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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 121

Sears, Edmund H. (Edmund Hamilton), 1810-1876. Papers, 1837-1875.


Correspondence and sermons of Unitarian minister Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876).


  • Creation: 1837-1875.


5 boxes

This collection is arranged into two series. The first series consists of correspondence and is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. The second series contains sermons and other writings by Sears, arranged chronologically. There is also a small group of materials grouped together as miscellaneous items.

Biographical / Historical

Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876) graduated from Union College in New York in 1834, and Harvard Divinity School in 1837. Ordained in 1839, he served parishes in Wayland, Lancaster, and Weston, Massachusetts. His publications include Fire-side Colloquies (1847), Regeneration (1853), Revolution or Reform (1856), Athanasia, or Foregleams of Immortality (1858), and The Fourth Gospel the Heart of Christ (1872). In 1849, he composed the well-known Christmas carol, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear."


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Correspondence
  2. Series II. Miscellaneous items
  3. Series III. Sermons and other writings

Acquisition Information

These letters came to the Divinity School Library ca. 1960, through the good offices of Rev. Dan Huntington Fenn, who was then minister in Wayland, MA.

Sears, Edmund H. (Edmund Hamilton), 1810-1876. Papers: 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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