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Joint Commission on Renewal. Records

The records of the Joint Commission on Renewal are comprised primarily of meeting minutes, correspondence, reports drafted by the Commission, and printed materials about renewal written by members of the Commission. There is also a small amount of correspondence and records about financial matters.

Consultation on Renewal

Home Department. Records

This record group includes correspondence, reports, surveys, printed matter, photographs, grant requests, and subject files. The majority of the correspondence relates to awarded grants, placement of workers, requests for assistance, and reports from the aided dioceses.

Home Department

General Board of Religious Education. Minutes

The minutes document the Church's work in the field of religious education carried out by the General Board of Religious Education from its inception in 1911 to its dissolution in the 1960s. The General Board’s records are confined to the minutes of the Executive Committee.

General Board of Religious Education

Department of Christian Education. Records

The records relate to the reorganization of Christian education under the National Council beginning with the phase that retained some of the self-governing aspects of the Church’s board structure. The administrative records include minutes, reports, surveys, correspondence, financial statements, and printed matter. Of note is a significant amount of documentation relating to an annual index of Episcopal Camps and Conferences, including questionnaires, leaflets, brochures, and correspondence as well as two film series including Here and Now and Going on from Here, along with production records. Reports, minutes, transcriptions, and correspondence that document the various aspects of the Department’s work among youth round out the collection.

Department of Christian Education

Advisory Commission on Ecclesiastical Relations. Records

This is a small group of the Commission’s minutes and reports. Of note is a 1931 report by Frank Gavin on the condition of the Church in Europe and the Middle East, which was filed with the Committee on Ecclesiastical Relations as it was then known.

Advisory Commission on Ecclesiastical Relations

Henry Forrester Missionary Papers

Henry Forrester’s working papers primarily document his domestic missionary activity in New Mexico and include four bound volumes of correspondence sent and received beginning with the final months of his rectorship in Terry, Mississippi (1874), through his early services in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Albuquerque. Also represented in the archive is a scrapbook volume titled “Forresteriana,” which covers the period 1871 to 1880 and includes clippings on topics of concern to him, news items on his work, published letters, and tracts written by Forrester for his work with the Spanish speaking population of the territory.

Domestic Committee

National and World Mission. Anglican Communion Records

The Anglican Communion Records largely document the communication between staff of the National and World Mission office and representatives of other provinces and dioceses of the Anglican Communion. Included are reports, correspondence, meeting materials, and financial statements.

National and World Mission Office

Office of the Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces. Records

This archive consists of materials that document the Office of the Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces from when General Convention established the Office of the Suffragan Bishop to 1975. Earlier materials collected by the office relate to the history and legislation on military chaplains date back to 1924. Included in the collection are meeting minutes, correspondence, diocesan files, topical files, records of grant applications and conferences, and publicity materials.

Office of the Suffragan Bishop for the Armed Forces

Ecumenical Office. Records

This fonds documents the work of Ecumenical Officer Peter Day in representing the Episcopal Church on various external Christian bodies engaged in consultation on common liturgical and social matters, as well as discussions of unity. Of particular note are the Episcopal Church's files on the Consultation on Church Unity (COCU). Correspondence, reports, newsletters, articles, questionnaires are also found in the records.

Ecumenical Office

Scarlett (Rt. Rev.), William. Papers

Bishop Scarlett's papers reflect his keen sense of social activism and interest in current events. Almost half the papers in this record group consists of Scarlett's sermons and addresses. Personal writings, correspondence, committee and commission records, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera round out the collection.

Scarlett, William

National Graduate Training Center (Windham House). Records

The records comprehensively cover Windham House's entire history and include minutes, director’s reports, and correspondence. Administrative files document Windham House's inception through its final director Johanna Mott. There is a solid set of financial records (1931-1973) with building plans, and records relating to the disposal of property. Alumni lists and correspondence exist as does a set of student records (1928-1967). A series of publications and typescripts about Windham House includes yearly catalogs and bulletins on the schools curriculum and academic life. The records also include a set of photographs.

National Graduate Training Center (Windham House)

Special Committee on Theological Education in the Episcopal Church. Records

This collection consists of the Committee’s records as kept by Dr. Charles Taylor, the director of the study, and includes official minutes and reports, correspondence, data on seminaries, and planning and working documents of the Committee. Of note are copies of Nathan M. Pusey’s 1966 Report of the Special Committee titled “Ministry for Tomorrow,” which helped inform the study of theological education undertaken by the Committee and directed by Charles Taylor. Taylor’s work from 1957 to 1967 is well documented and there is correspondence from his time as the director of the American Association of Theological Schools from 1957. Correspondence and reports were generated and collected before, during, and after visits to a number of seminary and theological schools, including Berkeley Divinity School, Episcopal Theological Seminary, and Sewanee.

Special Committee on Theological Education in the Episcopal Church

Committee on the Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial. Records

The committee’s records reflect the work done to create a vehicle for crafting projects and resources for parishes to celebrate the role of religion in marking the country’s bicentennial of independence. Records were also generated by two subcommittees of the Bicentennial Committee: Budget and “Forward Look”, to define future directions for the Church, especially in relation to the Bicentennial theme, "liberty and justice for all.” The latter committee met in 1975 and was chaired by Hodding Carter III. The committee’s records show their full engagement in a planning agenda. Emphasis was given to a special issue Anglican Theological Review (55:1) and the plans for the General Convention program and exhibit. Other publications relating to the Bicentennial are present, including writings on the topic by Presiding Bishop John Allin.

Committee on Observance of the Nation's Bicentennial

Department of Finance. China Mission Records

Mostly correspondence and some financial records make up this set of records, which dates from 1941 to 1951, excluding the period from January of 1947 through November of 1948. They capture an important record of the activities of the Episcopal Church in China during World War II and during the last days of its work in the early 1950s. The correspondence contains far more than a record of financial transactions, since Allen wrote detailed letters recording the events taking place in China. There is some correspondence with the Bank of China, 1941-1944.

Department of Finance

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