Harrer, John. Collection of papers, 1912-1985.

Collection Information

Collection of John Harrer's papers, 1912-1985.


Congregational Library (Boston, Mass.)

Harrer, John A.




1 document case (0.14 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:


Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Collection of John Harrer's papers, RG5248. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.



Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Steytler, November 2014, using DACS Second Edition.


Intentional collection about John Harrer, former librarian and archivist at the Congregational Library. Material includes sermons, correspondence, gavel, essays.

Acquisition Information:

Material collected by the Congregational Library & Archives during or after Harrer's tenure at the library.


Historical Note

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.


Further Searches

Subject Headings

Harrer, John A.


Religion - Essays and miscellaneous.

Eliot, John, 1604-1690.

Lent - Essays.



Related Materials

American Congregational Association records, 1851-2014. (RG4360)

Congregational Christian Historical Society records, 1953-2008. (RG1187)

Photographs (Image Collection – People)



Arrangement is alphabetical.



  Date Box/Folder
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
Lent essay Undated B1/F4
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
Gavel   B1