EARLY AMERICAN UNIVERSALIST RELIGIOUS EDUCATION MATERIALS
Compiled by Frank Robertson, July, 2000

1782 Judith Sargeant Stevens (Murray), wrote a catechism.
1785 Elhanan Winchester, "Serious Address to the Youth of both sexes in Philadelphia, upon the worth of the soul."
1786 Elhanan Winchester, AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT THE SCRIPTURE PASSAGES IN FAVOR OF THE UNIVERSAL RESTORATION.
1787 Shippie Townsend, THE MASTER AND SCHOLAR ATTENDING CATECHISM: OR AN ATTEMPT TO IMITATE TIMOTHY'S CATECHISM: WHO FROM A CHILD KNEW THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, etc. etc., Boston
1800 Elhanan Winchester, A COURSE OF LECTURES ON THE PROPHECIES THAT REMAIN TO BE FULFILLED, Delivered in the Borough of Southwark (first published in London, 1790).
1810 Hosea Ballou, THE CHILD'S SCRIPTURAL CATECHISM, Portsmouth N.H.
1812 Abner Kneeland, THE CHILD'S SCRIPTURAL CATECHISM, for use of families and schools, 36pp.
1815 Paul Dean, ELEMENTS OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, CONTAINED IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS, in a catechism designed for the instruction of the children of the First Universalian Church and Society in Boston, 28pp.
1821 David Pickering, "A Calm Address to the Believers and Advocates of Endless Misery, Designed for the benefit of the Youth," Hudson, 16pp.
1821 Thomas Whittemore, AN EPITOME OF SCRIPTURE DOCTRINE, COMPRISED IN A CATECHISM FOR THE USE OF CHILDREN, Boston, 22pp.
1823 Robert Bartlett, A SERIOUS AND CANDID EXAMINATION OF THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS, TOGETHER WITH A REPLY TO A CERTAIN WRITER UNDER THE SIGNATURE OF BENEVOLUS, Winston, Vt., 22pp.
1824 Rev. John S. Thompson (Universalist), A COURSE OF CRITICAL LECTURES, OR SYSTEMATICAL THEOLOGY, IN FOUR PARTS, VIZ: THEOLOGY, DEMONOLOGY, CHRISTOLOGY, AND ANTHROPOLOGY, 3rd ed.
1827 S. R. Smith, "The Teachings of Christ; addressed to the Youth," Philadelphia, 12pp.
1827 Thomas Whittemore, A DIALOGUE BETWEEN A PARENT AND CHILD CONCERNING JOHN V. 28, 29, FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUTH, Boston, 24pp.
1829 Origen Bacheler, THE UNIVERSALIST BIBLE, ACCORDING TO THE TRANSLATIONS AND EXPLANATIONS OF BALLOU, BALFOUR, AND OTHERS: CONTAINING THOSE PARTS OF THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS WHICH RELATE TO UNIVERSALISM, Boston.
1829 THE EVANGELISTS' MANUAL: OR A GUIDE TO TRINITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS: CONTAINING ARTICLES EXPLANATORY OF THE DOCTRINES, TENETS, AND FAITH OF THE ASSOCIATES OF THE PRIMITIVE APOLTOLIC CHURCH OF TRINITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS IN THE CITY OF CHARLESTON.
1830 Rev. W. S. Balch, A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF CHRIST... DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SMALL CHILDREN IN SABBATH SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE FAMILIES, Boston, 56pp. (repub. 1832, 1839)
1830 CONVERSATIONS ON RELIGION, BETWEEN PARENT AND CHILD
1830 W. I. Reese, THE CATECHUMEN'S GUIDE, OR SCRIPTURE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR THE USE OF THE CHILDREN IN SABBATH SCHOOLS, AND IN THE DOMESTIC CIRCLE, Boston (many editions)
1830 Stephen R. Smith, THE SCRIPTURE DOCTRINE, COMPILED IN A SERIES OF 8UESTIONS WITH ANSWERS EXTRACTED FROM THE SACRED TEXT, WITH NOTES, designed for the instruction of children and youth in the principal subjects of Divine Revelation, Boston, 58pp., (republished in 1832).
1831 John S. Thompson, THE REFORMED CHRISTIAN GUIDE, DESIGNED TO PROMOTE A CHASTE EDUCATION..., N.Y., 72pp.
1831 Thomas Whittemore, 100ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR OF UNIVERSALISM, Boston, 17pp.
1832 Charles Hudson, PRIMARY QUESTIONS ON SELECT PORTIONS OF SCRIPTURE, DESIGNED FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston (repub. 1834,'40
1832 Charles Hudson,QUESTIONS ON SELECT PORTIONS OF SCRIPTURE, DESIGNED FOR THE HIGHER CLASSES IN SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 170pp.
1832 Thomas F. King, UNIVERSALIST SABBATH SCHOOL BOOK, EMBRACING SIMPLE LESSONS, ADAPTED TO THE YOUNGER CLASSES, Boston.
1832 Philemon R. Russell, MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED SCRIPTURAL REASONS FOR BEING A RESTORATIONIST, Boston, 52pp.
1832 Thomas Whittemore, NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE PARABLES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, ARRANGED ACCORDING TO THE TIME IN WHICH THEY WERE SPOKEN, Boston, 277pp.
1833 L.L. Sadler, A BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE HISTORY OF UNIVERSALISM, Hartford, 33pp.
1833 A.C. Thomas, 213 QUESTIONS WITHOUT ANSWERS, Philadelphia, 12pp., (reprinted many times).
1834 Elijah Dallett, Jr., "Address to the Young Men's Universalist Institute," Philadelphia, 4pp.
1834 Thomas F. King, UNIVERSALIST SABBATH SCHOOL BOOK, EMBRACING SIMPLE LESSONS ADAPTED TO THE YOUNGER CLASSES IN THREE NUMBERS, Portsmouth.
1834 Rev. David Pickering, HYMN BOOK DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF UNIVERSALISTS' AND RESTORATIONISTS' SABBATH SCHOOLS, 3rd. ed, Providence, 64pp.
1835 Henry Bacon, "An Address Delivered Before the Boston Young Men's Universalist Institute," Boston, 12pp.
1835 Lucy Barnes, SERIOUS AND IMPORTANT QUESTIONS, ANSWERED FROM THE SCRIPTURES, N.Y., 12pp.
1835 Sarah A. Downer, "The Contrast; or Which is the Christian?, A tale," N.Y., 24pp.
1835 Rev. Benjamin Whittemore, "Advice to Young Men", delivered in Roxbury and Published by request of the Roxbury Young Men's Universalist Institute, Boston, 16pp.

