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Guide to the First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn records ARC.109

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Container List

Series 4: John H. Lathrop Files., 1849-1960. 11.5 Linear Feet In 27 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize flat box.

Arrangement

The John H. Lathrop Files are arranged alphabetically by subject and material type.

Scope and Contents

The John H. Lathrop Files series contains the working and reference files of John H. Lathrop who served as minister to the First Unitarian Congregation of Brooklyn from 1911 to 1967. The series covers Lathrop's varied interests and prolific work. Lathrop's work within the Church and community can be seen through his sermons, correspondence, parishioners' files, and work with organizations like the Brooklyn Urban League which he helped found and managed as president for many years. As minister for the Church during both world wars, Lathrop was interested in the international peace movement. Lathrop was involved with various organizations which mobilized for peace like the War Resisters League, the Emergency Peace Campaign, and the National Peace Conference, which he headed. Lathrop was similarly interested in international aid and outreach and had files pertaining to humanitarian efforts in Germany, Spain, Hungary and other nations.

There are some records within this series regarding the First Church's connection to Unitarians in Transylvania and their church there. Several files also address Czechoslovakia and the Unitarian Service Committee trip there which Lathrop was a part of. The First Unitarian Congregation of Brooklyn had a special connection to Czechoslovakia as a former member of the Church, Charlotte Garrigue, had married the first president of Czechoslovakia, Tomas Garrigue Masaryk. Lathrop kept up correspondence with their daughter, Alice Garrigue Masaryk, one of the founders of the Czechoslovak Red Cross, and their son, Jan Masaryk, the Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia.

The series also contains a collection of reference material on various topics of interest to Lathrop including marriage, peace, labor and unemployment, religious freedom, liberal Christianity, and other related issues. These reference files consist of articles, pamphlets, and various materials from organizations Lathrop was interested in or with which he was tangentially involved. Lathrop's sermons deal with this broad range of topics as well, particularly ideas of liberal Christianity and its application in the world. Lathrop's work with like-minded organizations like the International Association for Liberal Christianity and Religious Freedom and the American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities can be found in this series.

Some files on Lathrop and documents created by him can be found in many other series within the collection, but particularly within the Ministers series which contains documents on his installation, organizations he served on the board of, and memorial services for his death.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Altar of All Faiths: Brahmo Samaj plaque, artist's sketch
Undated
Box: 22 Folder : 2-5 American Committee on Religious Rights and Minorities
1928-1944, 1951
Box: 22 Folder : 6 American League for Human Rights
1933
Box: 22 Folder : 7 American Legion

General

Includes signed letter from U.S. Senator Royal S. Copeland.

1934
Box: 22 Folder : 8-9 American Red Cross, Brooklyn Chapter
1921-1943
Box: 23 Folder : 1 American Unitarian Association
1919, 1933-1938
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Arab National League
1937-1947
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Articles (by Lathrop)
1930s-1940s
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Berkeley Unitarian Church
1906-1911
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Bhagavat Gita, Order of 80 Certificate
1899
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Bible Studies
1904, circa 1910s-1940s
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Book Reviews
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 23 Folder : 8 British Unitarianism
circa 1940s
Box: 23 Folder : 9 Brooklyn Interorganizational Council on Disarmament
1931-1934
Box: 23 Folder : 10 Brooklyn Urban League
1931-1939
Box: 23 Folder : 11 Channing, William
1937-1938
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Clippings
1920s-1930s
Box: OS 2 Folder : 2 Clippings: Abraham Lincoln's Assassination
1865
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Civic Committee for Adult Literacy
1932-1935
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Committee for World Disarmament and World Reconstruction
1951-1952
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Correspondence: A
1912-1944
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Correspondence: B
1900s-1950s
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Babel, Henry

General

Includes two letters from Adlai Stevenson.

