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Guide to the Duke University Religious Council Records, 1938-1971

Abstract

The Duke University Religious Council was formed in 1956 to coordinate interdenominational religious life and activity on the university campus and replaced the Student Religious Council, formed in 1937.

Types of material include correspondence, minutes, annual reports, financial papers, membership rosters, and the Council’s founding documents. Major subjects include committees organized by the Council; special services, programs, and events; national Christian organizations; and documents relating to the council’s community outreach. The material range in date from 1938-1971.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Religious Council.
Title
Duke University Religious Council records 1938-1971
Language of Material
English
Extent
1.5 Linear Feet, approx. 1200 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

This collection contains material created and accumulated by the Religious Council and range in date from 1938-1971. A majority dates from 1950 to 1965. The collection is divided into two series: Administrative Records and Subject Files. The administrative records contain correspondence, annual reports, financial papers, minutes of the executive council, and founding constitution and by-laws. Subject files include the materials accumulated by the Special Observance Committee, which include materials relating to various programs organized by the committee: correspondence, minutes, reports, and printed materials; Religious Emphasis Week, 1943-1955; outreach programs with Edgemont Community Center: reports, correspondence, financial papers, and the Living & Learning Project; and papers relating to the United Christian Council.

Administrative Information

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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Annual reports, correspondence, financial papers, founding documents, executice council minutes, and miscellaneous material.

Annual reports, 1938-1940
Box 1
Annual reports, 1960-1961
Box 1
Correspondence, 1956-1966
Box 1
Financial papers, 1956-1959
Box 1
Founding documents, 1955, 1966, undated
Box 1
Minutes, Executive Committee, 1957
Box 1
Minutes, Executive Committee, 1958-1956
Box 1
Miscellaneous, 1948-1956
Box 1

Various committees, programs, community outreach efforts, religious events and services, and national Christian organizations

Faculty Program, 1957-1958, undated
Box 1
Research Committee, 1959
Box 1
Special Observances Committee (SOC), Correspondence, 1956-1958
Box 1
SOC, Correspondence, 1959-1966
Box 1
SOC, Minutes, 1956-1957, 1961
Box 1
SOC, The Bishop's Company Repertory, 1960-1963
Box 1
SOC, Marriage Seminar, 1958-1959
Box 1
SOC, Printed material, 1957-1965
Box 1
SOC, Newspaper clippings, 1957-1966
Box 1
SOC, Publicity fliers and calenders, 1957-1966
Box 1
SOC, Easter Sunrise Service, 1947-1966
Box 1
SOC, Good Friday Service, 1943-1971
Box 1
SOC, Holy Week, 1948-1949, undated
Box 1
SOC, Lentin Service, 1948-1966, bulk 1948-1955
Box 1
SOC, Noonday Meditation, 1952-1958
Box 1
SOC, Miscellaneous, 1956-1966
Box 1
Edgemont Community Center (ECC), Correspondence, 1958-1969
Box 1
ECC, Financial papers, 1957-1966
Box 1
ECC, Edgemont Community Classic, 1971
Box 1
ECC, Living and Learning Project, 1966-1970
Box 1
ECC, Long-Range Planning Committee, 1966-1967, undated
Box 1
Interdenominational meeting, 1949-1951
Box 1
Japanese Cherry Tree Planting Service, 1953
Box 1
Receptions, 1954-1957
Box 1
Religious Emphasis Week, 1943-1951
Box 1
Religious Emphasis Week, 1952
Box 1
Religious Emphasis Week, 1953
Box 1
Religious Emphasis Week, 1954
Box 1
Religious Emphasis Week, 1955
Box 1
School program at Salvation Army Hospital and House, 1962
Box 1
Student Religious Council, 1952-1957
Box 1
United Student Christian Council, 1948-1952
Box 1
Veterans Hospital Ministry, 1960-1961, 1964
Box 1
World's Student Christian Federation, 1939-1952
Box 1
World Student Day of Prayer, 1939-1952
Box 1
United Student Christian Council, 1948-1952
Box 1

Historical Note

The Religious Council was formed in 1956 to coordinate interdenominational religious activities affiliated with Duke University. In April of 1955, members of the Special Church Board Committee, a sub-committee of the Duke University Church, proposed to create a unified council with a widened sphere of operations. The new council would coordinate and serve as an advisory board to the various campus committees and organizations involved in religious activities. In 1956, to facilitate these goals, the Board of Duke University Church (established in 1938) and the Student Religious Council (formed in 1937) were merged to create the Religious Council. The Religious Council was a committee-based organization with community, faculty, and student representation. However, the Council emphasized student membership on the various committees. The Council also emphasized its interdenominational character, encouraging the participation of all faiths in religious activities.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Religious Life Reference collection, 1937-present (Duke University Archives)
  • Duke University Church records, 1936-1985 (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Duke University Religious Council, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Duke University Religious Council Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer between 1976-1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Joshua Larkin Rowley, September 2008

Encoded by Joshua Larkin Rowley, September 2008

Accessions A76-180, A83-75, and A88-0032 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.