Harrer, John. Collection of papers, 1912-1985.
Rev. John Archibald Harrer was born in Lakewood, New Jersey, in 1894. He attended the College of the City of New York and Union Theological Seminary. Upon graduation, he served several churches in New York State before becoming manager of the Pilgrim Press in Boston in 1943. He served as librarian of the Congregational Library from 1951 until 1963 when he became custodian of the Archives, a position he held until his death in 1985.
While at the library Rev. Harrer oversaw the acquisition of some 500 books and pamphlets acquired from Union Theological Seminary and took a course from Simmons College in cataloging. Under his leadership as librarian, the library's holdings to over 200,000 books and pamphlets. In 1984 he married Corinne Nordquest, one-time librarian here at the Congregational Library.
Scope of Collection
This collection contains correspondence, essays, a sermon, school memorabilia, a tribute to Harrer after his death, and a gavel.
American Congregational Association records, 1851-2014. (RG4360)
Photographs (Image Collection – People)
Arrangement is alphabetical.
|City of Cambridge tribute to John Harrer||1985||B1/F1|
|Correspondence, clippings||1922-1977, (gaps)||B1/F2|
|John Eliot essay, research, correspondence||1978-1979||B1/F3|
|Reverend Jose Glover and the Beginnings of the Cambridge Press, 2 copies||1961||B1/F5|
|School memorabilia||1912, 1916, 1971||B1/F6|
|Sermon, Peterborough, NH||1978 May 7||B1/F7|