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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 190

Papers, 1886-1957.


Papers of Universalist minister Hazel Ida Kirk, including correspondence, biographical material, sermons, writings, and scrapbooks. The papers span 1886-1957.


  • 1886-1957.
  • 1886-1957
  • 1900-1955
  • 1910-1955
  • 1913-1955
  • 1911-1931
  • 1913-1914
  • 1914-1955
  • 1904- 1934


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16 boxes

This collection is divided into eleven series. The first series consists of correspondence, arranged chronologically. Series II consists of biographical papers which include ordination material, certificates, and travel receipts. Series III contains programs and miscellaneous papers, arranged chronologically. Series IV is biographical clippings, also arranged chronologically. Series V consists of scrapbook material, such as correspondence, programs, and clippings. Series VI consists of subject files that include clippings and notes for sermons and lectures. Series VII contains writings by Kirk. Series VIII is sermons and services, arranged chronologically by original date of delivery. Series IX contains lectures, essays, poems, and miscellaneous compositions by Kirk. Most of these lectures were given several times; they are arranged here by the (often approximate) date of original composition. Series X is scrapbooks, photographs, and pictures. Series XI, labeled miscellaneous items, consists of Kirk's diplomas.

Biographical / Historical

Hazel Ida Kirk (1885-1957) graduated from the Canton Theological School of St. Lawrence University in 1915 and was ordained to the Universalist ministry the same year. She served parishes in Ogdensburg, New York; Eastham, Danvers, and Taunton, Massachusetts; Pawtucket, Rhode Island; and Rumford, Maine. Kirk served as a missionary in Japan from 1918 to 1923; was president of the Women's National Missionary Association from 1929 to 1933; and also held various offices in the Women's Universalist Missionary Society of Massachusetts from 1934 to 1939.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Correspondence, 1886-1957
  2. Series II. Biographical papers, 1900-1955
  3. Series III. Programs and miscellaneous papers, 1910-1955
  4. Series IV. Biographical clippings, 1913-1955
  5. Series V. Scrapbook material, 1911-1931
  6. Series VI. Subject files
  7. Series VII. Writings by Hazel Kirk, 1913-1914
  8. Series VIII. Sermons and services, 1914-1955
  9. Series IX. Writings
  10. Series X. Scrapbooks, photographs, pictures,1904- 1934
  11. Series XI. Miscellaneous

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.

Kirk, Hazel Ida. Papers, 1886-1957: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School 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. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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