Henry Bacon, "A Plea for Charity, A Discourse delivered before the Universalists Female Charitable Institute of Boston," 1836,16pp.

1836 Rev. Aden Ballou, NEW MANUAL FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS, 18pp.
1836 Dunbar B. Harris, "An Address delivered before the Boston Universalist Young Men's Institute, at their First Anniversary, Jan. 1836," Boston, 15pp.

Charles Hudson, THE CHILD'S GUIDE: OR INTRODUCTION TO PRIMARY QUESTIONS DESIGNED FOR THE YOUNGEST CLASSES IN SABBATH SCHOOLS, 1836, Boston, 48pp.

1836 M.H. Smith, A COMPENDIUM OF JEWISH HISTORY, EXHIBITED IN THE FORM OF A CATECHISM, DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 50pp., (reprinted several times).
1836 "Universalist Circulating Family Library", Baltimore.
1837 Hosea Ballou, 2nd., A COLLECTION OF PSALMS AND HYMNS FOR THE USE OF UNIVERSALIST SOCIETIES AND FAMILIES, Boston, 540pp., (reprinted many times).
1837 "Boston Universalist Young Men's Institute, Constitution of the, with a list of the members, and a Catalogue of the Library."
1837-'58 "First to Twenty-second Reports of the Massachusetts Universalist Sabbath School Association, with the Annual Sermons," Boston, Svol.
1837 C. F. LeFevre, THE SUNDAY SCHOOL HYMN BOOK, DESIGNED FOR UNIVERSALIST SUNDAY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, New York, 64pp., (reprinted 1838, 1839).
1837 O.A. Skinner, EASY LESSONS DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SMALL CHILDREN IN SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 18pp.
1837 Rev. E. M. Stone, COLLECTION OF HYMNS FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS.
1838 Henry Bacon, "An Address delivered before the Young Men's Universalist Institute in Haverhill at their first Anniversary, May 6, 1838," Haverhill, 15pp.
1838 "Catalogue of Library Books, recommended by the Committee appointed at the late session of the Universalist Sabbath School Association, for sale by Abel Tompkins, 32 Cornhill, Boston," 8pp.
1838 "Haverhill Universalist Young Men's Institute, Constitution and By-Laws of, with a list of Members, Adopted April, 1837, Revised May, 1838," Boston, 8pp.
1838 Lucius R.Paige, QUESTIONS ON SELECTED PORTIONS OF THE GOSPELS, DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SABBATH SCHOOLS AND BIBLE CLASSES, Boston, 162pp., (reprinted several times).
1839 J. G. Adams, HISTORY OF THE APOSTLES, A COLLECTION FOR THE USE OF SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 52pp.
1839 Wm. S. Balch, A MANUAL FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS, TO WHICH IS ADDED A COLLECTION OF HYMNS, Boston, 144pp., (reprinted several times)
1839 A. B. Grosh, AN INQUIRY INTO THE TEACHINGS OF THE Holy SCRIPTURES ... SCRIPTURE PROOFS OF UNIVERSALISM, 48pp.
1839 Menzies Rayner, THE UNIVERSALIST MANUAL, OR BOOK OF PRAYERS AND OTHER RELIGIOUS EXERCISES: ADAPTED TO THE USE BOTH OF PUBLIC AND PRIVATE DEVOTION IN CHURCHES, SUNDAY-SCHOOLS, AND FAMILIES, N.Y., 191pp., (several editions).
1839 Otis A. Skinner, THE CHILD'S CATECHISM, Boston, 36pp.
1839 Abel C. Thomas, HYMNS OF ZION, WITH APPROPRIATE MUSIC, DESIGNED AS AN AID TO DEVOTION IN FAMILIES, SOCIAL CIRCLES, AND MEETINGS FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP, BY AN EVANGELIST, Philadelphia, 216pp.
1840 Rev. Henry Bacon, HYMNS PREPARED FOR THE SCHOLARS OF THE MARBLEHEAD UNIVERSALIST SABBATH SCHOOL, June, 1840, 12pp.
1840 E.H. Chapin, DUTIES OF YOUNG MEN, EXHIBITED IN SIX LECTURES, WITH AN ANNIVERSARY ADDRESS DELIVERED BEFORE THE RICHMOND LYCEUM, Boston, 212pp., (reprinted in 1846).
1840 "Constitution of the Cambridge Universalist Institute, Instituted Sept. 27, 1835," Cambridge, 8pp.
1840 Hudson and Skinner, QUESTIONS ON SELECT PORTIONS OF SCRIPTURE, DESIGNED FOR THE HIGHER CLASSES IN SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 178pp.
