Eliot, Samuel A. (Samuel Atkins), 1862-1950. Papers, 1885-1950.
Papers of Unitarian minister and President of the American Unitarian Association Samuel Atkins Eliot.
Biographical / Historical
Samuel Atkins Eliot (1862-1950) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College in 1884 and Harvard Divinity School in 1889. He served Unitarian parishes in Denver, Colorado, the Church of the Saviour in Brooklyn, New York, and the Arlington Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Denver he founded the Rocky Mountain Conference of the American Unitarian Association (AUA). In 1898 he became the secretary of the AUA, the executive of the association at that time. In 1900 the AUA made a shift in leadership and designated its executive officer as the president, a position held by Eliot until 1927. In 1925 he led a merger between the AUA and the National Conference of Churches that became the modern AUA. Eliot was the son of President Charles W. Eliot of Harvard University. His biography has been written by his brother-in-law, Dr. Arthur Cushman McGiffert, titled Pilot of a Liberal Faith: Samuel Atkins Eliot, 1862-1950; Skinner House book by Beacon Press, 1976, Boston.
- Series I. College Papers
- Series II. Sermons and Addresses
- Series III. Sermons by Special Subjects
- Series IV. Sermons, undated
- Series V. Sermon fragments
- Series VI. Worship Materials
- Series VII. Letters, 1888-1950
- Series VIII. Subject Files
- Series IX. Scrapbooks, 1885-1926
- Series X. Biographical File
- Series XI. Sermons and Lectures, 1888-1945
- Series XII. Miscellaneous
Gift of Charles W. Eliot II, 1974.
- Eliot, Samuel A. (Samuel Atkins), 1862-1950. Papers: A Finding Aid.
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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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