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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 647

Kapp, Max Adolf. Papers, 1928-1977.


Sermons of Universalist minister Max Kapp (1904-1979) dating from 1928 to 1975 delivered at churches in various towns and cities throughout Massachusetts and upstate New York.


  • 1928-1977.


4 boxes
The bulk of the collection is comprised of sermons from 1928 to 1975 delivered at churches in various towns and cities throughout Massachusetts and upstate New York. The sermons are arranged chronologically.

Biographical / Historical

Max Kapp (1904-1979) was born in Herkimer, New York. He attended the Theological School of St. Lawrence University and received his AB in 1926 and BD in 1928. He was ordained as a Universalist minister in Newtonville, Massachusetts, in 1928. He held ministerial settlements in Massachusetts and New York. Kapp received an STM from Harvard Divinity School in 1931 and an honorary DD from the Theological School of St. Lawrence University in 1943. Later that same year, he was appointed as professor of homiletics and philosophy of religion. He would go on to serve as the school's Dean from 1961 to 1965, until its closing. He also served as president of the Universalist Ministers' Association and the New York State Convention of Universalists. In 1965, Kapp then accepted a position as director of overseas and interfaith relations for the Unitarian Universalist Association, which he held until 1970. He then served as minister to a small Unitarian Universalist society in Martha's Vineyard until his death in 1979.


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Class Notes
  2. Series II. The Fraters
  3. Series III. Minister's Files
  4. Series IV. Paper
  5. Series V. Source Material
  6. Series VI. Student Papers
  7. Series VII. Thesis
  8. Series VIII. Sermons
  9. Series IX. Sermons, n.d. (alphabetical by title)
Kapp, Max Adolf. Papers: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological 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.

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