1840 Rev. L.L.Sadler, AN EASY AND FAMILIAR CATECHISM ON THE GOSPEL OF ST. MATTHEW, PREPARED AND ARRANGED FOR THE USE OF SABBATH SCHOOLS AND BIBLE CLASSES, Portland, 120pp.
1840 S. R. Smith, POCKET MANUAL, CONTAINING SELECTIONS FROM THE SCRIPTURES IN PROOF OF THE SALVATION OF ALL MANKIND..., Albany, 39pp.
1840 Thomas B. Thayer, THE BIBLE CLASS ASSISTANT, OR SCRIPTUAL GUIDE FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS, Boston, designed for teachers, Bible Class, higher classes in Sunday Schools, Boston, 180pp., (several editions).
1840 Thomas Whittemore, THE PLAIN GUIDE TO UNIVERSALISM, DESIGNED TO LEAD INQUIRERS TO THE BELIEF OF THAT DOCTRINE, AND BELIEVERS TO THE PRACTICE OF IT, Boston, 408pp., (reprinted many times).
1841 Z. Baker, THE FOUR GOSPELS HARMONIZED, WITH QUESTIONS FOR BIBLE CLASS, SUNDAY SCHOOL, AND FAMILY INSTRUCTION, Providence and Boston, 144pp. (Vol. I).
1841 A.C. Barry, A COMPENDIUM OF CHURCH HISTORY ... FOR THE USE OF Sabbath Schools and Bible Classes, Boston, 129pp.
1841 C.C. Burr, SOCIAL MELODIES: A COLLECTION OF HYMNS FOR USE OF PRAYER MEETINGS, SABBATH SCHOOLS, BIBLE CLASSES, AND FAMILIES, Portland and Boston, 288pp.
1841 Rev. Edwin F. Hatfield, UNIVERSALISM AS IT IS: OR TEXTBOOK OF MODERN UNIVERSALISM IN AMERICA, N.Y., 337pp.
1841 Thomas Whittemore, THE CHILD'S BIBLE BOOK: OR THE BIBLE OPENED TO LITTLE CHILDREN, Boston, 18pp.
1842 John M. Austin, A CATECHISM ON THE PARABLES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF BIBLE CLASSES, AND THE HIGHER CLASSES IN SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 182pp.
1842 J.H. Gihon, SELECT HYMNS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL, COMPILED FOR USE OF UNIVERSALIST SUNDAY SCHOOLS, Philadelphia, 64pp.
1843 Henry Bacon, LIVES OF THE PATRIARCHS, No. 1, "The Life of Abraham." For Sabbath Schools, Boston, 54pp.
1843 L.S. Everett, SACRED SONGS: ADAPTED TO SOCIAL RELIGIOUS MEETINGS, SABBATH. SCHOOLS, AND FAMILY WORSHIP, Boston, 108pp.
1843 Otis A. Skinner, FAMILY WORSHIP: CONTAINING REFLECTIONS AND PRAYERS FOR DOMESTIC DEVOTION, Boston, 216pp.
1843 S.R. Smith, LECTURES TO YOUTH: BEING A SERIES OF DISCOURSES DELIVERED IN ALBANY, N.Y. 1841-2, Philadelphia, 241pp.
1844 O.A. Skinner, LETTERS ON THE MORAL AND RELIGIOUS DUTIES OF PARENTS, Boston, 156pp., (many editions).
1844 Thomas Whittemore, THE SUNDAY SCHOOL CHOIR AND SUPERINTENDENT ASSISTANT..., Boston, 128pp.
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1844 J.F. Witherell, THE CHILD'S GUIDE TO HAPPINESS: DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SMALL CHILDREN IN SABBATH SCHOOLS, Concord, N.H., 16pp.
1844 J.F. Witherell, THE LAYMAN'S MANUAL: BEING A CHOICE COLLECTION OF SERMONS, PRAYERS, AND HYMNS DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF FAMILIES AND SOCIETIES WHEN DESTITUTE OF A PASTOR, Concord, N.H., 130pp.
1845 Rev. John C. Burruss, ONE-HUNDRED AND TEN SCRIPTUAL REASONS FOR BEING A UNIVERSALIST, Richmond, Va., 8pp.
1845 E.H. Chapin, THE MISSION OF LITTLE CHILDREN: A DISCOURSE, Boston, 16pp.
1846 Rev. W. B. Wait, A DISCOURSE ON THE SUBJECT OF EDUCATION AS IT RELATES IMMEDIATELY TO THE UNIVERSALIST DENOMINATION, Boston, 12pp.
1847 Henry Bacon, THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS: A CATECHISM FOR THE YOUNGER CLASSES IN SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 36pp.
1848 Henry Bacon, LIVES OF THE PATRIARCHS, No.II, A CATECHISM FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS: CONTAINING THE LIVES OF ISAAC, JACOB, ESAU, Boston, 64pp.
1848 John Boyden,Jr., THE EASTERN HARP: A COLLECTION OF TUNES AND HYMNS, ORIGINAL AND SELECTED, FOR USE OF SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 238pp.
1848 E.H. Chapin, DUTIES OF YOUNG WOMEN, Boston, 218pp., (many editions).
