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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 481

Gannett, Ezra Stiles, 1801-1871. Papers, 1824-1924.


Papers of Ezra Stiles Gannett, pastor of the Federal Street Church in Boston, Mass. including correspondence, printed sermons, and pamphlets.


  • Creation: 1824-1924.


1 box

This collection consists of correspondence, a diary, materials related to Gannett's ministry, and printed sermons and pamphlets. The diary was transferred from Historical Collections Pamph. BX 9843 .G3 Z91 on August 9, 2019.

Biographical / Historical

Ezra Stiles Gannett (1801-1871) graduated from Harvard College in 1820, and from Harvard Divinity School in 1823. He served as an overseer of the University from 1835 to 1858. Ordained in 1824, Reverend Gannett became an assistant minister at the Federal Street Church (Unitarian) in Boston and became its pastor in 1842, a position he held until his death in 1871. He was one of the founding members of the American Unitarian Association (AUA), and authored its constitution. Gannett served the AUA as its first secretary and as president from 1847 to 1851.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. General correspondence
  2. Series II. Gannett's ministry
  3. Series III. Gannett's printed sermons and pamplets

Related Materials

See related collection: bMS 375.

Gannett, Ezra Stiles, 1801-1871. 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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