Press, 1976, Boston.


  1. Series I. Sermons, addresses, and other writings
  2. Series II. Notes and fragments of sermons, addresses, and other writings
  3. Series III. Correspondence
  4. Series IV. Subject files
  5. Series V. Photographs and oversized materials

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 135, bMS 496, and bMS 11183.

Eliot, Samuel A. (Samuel Atkins), 1862-1950. Papers: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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