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bMS 602

Attwood, Luther Weston, 1857-1932. Diaries, 1892-1932: 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 602
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Attwood, Luther Weston, 1857-1932.
Title: Attwood, Luther Weston. Diaries, 1892-1932.
Date(s): 1892-1932.
Quantity: 1.33 linear feet (25 volumes)
Abstract: Diaries kept by Universalist minister Luther Weston Attwood (1857-1932).

Acquisition Information:

Collection purchased from Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Philadelphia, PA, November 2004.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Related Materials

For related collection, please see the papers of Isaac Wallace Cate in bMS 177.

Biographical / Historical

Luther Weston Attwood (1857-1932) was born in West Minot, Maine. He graduated from Tufts College in 1891, and was ordained a Universalist minister at Tufts that same year. He became pastor of the Second Universalist Church in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, in 1891, where he remained for twenty-one years. He married Mary Harris Shaw in 1899. Attwood was also a pastor in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and in Abington, Massachusetts. He retired from Abington in 1930.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of twenty-five diaries kept by Attwood from 1892 to 1932. Each diary represents one year, with the exception of the last volume, which represents the years 1929-1932. There are no diaries for the years 1894, 1895, 1897, 1917-1921, and 1924-1928. The diaries record Attwood's church work with named parishioners and colleagues, related statistics (e.g., attendance numbers, dollar amounts); his social interactions with other individuals; references to his missionary work in Japan; chronicles of his travels; and his thoughts and emotions on a number of other subjects.

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