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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 370

Robinson, Elmo Arnold, b. 1887. Papers, 1910-1972.


Papers of Unitarian minister, Elmo Arnold Robinson, including biographical material, sermons, minister's reports, correspondence, clippings, and a scrapbook. The papers span 1910-1972.


  • 1910-1972.


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5 boxes

Collection includes biographical material, sermons, announcements of services, minister reports, copies of journal articles, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Robinson received postcards from Percy Goldthwait Stiles, an instructor in physiology at Harvard University, and those postcards are located in box five of this collection,

Biographical / Historical

Elmo Arnold Robinson (1887-1972) was born in Portland, Maine, and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1909, St. Lawrence University in 1912, and Stanford University in 1931. He was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in Watertown, New York, in 1912. He served parishes in Smithton, Pennsylvania; Henderson, New York; Anderson, Indiana; Plain City, Ohio; San Diego and Palo Alto, California; and Los Alamos, New Mexico. He served as director of the Northern California American Civil Liberties Union from 1926 to 1927 and was a professor of philosophy at San Jose (California) State College from 1928 to 1958.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Biographical material
  2. Series II. Sermons, announcements of services, and minister reports
  3. Series III. Journal articles (printed copies)
  4. Series IV. Miscellaneous writings
  5. Series V. Correspondence
  6. Series VI. Correspondence regarding Robinson's status as a minister
  7. Series VII. Newspaper and magazine articles
  8. Series VIII. Scrapbook and Master's thesis
  9. Series IX. Postcards from Percy G. Stiles, 1910-1914

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.

Related Materials

For related collection, please see bMS 349for additional postcards from Stiles.

Robinson, Elmo Arnold, b. 1887. Papers, 1910-1972: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School 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. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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