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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 434

Skinner, Clarence Russell, 1881-1949. Papers, 1906-1970.


Papers of minister Clarence Russell Skinner, including writings, biographical articles about Skinner, and biographical material. The papers span 1906-1970.


  • 1906-1970.
  • 1937
  • 1939
  • 1945


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3 boxes
This collection consists mainly of writings by Skinner, listed alphabetically by title. There are also biographical articles on Skinner, mostly by Alfred S. Cole, and general biographical information including genealogy, clippings, photographs, and correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Clarence Russell Skinner (1881-1949) was a graduate of St. Lawrence University and was ordained in 1906. He served parishes in Lowell, Massachusetts, and Mt. Vernon, New York. In 1914, he became Professor of Applied Christianity at the Crane Theological School of Tufts University. In 1915, he published The Social Implications of Universalism. Increasingly disillusioned with Universalism, he founded the all-inclusive, nondenominational Community Church of Boston in 1920. From 1933 until his retirement in 1945, he served as dean of the Crane Theological School at Tufts University. His published works include Liberalism Faces the Future (1937), Human Nature and the Nature of Evil (1939) and A Religion for Greatness (1945).


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Writings
  2. Series II. Biographical articles on Skinner
  3. Series III. Biographical material

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 470.
Skinner, Clarence Russell, 1881-1949. Papers, 1906-1970: 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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