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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 705

Jaynes, Julian Clifford. Sermons, 1885-1905.

This collection contains the papers of Julian Clifford Jaynes, minister of the First Unitarian Society in West Newton, Massachusetts from 1885-1922. Located in this file are Jaynes' sermons, notes, and a limited amount of correspondence and quotations, c. 1885-1921.


  • 1885-1905.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


9 boxes

This collection consists of Jaynes' sermons, notes, and a limited amount of correspondence and quotations. His sermons concern standard theological and Biblical themes, as well as topics such as "Religion of Selfhood" (no. 2); "Dreams" (no. 15); "True Liberalism" (no. 140); "Prison Reform" (no. 171); "Evolution" (no. 203); "Character and Aim of Evolution" (no. 204), "The Dangers of Religious Skepticism" (no. 252), "War Sermon" (no. 273); "Responsibility of Wealth, Power and Culture" (no. 426); "Titanic Disaster" (no. 429); "President's Proclamation of Day of Prayer" (no. 458); "War Effects" (no. 479); and "Peace Proclaimed" (no. 480). A list of most of the sermons found in this collection may be found in box 9, folders 3 and 4. This list includes sermon numbers, subjects, and dates.

Biographical / Historical

Julian Clifford Jaynes (1854-1922) was born in Springvale, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1875. Following his graduation, he moved to Virginia City, Nevada when he served as master of a high school. In 1880, Jaynes entered Harvard Divinity School, and he graduated with an STB in 1884. He then accepted a position as minister of the First Unitarian Society in West Newton, Massachusetts. On January 28, 1885, Jaynes was ordained at West Newton where he served for over 37 years. He was married twice, first to Helen Haynes, and then after Helen’s death to Clara Bullard, with whom he had three children. Known for his leadership and his powerful ability to preach, Jaynes received many calls to minister but he chose to stay in his ministry at West Newton. He was named pastor emeritus there and remained as a leader of that Society until the end of his life.


The sermons and other documents in this collection are in the original order in which they were created. Jaynes arranged them in a rough chronological order and he numbered them. In some cases, he re-used sermons, and those are filed where he left them. For instance, sermon 1 was apparently re-used, and it is located in box 7, folder 19. After 1915, Jaynes did not number his sermons consistently, and he also began to interfile them with notes. There is also a small amount of correspondence and quotations in the latter part of the collection. 

Acquisition Information

Gift of Nathaniel Lauriat, 2001.

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 Carol Filip, 2010
Link to catalog
Jaynes, Julian Clifford. Sermons, 1885-1905: 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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