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The Universalist Convention of 1915: Photos and Letters

In addition to reports and programs, however, the archival record of the Universalist General Convention of 1915 gives a sense of the excitement and uniqueness of this event through letters sent to the convention as well as photographs of the event.

Photos of the Convention

General Universalist Convention, Pasadena, 1915, front. Courtesy of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Photo 1. General Universalist Convention, Pasadena, 1915. Courtesy of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Universalist Convention at St. Mark's Church, Los Angeles, under construction. July 6, 1915. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Photo 2. Universalist Convention at St. Mark’s Church, Los Angeles, under construction. July 6, 1915. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Back Side of photo of Universalist Convention at St. Mark's Church, Los Angeles, July 6, 1915. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Photo 2, reverse. Universalist Convention at St. Mark’s Church, Los Angeles, July 6, 1915. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA, July 1915. Photo by Elmo Robinson. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Photo 3. Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA, July 1915. Photo by Elmo Robinson. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Back side of photo of Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA, July 1915. Photo by Elmo Robinson. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Photo 3, reverse. Universalist Church, Pasadena, CA, July 1915. Photo by Elmo Robinson. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

 


Newspaper Images of the Convention

 

Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Angeles. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.


Letters Sent to the Convention

The Universalist General Convention received formal letters from all over the world (comparatively!), attracting words of greeting and good wishes from places as far away from Pasadena as Scotland, Nova Scotia, and Cuba. The letters also indicate some of the international reach of American Universalism in the early twentieth century.

To view a letter in a larger size, click on it to expand.  

Letters from James Stark, of Falkirk, Scotland

Letter 1 from James Stark of Scotland to Mrs. Minnie Ayers, of Rhode Island. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Letter 1 from James Stark of Scotland to Mrs. Minnie Ayers, of Rhode Island. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Letter 2 from James Stark of Scotland to Mrs. Minnie Ayers, of Rhode Island. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Letter 2 from James Stark of Scotland to Mrs. Minnie Ayers, of Rhode Island. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Letter from Charles Legal of Nova Scotia.

Letter from Charles Legal of Nova Scotia. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Letter from Charles Legal of Nova Scotia. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Letter from Jacob Straub, of Columbia on the Bay, Cuba (2 pages)

Page 1 of letter from Jacob Straub of Cuba to the Universalist General Convention. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Page 1 of letter from Jacob Straub of Cuba to the Universalist General Convention. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Page 2 of letter from Jacob Straub of Cuba to the Universalist General Convention. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

Page 2 of letter from Jacob Straub of Cuba to the Universalist General Convention. Courtesy of Andover-Harvard Theological Library.

 

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