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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 694

Smith, John I. Papers, 1949-1980.

The first 10 boxes of this collection contain records pertaining to the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Worcester State Hospital from 1949 to 1980. These records are organized chronologically, and they contain photographs of participants in the program; their "first impressions" of the program and philosophies of clinical pastoral education; weekly schedules; correspondence; worship services; drafts of lectures given to the students; and descriptions of the program. The remainder of the collection (boxes 11-21) is arranged in a rough alphabetical order. This material contains records of John Smith's involvement with various conferences and organizations related to chaplaincy and pastoral counseling; records related to classes he taught; biographical information (boxes 16-17), and reprints of articles related to clinical pastoral education.


  • 1949-1980.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


21 boxes

Biographical / Historical

John I. Smith (1920-1981) was born in Concord, Massachusetts. He received his BA from Gordon College in 1942, his BD in 1945, STM in 1956, and DMin in 1972, all from Andover Newton Theological School. Smith also completed some graduate work at the Boston University School of Theology from 1950 to 1952. He was ordained a Baptist minister in 1946 at Quinsigamond Baptist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts. Smith served pastorates at Fayville Baptist Church in Fayville, Massachusetts, from 1942 to 1945 and Quinsigamond Baptist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1945 to 1957. In 1947, he was named chaplain of the Worcester State Hospital and held this position until his retirement in 1980. He was also licensed as a psychologist in 1973. In 1957, Smith was named executive secretary of the Institute for Pastoral Care, a national organization focused on clinical pastoral training that eventually merged with three other groups to form the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). In 1967, he became the joint director of the Institute of Pastoral Care and the Council for Clinical Training, and later that year he was elected as the first president of the ACPE. He also served as the director of ACPE's Northeast Region.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, ca. 1990.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 688, the papers of Austin Philip Guiles; bMS 690, the papers of John Billinsky; and bMS 542, the records of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

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.
Smith, John I. Papers, 1949-1980: 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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