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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 139

Helvie, Clara Cook, 1876-1969. Papers, 1902-1928.

Papers of Unitarian minister Clara Cook Helvie (1876-1969) including articles, sermons, notes, and a typescript of Cook's Unitarian Women Ministers, 1928.


  • 1902-1928.


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Biographical / Historical

Clara Cook Helvie (1876-1969) was born in Chaumont, New York. She graduated from Canton's Business College in Buffalo, New York. Upon her graduation, she worked as a secretary and accepted a position in Puerto Rico. She married in 1902 and spent the next eight years in the Philippines. Helvie was widowed in 1916, and began attending Meadville Theological School. She graduated in 1917 and was ordained as a Unitarian minister that same year in Wheeling, West Virginia. Over the course of her ministry, Helvie served parishes in Wheeling, West Virginia; Moline, Indiana; Milford, New Hampshire; and Westboro and Middleboro, Massachusetts, until her retirement in 1942. She was also the only female minister to take part at the dedication of the Unitarian headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 1925. In addition to her ministerial duties, Helvie corresponded with many Unitarian women ministers and compiled autobiographical information on them. The result of this was her work entitled Unitarian Women Ministers, which was completed in 1928.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1970.
Helvie, Clara Cook, 1876-1969. Papers, 1902-1928: 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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