Graduates and Others Enrolled at Harvard Divinity School

In general, the library is the repository for historical information on the Harvard Divinity School. For information on living alumni, contact the Office of Development and External Relations.

The library will supply brief biographical information on students enrolled (both graduates and non-graduates) at Harvard Divinity School through the academic year 1919-20 from the General Catalogue of the Divinity School of Harvard University, 1920 (Cambridge: Published by the University, 1920 [Ref. BV4070.H44 1920]). Henry Wilder Foote was the editor of the 1920 edition. The editions of 1898, 1901, 1905, and 1910 were edited by the Rev. Robert Swain Morison. The edition of 1915 was edited by the Rev. Edward Hale. Note: Because this work was not updated after 1920, information on those in classes closer to the 1919-20 academic year are often incomplete. See sample entries.

In addition, very brief information about graduates only through the class of 1929 is found in the 1930 edition of: Harvard University, Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates. See a sample entry.

For this information, contact a research librarian

Some of these students have entries in the important reference sources for American Biography and/or American Religious Biography.

Some of these Harvard Divinity School students have printed biographies and/or autobiographies. Browse HOLLIS Classic under subject with last name first for the author and title of books about them. If you are not a Harvard library patron, search your own catalog for these works about them. If the book is not available locally, consider an interlibrary loan request. 

If we do not find someone in a Harvard listing, we can look in the equivalents to our General Catalogue for those listed as attending Andover Theological Seminary (1808-1927), Meadville Theological School (1844-1944), Newton Theological Institution and Andover Newton Theological School (1826-1943), Pacific Unitarian (now Starr King) School for the Ministry (1904-1929), Princeton Theological Seminary (1815-1996), and Union Theological Seminary (New York, 1836-1970), and can direct your inquiry to those institutions.

Note: Andover-Harvard Library is not the repository for Harvard Divinity School student records and files. These are kept at the University Archives. Note their policies and contact information. 


Sample Entries

Sample entries from the General Catalogue of the Divinity School of Harvard University, 1920. Cambridge: Published by the University, 1920. 

Ephraim Peabody. Grad.

b. Wilton, N.H., Mar. 22, 1807. A.B. Bowdoin Coll., Me., 1827; S.T.D., Bowdoin Coll., 1848. Meadville, Pa., May 1830-July 1831; Ord. Cincinnati, O., May 20, 1832-1836; New Bedford, May 24, 1838-Nov. 24, 1845; Boston (King's Chapel), Jan. 11, 1846-Nov. 28, 1856. d. Boston, Nov. 28, 1856.

See: "Sermons by Rev. Ephraim Peabody, D.D., Minister of King's Chapel. Boston, with a Memoir," Boston, 1857; "Heralds of a Liberal Faith," Vol. III, pp. 297-303, Boston, 1910. See also: "A New England Romance, the Story of Ephraim and Mary Jane Peabody, Told by their sons," 1920.

Benjamin Augustus Thacher. [Attended] 1 [year ending in 1898].
b. Machias, Me., Mar. 7, 1873. A.B., Yale Univ., Conn., 1897; A.M., Yale Univ., 1907. Res. Cape Giradeau, Mo. Teacher, Portland, Ore.

Sample entry from Harvard University, Quinquennial Catalogue of the Officers and Graduates.

S.T.M. [Harvard] 1925
Arlie Henry Krussell, A.B. Ohio Wesleyan Univ. 1921; S.T.B. Boston Univ. 1924.

Sample entry from The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England by Frederick Lewis Weiss (1936)

JOSIAH GOODHUE, A.B.,1 b. Stratham, N.H., 1729, son of Dea. Samuel and Abigail (Bartlett) Goodhue;2  H.C., 1755, A.B.;3 Ord. Dunstable, June 8, 1757; sett. Dunstable, 1757-1774; dism. Sept. 28, 1774; inst. Putney, Vt., Oct. 17, 1776; sett. Putney, Vt., 1776-1797;4 d. Putney, Vt., Nov. 16, 1797.

  1. The name is followed by the highest educational degree (usually A.B., A.M., or D.D.).

  2. Place and date of birth (or baptism) are followed by parents' names (mother's maiden name indicated in parentheses).  "Dea." in this example indicates that Goodhue's father was a "deacon," one of the two (the other being "ruling elder") lay offices traditional in congregational churches.

  3. 85% of the colonial clergy of New England graduated or attended college.  The following abbreviations are used in the listing of educational history (college attended and degree):

    • H.C. = Harvard College (57% of the college trained clergy graduated or attended Harvard)

    • Y.C. = Yale College (26% of the college trained clergy graduated or attended Yale)

    • Camb. = Cambridge University  (6% of the college trained clergy graduated or attended Cambridge)

    • Dart. = Dartmouth College

    • Other colleges listed are Princeton (also called the College of New Jersey, 3%), Oxford University (2.5%), Edinburgh, Brown, Glasgow, Dublin, Pennsylvania, Aberdeen, Columbia (also called King's College), and Geneva.

  4. In the history of ministerial settlement:

    • Ord. = ordained - a congregational minister is typically ordained in his first church

    • inst. = installed - a congregational minister is typically installed when he becomes the minister in churches beyond the first

    • name of the church is given by city only unless there is more than one church in that city; church is assumed to be "Congregational" unless otherwise indicated

    • if the city name is given without a state, it is Massachusetts

    • years of settlement, followed by reason for leaving (dismissal - usually a consensual process, etc.)