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bMS 586

Damon, David. Papers, 1820-1845: 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 586
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Damon, David.
Title: Damon, David. Papers, 1820-1845.
Date(s): 1820-1845.
Date(s): 1838-1843
Quantity: 0.35 cubic feet (1 boxes)
Abstract: Papers of Unitarian minister David Damon, including journals, family papers, and obituaries. The papers span 1820-1845.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books and Manuscripts, November 2002.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Related Materials

For related collection, please see bMS 515.

Biographical / Historical

David Damon (1788-1843) was a Unitarian minister. He graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1811. He also helped found Cambridge's Harvard Lyceum, studied theology at the Andover Theological Seminary, and was pastor in Lunenburg, Massachusetts, from 1815 to 1827. He was pastor of the West Cambridge Unitarian Church (now the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington) from 1835 to 1843. In 1841, he gave the Dudleian lecture at Harvard.

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 14 of Damon's handwritten paper-bound journals, 1838-1843. These journals record Damon's contacts with his clerical colleagues, his family members, his work on particular sermons and Lyceum lectures, meetings of voluntary associations to which he belonged, and various other aspects of his personal and professional life. Newspapers with Damon's obituaries, pamphlets, sermons, and other documents are also included.

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