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bMS 127

Pennington, Leslie Talbot, 1899-1974. Correspondence: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 127
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Pennington, Leslie Talbot, 1899-1974.
Title: Pennington, Leslie Talbot, 1899-1974. Correspondence, 1935-1944.
Date(s): 1935-1944.
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: Correspondence of Unitarian minister Leslie Talbot Pennington concerning Pennington's many administrative and pastoral duties while he was pastor of First Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts; received: 1974.

Biographical / Historical

Leslie Talbot Pennington (1899-1974) graduated from Earlham College in 1922 and Harvard Divinity School in 1926. Ordained in 1926, Pennington served Unitarian parishes in Cambridge, Lincoln, Braintree, and West Newton, Massachusetts; Chicago, Illinois; and Ithaca, New York. He served on the American Unitarian Association Board of Directors from 1936 to 1938 and again from 1956 to 1958. In 1947 he became the chairman of the Unitarian Commission on Church Union, a committee to study and move toward merger with the Universalist denomination. The Rev. Pennington also founded the Greenfield Group, an intellectual retreat for ministers.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of copies of Pennington's outgoing correspondence and original correspondence he received, arranged chronologically. This correspondence is largely concerned with Pennington's many administrative and pastoral duties while he was pastor ofFirst Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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