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bMS 565

Alger, William Rounseville, 1822-1905. Notebooks, 1822-1905: 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 565
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Alger, William Rounseville, 1822-1905.
Title: Alger, William Rounseville. Notebooks, 1822-1905.
Date(s): 1822-1905.
Quantity: 1 boxes
Abstract: Notebooks and other items of Unitarian minister, abolitionist, and author William Rounseville Alger (1822-1905).

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Gary Scharnhorst, 1993.


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Biographical / Historical

William Rounseville Alger (1822-1905) attended Harvard Divinity School from 1844-1847. In 1848, he was ordained as a Unitarian minister in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where he served until 1855. He also served at the Bulfinch Street Church in Boston and, later at churches in New York, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Louisiana, and Rhode Island. He was a member of the Free Masons and was an active abolitionist, as noted in his 1857 Fourth of July address The Genius and Posture of America. He was a contributor to the publications Old and New and the Christian Examiner, the latter of which he co-edited during the 1860s. His major literary works included The Poetry of the East (1856) and A Critical History of the Doctrine of a Future Life (1860). He was interested in eschatological themes and his work contributed to the growth of the nascent study of comparative theology.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two series. Series I is comprised of William R. Alger's notebooks. Each notebook includes a handwritten title, and they are arranged alphabetically by this title. Series II consists of two miscellaneous items including the essay Religion and Science by an unidentified author, as well as an excerpt from Gary Scharnhorst's biography of Alger. This excerpt makes mention of 13 handwritten notebooks, 10 of which are in this collection.

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