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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 98

Rice, William Brooks, 1905-1970. Papers, 1927-1970.


Papers of Unitarian minister William Brooks Rice (1905-1970) including sermons, addresses, general correspondence, special correspondence relating to the Charles Street Jail, Boston, wedding services, funeral services, prayers, and biographical material.


  • Creation: 1927-1970.


19 boxes

Sermons, 1933-1970; addresses, 1935-1966; general correspondence, 1933-1969; special correspondence relating to the Charles Street Jail, Boston, 1954-1968; wedding services; funeral services; prayers; and biographical material. Correspondents include Richard Cardinal Cushing, Marshall Edward Dimock, Christopher Rhodes Eliot, Dana McLean Greeley, Francis Greenwood Peabody, and Palfrey Perkins

Biographical / Historical

William Brooks Rice (1905-1970) graduated from Tufts College in 1938. Prior to pursuing a career in the ministry, he was an architect in Boston. In 1938, he was ordained to the Unitarian ministry at Francestown, New Hampshire, and he subsequently served parishes in Dover and Wellesley, Massachusetts. During his career he served as director of the American Unitarian Association, chair of the AUA Department of Ministry, and chair of the AUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee. Rice served as chairman of the Joint Merger Commission, which accomplished the merger of the Unitarian and Universalist denominations in 1961. In 1964, he received the UUA Distinguished Service Award.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Young People's Religious Union, 1927-1933
  2. Series II. Crane Theological School, 1933
  3. Series III. Sermons, 1933-1970
  4. Series IV. Addresses - I
  5. Series V. Addresses - II
  6. Series VI. Special Religious Services
  7. Series VII. Worship material
  8. Series VIII. Correspondence
  9. Subseries A. General, 1933-1969
  10. Subseries B. Charles Street Jail Correspondence, 1954-1968
  11. Series IX. Miscellaneous
  12. Series X. Biographical file

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Elizabeth S. Rice, 1971.

Rice, William Brooks, 1905-1970. Papers: 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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