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bMS 683

Baldwin, William Henry, 1826-1909. Papers, 1852-1909: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 683
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Baldwin, William Henry, 1826-1909.
Title: Baldwin, William Henry. Papers,
Date(s): 1852-1909.
Quantity: 1 collection (.35 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: William Henry Baldwin was a Boston philanthropist who was the president of the Boston Young Men's Christian Union from 1868 to 1907. The collection includes correspondence, documents concerning the Young Men's Christian Union, handbills and notices from charitable organizations, and various documents concerned with Baldwin's memorial service

Acquisition Information:

Purchased from Eveleigh Books and Stamps, Dover, Massachusetts, in December 2005.

Processing Information:

Processed by Scott Templin and Fran O'Donnell, April 2006.

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

William Henry Baldwin (October 20, 1826-June 8, 1909) was born in Brighton, Massachusetts. In 1850 he established Baldwin, Baxter and Company, an import business of woolen goods. During the Civil War he was an active member of the Ward 11 Boston Soldiers' Relief Commission which was dedicated to providing relief to the families and soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. He retired from business in 1868 and became the President of the Boston Young Men's Christian Union, a position he held until 1907. This union was founded as a society for the mutual improvement of young men in 1852. While Baldwin was best remembered for his work with this society, he was a well-known Boston philanthropist and was a member of a number of organizations. He served on the Boston School Board from 1870 to 1875; he was president of the Children's Mission to the Children of the Destitute; director of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; president of the National Unitarian Sunday School Society; vice president of the Unitarian Church Temperance Society; and a founder of the American Unitarian Association. He married Mary Frances Augusta on June 17, 1851, and the couple had nine children, including William H. Baldwin, Jr. (1863-1905), a noted railroad executive and trustee of the Tuskegee Institute.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Collection includes correspondence, documents concerning the Young Men's Christian Union, handbills and notices from charitable organizations in Boston, and various documents concerned with Baldwin's memorial service.

General

NOTE: The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

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