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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 568

Holmes, Frank Orville, 1898-. Papers, 1919-1983.


Papers of Unitarian minister Frank Orville Holmes, including addresses, sermons, correspondence, subject files, personal papers, notes, orders of service, and photographs. The papers span 1919-1983.


  • Creation: 1919-1983.
  • Creation: 1919-1971
  • Creation: 1920-1980
  • Creation: 1920-1983


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60 boxes

This collection is divided into eight series. Series I consists of addresses, mostly arranged chronologically. Series II contains sermons, arranged chronologically. Series III is correspondence, arranged alphabetically by correspondent with miscellany and personal correspondence at the end. Series IV collects Holmes's subject files, arranged alphabetically by topic, such as clergyman records, divinity school papers, and poetry. Series V contains personal papers, including letters and financial records. Series VI consists of sermon notes and quotations. Series VII is orders of service. Series VIII contains pictures, photographs, and awards relating to Holmes's family and ministries.

Biographical / Historical

Frank Orville Holmes (1898-1983) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received an AB degree from Macalester College in St. Paul in 1918, an STB degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1921, and a DD from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1957. He was ordained into the Unitarian ministry in 1921, and served settlements in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts; Concord, New Hampshire; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His ministries included participation with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League, the United Nations, and the Society for Propagating the Gospel Among Indians and Others in North America.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Addresses, 1919-1971
  2. Series II. Sermons, 1920-1980
  3. Series III. Correspondence, 1920-1983
  4. Series IV. Subject files
  5. Series V. Personal papers
  6. Series VI. Sermon notes
  7. Series VII. Orders of service
  8. Series VIII. Pictures, photographs, and awards

Acquisition Information

Gift of Priscilla Holmes, June 1994 and 2004

Holmes, Frank Orville, 1898-. Papers, 1919-1983: 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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