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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 534

Pomeroy, Vivian T. (Vivian Towse), 1883-1961. Papers, 1904-1961.


Papers of Unitarian minister and children's book author Vivian Towse Pomeroy (1883-1961) including sermons, essays, stories, correspondence, worship materials, scrapbooks, journals, and diaries. The collection also includes materials of his wife Dorothy Tremayne Pomeroy.


  • 1904-1961.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


19 boxes

This collection is divided into six series. Series I consists of sermons, essays, and stories by Vivian Pomeroy and his wife, Dorothy Tremayne Pomeroy. Series II is correspondence, the bulk of which includes correspondence with Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and his wife Marion. Series III consists of worship materials such as orders of service and prayers. Series IV is comprised of scrapbooks compiled by Pomeroy. These scrapbooks consists of quotations, essays, and clippings. Series V contains journals and diaries, mainly by Vivian Pomeroy, but also by Dorothy Pomeroy. Series VI consists of biographical material on both Vivian and Dorothy Pomeroy.

Biographical / Historical

Vivian Towse Pomeroy (1883-1961) graduated from Wadham and Mansfield College, Oxford University in 1908 and 1911 respectively. He was ordained to the Congregational ministry in 1911 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. He came to the United States in 1923 and was received into full fellowship in the American Unitarian Association in 1926. Upon his arrival to the United States, he served the First Congregational Parish (Unitarian) in Milton, Massachusetts from 1924 until his retirement in 1954. Pomeroy was also the author of numerous children's books including The Legends of Lumb Lane (1923), Enchanted Children: Twenty Five-Minute Tales (1925), and Kings, Donkeys, and Dreams (1937).


Organized into the following series:

  1. Correspondence regarding collection
  2. Series I. Sermons, essays and stories by Vivian and Dorothy Tremayne Pomeroy
  3. Series II. Correspondence
  4. Series III. Worship
  5. Series IV. Scrapbooks
  6. Series V. Journals/Diaries
  7. Series VI. Biography

Acquisition Information

Gift of Geraldine Pomeroy, 1985.

Pomeroy, Vivian T. (Vivian Towse), 1883-1961. Papers, 1904-1961: 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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