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bMS 200

Van Schaick, John, 1873-. Papers, 1897-1948: 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 200
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Title: Papers, 1897-1948.
Date(s): 1897-1948.
Date(s): 1897-1948
Quantity: 4 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Universalist minister, John van Schaick, including sermons, correspondence, writings, and biographical material. The papers span 1897-1948.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1978.


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Biographical / Historical

John Van Schaick (1873-1949) was born in Cobleskill, New York. He received his AB from Union College in 1894 and was awarded an honorary DD from St. Lawrence University in 1910. He was ordained at the Church of Our Father, Universalist, in Washington, D.C., in 1901, where he served as pastor until 1918. In 1915, under a leave of absence from his church, he worked under the Rockefeller War Relief Commission and was then appointed commissioner for Belgium under the American Red Cross. His work as commissioner earned him Belgium's highest honor, the Order of Leopold. He also served as editor of the Universalist Leader from 1922 to 1945. Van Schaick is the author of The Little Corner Never Conquered (1921), Cruising Around a Changing World (1923), The Community Within the Walls (1934), and Characters in Tales of a Wayside Inn (1939).


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into four series. Series I contains sermons, 1897-1948, arranged chronologically. The sermons are all handwritten and most contain information on where the sermons were delivered. Series II consists of other writings such as essays, lectures, and miscellaneous fragments. Series III is correspondence, arranged alphabetically by correspondent with family letters and unidentified letters at the end. Series IV is biographical material on Van Schaick, including newspaper clippings and photographs.

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