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Universalist General Convention of 1915: Further Resources

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Harvard Square Library is grateful to the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, for permission to put these documents online, and to Archives and Special Collections Librarian Frances O’Donnell for her assistance.

The original archival collection of these papers is part of the Universalist Church of America’s General Assembly Records in the Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library. Materials not presented here include other sources about the 1915 Pasadena convention, such as financial records, lists of the names of people interested in the convention, and other information.

Information about the collection can be found in the finding aid for “Universalist Church of America. General Assembly. Records, 1874-1960,” with the call number bMS 410. (The finding aid is available here.)

The relevant section of the finding aid lists the following folders of information, found in Box 1 of the collection and beginning with folder 5 (folders are listed in parentheticals).

Pasadena, 1915

bMS 410/1 (5) Programs.

bMS 410/1 (6) Report of Board of Trustees.

bMS 410/1 (7) Letters of greeting received.

bMS 410/1 (8) Tour to Pasadena for convention, itinerary and lists of interested people.

bMS 410/1 (9) “The Daily UGCWUMAYPCUSS.”

bMS 410/1 (10) Photos of convention.

bMS 410/1 (11) Miscellaneous papers, including list of attendants from East Coast.

Further Reading:

In addition to Frank Bisbee’s A California Pilgrimage (online here), two other online resources offer shorter descriptions of the 1915 Universalist convention. Scott Wells, blogger at Boy in the Bands, has written an engaging summary of the Convention. Eugene B. Navis, at the Universalist Herald, writes of “R.E. Moves West by Mai and Train R-XYZ,” in a short description of the Pullman adventure and convention that followed.