1848 Sylvanus Cobb, THE FAMILY SINGING BOOK: A COLLECTION OF HYMNS AND TUNES FOR THE USE OF FAMILIES AND SOCIAL CIRCLES Boston, 128pp.,(revised edition, 1856).
1848 Julia A. Fletcher, LESSONS ABOUT PRAYER, Boston, 56pp.
1848 Z. Rudulph, EVERY MAN'S BOOK: OR THE ROAD TO HEAVEN STAKED OUT: BEING A COLLECTION OF HOLY PROOFS,ALPHABETICALLY ARRANGED, AS A TEXT-BOOK FOR PREACHERS AND LAYMEN OF ALL DENOMINATIONS, Louisville, 244pp.
1848 J.M. Usher, THE FIRST STEP IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL, Boston, 18pp.
1849 Henry Bacon, A SERVICE BOOK: WITH A SELECTION OF TUNES AND HYMNS FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 216pp., (many editions)
1849 Uriah Clark, LECTURES ON CITY LIFE AND CHARACTER: INCREASE OF CRIME: WITH A REVIEW OF "LECTURES TO YOUNG LADIES ON SUBJECTS OF PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE" BY REV. DANIEL C. EDDY, Lowell, 64pp.
1849 THE SUNDAY SCHOOL LITURGY, Boston, 54pp.
1850 John M. Austin, A CATECHISM ON THE PARABLES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT, DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF BIBLE CLASSES AND THE HIGHER CLASSES IN SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 182pp.
1850 J.M. Austin, THE SABBATH SCHOOL EXPOSITOR: BEING A COMPEND OF THE DOCTRINES HELD BY THE UNIVERSALIST DENOMINATION, Boston, 164pp.
1850 G. Collins, THE UNIVERSALIST CATECHISM, DESIGNED FOR PRIVATE INSTRUCTION, AND ALSO FOR THE USE OF SABBATICAL SCHOOLS, New York, 8pp.
1850 S.R. Smith, WORDS TO YOUNG GENTLEMEN AND YOUNG LADIES, OR THE PATH OF HAPPINESS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE, Boston, 241pp.
1851-'86 "First to Thirty-Fifth Annual Reports of the Universalist Sabbath School Union" (name changed to Universalist Teachers Union in 1856), Boston.
1851 OUR GIFT (PREPARED BY TEACHERS OF THE SCHOOL STREET UNIVERSALIST SUNDAY SCHOOL, BOSTON), Boston, 144pp.
1851 PROCEEDINGS OF THE NEW YORK STATE CONVENTION OF UNIVERSALISTS, AND THE NEW YORK STATE SABBATH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION, FOR THE YEAR 1851, 32pp.
1851 Hosea Ballou, A VOICE TO UNIVERSALISTS (contains two chapters entitled "Advice to Young Men" and "Advice to Young People," Boston, 272pp.
1854 Ballou and Ballou, LIFE-STORY OF HOSEA BALLOU: FOR THE YOUNG, Marturin M. Ballou, Boston, 128pp.
1854 A.A. Miner, BIBLE EXERCISES: OR THE SUNDAY SCHOOL ONE CLASS, Boston, 166pp., (many editions).
1855 Rev. Franklin S. Bliss, A DISCOURSE ADDRESSED TO THE YOUNG, PREACHED IN THE UNIVERSALIST MEETINGHOUSE, DEC. 24, 1854, IN NORTH ENFIELD, N.H., Concord, 8pp.
1856 T.S. King, A SCRIPTURE CATECHISM FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 52pp.
1857 Rev. J.G. Bartholomew, THE ELEMENTS OF TRUE MANHOOD: A POEM ADDRESSED TO YOUNG MEN, DELIVERED IN THE UNIVERSALIST CHURCH, OXFORD, N.Y., ON SUNDAY EVENING, MARCH 22, Oxford, N.Y., 20pp.
18578 THE CHRISTIAN HELPER: OR GOSPEL SERMONS FOR CONGREGATIONS AND FAMILIES, issued by direction of the General Convention of Universalists, a series of editions with various editors starting with Rev. Abel C. Thomas, Philadelphia, 344pp. Also THE GOSPEL LITURGY: A PRAYER BOOK FOR CHURCHES, CONGREGATIONS AND FAMILIES by the same sponsor and editor, 360pp.
1858 THE RELIGIOUS ASPECTS OF THE AGE, WITH A GLANCE AT THE CHURCH OF THE PRESENT AND THE CHURCH OF THE FUTURE, BEING ADDRESSES DELIVERED AT THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE YOUNG Men'S CHRISTIAN UNION OF NEW YORK, ON THE 13th AND 14th DAYS OF MAY, N.Y., 179pp.
1859 J.W. Ford, QUESTIONS ON SACRED HISTORY, COMPRISING THE DECALOGUE WITH REFERENCES: FOR USE OF BIBLE CLASSES AND SABBATH SCHOOLS, Boston, 121pp.
1860 James Lombard, A LITURGY, WITH A COLLECTION OF HYMNS AND CHANTS, FOR USE OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS, Boston, 179pp.
