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bMS 1270

Jack, Homer Alexander. Papers, 1903-1967: A Finding Aid.

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


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 1270
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Jack, Homer Alexander.
Title: Jack, Homer Alexander. Papers, 1903-1967.
Date(s): 1903-1967.
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Unitarian minister, Homer Alexander Jack, including reports, correspondence, and minutes. The papers span 1903-1967.


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Biographical / Historical

Homer Alexander Jack (1916-1993) was born in Rochester, New York. He graduated from Cornell University with a BS in 1936, an MS in 1937, and a PhD in 1940. He also received a BD in 1944 and was awarded an honorary DD in 1971, both from Meadville Theological School. He served as minister of the Unitarian Church of Evanston, Illinois, from 1948 to 1959 and the Lake Shore Unitarian Universalist Society in Wilmette, Illinois, from 1984 to 1987. He was founder of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) in 1942; executive director of the Chicago Council Against Racial and Religious Discrimination from 1943 to 1948; vice chairman of the Illinois Division of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1946 to 1959; executive director of the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE) from 1960 to 1964; director of the Unitarian Universalist Department of Social Responsibility from 1964 to 1970; founded the United Nations Non-Governmental Committee on Disarmament in the early 1970s and headed the department until 1983; and was secretary-general of the World Conference of Religion and Peace from 1970 to 1983, when he became secretary-general emeritus. Jack was the author and editor of many published works, including Biological Field Stations of the World (1945), The Wit and Wisdom of Gandhi (1951), The Gandhi Reader (1956), World Religions and World Peace (1968), and Disarm or Die (1983).

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of material related to the various positions Homer Jack held with the American Unitarian Association and the Unitarian Universalist Association. The folders are arranged alphabetically, and they contain reports, correspondence, minutes, memoranda, newspaper clippings, and printed matter. Topics include Jack's involvement with the Department of Adult Education and Social Relations, the Unitarian Pacific Fellowship, the Unitarian Fellowship for Social Justice, and the Commission on Ethics and Social Action. The folders on Communism focus primarily on a controversy surrounding Stephen H. Fritchman, who was editor of the AUA journal The Christian Register from 1942 to 1947. Homer Jack believed that Fritchman was a Communist and that he was using his position at the AUA to further the aims of Communism.


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