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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 679

Niles, Harold Herbert, 1892-1971. Papers,

Papers of Universalist minister, Harold Herbert Niles, the bulk of which consists of sermons and research used to compile his sermons. There are also writings, scrapbooks, and St. Lawrence University files. The papers span 1923-1970.


  • 1923-1970.


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15 boxes

The bulk of this collection consists of sermons, plus background information he used to compile these sermons, such as news clippings, journal articles, and some correspondence. The sermons are not in any particular order, but they include information such as titles, dates, and the locations where they were delivered. Boxes 1-7 also contain some educational material and pamphlets on various aspects of Unitarian Universalism. Box 7 also contains manuscripts for some of his writings. Box 8 contains copies of his published articles, correspondence, clippings, and scrapbook items. Boxes 9-13 contain scrapbooks. Box 13 also contains personal books of meditation, and other publications. Box 15 contains files related to Niles's work at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, during the 1960s.

Biographical / Historical

Harold Herbert Niles (1892-1971) was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and received a BD from the St. Lawrence Theological School in Canton, New York, in 1915. He was ordained a Universalist minister in Henderson, New York, in June 1914. Some of the pastorates he held were: Henderson and Ellisburg, New York, 1913-1916; Lydonville, Vermont, 1916-1917; Concord, New Hampshire, 1917-1923; Denver, Colorado, 1923-1933; Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1933-1940; and Watertown, New York, 1940-1957. Rev. Niles retired in 1957, and was coordinator of religious activities and director of development at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, from 1961 to 1964.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Ann Mack, Reverend Niles' granddaughter, in 2004-2005.

General note

The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.
Niles, Harold Herbert, 1892-1971. Papers, 1923-1970: 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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