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bMS 703

Pedersen, Walter Beckman. Papers, 1912-1959: 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 703
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Pedersen, Walter Beckman.
Title: Pedersen, Walter Beckman. Papers, 1912-1959.
Date(s): 1912-1959.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes (.45 linear feet)
Abstract: Papers of Unitarian minister Walter Beckman Pedersen. The collection includes sermons, administrative material, academic papers, poetry, and notes.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of R. Leigh Fitzgerald, 1995.

Processing Information:

Processed by Rachel Adler, 2010


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Beckman Pedersen (1906-1959) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from New York University in 1930 and from Harvard Divinity School in 1933. He married Rebecca Pickering Fitzgerald in June 1933, and was ordained as a Unitarian minister in September 1933 in Lebanon, New Hampshire. He served pastorates in Lebanon, New Hampshire, 1933-1936; Meadeville, Pennsylvania, 1936-1942; Cohasset, Massachusetts, 1942-1945; and Birmingham, Michigan, 1958-1959. He toured with the Red Cross from 1945 to 1946, served as an education officer in the military government of Japan from 1946 to 1951, and was head of the Westchester and Cleveland Ethical Societies from 1952 to 1954 and 1954 to 1958, respectively. In addition to being a minister, Pedersen wrote poetry, and this collection contains some of his poems.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes sermons written by Pedersen, administrative material, academic papers, poetry, educational materials, notes for speeches and sermons, and notes on literature and the Bible. The collection follows the original order; the administrative material, poetry, and academic papers are organized chronologically and the sermons are arranged chronologically and thematically.


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