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bMS 420

Universalist Church of America. General Superintendent, Cummins, Robert, 1897-1982. Records, 1939-1969: A Finding Aid.

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 420
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Universalist Church of America.
Title: Universalist Church of America. General Superintendent, Cummins, Robert, 1897-1982. Records, 1939-1969.
Date(s): 1939-1969.
Date(s): 1940
Date(s): 1946
Date(s): 1953
Date(s): 1964
Quantity: 5 boxes
Abstract: Records of Universalist minister, Robert Cummins as related to his tenure as the Universalist Church of America's General Superintendent, including correspondence, writings, and material on past General Superintendents. The papers span 1939-1969.

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Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 546.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Cummins (1897-1982) was born in Sidney, Ohio. He received a BA from Miami University in 1919, an MA from the University of Cincinnati in 1921, and a ThM from the University of Southern California in 1937. He was ordained a Universalist minister in 1926. Cummins began his career as a teacher at the Boon-It Institute in Bangkok, Thailand. He returned to the United States in the early 1920s and served pastorates in Milford, Newton, and Montgomery, Ohio, before settling in Cincinnati in 1926. He moved to Pasadena, California, in 1932 to become pastor of Throop Memorial Universalist Church. From 1938 to 1954, he served as the general superintendent of the Universalist Church of America. Cummins retired from active ministry in 1953 and was called upon by President Eisenhower to head the U.S. State Department's International Cooperation Administration. From 1960 to 1961 he served as president of the Universalist Church of Maine. He is also the author of Religious Implications of the Democratic Process (1940), Parish Practice in Universalist Churches: Manual of Organization and Administration (1946), The Universalist Church of America (1953) and Excluded: The Story of the Council of Churches and the Universalists (1964).

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Universalist Church of America General Superintendent and personal correspondence, both arranged chronologically, as well as miscellaneous General Superintendent papers, including expense records, travel schedules, and reports. The collection also contains writings, such as articles and leaflets, as well as material on past General Superintendents and an audiocassette of an interview with Cummins conducted by Carl Seaburg and Theodore Webb.

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