[Ads-l] Serenity Prayer Query

dave at WILTON.NET dave at WILTON.NET
Sun Feb 14 09:09:53 EST 2021


Have you tried the American Religion: Denominational Newspapers database?
It's part of the Newsbank:Readex service, but it's distinct from the general
historical newspapers on that service. 

Also, poking about a theological seminary library's collection may turn up
relevant prospects.

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Shapiro, Fred
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Subject: [ADS-L] Serenity Prayer Query

As some on this list may be aware, I have for two decades been diligently
researching the origins of the famous "Serenity Prayer."  My researches have
been covered by two front-page articles in the New York Times, among many
other media.  I continue to investigate this fascinating story, and
important new information continues to come to light.

I have searched all the major historical databases of newspapers, journals,
books, and legal sources, such as Newspapers.com, NewspaperArchive,
Genealogy Bank, Chronicling America, ProQuest, Readex, Fulton History,
JSTOR, HeinOnline, Google Books, Hathi Trust, Internet Archive, Elephind,
British Newspaper Archive, Trove, Ebsco, etc.  But I think there are other,
specialized databases that I may have overlooked or not been aware of.  For
example, Bill Mullins uses a database of publications about magic.  Can any
suggest to me any obscure sources I might search for Serenity Prayer
occurrences, particularly from the 1930s ?

Fred Shapiro

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