Formed in conversation with 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 humanist 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.
To tell the story of humanism, both within Unitarian Universalism and beyond it, we need your help. We are interested in materials that document humanism. This includes:
To best serve researchers decades into the future, the Humanist Special Collection requires that ownership of donated material be transferred to Meadville Lombard. While we prefer that copyright is transferred as well, we will work with donors who wish to retain copyright to ensure their needs and the needs of researchers are met.
If there are materials, both within personal papers and organization records, that are historically significant but would not be appropriate to make them immediately accessible to researchers, we will work with donors to create reasonable restrictions.
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