Formed in conversation with the American Humanist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association, the Humanist Special Collection houses archival materials that document the growth and impact of humanism within both Unitarian Universalism and the larger world. The Humanist Special Collection contains personal papers from notable humanists, the records of humanist organizations and congregations, and collections centered around specific themes and events tied to humanism.
By making these documents accessible to students, researchers, and the larger Unitarian Universalist community, the Humanist Special Collection ensures that the full theological and intellectual diversity of Unitarian Universalism will be part of the archival record. The Humanist Special Collection also acts as a hub for humanism, humanists, and other non-theists at Meadville Lombard and as a resource for the ongoing growth and development of humanism.
With few exceptions, the entirety of the Humanist Special Collection is open to researchers. Archives staff will inform you if there are any donor placed restrictions on access to a particular collection.
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