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bMS 402

Place, Charles A. (Charles Alpheus), 1866-1940. Notebooks on church architecture and worship, c. 1928-1940: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 402
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Place, Charles A. (Charles Alpheus), 1866-1940
Title: Place, Charles A. (Charles Alpheus), 1866-1940. Notebooks on church architecture and worship, c. 1928-1940.
Date(s): 1928-1940.
Quantity: 6 boxes
Abstract: Notebooks on church architecture and worship by Unitarian Congregational minister Charles Alpheus Place. The notebooks span 1928-1940.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the American Antiquarian Society, 1979.

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Alpheus Place (April 7, 1866-November 17, 1940) was an authority on American church architecture and forms of worship. He was born in East Greenwich, Rhode Island, and entered Harvard Divinity School in 1896. He was ordained to the Unitarian Congregational ministry in 1897 at Chelsea, Massachusetts. In addition to Chelsea, he served parishes in Gardner (1899-1902), Waltham (1902-1910), Sterling (1910-1916), and Lancaster (1917-1928), Massachusetts. In 1928 he retired from the ministry to devote the remainder of his life to the study of the architecture, forms of worship, and music of American churches. He published The Life of Charles Bulfinch: Architect and Citizen in 1925.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of notebooks kept by Charles Alpheus Place on forms of worship, church architecture, and worship music.

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