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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 205

Etz, Roger F. (Roger Frederick), 1886-1950. Family papers, 1907-1963.


Family papers of Universalist minister Roger Frederick Etz.


  • 1907-1963.


5 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Roger Frederick Etz (1886-1950) graduated from Tufts College with an AB in 1909 and an STB in 1910. Etz was ordained into the Universalist ministry in 1913, and was then pastor at the White Memorial Universalist Church in Concord, New Hampshire. His other pastorates included the Universalist Church in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Newark, New Jersey, and the First Universalist Church of Medford, Massachusetts. During World War I, Rev. Etz left his parish to become a representative of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in France. Upon his return from the war in 1919, he accepted the position of executive secretary of the Universalist General Convention. In 1928, he also accepted responsibility as the general superintendent of the Universalist General Convention, a post he held until 1937. The most significant decision of Rev. Etz's term as general superintendent was rejecting an opportunity to merge with Congregationalism. Instead, he sought closer ties to Unitarianism, which eventually led to the merger of Universalism and Unitarianism later in the twentieth century.


Organized into the following series:
  1. I. Correspondence, 1918-1963
  2. II. Biographical Material, 1909-1956
  3. III. Photographs, ca. 1904-1952
  4. IV. Essays, 1910-1942
  5. V. Sermons and Speeches, 1907-1941
  6. VI. Scrapbooks, 1937-1950

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Universalist Historical Association; received: 1976.
Etz, Roger F. (Roger Frederick), 1886-1950. Family papers: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University 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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