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General Convention of The Episcopal Church
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General Convention Office. Records

This small collection documents the work of the Rev. John F. Stevens in his role as Coordinator of the 1973 General Convention. Included are minutes, reports, correspondence, financial data and information regarding the planning and organizing of the 1973 General Convention.

General Convention Office

Records of the Executive Office

Includes records generated by the Secretary, the Treasurer of General Convention (if separate person), the Executive Officer (if a separate person), the Convention Manager, and other officials serving the Convention in the functions of planning, arrangements, statistical reporting on the state of the church, and other administrative coordination.

Provincial Court of Review for Province II in the Matter of the Diocese of Newark v. The Reverend George Gaines Swanson. Records

This collection consists of trial records related to The Diocese of Newark vs George Gaines Swanson, as appealed to the Court of Review of Province II in 1989-1990. The official record on appeal is bound in four volumes, with a table of contents in the first volume. Records in these volumes include the original presentment, related correspondence, motions and court orders, transcripts of court proceedings, exhibits, and the notice of appeal. Notable among the exhibits are correspondence between Swanson and John Shelby Spong, and a transcript of Swanson's version of events leading up to the appeal. Records of the appeal proceedings are unbound and include the Appellant's Brief on Appeal, the Appellant's Reply Brief, the Decision of the Court of Review and a transcript of telephone conversations between Swanson and Denise Haines, the Archdeacon of Urban Ministry for the Diocese of Newark.

Provincial Court of Review for Province II

House of Bishops

Pastoral letters, communication to the Church, records of the Secretary of the House including rolls, registers and Interim Meeting records, and House committee records. (Does not include Presiding Bishop's administrative records on the House's operation, or records pertaining directly to the triennial session.)

House of Deputies

Official Papers of the President's office, the Secretary of the House, committees of the House (e.g. the State of the Church), publications and communications generated by and within the House not pertaining directly to the triennial session.

Standing Commission on Church Music. Records

The records include detailed meeting minutes, budgets, and other administrative files, many of which document the preparation and publishing of The Hymnal 1982. Commission projects, research, and liturgical resources illustrate influences on the Commission’s decision making. Bland Tucker and Massey Shepherd figure largely among a number of interesting papers, statements, and Commission publications and publicity files. The Chilton Powell Institute program on the preparation of services in the Proposed Book of Common Prayer are documented. General correspondence is found throughout the files, giving evidence of the diverse associations of the Commission to commentators, contributors, and musicians.

Joint Commission on Church Music

Joint Commission on the Revision of the Hymnal. Records

The records document the revision of the Hymnal 1940 and the subsequent companion handbook that was published in 1949. Earlier history is covered by documents gathered on the previous Hymnal 1916. The archive includes correspondence to and from chair person Winfred Douglas and other members of the Commission (including Arthur Farlander, who succeeded Douglas), notes on hymn revisions and changes, a copy of the Commission's report to the 1940 General Convention, reports from the Tunes Committee, and essays and reflections on The Hymnal 1940 after its publication.

Joint Commission on the Revision of the Hymnal

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