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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 359

Ballou, Hosea. Papers, 1816-1861.

Sermons, addresses, and correspondence of Hosea Ballou II, founder of Tufts College in Massachusetts.


  • 1816-1861.


13 boxes

Collection contains Ballou's sermons (those preached and his preliminary notes) as well as addresses and correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Hosea Ballou II (1796-1861) was born in Vermont and was the grandnephew of Hosea Ballou. A Universalist minister, he wrote The Ancient History of Universalism, and worked to elevate the standards of biblical criticism among Universalists. He served congregations in Stafford, Connecticut; Roxbury, Massachusetts; and Medford, Massachusetts. Ballou was an early proponent of formal theological education for ministers and, beginning in 1841, he worked diligently to establish a Universalist college. He is recognized as the founder of Tufts College, where he served as its first president from 1853 until 1861.


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Sermons
  2. Series II. Addresses, installations, and papers
  3. Series III. Correspondence
  4. Series VI. Notebook

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.

Related Materials

For further information about the Ballou family, please see bMS 128, bMS 351, and bMS 366.
Ballou, Hosea, 1796-1861. Papers: 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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