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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 189

Smith, Franklin Pierce, 1908-1975. Papers, 1910-1975.

Papers of Unitarian minister Franklin Pierce Smith (1908-1975) including sermons, writings, worship materials, and biographical materials.


  • 1910-1975.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


8 boxes

This collection consists mainly of sermons, arranged chronologically. There are also other writings, including college papers and published and unpublished manuscripts. Worship materials such as prayers and meditations are also contained in the collection. Finally, there are biographical materials such as clippings, diaries, photographs, and correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Franklin Pierce Smith (1908-1975) graduated from Wagoner College in 1931, Lutheran Seminary in 1934, and the University of Pennsylvania in 1936. He was ordained to the Lutheran ministry in 1937, and in 1950 he was ordained as a Unitarian minister at the Unitarian Church in Somerville, Massachusetts. While a Unitarian minister, he served parishes in Somerville and Haverhill, Massachusetts; Overland Park, Kansas; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.


  1. Series I. Sermons, 1940, 1952-1975
  2. Series II. Mimeographed sermons, 1953-1972
  3. Series III. Other writings
  4. Series IV. Worship materials
  5. Series V. Biography

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Estate of Franklin Pierce Smith, 1977.
Smith, Franklin Pierce, 1908-1975. Papers, 1910-1975: 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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