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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 113

Crothers, Samuel McChord, 1857-1927. Papers, 1825-1927.


Sermons of Samuel McChord Crothers.


  • 1825-1927.


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17 boxes
The bulk of this collection consists of sermons, arranged chronologically. Box 16 also contains eight bound volumes of sermons, dated 1920-1927. The collection also includes prayers, notes, and a photograph of Crothers, as well as three newspapers, most notably The New York Herald on the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel McChord Crothers (1857-1927) graduated from Wittenberg College in 1873, the College of New Jersey (now Princeton) in 1874, and Union Theological Seminary in 1877. After completing his education, Crothers was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry. He continued in the Presbyterian ministry until he became disillusioned with the denomination and resigned his pastorate in 1881. In 1882, he converted to the Unitarian denomination and served parishes in Brattleboro, Vermont; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Cambridge, Massachusetts. His publications include: The Understanding Heart (1903); The Gentle Reader (1903); The Pardoner's Wallet (1905); By the Christmas Fire (1908); Among Friends (1910); Humanly Speaking (1912); Meditations on Votes for Women, etc. (1914); The Pleasures of an Absentee Landlord (1916); Oliver Wendell Holmes, the Autocrat and His Fellow-Boarders (1909); The Dame School of Experience (1920); Ralph Waldo Emerson: How to Know Him (1921); The Cheerful Giver (1923); and The Children of Dickens (1925).


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Sermons
  2. Series II. Miscellany

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Related Materials

For related collection, please see the records of the First Parish in Cambridge, bMS 604.
Crothers, Samuel McChord, 1857-1927. Sermons, 1825-1927: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University 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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