1955
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Correspondence: Brooklyn Ministers
circa 1910s-1930s
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Correspondence: C-D
1910s-1940s
Box: 24 Folder : 9 Correspondence: E-F
1910s-1940s
Box: 24 Folder : 10-12 Correspondence: Family
1849-1912
Box: 25 Folder : 1-2 Correspondence: Family
1913-1945
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Correspondence: G-H
1910s-1940s
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Correspondence: I-L
1910s-1940s
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Correspondence: M-N
1910s-1930s
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Niebuhr, H. Richard
1937
Box: 25 Folder : 7 Correspondence: O-P
1910s-1940s
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Correspondence: R
1910s-1940s
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Correspondence: S-Z
1910s-1940s
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Taft, William H.
1921
Box: 26 Folder : 4-5 Czechoslovakia
1928-1952
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Czechoslovakia: American Relief for Czechoslovakia, Inc.
1947-1949
Box: 26 Folder : 7 Czechoslovakia: Correspondence
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 26 Folder : 8 Czechoslovakia: Endicott, NY
1951-1953
Box: 26 Folder : 9 Czechoslovakia: Masaryk, Alice Garrigue
1933-1953
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Czechoslovakia: Masaryk, Jan
1940s
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Czechoslovakia: Masaryk family
1939-1948
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Czechoslovakia: Olesovice Children's Home`
1946-1948
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Czechoslovakia: Unitarian Service Committee Trip

General

Moved to Oversize Box 3:

- One large sign in Czech for a sermon given by Dr. Lathrop, 1947.

- One small sign for the Unitarian Service Committee Medical Teaching Mission, Undated.

