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bMS 568

Holmes, Frank Orville, 1898-. Papers, 1919-1983: 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 568
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Holmes, Frank Orville, 1898-.
Title: Holmes, Frank Orville, 1898-. Papers, 1919-1983.
Date(s): 1919-1983.
Date(s): 1919-1971
Date(s): 1920-1980
Date(s): 1920-1983
Quantity: 60 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Unitarian minister Frank Orville Holmes, including addresses, sermons, correspondence, subject files, personal papers, notes, orders of service, and photographs. The papers span 1919-1983.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Priscilla Holmes, June 1994 and 2004


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Biographical / Historical

Frank Orville Holmes (1898-1983) was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received an AB degree from Macalester College in St. Paul in 1918, an STB degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1921, and a DD from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1957. He was ordained into the Unitarian ministry in 1921, and served settlements in Cambridge and Jamaica Plain (Boston), Massachusetts; Concord, New Hampshire; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His ministries included participation with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Urban League, the United Nations, and the Society for Propagating the Gospel Among Indians and Others in North America.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into eight series. Series I consists of addresses, mostly arranged chronologically. Series II contains sermons, arranged chronologically. Series III is correspondence, arranged alphabetically by correspondent with miscellany and personal correspondence at the end. Series IV collects Holmes's subject files, arranged alphabetically by topic, such as clergyman records, divinity school papers, and poetry. Series V contains personal papers, including letters and financial records. Series VI consists of sermon notes and quotations. Series VII is orders of service. Series VIII contains pictures, photographs, and awards relating to Holmes's family and ministries.

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