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Walter R. Blackmer (AC 1897) Sermons

Identifier: MA.00079

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of 1,381 sermons delivered by Blackmer between 1898 and 1956. There are also some addresses, prayer meeting talks, sermon outlines, job-study broadcasts, and funeral addresses.


  • Creation: 1898-1956


Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the Walter R. Blackmer (AC 1897) Sermons for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes. This collection is housed in off-site storage and requires advance notice before use. Please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the Walter R. Blackmer (AC 1897) Sermons should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Raymond Blackmer (AC 1897) was born in Belchertown, Massachusetts, on October 28, 1875. He attended Belchertown High School and Amherst High School before joining Amherst College. He graduated from Amherst College in 1897, and from Hartford Theological Seminary in 1900. He held several pastorates at Congregational churches in Ohio, Vermont, and New York between 1900 and 1954. From 1954 until his death in 1965, he organized and taught a men's Social Service class at the Belchertown Congregational Church in Belchertown, Massachusetts. In 1900, Blackmer married Nellie Louise Rice, who died in 1940; in 1941, he married Christine P. Williams. Blackmer died of pneumonia in Ware, Massachusetts, on June 7, 1965.


5 Linear feet (5 records storage boxes)

Language of Materials



Congregational preacher. Collection consists mainly of sermons, but also includes addresses and talks delivered on various occasions.


This collection is organized into six series:

  1. Series 1: Sermons, 1898-1956
  2. Series 2: Addresses, 1899-1951
  3. Series 3: Funeral Addresses
  4. Series 4: Prayer Meeting Talks, 1930-1939
  5. Series 5: Job-Study Broadcasts, 1950-1954
  6. Series 6: Sermon Outlines, 1904-1942

Within each series, arrangement is chronological. Items in Series 1 and Series 2 are numbered sequentially.

Related Materials

Alumni Biographical Files - Class of 1897 - Blackmer, Walter R.

Sarang Gopalakrishnan, Peter Nelson
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
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Amherst MA 01002-5000
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