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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 449

Brunton, William. Poetry, 1865-1901.


Two volumes of poetry by minister William Brunton, as well as a scrapbook. The collection spans 1865-1901.


  • 1865-1901.
  • 1865-1901
  • 1872
  • 1900


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1 boxes

The collection consists of two volumes of holograph poetry written by Brunton ca. 1865-1901, plus a scrapbook which contains clippings of his published works. One of the poetry volumes, dated 1872, is entitled Spring Blossoms and Summer Flowers, and the other, dated 1900, is entitled Poems of Gladness and the Higher Life. Topics covered in these volumes include the range of human emotions and foibles; childhood; politics; religious thought, feelings, and actions (including preaching and the celebration of Christmas.)

Biographical / Historical

William Brunton (1850-1906) was born in Sheffield, England, and graduated from the Unitarian Home Missionary College in England in 1869. He was ordained to the ministry at Manchester, England on January 20, 1869. He had settlements at Middlesbrough and Colyton, England, and came to America where he graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1879. He served as pastor at churches in Brighton, MA; Yarmouth, Maine; Whitman, MA; and Fairhaven, MA. He was married to Elma Amelia Sumner of Braintree, VT, and had one son. Rev. Brunton died in Boston on March 10, 1906.

Acquisition Information

Collection purchased in July 2004 from Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Philadelphia, PA.

Brunton, William. Poetry, 1865-1901: 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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