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Richard P. Unsworth Papers, 1927 - (Bulk: 1900 - 2000)
20 document boxes, 3 media boxes (9.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Chaplain of the College and Professor of Religion. Contains biographical material, correspondence, photographs, speeches, and writings.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives except where noted in the finding aid.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote for the materials must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Smith College Archives
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Eminent minister, educator, and race relations activist, Richard Preston Unsworth (1927-present) served Smith College for more than fifty years as a member of the faculty and as Chaplain of the College. Unsworth came to Smith College after serving as the Assistant Chaplain at Yale University. First appointed an Associate Professor of Religion and Chaplain of the College in 1954, he left in 1964 to become the Dean of the William Jewett Tucker Foundation and Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College. During his tumultuous two years at Dartmouth, Unsworth was tasked with addressing several controversial topics including his personal activities with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, women's reproductive rights, and Vietnam.

Resuming his position as Chaplain of the College and Professor of Religion under President Tom Mendenhall, he saw his role as liaison between the college administration and students expand. In 1980 he assumed the role of headmaster at Northfield Mount Hermon preparatory school. In addition to strengthening the school's outreach and development program, he is credited with providing Northfield Mount Hermon with its reputation for minority inclusion and developing its resources in support of the curriculum.

Professionally, Unsworth was a noted figure in the development of ecumenical services across higher education campuses and the incorporation of ethics into rigorous cross-discipline curricula. He published numerous sermons, monographs, essays, and articles on a variety of contemporary He lectured widely and facilitated several national surveys across various institutions.

In 1949, he and Joy Merritt (1927-2014) were married. Joy was a graduate of Wheaton College and later completed her Master of Social Work in 1959 from Smith College. In 1975, after serving various roles in the Northampton Public School system, she was named the first public school psychologist in Massachusetts. In 1980 Mrs. Unsworth was appointed the director of special education for the Greenfield Public Schools where she worked tirelessly towards pathways and policies to achieve student integration until her retirement in 1989.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Richard P. Unsworth papers contain biographical materials, correspondence, photographs, speeches and writings spanning Unsworth's career.

This collection is organized into five series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Smith College Archives except where noted in the finding aid.

Restrictions on use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish or quote for the materials must be obtained from the Smith College Archives.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Richard P. Unsworth Papers, Box #, Smith College Archives

History of the Collection

The personal and professional papers of Richard P. Unsworth (1927-present) were acquired from Richard Unsworth in 2014.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Carron, Archives Specialist


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English French

Contents List
SERIES I: General



Curriculum Vitae
1946 - 1998

Box 1
Education: Harvard
restricted

Box 1
Education: Mount Hermon
1940 - 1979

Box 1
Education: Princeton
restricted

Box 1
Education: Yale
restricted

Box 1
Genealogy
n.d.

Box 1
Correspondence: children/grandchildren
1960 - 2013

Box 1
Correspondence: friends
1950 - 2013

Box 1
Correspondence: parents/siblings
1930 - 2000

Box 1
Correspondence: Joy Merritt Unsworth
1970 - 2000

Box 1
Correspondence: Richard Preston Unsworth
1950 - 2000

Box 1
Correspondence: Joy and Richard Unsworth
1950 - 2008

Box 1
Travel: Asia
1970

Box 2
Travel:Bonhoeffer/Westminster Abbey
1990

Box 2
Travel:Europe
1970 - 2008

Box 2
Travel:itineraries
1982 - 1986

Box 2
Travel:itineraries
1986 - 1987

Box 2
Travel:itineraries
1988 - 1989

Box 2
Travel:itineraries
1990 - 1991

Box 2
Travel:postcards
1975 - 2008

Box 2
Photographs
1900 - 2000

Box 2
Appointment Books
1970 - 1998

Box 3
SERIES II: Activities and Interests



Civil Rights
1960 - 1990

Box 4
Education
1950 - 2000

Box 4
General
1950 - 2000

Box 4
Music
1960 - 2000

Box 4
Race
1960 - 2000

Box 4
Sex
1954 - 1985

Box 4
Yad Va Shem
1985 - 2000

Box 4
SERIES III: Professional Life



American School of Tangier
1988

Box 5
Asia Society: general
1999 - 2000

Box 5
Asia Society:"Indonesia Study"
1999 - 2000

Box 5
Asia Society:"National Commission on Asia in the Schools"
2000 - 2002

Box 5
Berkshire School: administrative
restricted

Box 5
Berkshire School: correspondence
1994 - 1996

Box 5
Brown University - "The American University and the Pluralist Ideal"
1985 - 1987

Box 5
College Cevenol
1960 - 2000

Box 6
Connecticut College - "Review of the Chaplaincy at Connecticut College"
1986

