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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1428

William Ellery Channing papers


Papers of American Unitarian minister William Ellery Channing.


  • 1819-1852

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)
Chiefly letters to William Ellery Channing, including many from correspondents in Great Britain; letters and sermon notes by Channing; and letters to Channing's wife, Ruth Gibbs Channing. Also includes notes and documents of Ellis Gray Loring relating to the trial of Abner Kneeland for blasphemy, and bills and legal papers of William Ellery Channing.

Biographical / Historical

Channing was a Unitarian minister in Boston and the principal spokesman for the Unitarian movement in the United States.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

55M-245. Purchased with the Amy Lowell fund; received: 1956.
Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842. William Ellery Channing papers, 1819-1852: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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