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bMS 575

Foote, Henry Wilder, 1875-1964. Papers of Professor Henry Wilder Foote and Family, 1714-1959: A Finding Aid

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 575
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Title: Foote, Henry Wilder, 1875-1964. Papers of Professor Henry Wilder Foote and Family, 1714-1959.
Date(s): 1714-1959
Quantity: 127 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Daniel Appleton White (1776-1861); wives; children including of daughter Mary Wilder Foote (1810-1857) and son William Orne White (1821-1911), William's wife, Margaret Harding White, and their children. Papers of Caleb Foote (1803-1894), his children including sons, Arthur William Foote (1853-1937) and Henry Wilder Foote (1838-1889), Henry's wife, Frances Ann Eliot Foote (1838-1896), and children. Papers of Henry Wilder Foote II (1875-1964), son of Henry Wilder Foote, of his wife Eleanor Tyson Cope Foote (b. 1879), and son Arthur Foote (II). Miscellaneous papers of ancestral families of Henry Wilder Foote II and William Orne White, including the Deadmans, the Eliots, the Flaggs, the Footes, the Haynes, the Lymans, the Ornes, the Wests, the Whites, and the Wilders.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Gift of Professor Henry Wilder Foote, 1960.

Processed by:

Fernando Peña, 1996

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Professor Henry Wilder Foote (1875-1964) was a Unitarian minister who preached in congregations throughout the United States. He was an Associate Professor at Harvard Divinity School and served as secretary to the Divinity School faculty from 1914-1925. He also served as secretary to the American Unitarian Association from 1911-1914. Professor Foote was a highly regarded author, historian, and hymnologist. His publications include works about American history and hymnody as well as a hymnal widely used by Unitarian Universalist congregations.
The extended Foote family history has close ties with Unitarianism and with Harvard University. The elder Henry Wilder Foote married Frances Eliot Foote, the younger sister of Harvard President Charles W. Eliot.

Arrangement

The collection is organized by family and generation:

Scope and Contents

The collection includes twenty-two series (distinguished by the twenty-three individuals and ten families who were apparent owners and authors) of correspondence; journals; manuscripts of addresses and sermons; legal records; and some financial records. The bulk of the collection dates from the nineteenth century and documents the many and varied relationships between members of the extended Foote family as they lived, worked, and traveled around the world. The collection also depicts the work and relationships of New England religious leaders and the relationship between clergy and academia in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The correspondence and journal entries also reveal a perspective of the roles and relationships among the women of the extended Foote family in the family and in nineteenth century society. Some correspondence relates the role of Wilder and Hurd family members who participated in the war opposing the Guadeloupe Revolution in the early nineteenth century.

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