Box 6
Crossroads Africa
1960 - 1966

Box 6
Dartmouth College
1965 - 1968

Box 6
Eaglebrook School: board of trustees
restricted

Box 6
Eaglebrook School: correspondence
1998

Box 6
Five Colleges - alumni
1970 - 1979

Box 6
Harvard University - library committee
1995 - 2010

Box 6
Khan Institute: "Anatomy of an Exile"
2000 - 2001

Box 7
Khan Institute:"Ecologies of Children"
1997 - 1998

Box 7
Khan Institute:general
1996 - 2003

Box 7
Khan Institute:"How American Children Lead Their Lives"
2001 - 2002

Box 7
Khan Institute:"Religion and Value Information in a Diverse Society"
1997 - 2000

Box 7
Landmark Volunteers
1993 - 1994

Box 7
Mount Holyoke College
1993 - 1998

Box 7
Mount Washington School
1953 - 1959

Box 7
Northfield Mount Hermon: administrative
restricted

Box 7
Northfield Mount Hermon:correspondence
1980 - 1995

Box 7
Northfield Mount Hermon:Ford Cottage
1980 - 1995

Box 7
Northfield Mount Hermon:newsclippings
1980 - 1995

Box 7
Smith College: administrative
restricted

Box 8
Smith College:"Afro-American Committee"
1985 - 1990

Box 8
Smith College:committees
1954 - 1979

Box 8
Smith College:correspondence
1970 - 1989

Box 8
Smith College:courses
1953 - 1979

Box 8
Smith College:courses
1996 - 1998

Box 8
Smith College:Otelia Cromwell Day
1998 - 2004

Box 8
Smith College:retirement and resignation
n.d.

Box 8
Williams School
1998

Box 8
Yale University
1949 - 1953

Box 8
Conway funeral
1995

Box 9
services
1950 - 1959

Box 9
services
1960 - 1969

Box 9
services
1970 - 1979

Box 9
services
1980 - 2010

Box 9
Mendenhall funeral
1988

Box 9
baptisms, funerals, and weddings
1950 - 1959

Box 10
baptisms, funerals, and weddings
1960 - 1969

Box 10
baptisms, funerals, and weddings
1970 - 1979

Box 10
baptisms, funerals, and weddings
1980 - 1989

Box 10
baptisms, funerals, and weddings
1990 - 2010

Box 10
baptisms, funerals, and weddings
n.d.

Box 10
SERIES IV: Writings



"Conscience in the Thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer"
1950

Box 11
"Doctrine of Vocation and the Problem of Work in Modern Society"
1962

Box 11
"Jonathan Edwards"
1960

Box 11
"Rethinking Childhood"
2004

Box 11
"Vanishing Absolutes"
1965

Box 11
various monographs and anthologies
n.d.

Box 11
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1950 - 1954

Box 12
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1955 - 1956

Box 12
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1957

Box 12
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1958

Box 12
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1959

Box 13
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1960 - 1961

Box 13
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1962 - 1964

Box 13
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1965 - 1966

Box 14
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1967 - 1968

Box 15
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1969

Box 15
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1970 - 1972

Box 15
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1973

Box 15
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1974

Box 15
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1975

Box 16
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1976

Box 16
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1978

Box 16
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1979

Box 16
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1980 - 1982

Box 16
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1983 - 1984

Box 16
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1985 - 1989

Box 16
sermons, speeches, and addresses
1990 - 2010

Box 16
sermons, speeches, and addresses
n.d.

Box 16
Trocme: bibliography
n.d.

Box 17
Trocme: correspondence (Annick Flaud)
2003 - 2005

Box 17
Trocme: correspondence (family)
n.d.

Box 17
Trocme: correspondence (family)
1993 - 2002

Box 17
Trocme: correspondence (family)
restricted

Box 17
Trocme: correspondence (miscellaneous)
n.d.

Box 17
Trocme: correspondence (publishers)
2005

Box 17
Trocme: photographs
1880 - 2008

Box 17
Trocme: publication
2012 - 2014

Box 17
Trocme: interviews
n.d

Box 18
Trocme: research notes
n.d

Box 18
Trocme: research notes
n.d

Box 18
Trocme: research trip
2001

Box 18
Trocme: research trip
2002

Box 18
Trocme: introduction - chapter 3
n.d.

Box 19
Trocme: chapter 4 - chapter 6
n.d.

Box 19
Trocme: chapter 7 - chapter 9
n.d.

Box 19
Trocme: chapter 10 - chapter 14
n.d.

Box 19
Trocme: chapter 15 - chapter 18
n.d.

Box 19
Trocme: draft
n.d.

Box 20
SERIES V: Audiovisual Materials



Trocme, Music, Family
1960 - 2008

Box 21
Northfield Mount Hermon
1980 - 1995

Box 22
Smith College
1960 - 2000

Box 23

Search Terms
The following terms represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. Use these headings to search for additional materials on this web site, in the Five College Library Catalog, or in other library catalogs and databases.

Subjects
  • Sex -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
  • Smith College--Faculty.
  • Smith College--Religious life
  • Trocme, Andre, 1901-1971.
  • Unsworth, Richard P.
  • World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France -- Le Chambon-sur-Lignon.

Genre terms
  • Account books.
  • Audiocassettes.
  • Letters.
  • Notebooks.
  • Photographs.
  • Sermons.


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