1946-1947
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Czechoslovakia: Unitarian Service Committee Trip: Clippings
1946-1947
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Czechoslovakia: Unitarian Service Committee Trip: Correspondence
1946
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Czechoslovakia: Unitarian Service Committee Trip: Personal Report of John Lathrop
circa 1946
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Dresser, Horatio
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 27 Folder : 9 Dresser, Horatio: The Quimby Manuscripts
1903, circa 1920s, 1960
Box: 28 Folder : 1 Eastman, Rebecca Hooper
circa 1937
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Emergency Peace Campaign
1936-1937
Box: 28 Folder : 3 Ephemera
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 28 Folder : 4 Field, Noel
1950
Box: 28 Folder : 5 Free Church Fellowship
1934-1936
Box: 28 Folder : 6 German Churches
1947-1948
Box: 28 Folder : 7 Germany: Relief for German Children
1924
Box: 28 Folder : 8 Greece
1928-1930, 1933
Box: 28 Folder : 9 Haspl, Karel
1952-1953
Box: 28 Folder : 10 Hosmer, Fred: Portrait and Pension Fund
1920-1925
Box: 28 Folder : 11 Hungary and Transylvania
1920s-1940s
Box: 28 Folder : 12 Hungary: Gabor, Gelei
1940s
Box: 28 Folder : 13 Hungary: Kossuth (including copies of articles from 1860's-1880's)
circa 1930s-1940s
Box: 28 Folder : 14 Hungary: Siklossy, Laszlo
1924-1934
Box: 28 Folder : 15 India
1935-1938, 1954
Box: 28 Folder : 16-17 International Association for Liberal Christianity and Religious Freedom (IARF)
1929-1941
Box: 29 Folder : 1-5 IARF
1946-1954
Box: 29 Folder : 6 IARF: Amsterdam
1948-1949
Box: 29 Folder : 7 IARF: Berne
1946-1948
Box: 30 Folder : 1 IARF: Lathrop Articles re:
1940s-1950s
Box: 30 Folder : 2 IARF: Society of Friends
1948-1949
Box: 30 Folder : 3 International Religious Fellowship
1946-1948
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Islam
1936, 1947
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Japan
1926-1929
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Journals and Accounts of European Trips
1900, 1902
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Kagawa, Toyohiko
1935-1936
Box: 30 Folder : 8 Krakes, Pavel
1948-1953
Box: 30 Folder : 9 League of Nations
1925-1926
Box: 30 Folder : 10 Lectures
circa 1920s-1940s
Box: 30 Folder : 11 The Living Faith of A Unitarian
1944
Box: 30 Folder : 12 The Living Faith of a Unitarian: Correspondence
1944-1945
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Mayor of Brooklyn Heights (Brooklyn Heights Press)
1941
Box: 31 Folder : 2 Melish, Dr. Howard
1931-1944
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Mexico
1935
Box: 31 Folder : 4 Mita, Edo
1953
Box: 31 Folder : 5 National Consumers' League Conference
1932-1933
Box: 31 Folder : 6-8 National Peace Conference
1935-1937
Box: 32 Folder : 1-5 National Peace Conference
1938-1940
Box: 33 Folder : 1 National Peace Conference
1941-1942
Box: 33 Folder : 2 New York University
1932
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Notebooks
Undated
Box: 33 Folder : 4-6 Notes
Undated
Box: 33 Folder : 7 Notes
circa 1930s
Box: 33 Folder : 8 Obituaries
circa 1920s-1940s
Box: 33 Folder : 9 Other Churches: Programs
1901-1945
Box: 34 Folder : 1 Parishioners Files: A-D
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 2 Parishioners Files: E-J
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 3 Parishioners Files: K-M
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 4 Parishioners Files: N-R
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 5 Parishioners Files: S-Z
1931-1936
Box: 34 Folder : 6 Parishioners Lists
circa 1910s-1940s
Box: 35 Folder : 1 Petitions, Letters, and Resolutions Signed
1950s
Box: 35 Folder : 2 Philippines
1940s-1950s
Box: 35 Folder : 3 Pioli, Giovanni
circa 1950s
Box: 35 Folder : 4 Poems, collected
circa 1910s-1950s
Box: 35 Folder : 5 Prayers
circa 1910s-1940s
Box: 35 Folder : 6 Prayers, collected
circa 1900s-1940s
Box: 35 Folder : 7 Quotations, collected
circa 1900s-1940s
Box: 36 Folder : 1 Quotations and Music, collected
1910s-1940s
Box: 36 Folder : 2-3 Reference: Czechoslovakia
1940s
Box: 36 Folder : 4 Reference: Eastern Europe (collected and bound articles)
1910s-1920s
Box: 37 Folder : 1 Reference: Eastern Europe, collected and bound articles
1910s-1930s
Box: 37 Folder : 2 Reference: Health and Hygiene
1930-1941
Box: 37 Folder : 3-4 Reference: Labor and Unemployment
1930s-1940s
Box: 38 Folder : 1-3 Reference: Liberalism and Related Causes
1930s-1940s
Box: 38 Folder : 4 Reference: Marriage, Birth Control and Family Counseling
1920s-1940s
Box: 39 Folder : 1-2 Reference: Marriage, Birth Control, and Family Counseling
1920s-1940s
Box: 39 Folder : 3-6 Reference: Peace and Foreign Policy
1920s-1940s
Box: 40 Folder : 1-5 Reference: Peace and Foreign Policy
1920s-1940s
Box: 41 Folder : 1-4 Reference: Peace and Foreign Policy
1920s-1940s
Box: 42 Folder : 1 Reference: Peace and Foreign Policy
1920s-1940s
Box: 42 Folder : 2 Reference: Theology and Philosophy
1920s-1940s
Box: 42 Folder : 3 Reference: Unitarianism
1900
Box: 42 Folder : 4 Second Unitarian Church
1913
Box: 43 Folder : 1-7 Sermons and Orders of Worship
Undated, 1914-1932
Box: 44 Folder : 1-4 Sermons and Orders of Worship
1933-1936
Box: 45 Folder : 1-6 Sermons and Orders of Worship
1937-1943
Box: 46 Folder : 1-4 Sermons and Orders of Worship
1944-1951
Box: 46 Folder : 5 Sermons, published
1940s-1950s
Box: 46 Folder : 6 Sermons: Radio Address
1925-1936
Box: 47 Folder : 1 Sermons, repeated (1 of 2)
1909-1936
Box: 47 Folder : 2 Sermons, repeated (2 of 2)
1909-1939
Box: 47 Folder : 3 Sixth Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion
1945
Box: 47 Folder : 4 Sixth Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion: Papers Presented
1945
Box: 47 Folder : 5 Spanish Refugee Appeal
1945-1950
Box: 47 Folder : 6 Student Christian Movement in New England
1937
Box: 48 Folder : 1 Theological Schools and Courses
circa 1900s-1940s
Box: 48 Folder : 2 Transylvania: Csiki, Gabrielic
1922-1923, 1934, 1938
Box: 48 Folder : 3 Unitarian Festival
1942
Box: 48 Folder : 4 UNESCO
1950-1952
Box: 48 Folder : 5 Unity Church: Directory
circa 1910s, 1947
Box: 48 Folder : 6 Universitat Jena
1902
Box: 48 Folder : 7 University of Chicago
1901
Box: 48 Folder : 8 Vit, Karl V.
1948-1952
Box: 48 Folder : 9 Wald, Lillian
1932-1934, 1940
Box: 48 Folder : 10 White, Alfred T.
1912-1919
Box: 48 Folder : 11 World Churches
1920s-1940s
Box: 48 Folder : 12 World's Fair, Temple of Religion
1937-1939
Box: OS 3 Folder : - Oversize Flat Box 3
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