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Merton's Correspondence with:

Rev. John Whitman Sears; Rev. John Sears

Sears, John Whitman, Rev., 1906-2000  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1962
Volume: 3 item(s); 6 pg(s)

Scope and Content


The Rev. John Whitman Sears was a psychologist and Universalist minister. He was born in Lawrence, Kansas, but moved with his family to California. He returned to the University of Kansas for college and was afterward ordained a minister. His ministry led him to North Carolina and back to Kansas where he left the ministry for social work. During the Great Depression, he moved with his family to San Carlos, California, studying psychology. He later moved to San Mateo where he joined his brother in a business of counseling and psychology, and from there he writes to Merton. (Source: "In Memoriam: Unitarian Universalist Ministers 2000-2001." Website of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Accessed 21 April 2006. ‹›.)

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Related Information and Links

See also Cold War Letters #89 and other published letters from Merton to Sears in Witness to Freedom, pp. 303-306.

Series List

This Record Sub-Group is not divided into Series and is arranged chronologically.

Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1962/06/23 transcript from Merton Thanks for your paper on the Arms Race as a Chain Reaction. I think it has a lot of very good [Cold War Letters #89 - transcript from bound set] «detailed view»
2. 1962/09/05 TALS to Merton There has been a long lapse of time since I received your friendly note of June 23rd. «detailed view»
3. 1962/11/12 TL[c] from Merton I hope you haven't given up waiting for an answer. The fact that I waited so lon[g] is a sign that «detailed view»

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