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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 599

MacPherson, David Hicks, 1928-. Sound recordings and papers, 1959-2006.


Sound recording and papers of Universalist minister David Hicks MacPherson, including recorded sermons, videos, and writings. The papers span 1959-2006.


  • 1959-2006.
  • 1950-1951
  • 1952-1962
  • 1962-1975
  • 1975-1987
  • 1987-1993
  • 1993-1996


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6 boxes

This collection is divided into six series. Series I consists of recorded sermons by David Hicks MacPherson. The sermons are arranged chronologically, and most of them are recorded on audiocassettes, which contain two sermons to a tape. A few of the sermons are recorded on compact discs. Series II contains Unitarian Universalist videos, arranged chronologically. Series III consists of MacPherson videos, including his final Sunday service at the First Unitarian Church of Richmond and the celebration of the fortieth anniversary of his ordination. The videos are arranged chronologically. Series IV contains material relating to the First Unitarian Church of Richmond, such as a ministerial search packet. Series V is a chronological arrangement of sermons. Series VI consists of writings by MacPherson.

Biographical / Historical

David Hicks MacPherson (1928-) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He received a BA from Tufts University in 1950 and an STB from the Crane Theological School in 1952. He also attended Harvard Divinity School while preparing for the ministry. He was ordained a Universalist minister in 1952 and served pastorates in Foxborough, Massachusetts (1950-1951); Silver Spring, Maryland (1952-1962); Lutherville, Maryland (1962-1975); Richmond, Virginia (1975-1987), where he was named minister emeritus in 1998; Brookfield, Wisconsin (1987-1993); and Waynesboro, Virginia (1993-1996). MacPherson was also the recipient of the Clarence R. Skinner Award in 1961.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Recorded sermons
  2. Series II. Unitarian Universalist videos
  3. Series III. David Hicks MacPherson videos
  4. Series IV. First Unitarian Church of Richmond
  5. Series V. Sermons
  6. Series VI. Writings
MacPherson, David Hicks, 1928-. Sound recordings and papers, 1959-2006: 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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