[Ads-l] Serenity Prayer Query

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 14 08:09:43 EST 2021


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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