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bMS 594

Eliot, Samuel A. (Samuel Atkins), 1862-1950. Papers: A Finding Aid.

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

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Call No.: bMS 594
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Eliot, Samuel A. (Samuel Atkins), 1862-1950.
Title: Eliot, Samuel A. (Samuel Atkins), 1862-1950. Papers, 1863-1961.
Date(s): 1863-1961.
Quantity: 17 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Unitarian minister Samuel A. Eliot including sermons, addresses, and othe writings; correspondence; subject files; and photographs.

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For related collections, please see bMS 135, bMS 496, and bMS 11183.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Atkins Eliot (1862-1950) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College in 1884 and Harvard Divinity School in 1889. He served Unitarian parishes in Denver, Colorado, the Church of the Saviour in Brooklyn, New York, and the Arlington Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. While in Denver he founded the Rocky Mountain Conference of the American Unitarian Association (AUA). In 1898 he became the secretary of the AUA, the executive of the association at that time. In 1900 the AUA made a shift in leadership and designated its executive officer as the president, a position held by Eliot until 1927. In 1925 he led a merger between the AUA and the National Conference of Churches that became the modern AUA. Eliot was the son of President Charles W. Eliot of Harvard University. His biography has been written by his brother-in-law, Dr. Arthur Cushman McGiffert, titled Pilot of a Liberal Faith: Samuel Atkins Eliot, 1862-1950; Skinner House book by Beacon Press, 1976, Boston.

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