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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 352

Whittemore, Thomas, 1800-1861. Papers, 1824-1944.

Papers of Universalist minister, Thomas Whittemore, including sermons, addresses, correspondence, and notes. The papers span 1824-1944


  • 1824-1944.


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6 boxes

This collection is divided into three series. Series I consists of sermons and addresses given by Whittemore, arranged chronologically. Series II is correspondence and notes, including scrapbooks and clippings. Series III contains miscellaneous papers such as clippings, engravings, and photographs.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Whittemore (1800-1861) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was ordained a Universalist minister at the Universalist Church in Milford, Massachusetts, in 1821. He served pastorates in Milton and Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. In 1822, he was appointed co-editor, along with Hosea Ballou II, of Universalist Magazine. He then co-founded, along with Russell Streeter, Trumpet and Universalist Magazine in 1828. Whittemore eventually became sole owner of this magazine and was the editor for it until his death. He is the author of numerous publications, including The Modern History of Universalism (1830), Notes and Illustrations of the Parables of the New Testament (1832), A Commentary on the Revelation of St. John, The Divine (1848), The Memoir of Walter Balfour (1852), The Life of Rev. Hosea Ballou (1854-1855), and The Early Days of Thomas Whittemore, an Autobiography (1859).


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Sermons and addresses
  2. Series II. Correspondence and notes
  3. Series III. Miscellaneous
Whittemore, Thomas, 1800-1861. Papers, 1824-1944: 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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