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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 203

D'Orlando, Albert. Papers, 1947-1998.

Papers of Unitarian Universalist minister Albert D'Orlando, including sermons, addresses, annual reports, biographical information, and correspondence. The papers span 1947-1998.

Dates

  • 1947-1998.
  • May 18, 1969
  • January 18 1976
  • November 1947-October 1990

Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Extent

6 boxes

This collection contains material pertaining to Albert D'Orlando's ministry, particularly his work in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans. Rev. D'Orlando was instrumental in integrating this church during the 1960s and his papers reflect this struggle and his participation in the civil rights movement (for a good overview, see folders entitled Annual Report, May 18, 1969, and Biographical Information, January 18 1976). The first five boxes contain sermons, arranged chronologically. The sermons deal with the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, abortion, the death penalty, holiday themes, and historical figures. Box 6 contains addresses, annual reports, biographical information, correspondence, service material, and a few student papers, articles, and news releases. Addresses include radio addresses, primarily for station WTPS, and other public addresses dated November 1947-October 1990. Service material contains background material for sermons and Sunday services on various dates from 1953 to 1994.

Biographical / Historical

Albert D'Orlando (1915-1998) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Tufts University and received an AB in 1944 and an STB in 1945. He also received an honorary DD from Meadville Theological School in 1996. D'Orlando was ordained as a Unitarian minister in 1945 in East Boston, Massachusetts, and served congregations in East Boston; Wilton Center and Milford, New Hampshire; and New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon his retirement in 1981, he was designated minister emeritus by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, where he had served for 31 years. Rev. D'Orlando was a recipient of the Holmes-Weatherly Award in 1966 for social activism.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Cathy Cohen.
Title
D'Orlando, Albert. Papers, 1947-1998: A Finding Aid.
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00203

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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