1860 Mary E. Thornton, WHAT ARE THE BEST MEANS OF PROMOTING THE SABBATH SCHOOL WORK?, Newark, N.J., 12pp.
1861 L.J. Fletcher, THE MANUAL AND HARP, FOR THE USE OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS, Boston, 345pp.
1862 Rev. J.G. Bartholomew, THE ALTAR: A SERVICE BOOK FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS, Boston, 180pp., (several editions).
1862 Rev. J.G. Bartholomew, THE SUNDAY SCHOOL COMPANION: DESIGNED FOR BIBLE CLASSES AND THE OLDER PUPILS IN THE SUNDAY SCHOOL, Boston, 130pp.
18634 Rev. L. J. Fletcher,
  • THE INFANT SCHOOL, DESIGNED FOR THE SMALLER SCHOLARS DOCTRINAL SERIES--Book First, Boston, 68pp.
  • FIRST IMPRESSIONS: DESIGNED EXPRESSLY FOR UNIVERSALIST SUNDAY SCHOOLS, DOCTRINAL SERIES--Book Second, Boston, 59pp.
  • KEY TO THE YOUNG HEART: DESIGNED EXPRESSLY FOR UNIVERSALIST SUNDAY SCHOOLS, DOCTRINAL SERIES--Book Third, Boston, 108pp.
  • GUIDE TO SALVATION: THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS CHRIST, DESIGNED EXPRESSLY FOR UNIVERSALIST SUNDAY SCHOOLS, DOCTRINAL SERIES--Book Fourth, Boston, 155pp.
  • THE LIVES AND DOCTRINES OF THE APOSTLES, DOCTRINAL SERIES, Book Fifth, Boston, 170pp.
  • UNIVERSALISM: ITS DOCTRINES AND THEIR FOUNDATIONS, DOCTRINAL SERIES--Book Sixth, Boston, 202pp.
1864 Rev. Charles H. Leonard, A BOOK OF PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH AND THE HOME, WITH SELECTIONS FROM THE PSALMS, AND A COLLECTION OF HYMNS, Boston, 356pp.,(another ed. with liturgy separate).
18645 Rev. W. R. French,
  • THE LITTLE MORALIST: A CATECHISM FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS, SCRIPTURAL SERIES--Book First, Boston, 24pp.
  • GOSPEL PRECEPTS FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS, SCRIPTURAL SERIES-Book Second, Boston, 36pp.
  • GOSPEL LESSONS, FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS, SCRIPTURAL SERIES-Book Third, 32pp.
  • GOSPEL DOCTRINES FOR SABBATH SCHOOLS: SCRIPTURAL SERIES-Book Fourth, Boston, 108pp.
1865 A CHRISTIAN CATECHISM, FOR INSTRUCTION IN DOCTRINE AND DUTY: INTENDED TO BE LEARNED BY ALL, ESPECIALLY BY ALL MEMBERS OF CHURCHES AND SABBATH SCHOOLS. Published by the Rhode Island Universalist Convention, 8pp. (many editions).
1865 Rev. C.H.Leonard, FIRST STEPS IN THE OPEN PATH, Prepared for the Children and Youth of the First (Universalist) Church of Christ, Chelsea, MA., Boston, 40pp.
1866 John G. Adams, THE SABBATH SCHOOL MELODIST: A COLLECTION OF HYMNS AND TUNES DESIGNED FOR THE SABBATH SCHOOL AND THE HOME, Boston, 128pp.
1866 CENTRAL NEW YORK SABBATH SCHOOL CONVENTION,16pp.
1866 Rev. E. C. Bolles and Hon. Israel Washburn, Jr., HYMNS FOR THE CHURCH AND HOME, WITH THE ADDITION OF A LITURGY (Portland Collection), Boston, 600pp.
1867 CHAUTAUQUA ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSALISTS, MINUTES, CONSTITUTION, AND BY-LAWS OF THE, held in Sinclearville, Chautaqua Co., N.Y., June 5 and 6, 1867, Dunkirk, N.Y., 20pp.
1867 OHIO STATE CONVENTION OF UNIVERSALISTS (includes proceedings of the semi-annual session of the Sunday School Convention), Cincinnati, 27pp.
1868 Alexander S. Arnold, UNCLE TIMOTHY TABER, OR THE NEW MINISTER: A STORY FOR THE OLD AND YOUNG, BY A SABBATH-SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT, AGUSTA, ME, AND BOSTON, MASS., 228pp.
1868 OHIO UNIVERSALIST STATE SUNDAY SCHOOL CONVENTION, MINUTES OF THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD ANNUAL SESSION OF THE, HELD AT MOUNT GILEAD, OCT. 14 & 15, WITH ESSAYS READ ON THE OCCASION, Cincinnati, 30pp.
1868 Brenton Smith, THE CHRISTIAN WAY, FOR ADVANCED SCHOLARS IN SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND BIBLE CLASSES, Boston, 126pp., Universalist Publishing House, 37 Cornhill.

