Samuel J. May
Collections and References
1. Substantial collections of Sam May letters are in the following locations:
Joseph May Anti-Slavery Collection at the
2. Other materials are in the following locations:
b. Andover-Harvard Theological Library
3. Other Sam May items can be found in over 100 different repositories. Here are a few of them:
of 1991, church records for May's tenure at
c. The Library of Congress holds documents relating to May's women's rights activity after 1860 in the Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and National American Women's Suffrage Association Papers
4. Among May's published writings are the following:
a. Jesus the Best Teacher of his Religion, a Discourse (1847), which is representative of May's understanding of Jesus and the basis of Christianity
b. The Revival of Education (1855)
of the Quarter-Centennial Celebration of the Establishment of Normal Schools in
d. A Brief Account of his Ministry (1867), which provides a succinct record of his ministerial service and what he thought important in it
e. Some Account (Recollections) of Our Antislavery Conflict (1869)
f. Common errors in education. American Journal of Education, IV (May and June), 213-225, 1829
punishment: Six reasons why it should be abolished.
h. What do Unitarians believe?
5. There are some publications about Sam May:
Memoir of Samuel Joseph May (1873) was published by his protégé Thomas B.
Mumford, (ed.), with assistance from May's lifelong friend George B. Emerson,
and his cousin Samuel May at the request of the May family. It includes a
memoir that continued only to 1829 in the
b. The modern biography of May is Donald Yacovone, Samuel Joseph May and the Dilemmas of the Liberal Persuasion (1991).
c. There are biographical entries on May by Fulmer Mood in Dictionary of American Biography (1933) and by Donald Yacovone in American National Biography (1999).
d. There is an obituary volume In Memoriam. Samuel Joseph May (1871). Newspaper obituaries include New York Times (July 3, 1871) and New York Tribune (July 4, 1871).
e. May is also featured in History of Woman Suffrage, edited by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage (1881-82); Jack Mendelsohn, Channing: The Reluctant Radical (1971); Lewis Perry, Radical Abolitionism: Anarchy and the Government of God in Antislavery Thought (1973); Douglas C. Stange, Patterns of Antislavery among American Unitarians, 1831-1860 (1977); Lawrence J. Friedman, Gregarious Saints: Self and Community in American Abolitionism, 1830-1870 (1982); and Julie Roy Jeffrey, The Great Silent Army of Abolitionism: Ordinary Women in the Antislavery Movement (1998).
6. There also are at least two masters theses about Sam May:
a. Saint Before his Time, by Catherine
b. Samuel Joseph May, 1854-1855, by Marian