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Allen, Joseph Henry, 1820-1898. Correspondence: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 416
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Allen, Joseph Henry, 1820-1898.
Title: Allen, Joseph Henry. Correspondence, 1842-1897.
Date(s): 1842-1897.
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract: Correspondence of Joseph Henry Allen (1820-1898) Harvard Divinity School graduate (1840), professor, Unitarian minister, and editor.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Unitarian Universalist Association, 1970.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Henry Allen (1820-1898) was born in Northboro, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard College in 1840 and from Harvard Divinity School in 1843. He also received two honorary Harvard degrees, an A.M. in 1879 and a D.D. in 1891. He was ordained as a Unitarian minister at the Third Parish of Roxbury (later Jamaica Plain) on October 18th, 1843. He married Anna Weld in 1845, and in 1847 he moved to Washington, D.C. He later served congregations in Maine, Michigan, New York, and California. Allen served as the professor of ecclesiastical history at Harvard College from 1878-1882. In 1881 he was a delegate to an international council of Unitarian Churches in Kolozsvar, Transylvania. He published an extensive number of books and tracts, which include Hebrew Men and Times, the three volume Christian History, and Our Liberal Movements in Theology. He also served as editor of the Christian Examiner (1857-1869) and the Unitarian Review.

Scope and Contents

Letters to and from Allen. Includes letters from Theodore Parker, James Martineau, Russell Lant Carpenter, Henry W. Bellows, Frederic Henry Hedge, Edward Everett Hale and others.

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