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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 161

Black, Algernon D. (Algernon David). Papers, 1932-1972.

Papers of Ethical culture leader, teacher, and writer Algernon Black including addresses, 1932-1981, given at the Sunday morning meetings of the New York Society for Ethical Culture; radio talks, 1934-1935, 1940-1953; pamphlets, 1932-1967; and miscellaneous writings, 1939-1962.

Dates

  • 1932-1972.

Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Extent

8 boxes

Addresses, 1932-1981, given at the Sunday morning meetings of the New York Society for Ethical Culture; radio talks, 1934-1935, 1940-1953; pamphlets, 1932-1967; and miscellaneous writings, 1939-1962. In part, photocopies.

Biographical / Historical

Algernon David Black (1900-1993), a 1923 graduate of Harvard College, was a humanist leader, educator, radio commentator, and writer widely known for his affiliation with the New York Society of Ethical Culture. He also chaired the board of directors of the New York State and national committees against discrimination in housing, and was chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board of the Police Department of the City of New York. From 1950 to 1966, Black served as vice president for the NAACP. In 1963 he was awarded a citation for distinguished citizenship by the City of New York. Black authored various books, including The First Book of Ethics, The Woman of the Wood: A Tale of Old Russia for Children, and Without Burnt Offerings: Ceremonies of Humanism, as well as numerous articles.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Addresses, 1932-1972
  2. Series II. Radio Talks, 1934-1935, 1940-1953
  3. Series III. Pamphlets, 1932-1967
  4. Series IV. Miscellaneous Writings, 1938-1962

Related Materials

Fore related collection, please see bMS 391.
Title
Black, Algernon D. (Algernon David), 1900-. Papers, 1932-1972: A Finding Aid.
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00161

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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