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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 562

Kellaway, Richard Allen, 1934-. Papers, 1959-1999.

Papers of Unitarian Universalist minister Richard Allen Kellaway, including sermons, addresses, correspondence, and orders of service. The papers span 1959-1999.


  • 1959-1999.


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7 boxes

This collection contains material pertaining to Richard Kellaway's ministry, particularly his work at the First Unitarian Church of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Boxes 1-5 contain Rev. Kellaway's sermons, orders of service, and corresponding newsletters arranged chronologically from September 1959 to April 1995. Sermon topics are greatly varied, but include the following: the Unitarian Universalist merger (5/29/60 and 1/4/87); Vietnam and conscientious objector status (11/1965, 6/1/69, 10/12/69, 1/14/68); JFK assassination (11/24/63); humanism (9/19/65, 10/3/65); Watergate (9/16/73); abortion (10/12/80); consumption and consumerism (12/10/89, 2/12/89); American society (9/27/92, 2/23/92); and holiday sermons and sermons focusing on various historical figures. Box 6 contains biographical information, addresses, annual reports, articles and correspondence, as well as ministerial resource files, which include references to organizations and associations to which Rev. Kellaway belonged. Box 6 also contains a Unitarian Universalist curriculum co-written by Kellaway, entitled Connections: Religion as Relating; audio cassette recordings of Kellaway's sermons; and a folder containing correspondence, dated 1991 to 1997, between Rev. Kellaway and New Bedford's "sister" church in Brno, Czechoslovakia. Box 7 contains various Unitarian Universalist publications and some of Rev. Kellaway's reference files.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Allen Kellaway (1934-) was born in Newton, Massachusetts. He received a BA from Antioch College in 1956, an MA from Southern Illinois University in 1957, and an STB from Harvard Divinity School in 1961. He was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister at the First Unitarian Church of New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1961. He served congregations in New Bedford, Massachusetts; Manhattan, New York; and Sarasota, Florida. Upon retirement in 1999, he was designated minister emeritus by the First Unitarian Church of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he served twice as minister (1960-1968 and 1986-1999), as well as serving as an interim minister, 1980-1981. He also served as associate director for United States programs of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 1976-1980; and was the founding president of the New Bedford Art Museum. Kellaway is the author of The Trying Out (1968) and co-author, along with Caroline Fenderson, of Connections: Religion as Relating (1986).

Acquisition Information

Gift of Richard Allen Kellaway.
Kellaway, Richard Allen, 1934-. Papers, 1959-1999: 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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