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William Hurlin Papers

Call Number: RG 289

Scope and Contents

The William Hurlin Papers, 1848-1909, document the professional work of Hurlin. The collection is arranged according to the following categories: sermons, lectures, addresses, list of readings, unpublished literary manuscripts, scrapbooks of publications, and photographs. An Addendum received in 2018 includes copies of Hurlin family correspondence, an autobiographical sketch by Wiliam Hurlin, and genealogical information about the Hurlin family.


  • 1848 - 1909


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from Andover Newton Theological School Collection, 2017


Series I. Sermons

Series II. Lectures

Series III. Addresses

Series IV. List of Readings

Series V. Unpublished Literary Manuscripts

Series VI. Scrapbooks of Publications

Series VII. Photographs

Series VIII. Addendum


3 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials


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This collection documents the professional work of William Hurlin, who served as pastor for various Baptist churches in New England and was also involved in Baptist work on the state level, particularly in New Hampshire.

Biographical / Historical

William Hurlin was born July 31, 1814, in London, England. He joined a Wesleyan Methodist church in 1832, and became active in tract distribution. He preached his first sermon in 1835 in Illford, a London suburb at that time. In 1840 he became a London City Missionary in the Kingsland district, and continued service with the organization until 1849, when he moved to the United States. He had been baptized and united with a Baptist church in 1842.

In the States he was ordained pastor of a Free Baptist church in North Danville, Vermont, in 1850. He held Free Baptist pastorates in Alton, New Hampshire, Acton, Maine, and Amesbury, Massachusetts. In 1855 he affiliated with the American Baptist denomination and held the following pastorates: Acton, Maine (1856-1858), East Sumner, Maine (1858-1861), Damariscotta Mills, Maine (1861-1864), China, Maine (1864-1866), Antrim, New Hampshire (1866-1873), Plaistow, New Hampshire (1875-1877), and Goshen, New Hampshire (1877-1878).

He was active in Baptist work on the state level. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of New Hampshire Baptist Convention from 1866 until his death in 1910 and was secretary of the Convention 1878-1899. He was also treasurer and statistical secretary of the New Hampshire Baptist Ministers' Conference. Hurlin wrote a history of every New Hampshire Baptist church and prepared a brief biography of most ministers ever associated with the Convention. In addition he was a frequent contributor of articles to denominational journals.

He lived in Antrim the last 32 years of his life, and died there June 28, 1910.

Processing Information

Place names were modernized in the description, with the name originally used in the collection material or in an older version of the finding aid in parenthesis: e.g. “Beijing (Peking)” or “Benin (Dahomey)”.

Guide to the William Hurlin Papers
Andover Newton Theological School library staff
2017, 2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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