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bMS 194

Haney, Robert W. Papers, 1953-2002: A Finding Aid.

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


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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 194
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Title: Haney, Robert W. Papers, 1953-2002.
Date(s): 1953-2002
Quantity: 19 boxes
Abstract: Collection consists of sermons written by Unitarian Universalist minister Robert W. Haney.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Unitarian Universalist Theodore Parker Church, 2013.

Processing Information:

Processed by Tamira Beth Stevens, March 2014.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Robert William Haney (October 1, 1934-August 14, 2005) was born in Fall River, Massachusetts. He received his AB from Harvard College in 1952 and BD from Harvard Divinity School in 1959. He was ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister on January 10, 1960 by the Society of the First Church in Boston. Haney served the First and Second Church in Boston (1960-1981) and the Theodore Parker Unitarian Church in West Roxbury, Massachusetts from 1981 until his retirement in 2001, when he was named Minister Emeritus. Rev. Haney taught courses in religion, philosophy, and history at Emerson College from 1965 to 1975. He is the author of Comstockery in America: Patterns of Censorship and Control (1960).

Scope and Contents

This collection contains sermons written by Haney, as well as a few of his other writings and some ministerial material. The sermons fall into two parts, the first being what he called his early sermons, which are filed chronologically from 1953-1971. The rest of the sermons are arranged alphabetically, covering the time span of 1969-2000. Most of the sermons are in envelopes which include orders of service, handwritten notes, correspondence, and clippings from newspapers and magazines. The ministerial materials contain thank you notes, funeral cards, wedding invitations, clippings, and one photograph of Haney baptizing a child.

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