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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 94

Shute, John Raymond. Papers, 1948-1958.

Papers of John Raymond Shute include biographical information, correspondence, and material related to his time as state senator of North Carolina, as well as his work with the American Unitarian Association. The papers span 1948-1958.


  • 1948-1958.


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2 boxes

This collection consists of four series. Series I contains biographical material on Shute, including biographical statements and poetry by Shute. Series II contains material related to the All Souls Chapel in Monroe, North Carolina, such as annual reports, newsletters, and financial records. Series III is correspondence, some of which is not addressed directly to Shute, but sent to him for informational purposes. It is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Series IV is comprised of materials relating to various conferences and councils attended by Shute, such as the Southwestern Unitarian Conference and the Southern Unitarian Council.

Biographical / Historical

John Raymond Shute (1904-1988) was born in Monroe, North Carolina. He attended Trinity College, Duke University, and Atlanta University. He served as state senator of North Carolina during 1934-1935 and as mayor of Monroe for two terms starting in 1947. He was director of the American Unitarian Association (1956-1959) and editor of the Christian Register from 1950 to 1953. He also served as president of the Unitarian Layman's League and as president of the Unitarian Fellowship for Social Justice. He was the organizer and first president of the Monroe Unitarian Fellowship, responsible for the creation of All Souls Chapel in Monroe, North Carolina. He is the author of many books including Golden Dawn (1950), The Seer: His Parables and Tales (1950), The Quest (1951), and A Song in the Night (1952).


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Biographical file
  2. Series II. All Souls Chapel, Monroe, North Carolina
  3. Series III. Correspondence
  4. Series IV. Conferences and Councils

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1968.
Shute, John Raymond. Papers, 1948-1958: 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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