On the back cover of this book is printed a list of other books under the title "Universalist S.S. Depository, No. 37 Cornhill, Boston, Sabbath School Lesson and Service Books" and that listing is as follows: (the series by French and by Fletcher listed above are listed first.

For Scholars from 4 to 7 yrs. of age:

LESSONS FOR INFANT MIND above are listed first EASY LESSONS

INFANT'S PASTIME PICTORIAL S.Q. BOOK

Seven to Ten Years of Age: CHILDHOOD OF JESUS CHILD'S CATECHISM

Ten to Twelve Years of Age: HISTORY OF THE APOSTLES LIFE OF CHRIST

For the Whole School: GOSPEL CATECHISM

For Bible Classes: S.S. EXPOSITOR S.S. COMPANION EMERSON'S HOLY LAND MINER'S BIBLE EXERCISES THE CHRISTIAN WAY

Service Books: THE ALTAR

THE MANUAL AND HARP

Record Books:
TEACHER'S CLASS BOOK
SUPERINTENDENT'S RECORD BOOK

S.S. MELODIST

All from Universalist Publishing House, 37 Cornhill, Boston" The cover adds one book to the series by French: S.S. ASSISTANT. It further claims to stock all the latest books for "juveniles" for the Library. The prices of the books were $1-$3.50 per doz. generally, THE LITTLE MORALIST was 60/doz. and the SUPERINTENDENT'S RECORD BOOK was 25/copy.

1870 A. St. John Chambre, A GOSPEL CATECHISM FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS, Boston, 9pp.
1870 G. L. Demarest, SONGS OF JOY: FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND HOMES, Boston, 144pp.
1870 OHIO STATE CONVENTION OF UNIVERSALIST SUNDAY SCHOOLS, PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIFTH ANNUAL SESSION OF THE, held in Columbus, Oct. 26, 27, plus essays read, Cincinnati, 24pp.
1871 Alexander S. Arnold, CHILDREN'S CATECHISM: FOR CLASSES TO RECITE TOGETHER, Valley Falls, 28pp., (many editions).
1873 G. L. Demarest, A YEAR OF WORSHIP: FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND HOMES, Boston, 180pp., (many editions).
1877 J.W. Hanson, MANNA: A BOOK FOR DAILY WORSHIP, CONTAINING BRIEF SCRIPTURE LESSONS AND PRAYERS FOR INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY USE FOR EVERY DAY IN THE YEAR, Chicago.
1879 J.W. Hanson, CHRISTIAN CHORALS: A HYMN AND TUNE BOOK FOR THE CONGREGATION AND THE HOME, Chicago, 144pp.
1879 Prof. E.H. Sawyer, D.D., IS THERE A HELL? AN EXTEMPORANEOUS DISCOURSE BEFORE THE STUDENTS OF THE MISSOURI STATE NORMAL SCHOOL OF KIRKSVILLE, MO, Macon, Ma., 10pp.
1870s In about 1872, Universalists began to use the "Uniform Lesson Plan System" developed by representatives from various Protestant denominations, including themselves, via the International Sunday School Lesson Committee. They adapted the materials via their magazines such as "The Helper," and some of their churches probably continued to use curricula previously developed by Universalists. The Uniform Lesson System used Bible quotes and stories, somewhat adapted for younger and older students, with the same theme used by all faith groups on the same Sunday for all ages world-wide.

