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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 128

Ballou family. Papers, c. 1785-1974.

Family papers of Vermont pastor and legislator Hosea Ballou.


  • 1785-1974.


1 boxes

This collection consists of miscellaneous letters and papers of the Ballou family. It includes a letter by Hosea Ballou (1771-1852). It also includes a handwritten, undated hymn written by New Hampshire poet and hymn writer Silas Ballou (1753-1837). This hymn was probably written circa 1785, when Silas Ballou compiled and published the first American Universalist hymn book, entitled New Hymns on Various Subjects. The collection also includes a record of births, marriages, and deaths.

Biographical / Historical

For biographical information, please see bMS 366, bMS 351, and bMS 359.


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Records
  2. Series II. Letters
  3. Series III. Miscellaneous

Acquisition Information

Gift of Frederic B. Viaux, 1974.
Ballou family. Papers, c. 1785-1974: 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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