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Formed in conversation with the UU 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 of major 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 non-theist at Meadville Lombard and is a resource for the ongoing growth and development of humanism.  

Donating Materials

If you are interesting in donating materials to the Humanist Special Collection, please contact the archivist.

Physical Collections

To use any of our physical collections listed below, please contact our archivist. In most cases, materials are only available for use on campus and in our reading room. In some cases, and within reason, we can scan selected material at your request and send you a high-quality scan of the item(s) you need. Because some of our materials are stored off-site, please contact the archivist at least two weeks before you need to use the materials.