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1.2 cubic feet (5 document boxes, 3 microfilm reels)
These papers include letters, sermons, lecture materials, catalogues, and a poem.
Biographical / Historical
James Walker was born to John Walker and Lucy (Johnson) Walker on August 16, 1794 in what was then Woburn,Massachusetts (later to become a part of Burlington). Walker attended the Lawrence Academy in Groton, Massachusetts (1807-1810) and graduated from Harvard University in 1814. After graduation, Walker taught for one year at the Phillips Exeter Academy and then returned to Harvard University to study at the Divinity School (A.M. 1817).
Walker spent the next twenty years as a Unitarian minister for the Harvard Church in Charlestown,Massachusetts. A well respected preacher, Walker became a leader in the Unitarian movement. He helped organize the American Unitarian Association (1825), contributed to American Unitarian Tracts, and edited the Unitarian movement's journal, the Christian Examiner, from 1831 to 1839. In his writings, Walker discussed various philosophical questions involving ethical theory, natural religion, and phrenology. His most important work was The Philosophy of Man's Spiritual Nature in Regard to the Foundation of Faith (1834), a combination of several philosophical arguments supporting the existence of God.
Walker married in 1829 to Catherine Bartlett (1798-1868). They had no children.
Series and subseries in the Collection
- ___College Letters
- ___Loose Harvard Correspondence
- ___Personal Correspondence
- Library Catalogues
- Lectures on the New Testament
- Battle of Lexington
- 1875 James Walker
- 1919 Henry Wilder Foote II
- 1930 Harold P. Johnson
- 1935 Friends of the Library
- 1936 Philip Spaulding
- 1946 Emily Hallowell
- 1952 Edward J. Berrays
- 1961 Mrs. Henry J. Wheelwright
- Accession number: 11345; 1988 March 4
- Accession number: 12010; 1990 July 20
- Accession number: 13251; 1995 December 11
- Accession number: 13352; 1996 June 26
- Accession number: 13745; 1998 April 21
Published versions of the documents in this collection are noted in the folder lists.
- Walker, James, 1794-1874. Papers of James Walker : an inventory
- Harvard University Archives
- EAD ID
Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository
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