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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 201

Hutchison, William Robert. Collection of photographs of American Protestants in the Modernist Movement, ca.1977.

Photographs and negatives of 16 leaders of American Protestantism from the middle of the 19th century through the mid-20th century. The photographs were gathered by Prof. William R. Hutchison for use in his work The Modernist Impulse in American Protestantism.


  • 1977.


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Biographical / Historical

William Robert Hutchison (1930-2006) graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in English and history in 1951. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Oxford University, earning a second BA in modern history in 1953, and a PhD in American history from Yale in 1956. He was an instructor of history at Hunter College from 1956 to 1958; Professor of American Studies at American University from 1958 to 1968; and the Charles Warren Professor of History of Religion in America at Harvard Divinity School from 1968 to 2000. From 2000 to 2006 he was the Charles Warren Research Professor of American Religious History at Harvard Divinity School. His publications include The Transcendentalist Ministers (1959), The Modernist Impulse in American Protestantism (1976), Errand to the World: American Protestant Thought and Foreign Missions (1987), and Religious Pluralism in America: The Contentious History of a Founding Ideal (2003). He was a recipient of the Brewer Prize in 1957 from the American Society of Church History, a fellow of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History (1966-67), Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the Free University in Berlin (1976), and Fulbright Western European Regional Research grantee (1987). He held memberships in the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the American Studies Association, the American Society of Church History, the Unitarian Universalist Historical Association and the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William R. Hutchison, 1977.
Hutchison, William Robert. Collection of photographs of American Protestants in the Modernist Movement: 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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