Answered By: Gloria Korsman
Last Updated: Oct 14, 2015     Views: 25

What is today known as Harvard Divinity School has been known by various names in the past. The Library of Congress ( gives the following variants:

  • Harvard University Divinity School
  • Divinity School at Cambridge
  • Theological School at Cambridge
  • Cambridge Theological School
  • Cambridge Divinity School
  • Divinity School of the University in Cambridge

I have also seen

  • Divinity School of Harvard University
  • Theological School of Harvard University
  • Divinity School in Harvard University
  • Theological School in Harvard University

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, these names were used interchangeably, although the use of "Cambridge" in its name tended to be less after the founding of the Episcopal Theological School (1867), also in Cambridge but not part of Harvard University (this is now the Episcopal Divinity School, the result of its 1974 merger with the  Philadelphia Divinity School). The regularizing (not changing) of the name to "Harvard Divinity School" began in the early 20th century.

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