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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 724

James H. Shepard, Papers, 1843-1881.

Papers of Universalist ministeer James H. Shepard, which includes four daguerreotypes.


  • 1843-1881


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3 boxes

The collection contains a large scrapbook, which includes an 1855 letter to Shepard from Horace Greeley. There is some correspondence, a photograph album, and loose photographs which include photographs of his family members and other people who are not identified. These photographs are mainly cartes-de-visite, and there are also three tintypes. There are also two post-mortem daguerreotypes of Shepard’s daughter; a daguerreotype of Cassendana Shepard; and a daguerreotype of James and Cassendana Shepard.

Biographical / Historical

James H. Shepard was a Universalist minister who evidently began his career in Massachusetts in the 1840s. He and his wife Cassendana had two children; an unidentified daughter who died young and a son named Arthur St. James Shepard. The Universalist Register first lists Rev. Shepard in 1856, when he is identified as the manager of the Ballou Seminary in Plymouth, New Hampshire. In 1858, he is listed as a preacher in Centre Harbor, New Hampshire, and from 1859-1862 he was in New York. He was then a preacher in Danbury, Connecticut until 1866, then went to Greenpoint, New York and in 1869 he was in Westchester, New York. From 1870 to 1875 he was in Long Ridge, Connecticut, and in Mt. Vernon, New York. He was also a deputy collector for the Port of New York in the late 1860s.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Craig Anthony, 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Fran O'Donnell, 2014.
Link to catalog
Shepard, James H. Papers, 1843-1881: 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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