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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

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)

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

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

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

Forward Movement. Records

A small and somewhat artificial collection of the organization’s records are maintained as Series 4 of the Records of Forward Movement. It includes early records, especially the Joint Commission’s report, a scrapbook (compiled by the Bishop Edward L. Parsons), correspondence and some ephemera. The Parsons scrapbook was left intact for its artifactual value. It serves as a record of the early years of Forward Movement from 1935-1937. Catalogs make up a large part of the records and document the agency's publication run. Some promotional materials exist from 1934-1943.

Forward Movement

Mahoney, Agnes. Papers

Agnes Mahony’s personal papers consist entirely of correspondence mostly between Mahony and a fellow missionary in Liberia, Nathan Matthews.

Mahoney, Agnes

Bishop Payne Divinity School. Records

The DFMS archive on the American Church Institute (ACI) is largely focused on the years 1906-1967, although documentation on individual schools dates from 1867 (see AO-00-R0061-02 through AO-00-R0061-02-12). This set includes records of the oversight of Bishop Payne Divinity School, Petersburg, Virginia. Records in this series consist mainly of correspondence, especially from the ACI Treasurer’s office concerning the school’s building fund (1932-1948, 1951), and also correspondence of the Rev. George A. Wieland, Home Department Director and later ACI Director (1929-1930, 1942-1951). Board of Trustees meeting minutes and correspondence (1938-1944, 1947-1948), financial documents (1939-1965), and two school catalogs (1945, 1946) are also present.

Bishop Payne Divinity School

St. Agnes Hospital and Nursing School. Records

The records of St. Agnes Hospital and School consists of correspondence (1924, 1927), documents relating to building requirements (1944, 1946-1949), and audits and financial reports (1945-1952). Correspondence is also present from ACI’s Director (with the Bishop of North Carolina, 1942, 1944-1947) and its Executive Secretary (with St. Agnes’ administrator, 1953-1955, 1958). A pamphlet and articles (1923, 1929, 1933) provide historical information of the hospital and school. This series includes a survey report of the school by the George Peabody College for Teachers (1946). While St. Agnes was a separate entity, it resided on St. Augustine’s campus and thus references to St. Augustine’s College can be found in these records.

St. Agnes Hospital and Nursing School

Gaudet Normal and Industrial School. Records

Records include Gaudet’s Board of Trustees minutes and reports (1940-1949, 1952) and financial records (1925-1953). ACI Director’s correspondence (1921, 1932, 1940-1945) is brief, primarily with Dr. Warren Kearny of the Gaudet Board of Trustees and the Church Periodical Club. The Home Department Director, Rev. George A. Wieland, has correspondence (1949) concerning building projects and improvements to Gaudet’s educational program. Historical summaries (1920-1934) provide background information. This series includes a survey report of the school by the George Peabody College for Teachers (1946).

Gaudet Normal and Industrial School

Votaw, Maurice Eldred. Papers

The Papers of Maurice Votaw document his tenure at the School of Journalism at St. John’s University in Shanghai, China, which he also helped found. Correspondence, reports, published material, photographs, oral history transcripts, and memorabilia make up the collection. A significant portion of the correspondence details his efforts on behalf of the missionaries in China during WWII.

Votaw, Maurice Eldred

St. Mark's School. Records

ACI records on St. Mark’s School include the school’s Board of Trustees meeting minutes (1931-1935) and its report to ACI in 1912. Correspondence of founding board member J. A. Van Hoose (1912) and principal Rev. C. W. Brooks (1924) are very brief. Financial records relate to the school’s mortgage (1933-1936). ACI officers’ correspondence covers 1930 to 1940. Historical summaries (1934, c.1940) and a report of the school (1935) provide information about the establishment of St. Mark’s and its programs. The school’s disassociation from ACI in 1941 is touched upon in a Committee on Negro Work report (n.d.) and an ACI memo (1941).

St. Mark's School

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

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

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