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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 458

Rose, William Wallace, 1889-1969. Papers, 1889-1969.


Papers of Unitarian minister William Wallace Rose, including sermons, addresses, writings, music, worship material, and biographical information. The papers span 1889-1969.


  • 1889-1969.
  • 1928
  • 1945


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7 boxes
This collection is divided into five series. Series I contains Rose's sermons and addresses, arranged alphabetically by title. Series II is comprised of Rose's other writings, the bulk of which are newspaper articles. Series III consists of music composed by Rose. Series IV contains worship material, including prayers, communion service and funeral materials. Finally, Series V consists of Rose's biographical file containing letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs.

Biographical / Historical

William Wallace Rose (1889-1969) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his STD from Tufts College in 1912, attended Harvard Divinity School in 1913 and Yale University in 1916, and received his DD from St. Lawrence University in 1928. Rose also received an honorary DD from the Crane Theological School of Tufts University in 1952. He was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in 1912, at South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and also served parishes in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Rochester, New York; and Lynn, Massachusetts. In 1958, he was named minister emeritus of the First Universalist Church of Lynn, Massachusetts. He was also a music composer and even had one of his compositions, "Chapel Bells," performed by the Boston Pops Orchestra in 1937. Rose is the author of When Death Takes Someone You Love (1928) and Thoughts for Today: Every-Day Resources for Living (1945), a collection of his syndicated newspaper columns on religious matters for The Item.


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Sermons and addresses
  2. Series II. Other writings
  3. Series III. Music
  4. Series IV. Worship material
  5. Series V. Biographical file

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joe Thompson, 1979.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 605.
Rose, William Wallace, 1889-1969. Papers, 1889-1969: 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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