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bMS 451

Sperry, Willard Learoyd, 1882-1954. Correspondence, 1933-1955: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 451
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Sperry, Willard Learoyd, 1882-1954.
Title: Sperry, Willard Learoyd, 1882-1954. Correspondence, 1933-1955.
Date(s): 1933-1955.
Quantity: 1 boxes
Abstract: Correspondence of Congregationalist minister and dean of Harvard Divinity School Willard Learoyd Sperry (1882-1954).

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Conrad Wright, October 1981.

Related Materials

For related collection, please see bMS 80.

Biographical / Historical

Willard Learoyd Sperry (1882-1954) was born in Peabody, Massachusetts. He received his BA from Olivet College in 1903, an MA from Oxford in 1907, and another MA from Yale University in 1908. He was ordained a Congregationalist minister at the First Congregational Church of Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1908. Sperry served congregations in Fall River and Boston, until he resigned in order to serve as dean of the new theological school at Harvard University, a union of Andover Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School. When the union between the two schools was declared invalid, Sperry became dean of Harvard Divinity School in 1925. In 1928, he was appointed chairman of the Harvard Board of Preachers and Plummer Professor of Christian Morals. Sperry was also a prolific author and published numerous volumes, including The Paradox of Religion (1927), Religion in an Age of Science (1935), Religion and Our Divided Denominations (1945), The Ethical Basis of Medical Practice (1950), and Worship in an Academic Community (1951).

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