Donating Unitarian Universalist Minister Papers

The Manuscripts and Archives Department of Andover-Harvard Theological Library collects the personal papers of Unitarian Universalist ministers and other Unitarian Universalists who have made significant contributions to the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Please contact the curator of manuscripts and archives (617.496.5153) before mailing any records to this office.

Listed below are some of the kinds of materials that the department collects (and does not collect). If you have records that are not mentioned in the lists below, or if you have any questions about what we collect, please contact the curator.

Materials that the department collects:

  • Biographical information

  • Orders of service

  • Sermons, addresses, presentations, etc.

  • Diaries

  • Oral history interviews (typescript or AV tape)

  • Correspondence which documents the ministry of the individual

  • Correspondence and other documents relating to professional organizations with which the minister has been involved

  • One copy each of reprints and/or published articles written by the minister

  • Photographs and other AV materials of the individual and the church where the minister served.

  • News clippings, articles, etc., that are specifically about the minister

Materials that the department generally does not collect:

  • News clippings, magazines, etc., that are not specifically about the minister

  • Personal family material, such as family photographs, correspondence, etc.

  • Information files used for reference and research that are not specifically about the individual

  • Personal financial records

  • Publications by other people

  • The Manuscripts and Archives Department does not collect books published by ministers, or books from the personal libraries of ministers. However, book selectors for Andover-Harvard Theological Library may be interested in acquiring these kinds of publications. Please contact the reference staff if you are interested in donating your books to the library.

Packing and Sending Your Records

Please do not attempt to organize or catalog the records before sending them to us. They can simply be removed from the file drawers in their original order, and shipped to us in whatever manner is most convenient. Please make sure folder titles are clear, and spell out all acronyms.

Please label the boxes as to their contents, and number the boxes consecutively. It is also helpful to provide a list giving a short description of the contents of each box (for example, Box 1, Rev. Harry Smith, Administrative Correspondence, 1987-1997).

Please do not pack the boxes too full; there should be enough room in the box for you to comfortably put your hand in it. If your files are in hanging file folders that have tags with information on them, please try to pack the folders so you can get the box closed. Putting the files in sideways may help with this.

It is not usually our policy to pay shipping costs, but contact us if that is an issue.

If you have any questions, please call this department. 

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