Universalism Collection

Universalism Collection

Collection Number: 
58
Collection Length: 
1.50ft
Period: 
1797 to 1991
Finding Aid: 

Universalism was brought to America by John Murray who preached his first sermon September 30, 1770 in Potter's Meeting House in Murray Grove, New Jersey. In 1779 Murray occupied the pulpit of the Independent Christian Church of Gloucester, Massachusetts, which was the first organized Universalist church in America. John Murray is often referred to as the "Father of Universalism in America". St. Lawrence University was founded in 1856 as a Theological Seminary with the corner stone of the first building laid by the eminent Universalist, Horace Greeley. The collection consists of booklets, magazines, pamphlets, photographs, sermons, and clippings all relating to the Universalist churches throughout the United States and written by Universalist clergy. Also included in the collection is material by Rev. Harold H. Niles, D.D. St. Lawrence Theological School class of 1914; his stories, sermons, and the Universalist Church General Conference Association minutes for 1805-1907 from the library of Rev. Dewitt Lamphear