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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 452

MacLean, Angus Hector, 1892-1969. Papers, 1927-1969.


Papers of Universalist minister Angus Hector MacLean, including writings, worship resources, correspondence, subject files, and biographical material. The papers span 1927-1969.


  • 1927-1969.
  • 1930
  • 1934
  • 1965
  • 1966


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13 boxes

This collection is divided into seven series. Series I consists of book manuscripts, arranged alphabetically by title. Series II contains writings by MacLean, also arranged alphabetically by title. Series III contains worship resources, which include marriage and funeral services. Series IV is correspondence, arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Series V contains subject files on St. Lawrence Theological School and various commissions. Series VI consists of material related to the First Unitarian Church, Cleveland, Ohio, and Series VII consists of biographical material, including drawings by MacLean and newspaper and magazine clippings.

Biographical / Historical

Angus Hector MacLean (1892-1969) was born in Nova Scotia, Canada. He received a BA from McGill University in 1920, a BD from Montreal Cooperative Theological College in 1923, an MA from Columbia University in 1924, and a PhD from Columbia in 1930. He also received honorary doctor of divinity degrees from Tufts University (1955), Meadville Theological School (1957), and St. Lawrence Theological School (1960). Although raised a Presbyterian, he was ordained a Universalist minister in New York in 1945. He served as Professor of Religious Education (1928-1951) and Dean (1951-1960) at St. Lawrence University Theological School; as well as minister of education at the First Unitarian Church in Cleveland, Ohio (1960-1967). MacLean was the author of The Idea of God in Protestant Religious Education (1930), The New Era in Religious Education: A Manual for Church School Teachers (1934), The Wind in Both Ears (1965), and The Galloping Gospel (1966). In 1971, the Angus H. MacLean Award was established by the St. Lawrence Theological School alumni association to reward excellence in the field of religious education. The award is given annually at the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Book manuscripts
  2. Series II. Writings by MacLean
  3. Series III. Worship resources
  4. Series IV. Correspondence
  5. Series V. Subject files
  6. Series VI. First Unitarian Church, Cleveland, Ohio
  7. Series VII. Biographical file

Acquisition Information

Gift of Susanne M. Boone, 1981 and 1982.

MacLean, Angus Hector, 1892-1969. Papers, 1927-1969: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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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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