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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 483

Dall, C. H. A. (Charles Henry Appleton), 1816-1886. Papers, 1836-1885.


Papers of Unitarian minister and missionary Charles Henry Appleton Dall including material on his ministry in Toronto and extensive papers relating to his missionary work in India.


  • Creation: 1836-1885.


9 boxes

Sermons, lectures, correspondence, clippings, and miscellaneous notebooks kept by Charles Dall. Includes material on his ministry in Toronto (1850-1854) and extensive papers relating to his missionary work in India.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Henry Appleton Dall (1816-1886) graduated from Harvard College in 1837 and Harvard Divinity School in 1840 and was then ordained to the Unitarian ministry. He was sent to St. Louis where he organized the first free school for the poor located west of the Mississippi River. Rev. Dall served Unitarian parishes in Maryland, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Ontario, Canada, until 1855 when he became the first foreign missionary of the Unitarian Church in America. Rev. Dall's missionary work took him to Calcutta, India, where he established five schools and worked with Hindu social and cultural reformers.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Lectures, 1836-1866
  2. Series II. Toronto sermons, 1850-1854
  3. Series III. Miscellaneous sermons
  4. Series IV. Correspondence
  5. Series V. Toronto, 1850-1854
  6. Series VI. India
  7. Series VII. Newspaper articles, 1851-1861
  8. Series VIII. Notebooks (in folders), 1852-1885
  9. Series IX. Notebooks, 1841-1882

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1981. Letter to George Leonard Chaney (box 4, folder 3) was purchased in 2009.

Related Materials

For additional papers, see bMS 124.

Dall, C. H. A. (Charles Henry Appleton), 1816-1886. Papers: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
Language of description

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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