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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 381

Peabody, Ephraim, 1807-1856. Papers, 1831-1884.


Primary correspondence of Ephraim Peabody pastor of King's Chapel in Boston, planner of the Boston Public School system, and founder of the Prudent Institution for Savings.


  • Creation: 1831-1884.


1 boxes

Letters from Ephraim Peabody to John Bellows, James Freeman Clarke, Harm Jan Huidekoper, and King's Chapel, 1831-1854 and undated; letters from Andrew Preston Peabody to Ephraim Peabody, 1844-1860; miscellaneous papers, including sermon, documents re pews at King's Chapel, and other papers

Biographical / Historical

Ephraim Peabody (1807-1856) was born in Wilton, New Hampshire, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1827 and from Harvard Divinity School in 1830. He served parishes in Meadville, Pennsylvania, Cincinnati, Ohio, and New Bedford and Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 1846 until 1855 he was the pastor of King's Chapel, Boston. He helped plan the Boston Public School system and was a founder of the Prudent Institution for Savings, a forerunner of modern savings banks. He also served as an editor of the Western Messenger.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Thorndike Endicott; received: 1945.

Related Materials

Also see related collection bMS 539.

Peabody, Ephraim, 1807-1856. Papers: 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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