Olive Hoogenboom, whose parents were Seventh-day Adventist missionaries, was born in Calcutta, India, in 1927, and raised in South Dakota and Texas. She went to school in the East, graduating from Atlantic Union College, where she met and married her husband, Ari, with whom she has written on historical subjects. Earning her master's degree in English in 1955 from Columbia University, she lived, worked, and raised three children in Texas, Pennsylvania, and Brooklyn, New York, where she and her family moved in 1968. After publishing The First Unitarian Church of Brooklyn: One Hundred Fifty Years in 1987, she was named church historian. She was both a writing fellow and an associate editor of American National Biography and is currently writing a biography of the four Woodbury sisters, who were politically connected in Washington from the 1840s to the early 1900s.
John H. Lathrop