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bMS 139

Helvie, Clara Cook, 1876-1969. Papers, 1902-1928: A Finding Aid.

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Call No.: bMS 139
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Helvie, Clara Cook, 1876-1969.
Title: Helvie, Clara Cook, 1876-1969. Papers, 1902-1928.
Date(s): 1902-1928.
Quantity: 1 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Unitarian minister Clara Cook Helvie (1876-1969) including articles, sermons, notes, and a typescript of Cook's "Unitarian Women Ministers," 1928.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1970.

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Biographical / Historical

Clara Cook Helvie (1876-1969) was born in Chaumont, New York. She graduated from Canton's Business College in Buffalo, New York. Upon her graduation, she worked as a secretary and accepted a position in Puerto Rico. She married in 1902 and spent the next eight years in the Philippines. Helvie was widowed in 1916, and began attending Meadville Theological School. She graduated in 1917 and was ordained as a Unitarian minister that same year in Wheeling, West Virginia. Over the course of her ministry, Helvie served parishes in Wheeling, West Virginia; Moline, Indiana; Milford, New Hampshire; and Westboro and Middleboro, Massachusetts, until her retirement in 1942. She was also the only female minister to take part at the dedication of the Unitarian headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 1925. In addition to her ministerial duties, Helvie corresponded with many Unitarian women ministers and compiled autobiographical information on them. The result of this was her work entitled Unitarian Women Ministers, which was completed in 1928.

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