(For a detailed description of the content of the Uniform Lesson Plan System, see Frank Glenn Lankard's A HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOL CURRICULUM, New York: Abingdon Press, 1927.) Universalists phased out using the Uniform Lesson Plan System in the early 1900s as they were evolving more toward a progressive and evolutionists theology and methodology and began to develop their own graded series of curricula again.

187986 SUNDAY SCHOOL HARMONIES, Nos. 1,2,3, Boston, 32pp. ea.
1870 PROCEEDINGS AT THE UNIVERSALIST CENTENNIAL, HELD IN GLOUCESTER, Mass., September 20-21, Boston: Universalist Publishing House, 87 Cornhill. Included in this volume is a "Report of Sunday School Committee" by George. G. Needham, Andrew Wilson, and Sidney Perham,11pp.
1881 Rev. John G. Adams, TALKS ABOUT THE BIBLE TO THE YOUNG FOLKS, Boston, 190pp.
1882 Richard Eddy, THE UNIVERSALIST ORIGIN OF AMERICAN SUNDAY SCHOOLS, "Universalist Quarterly," New Series, Vol. xix, pp. 448-459.
1883 Albert J. Holden, Compiler, SONGS OF FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE: FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND DEVOTIONAL MEETINGS, N.Y. and Chicago, 152pp.
1883 William S. Johnson, THE GUIDE: A SERVICE BOOK FOR SUNDAY SCHOOLS, Boston, 112pp.
18856 A LIST OF BOOKS FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL LIBRARIES, APPROVED BY THE LIBRARY COMMISSION OF THE UNIVERSALIST GENERAL CONVENTION, Boston, 26pp.(first supplement, 12pp.; second supplement, 24pp.).
1886 Holmes Slade, A UNIVERSALIST CATECHISM AND INSTRUCTION BOOK IN DOCTRINE AND DUTY, Boston, Universalist Publishing House.
1892 Rev. John Wesley Hanson, A POCKET CYCLOPEDIA, BRIEF EXPLANATIONS OF RELIGIOUS TERMS AS UNDERSTOOD BY UNIVERSALISTS, an adult teaching tool with Bible references.
1901 The Universalists developed a graded series of curricula during 1901: Kindergarten lessons prepared by Mrs. Maizie Blaikie Barney, Primary lessons on the Life of Jesus by Mrs. Marion I. Noyes, Junior lessons on CARDINAL VALUES and TOPICAL STUDIES IN THE TEACHINGS OF JESUS by Dr. C. Ellwood Nash, Intermediate and Senior lessons were STUDIES IN PAUL AND THE LIFE OF JESUS by Dr. James M. Pullman and lessons from the Old Testament by Rev. F.W. Perkins. Also, a series of manuals were produced to aid in a scholarly study of the Bible by Revs. Hodge, Perkins, and Thompson.
1912 The Murray Graded Lessons:

THE JUNIOR COURSE, ages 9-12, by Mary L. Ballou First Year, Part I:

  • Stories of the beginnings.
  • Stories of the Patriarchs. 20 Lessons.

First Year, Part II:

  • Stories of Joseph and Stories of Moses.
  • Stories Jesus Told. 26 Lessons.

Second Year,Part I (pupils now age 10)

  • Stories of the conquest of Canaan.
  • Incidents in the life of the Lord Jesus. 22 Lessons.

Second Year, Part II:

  • Followers of the Lord Jesus (Missionary).
  • Stories of the Judges. 24 Lessons.

Third Year, Part I (pupils age 11):

  • Stories of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah. 20 Lessons

Third Year, Part II:

  • Stories of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
  • Responsibility for one's self and for others (Temperance). 4 Lessons.
  • The Exile and Return of the People of Judah. 11 Lessons.

Fourth Year, Part I (pupils age 12):

  • The gospel according to Mark. 25 Lessons. Fourth Year, Part II:
  • Studies of the Acts. Later Missionary Stories. 21 Lessons.

THE INTERMEDIATE COURSE (ages 13-16; 26 Lessons/Parts) by Alice L.G. Andrews, assisted by her husband, Arthur I. Andrews

First Year Part I:

  • Leaders of Israel.

