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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

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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.

Access:

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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