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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 402

Place, Charles A. (Charles Alpheus), 1866-1940. Notebooks on church architecture and worship, c. 1928-1940.

Notebooks on church architecture and worship by Unitarian Congregational minister Charles Alpheus Place. The notebooks span 1928-1940.


  • 1928-1940.


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6 boxes

This collection consists of notebooks kept by Charles Alpheus Place on forms of worship, church architecture, and worship music.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Alpheus Place (April 7, 1866-November 17, 1940) was an authority on American church architecture and forms of worship. He was born in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and entered Harvard Divinity School in 1896. He was ordained to the Unitarian Congregational ministry in 1897 at Chelsea, Massachusetts. In addition to Chelsea, he served parishes in Gardner (1899-1902), Waltham (1902-1910), Sterling (1910-1916), and Lancaster (1917-1928), Massachusetts. In 1928 he retired from the ministry to devote the remainder of his life to the study of the architecture, forms of worship, and music of American churches. He published The Life of Charles Bulfinch: Architect and Citizen in 1925.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the American Antiquarian Society, 1979.
Place, Charles A. (Charles Alpheus), 1866-1940. Notebooks on church architecture and worship, c. 1928-1940: 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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