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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 127

Pennington, Leslie Talbot, 1899-1974. Correspondence, 1935-1944.

Correspondence of Unitarian minister Leslie Talbot Pennington concerning Pennington's many administrative and pastoral duties while he was pastor of First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  • 1935-1944.


2 boxes

The collection consists of copies of Pennington's outgoing correspondence and original correspondence he received, arranged chronologically. This correspondence is largely concerned with Pennington's many administrative and pastoral duties while he was pastor ofFirst Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Biographical / Historical

Leslie Talbot Pennington (1899-1974) graduated from Earlham College in 1922 and Harvard Divinity School in 1926. Ordained in 1926, Pennington served Unitarian parishes in Cambridge, Lincoln, Braintree, and West Newton, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; and Ithaca, New York. He served on the American Unitarian Association Board of Directors from 1936 to 1938 and again from 1956 to 1958. In 1947 he became the chairman of the Unitarian Commission on Church Union, a committee to study and move toward merger with the Universalist denomination. The Rev. Pennington also founded the Greenfield Group, an intellectual retreat for ministers.

Acquisition Information

Gift of First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1974.
Pennington, Leslie Talbot, 1899-1974. Correspondence: 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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