Robert Leavens papers, 1926-1965 Rauner Manuscript MS-855

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Robert Leavens papers

Call Number:

Rauner Manuscript MS-855

Collection Dates:


Size of Collection:

1.75 linear ft., 2 boxes


Robert F. Leavens (1878-1961), Unitarian minister. Dartmouth College Class of 1901. The collection contains correspondence, notes, drafts, and typescripts for Leavens projected book of the speeches and writings of William Jewett Tucker and his published volume, "Dr. Tucker's Dartmouth "(1965) that was completed after his death by Arthur Hardy Lord.

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Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Conditions Governing Access


Conditions Governing Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Robert F. Leavens consist of correspondence, notes, drafts and typescripts of his projected book "Collected Addresses and Writings of William Jewett Tucker," and the published monograph "Dr. Tucker's Dartmouth" (1965), a volume which was completed by Arthur Hardy Lord after Leavens' death. Correspondence with Ernest Martin Hopkins, and Edward Connery Lathem regarding both works is also included. The collection also contains transcriptions of Tucker's correspondence and the essay, "Some Men of Dartmouth," which profiles Samuel Colcord Bartlett, John King Lord, Alonzo Hall Quint, Carleton Pennington Frost, Hiram Hitchcock and Francis Brown.


Robert French Leavens was born on December 20, 1878, in Arlington, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1901, and received the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Unitarian ministry at Harvard in 1906. From 1906-1908, Leavens was assistant at the Arlington Street Church, Boston. He then served as minister of the First Parish in Fitchburg, Mass., 1908-1916, First Unitarian Church, Omaha, Nebraska, 1916-1921, and the First Unitarian Church, Berkeley, California, 1921-1925. In 1937, Leavens became Associate Professor and Chaplain of Mills College, where he served until his retirement in 1937. After retirement, Leavens devoted himself to writing. He published two volumes of "Great Companions," as well as "Let Us Pray" (1939). He also worked on a biography of William Jewett Tucker under whom he had studied at Dartmouth College. Leavens had a lifelong devotion to the College for which he was recognized with the Alumni Award in 1957. Leavens died in 1961.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, 1903-1961

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Correspondence: Ernest Martin Hopkins, 1932-1957
  • Folder: 2, Correspondence: Ernest Martin Hopkins, 1957-1958
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence: Edward Connery Lathem, 1960-1961
  • Folder: 4, Correspondence: Miscellaneous, 1926-1949
  • Folder: 5, Notes on Tucker, undated
  • Folder: 6, Annotated draft of "Collected Addresses...", undated
  • Folder: 7, Tucker portraits (photocopies), undated
  • Folder: 8, Correspondence: William Jewett Tucker to Ernest Martin Hopkins (typescript copies), 1903-1921
  • Folder: 9, Abstracts of Tucker's works, undated
  • Folder: 10, Abstracts of Tucker's works, undated
  • Folder: 11, Abstracts of Tucker's works, undated
  • Folder: 12, Abstracts of Tucker's works, undated
  • Folder: 13, Abstracts of Tucker's works, undated
  • Folder: 14, Bibliography, 1938
  • Folder: 16, Typescript of book, undated
  • Folder: 17, Manuscript not used or revised, undated
  • Folder: 18, Scrapbooks, undated
  • Folder: 15, Biographical data, undated
  • Folder: 19, Sources, undated
  • Folder: 20, Subjects, A-D, undated
  • Folder: 21, Subjects, E-H, undated
  • Folder: 22, Subjects, I-O, undated
  • Folder: 23, Subjects, P-S, undated
  • Folder: 24, Subjects. T-Z, undated
  • Folder: 25, Tributes to Tucker, undated
  • Folder: 26, Tributes to Tucker, undated
  • Folder: 27, Tributes to Tucker, undated
  • Folder: 28, Tucker correspondence (transcribed), A-F, undated

Box: 2, undated

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Tucker correspondence (transcribed), G-L, undated
  • Folder: 2, Tucker correspondence (transcribed), M-Z, undated
  • Folder: 3, Tucker correspondence (transcribed), Hopkins, undated
  • Folder: 4, Tucker correspondence (transcribed), Streeter, undated
  • Folder: 5, Tucker correspondence (transcribed), Tuck, undated
  • Folder: 6, Tucker lectures, undated
  • Folder: 7, Tucker's "Some Men of Dartmouth", undated

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