Church of Our Father (Unitarian), January 1915-1926

Collection: The Scrapbook Collection

Call No.: MG-434, Boxes 028-029

Title: The Church of Our Father (Unitarian), January 1915-1926

Dates: January 1915-1926

Extent: 2 volumes

Creator: [Milton Thomas Garvin, compiler].

Repository:  Lancaster County Historical Society (Pa.)

System of Arrangement:  The Church of Our Father (Unitarian), Book 1, January 1915

The Church of Our Father (Unitarian), Book 2, 1925-1926


Description:  These scrapbooks commemorate the centennial celebration of the founding of The Church of Our Father, a Unitarian church located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  They illustrate the beliefs within the religion and the stance on evolution and science.  The volumes contain newspaper clippings, church bulletins, event invitations, and congregation letters, both typed and handwritten. The church was involved in community efforts as well education, lectures and clubs.  Some of the Unitarian organizations are also mentioned such as the American Unitarian Association, National League of Unitarian Laymen, Unitarian Laymen’s League, and Men’s Liberal Club.  Prominent people within the church and religion that were mentioned were John B. Day, Rush and Zoë Shippen, Samuel Elliot, and Earl C. Davis. Others mentioned throughout the books were Milton T. Garvin, Nicholas Jozan, Arthur Coxon, Robert Sheridan Miller, Woodrow Wilson, Joseph Priestley, Henry Shippen, Edward Howard Griggs, Earnest Adams, Edward Reeman, Charles Riedel, Charles Henry Tucker, and Earl C. Davis.   Some of the articles give historical context with subjects such as woman’s suffrage and Woodrow Wilson. 


Note:  Loose newspaper articles have been photocopied.  Both the photocopies and loose ephemera have been removed from the books and placed into separate folders to prevent items from further damage.

Conditions for Access:  Book 1: Please fill out a call slip for viewing; Book 2: Please fill out a call slip for viewing.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  May not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition: Source unknown.


Subjects:  Garvin, Milton Thomas, ca. 1860-1936.

Shippen, Rush R. (Rush Rhees), 1828-1911.

Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.

Day, John W. (John William), 1861-1936.

Davis, Earl.

American Unitarian Association.

Unitarian Laymen’s League.

Unitarian churches — History.

Bible and evolution.

Works of art.



Church bulletins.



Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)

Lancaster County (Pa.) — History, local.


Custodial History: Previously housed in the Scrapbook Collection, Books 26 and 27.

Cataloged by: CRB, October 2007.

This project was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, ME60112, 2007-2008.