Richard Morrow Steiner papers, 1933-1966

Overview of the Collection

Steiner, Richard M., 1901-1975
Richard Morrow Steiner papers
1933-1966 (inclusive)
8 cubic feet, (8 record cartons)
Collection Number
Mss 1375
Richard M. Steiner was pastor of the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon, from 1934 to 1966. Papers include sermons on subjects including fascism, anti-Semitism, and the United Nations, as well as correspondence on church activities and civic affairs. Collection is unprocessed.
Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Dr. Richard M. Steiner (1901-1975) was born in Sandusky, Ohio. He was educated at Grinnell College, the University of Michigan, and the Chicago Theological Seminary. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Chicago and Cleveland, taught at Washington State University in Pullman and at Bradley College in Peoria, Illinois, and served as acting professor of applied Christianity at Grinnell from 1933 to 1934. He came to Portland, Oregon, in 1934 to serve as the pastor of the First Unitarian Church, retiring in 1966. During his retirement, he served in ministries in Westport, Connecticut, and in Philadelphia. He also worked as a counselor and contributed to many Christian publications. He committed suicide in 1975.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Contains material previously designated Mss 467.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

This collection is unprocessed. Contact library staff for assistance.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists of papers of Richard Morrow Steiner, including sermons, 1934-1966, on subjects including fascism, anti-Semitism and the United Nations; and correspondence, 1933-1966, regarding church activities, membership and civic affairs. Correspondents include Richard L. Neuberger and Wayne L. Morse.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Richard Morrow Steiner papers, Mss 1375, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.

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Acquisition Information

Gifts of Richard M. Steiner, 1960 and 1966 (Lib. Acc. 8706 and 28791), and gifts of  Alan Deale, 2015 (Lib. Acc. 28529 and 28592).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Sermons, American
  • Unitarians--Oregon--Portland

Personal Names

  • Morse, Wayne L. (Wayne Lyman), 1900-1974
  • Neuberger, Richard L. (Richard Lewis), 1912-1960
  • Steiner, Richard M., 1901-1975

Form or Genre Terms

  • correspondence
  • sermons