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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 105

Tuckerman, Joseph, 1778-1840. Correspondence, 1830-1840.


Correspondence of Unitarian minister and author Joseph Tuckerman (1778-1840). The papers cover 1830-1840.


  • Creation: 1830-1840.


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Biographical / Historical

Joseph Tuckerman (1778-1840) was educated at the Boston Latin School and graduated from Harvard College in 1798. Following his graduation he began studying for the ministry under the Rev. Thomas Thacher. Upon the death of President Washington, he was invited to give a sermon to the Boston Mechanic Association that was subsequently published as A Funeral Oration: Occasioned by the Death of General George Washington (1800). In 1801, he was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in Chelsea, Massachusetts. In 1812, while in Chelsea, he began the Boston Society for the Religious and Moral Improvement of Seamen, the first such organization in the United States. Tuckerman also published Gleams of Truth, or Scenes from Real Life (1835) and The Principles and Results of the Ministry at Large, in Boston (1838).


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Letters written by Tuckerman
  2. Series II. Letters addressed to Tuckerman

Acquisition Information

Gift of Bayard Tuckerman, 1972.

Tuckerman, Joseph, 1778-1840. Correspondence, 1830-1840: 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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