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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 466

Wilbur, Earl Morse, 1866-1956. Notebooks, 1887-1890

Collection consists of five notebooks which contain lecture notes transcribed by Wilbur on several courses given at Harvard Divinity School while Wilbur was a student there.


  • 1887-1890


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This collection consists of five notebooks containing Wilbur’s lecture notes on Harvard Divinity School courses taken while he was a student there: Joseph Henry Thayer’s lecture on the New Testament (1887-1890); David Gordon Lyon’s lectures on the history of Israel (1888-1889); Crawford Howell Toy’s lectures on the history of the religion of Israel and lectures on the Old Testament (1888-1890); Ephraim Emerton’s lectures on church history (1887-1889); Charles Carroll Everett’s lectures on comparative religion and theology (1888-1890); Francis Greenwood Peabody’s lectures on the philosophy of religion and lectures on the practical ethics of social reform (1888-1890); and George Herbert Palmer’s lectures on philosophy (1887-1888).

Biographical / Historical

Earl Morse Wilbur (April 26, 1866-January 8, 1956) was born in Jericho, Vermont. Wilbur trained for the Congregational ministry at Harvard Divinity School, 1887-1890. He graduated with a double degree: an S.T.B. from the Divinity School and an A.M. in philosophy from Harvard College. He was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in 1892 and served parishes in Portland, Oregon, and Meadville, Pennsylvania. From 1904 to 1931, he was dean and president of the Pacific Unitarian School, now the Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. He was a preeminent scholar of Unitarian history, publishing three volumes, Our Unitarian Heritage (1925), History of Unitarianism: Socianism and Its Antecedents (1945), and History of Unitarianism: In Transylvania, England and America to 1900 (1952).

Acquisition Information

These notebooks were a gift from Earl Morse Wilbur.

Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 119

Processing Information

Processed by Fran O'Donnell, 2015.
Link to catalog
Wilbur, Earl Morse, 1866-1956. Notebooks, 1887-1890: 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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