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bMS 591

Thompson, Donald Alexander. Papers, 1911-1985: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 591
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Thompson, Donald Alexander.
Title: Thompson, Donald Alexander. Papers, 1911-1985.
Date(s): 1911-1985.
Quantity: 12 boxes
Abstract: Papers of minister and director of graduate studies at Florida Southern College Donald Alexander Thompson (1906-1985) including subject files relating his life and work and sermons of his father George Thompson.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Leila Thompson.

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Donald Alexander Thompson (1906-1985) graduated from Tufts University in 1926 and Meadville Theological School in 1951. He was ordained to the Unitarian ministry in 1951 and the Universalist ministry in 1953. He worked in Washington, D.C., for over 10 years in the Works Progress Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Office of the Army Chief of Chaplains. After World War II, he was the director of graduate studies at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, and he served numerous parishes throughout the Midwest and South. While serving the First Parish of Jackson, Mississippi, he was shot and seriously injured at his home in 1965; the shooting was attributed to his civil rights work.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

The bulk of this collection is made up of an alphabetical listing of subjects relating to the life and work of Thompson. There are also two boxes containing the sermons of George Thompson, father of Donald Thompson. The sermons date from 1911 to 1942. Finally, the collection contains cards sent to Thompson after his shooting in 1965; cards sent to his wife, Leila Thompson, after his death in 1985; and some artifacts.

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