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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 179

Cole, Alfred Storer. Papers, 1926-1977.

Papers of Universalist minister Alfred Storer Cole, including writings, correspondence, subject files, and biographical information. The papers span 1926-1977.


  • 1926-1977.
  • 1930-1977
  • 1945-1976


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5 boxes

This collection is divided into four series. Series I consists of Cole's writings, including sermons, addresses, lectures, and publications. Series II contains correspondence, arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Series III is subject files, much of which is related to Cole's ministerial life and worship. Series IV consists of biographical material on Cole, and includes clippings and photographs.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Storer Cole (1893-1977) graduated from Tufts College in 1919 and entered the Universalist ministry in New England. From 1931 to 1954, he taught homiletics at Tufts. Following his time on the Tufts faculty, he was pastor of a Unitarian church in Lebanon, New Hampshire, from 1955 to 1966, and was later an affiliate minister at the church in West Brattleboro, Vermont. He was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from St. Lawrence University in 1964. Cole is the author of numerous publications, including A Short History of Tufts College School of Religion (1947), Our Liberal Heritage (1957), and Great Possessions! (1960).


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Writings, 1930-1977
  2. Series II. Correspondence, 1945-1976
  3. Series III. Subject files
  4. Series IV. Biographical file

Acquisition Information

Gifts of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976; Seaburg correspondence donated by Alan Seaburg, 1977; Cole correspondence donated by Barbara Cole, 1977.
Cole, Alfred Storer. Papers, 1926-1977: 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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