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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 566

Horton, Douglas, 1891-1968. Papers, 1955.

Papers of Congregationalist minister Douglas Horton, relating to his appointment as Dean of Harvard Divinity School. The papers are from 1955.


  • 1955.
  • 1928
  • 1938
  • 1935
  • 1959
  • January through April 1955


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1 boxes

This collection consists of correspondence received by Douglas Horton, January through April 1955, in reaction to his appointment as Dean of Harvard Divinity School. The special correspondence folder includes two letters written by Horton to George Buttrick and John Dillenberger of the Divinity School faculty regarding his appointment.

Biographical / Historical

Douglas Horton (1891-1968) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BA from Princeton University in 1912 and a BD from Hartford Theological Seminary in 1915. In 1915, he also was ordained to the Congregationalist ministry. He served congregations in Middletown, Connecticut; Brookline, Massachusetts; and Chicago, Illinois. While pastor of the United Church of Hyde Park in Chicago, he began teaching at Chicago Theological Seminary in 1933. He was selected as general secretary of the General Council of the Congregational and Christian Churches in 1938; and was instrumental in the eventual merger of the Congregational Church with the Evangelical and Reformed Church to form the United Church of Christ in 1957. In 1955, he was appointed dean of Harvard Divinity School and served until 1959. He also translated Karl Barth's The Word of God and the Word of Man (1928); edited The Basic Formula for Church Union (1938); and authored The Art of Living Today (1935), The Meaning of Worship (1959) and Toward an Undivided Church (1967).

Acquisition Information

Gift of Joan Horton, February 1994.
Horton, Douglas, 1891-1968. Papers, 1955: 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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