Guide to the Duke University Religious Council Records, 1938-1971
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.
- University Archives, Duke University
- Duke University. Religious Council.
- Duke University Religious Council Records, 1938-1971
- Language of Material
- 1.5 Linear Feet, approx. 1200 Items
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
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.
Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.
Collection is open for research.
In off-site storage; 48 hours advanced notice required for use.
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.
Annual reports, correspondence, financial papers, founding documents, executice council minutes, and miscellaneous material.
Various committees, programs, community outreach efforts, religious events and services, and national Christian organizations
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.
- Religious Life Reference collection, 1937-present (Duke University Archives)
- Duke University Church records, 1936-1985 (Duke University Archives)
[Identification of item], Duke University Religious Council, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Duke University Religious Council Records were received by the University Archives as a transfer between 1976-1978.
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.