Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church, founded in 1905, is located in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Its longest-serving
pastor, Allan A. Hunter, led the congregation from 1926 until his retirement in 1963, but stayed actively involved until his
death almost twenty years later. This collection reflects the activities of the church throughout the twentieth century, as
well as the progressive ideas and religious teachings of Reverend Hunter. His correspondence with other religious thinkers
and social activists is included, as well as the manuscripts of most of his sermons throughout the years, which are also included
on audiotapes. The collection presents a vivid picture of Mt. Hollywood Church as well as the man who was at the helm for
so many decades.
Allan Armstrong Hunter was born in 1893 in Toronto, Canada, the youngest of four children. He came to the United States at
the age of eight, where his family first lived in Colorado before settling in Riverside, California.Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church was founded in 1905, in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. In 1918, during World War I,
Dr. E.P. Ryland was expelled from the First Methodist Church of Hollywood for his pacifism and became the minister at Mt.
Hollywood. Setting a precedent for the pastor who would follow him, Reverend Ryland was a committed pacifist who supported
workers' rights, labor strikes, and was involved in other civic issues. At its height, the church was comprised of over 600
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