The Historians Group is for those members of Collegium who produce scholarship about the history of liberal religion, notably, Unitarianism, Universalism, and Unitarian Universalism.
The current mascot for this group is Hannah Adams (1755-1831), an early American historian and pioneer in the field of comparative religion. Adams was also the first American author to make a living solely from writing and the first historian of religions ever to try to represent sects and denominations in terms which adherents themselves used and from their perspective. Her publications included:
- An Alphabetical Compendium of the Various Sects Which Have Appeared from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Present Day, 1784, and its second edition retitled, A View of Religions, 1791;
- A Summary History of New England, 1799;
- An Abridgment of the History of New England, 1801;
- The Truth and Excellence of the Christian Religion Exhibited, 1804;
- History of the Jews, 1812;
- A Dictionary of All Religions and Religious Denominations, 1817, and reprinted in 1992 with an introduction by Thomas Tweed; and
- Letters on the Gospels, 1824.
The cover image is of Laura Towne (1825 – 1901) teaching students at the Penn Center, a school she founded in 1862, the first school for freed slaves in the United States.