A. Powell Davies in the Nation’s Capital: Bringing the Past to the Present

Meadville Lombard’s extensive A. Powell Davies holdings include his personal papers, over 400 sermons and speeches, a dozen scrapbooks, church records from All Souls, and forty years of personal and professional correspondence. Archivist John Leeker, joined by Denny Davidoff, and Madeleine Robins, will present highlights from the Davies collection to explore Davies’s vital role in the religious, intellectual, and political life of mid-century Washington. A discussion will follow about how the use of archival resources, such as the Davies collection, can illustrate to a non-specialist audience the important role that Unitarian Universalism has played in American history. Denny Davidoff will speak from a lay leader’s perspective about how easy access to archival resources can be a valuable addition to congregational life and how archives can nurture a deeper awareness of the rich and diverse history of Unitarian Universalism. The workshop will conclude with a brief overview of other historically significant Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist holdings at Meadville Lombard and how these archives can serve a resource for the Unitarian Universalist community.