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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 702

Shaw, Linus H. (Linus Hall), 1804-1866. Sermons, 1826-1862.

Handwritten sermons delivered by Linus Hall Shaw in Massachusetts, 1826-1862.


  • 1826-1862.


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1 collection (2 boxes (2 linear feet))

The collection consists of handwritten sermons delivered by Shaw in various places in Massachusetts, most often in Sudbury.

Biographical / Historical

Linus Hall Shaw (1804-1866) was born in Raynham, Massachusetts, and died in Sudbury, Massachusetts. He began his studies at Brown University in 1825 but left at the end of two years to engage in teaching. He married Louisa Alden Jones in 1827, and they eventually had five children. He served for a time as second principal of the Bristol County Academy at Taunton. In 1830 he returned to his studies at Harvard Divinity School. During his three-year residence he participated in and became leader of the school’s choir. Soon after his graduation from Harvard he was ordained pastor of the Unitarian Church at Athol, Massachusetts. A few years later he accepted a call to the church at Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. Afterward he preached at Mendon, Massachusetts, and in 1844 he became the eighth minister of First Parish at Sudbury, where his pastorate continued to the end of his life. Shaw was an ardent abolitionist, and he also took an active role in the temperance movement. 

Acquisition Information

Donated by the First Parish of Sudbury, 2010.

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.

Processing Information

Processed by Jose Sanchez, 2010
Link to catalog
Shaw, Linus H. (Linus Hall), 1804-1866. Sermons, 1826-1862: 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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