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Call No.: bMS 203
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: D'Orlando, Albert.
Title: D'Orlando, Albert. Papers, 1947-1998.
Date(s): May 18, 1969
Date(s): January 18 1976
Date(s): November 1947-October 1990
Quantity: 6 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Unitarian Universalist minister Albert D'Orlando, including sermons, addresses, annual reports, biographical information, and correspondence. The papers span 1947-1998.
Albert D'Orlando (1915-1998) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Tufts University and received an AB in 1944 and an STB in 1945. He also received an honorary DD from Meadville Theological School in 1996. D'Orlando was ordained as a Unitarian minister in 1945 in East Boston, Massachusetts, and served congregations in East Boston; Wilton Center and Milford, New Hampshire; and New Orleans, Louisiana. Upon his retirement in 1981, he was designated minister emeritus by the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, where he had served for 31 years. Rev. D'Orlando was a recipient of the Holmes-Weatherly Award in 1966 for social activism.
This collection contains material pertaining to Albert D'Orlando's ministry, particularly his work in the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans. Rev. D'Orlando was instrumental in integrating this church during the 1960s and his papers reflect this struggle and his participation in the civil rights movement (for a good overview, see folders entitled Annual Report, May 18, 1969, and Biographical Information, January 18 1976). The first five boxes contain sermons, arranged chronologically. The sermons deal with the civil rights movement, the Vietnam war, abortion, the death penalty, holiday themes, and historical figures. Box 6 contains addresses, annual reports, biographical information, correspondence, service material, and a few student papers, articles, and news releases. Addresses include radio addresses, primarily for station WTPS, and other public addresses dated November 1947-October 1990. Service material contains background material for sermons and Sunday services on various dates from 1953 to 1994.