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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 538

Raible, Robert. Papers, 1913-1979.

Papers of Unitarian minister Robert Jules Raible (1899-1968) including sermons, worship materials, subject files on churches he served, special correspondence with prominent Unitarian Universalist ministers, general correspondence, family correspondence, journals and scrapbooks, and biographical files.


  • 1913-1979.


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33 boxes

This collection consists of sermons (1924-1975), worship materials, subject files on churches served, special correspondence with prominent Unitarian Universalist ministers, general correspondence (1917-1978), family correspondence (1918-1979), journals and scrapbooks, and biographical files.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Jules Raible (1899-1968) graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1921, Harvard Divinity School in 1925, and Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1929. In 1953, he received an honorary DD from Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, California. Ordained to the Unitarian ministry in 1925, Raible served First Parish in Cambridge and All Souls in Greenfield, Massachusetts. He was also minister at the First Parish in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Most of his ministry was spent at the First Unitarian Church in Dallas, Texas. He was a prominent leader in the Dallas community, serving as president of the Dallas Mental Health Association and the Dallas Council of Human Relations. Rev. Raible wrote a leaflet titled The Elements of the Unitarian Religion, which was distributed nationally by the American Unitarian Association. In 1957, he preached a sermon on integration, titled Advice to the Dallas School Board, which received national media coverage.


Organized into the following series:
  1. Series I. Biographical information
  2. Series II. Topical concerns
  3. Series III. Denominational affairs
  4. Series IV. Other ministers
  5. Series V. Churches and fellowships
  6. Series VI. Family correspondence
  7. Series VII. Special correspondence
  8. Series VIII. General correspondence
  9. Series IX. Worship materials
  10. Series X. Sermons
  11. Series XI. Scrapbooks and journals

Acquisition Information

Gift of Christopher and Peter Raible, 1983.
Raible, Robert. Papers, 1913-1979: 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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