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bMS 546

Cummins, Robert, 1897-1982. Papers, 1932-1978: A Finding Aid.

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


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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 546
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Cummins, Robert, 1897-1982.
Title: Cummins, Robert, 1897-1982. Papers, 1932-1978.
Date(s): 1932-1978.
Date(s): 1940
Date(s): 1946
Date(s): 1953
Date(s): 1964
Quantity: 4 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Universalist minister Robert Cummins, the bulk of which is sermons, as well as a manuscript. The papers span 1932-1978.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of John Cummins, 1987.


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Related Materials

For related collections, please see bMS 420.

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 mainly of sermons given by Robert Cummins, arranged alphabetically. Some sermons folders include information on when and where they were delivered. The collection also contains a typewritten manuscript entitled "A Religion for the Ages, or Resources I Have Found in Universalism, or Why—in These Days—a Universalist Church?, or A Faith in Search of a Church."

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