First Year, Part II:

  • Leaders of Israel.
  • American Religious Leaders.

Second Year, Part I (pupils age 14):

  • Early Christian Leaders.

Second Year, Part II:

  • Later Christian Leaders. Missionary Leaders.

Third Year Part I (pupils age 15):

  • Studies in the life and character of Jesus.

Third Year, Part II:

  • Studies in the life of Jesus. Missionary activities at home.

Fourth Year, Part I (pupils age 16):

  • Studies in the Teachings of Jesus.

Fourth Year, Part II:

  • The Teachings of Jesus.
  • Christian Work Abroad.

THE SENIOR COURSE (ages 17-19), by Mabel Irene Emerson

First Year, Part I:

  • The World a Field for Christian Service.

First Year, Part II:

  • Problems of Youth in Social Life The Book of Ruth
  • The Epistle of James. Second Year (age 18):
  • The History and Literature of the Hebrew People.

Third Year (age 19):

  • The Literature and History of New Testament Times.

Each course had teachers books and pupils books. It was recommended that Universalists use the newly graded International Graded Series for beginners (ages 4 and 5) and for the Primary Grades (ages 6-8) which had evolved out of the old Uniform Lessons.

The Murray Graded Lessons used the format of the International Graded Series but reflected Universalist theology which had been influenced by Higher Biblical Criticism, modern science, and progressive education theory. The Unitarian's BEACON SERIES is referred to in the Murray Graded Series.

1931 Dr. Gertrude Earle, BEGINNINGS OF UNIVERSALISM, a S.S. course.

 

Early Universalist Periodicals (Religious Education Related):
18029 "The Berean" or "Scripture Searcher" , 8 nos.

1810 "Religious Inquirer"(reissued in 1821-1847)

1834 "The Child's Universalist Gazette and Monthly Visitor," Rev. Daniel D. Smith, ed., Boston, 32pp.
183586 "Gospel Banner and Universalists' Family Monitor," various editors.
183950 "The Sabbath School Contributor" (name chaged over the years: "The Light of Zion and Sabbath School Contributor," "The Gospel Teacher and Sabbath School Contributor," "Gospel Teacher and Universalist Miscellany."
183962 "The Christian Freeman and Family Visitor."
184149 "The Christian Teacher."
1844 "Youth's Cabinet" monthly for 12 months, Rev. J.F. Witherell, ed., Concord, N.H.
1845 "Religious Instructor," Rev. R. J. Tenney, ed., Norway, Me.
184649 "The Sabbath School Annual," Mrs. M.H.Adams, ed., Boston.
184660 "The Youth's Friend," various editors beginning with Abel C. Thomas in Cincinnati, Oh.
1847 "Child's Gospel Guide," Rev. John G. Adams, ed., Boston.
185051 "Youth's Monthly Magazine," Rev. John G. Adams, ed., Boston.
185160 "The Young Christian," various ed. beginning with G. L. Demarest, N.Y.
18511924 "The Myrtle: A Sunday School Paper," various editors beginning with Rev. John G. Adams.
18545 "The Rose Bud, a Love Gift for Young Hearts," Caroline M. Soule, ed., Boston.
186062 "The Christian Teacher," a monthly journal devoted to the Sabbath School cause, each month edited by a member of the Universalist Sabbath School Union.
18701941 "The Sunday School Helper," a monthly journal devoted to the interests of Universalist Sunday School Teaching, including adult religious education, various editors beginning with Samuel A. Briggs, Chicago.
18941945 "Universalist Union," newspaper of the Young Peoples' Christian Union, name changed to "Onward" later.

The chronology of works in religious education is based on the method and listings of Universalist's works in Volume II of Richard Eddy's UNIVERSALISM IN AMERICA, Boston: Universalist Publishing House, 1886. In his Bibliography, Eddy refers to the location where each work can be found. Some of those locations no longer exist and it is probable that many of the works listed above may be very difficult to find.

Other works used in this effort were as follows:

Ballou, Hosea, A VOICE TO UNIVERSALISTS, Boston, 1851.

PROCEEDINGS AT THE UNIVERSALIST CENTENNIAL HELD IN GLOUCESTER, MASS. SEPTEMBER 20th, 21st, & 22nd, 1870, Boston: Universalist Publishing House, 87 Cornhill.

Strong, The Rev. Elizabeth M., THE LARGER MESSAGE, UNIVERSALIST RELIGIOUS EDUCATION'S RESPONSE TO THEOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL CHALLENGES, 1790-1930, A dissertation for the Degree of Doctor of Ministry at Meadville/Lombard Theological

School of Chicago, Illinois, June, 2000.

Smith, Benton, THE CHRISTIAN WAY, FOR ADVANCED SCHOLARS

IN SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND BIBLE CLASSES, Boston: Universalist Publishing House, No. 37 Cornhill, 1868.

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