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American Church Institute. Administrative Records

The DFMS archive on the American Church Institute (ACI) is largely focused on the years 1906 through 1967, although documentation on individual schools dates from 1867 (see AO-00-R0061-02-12). The collection represents a reasonably comprehensive record of ACI during its lifetime and, in most cases, a much briefer synopsis of the life of each of the individual schools, although student rosters and academic records are not present. The overall ACI administrative records consist of minutes, reports, legal and financial documents, correspondence, historical summaries, building plans, studies, surveys, publications, photographs, and ACIN's corporate seal. Records of the individual schools include copies of minutes of the boards of trustees, reports, correspondence, financial documents, institutional histories, personnel records, and publicity materials.

American Church Institute Administration

Emhardt, (Rev.) William Chauncey

The Emhardt papers consist primarily of correspondence and minutes and reports of organizations with which he was connected, specifically the Christian Unity Foundation and the Anglican and Eastern Association. Records from miscellaneous committees and organizations of which Emhardt was also associated, including the Committee for Church Work Among Foreign-Born Americans, round out the collection.

Emhardt, William Chauncey

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

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

Shoemaker (Rev.), Samuel. Papers

The archive comprises Samuel Shoemaker’s personal and professional correspondence, writings and publications, printed sermons, and documentation of his broadcasting work and speaking engagements. A substantial portion of the correspondence consists of letters regarding his Oxford Group connections and those from the general public in reaction to his publications, broadcasts, and speaking engagements. Shoemaker’s publishing career is extensively documented in his writings, letters from readers, and correspondence with publishers, including Harper Brothers, Fleming Revell, Dutton, and over sixty magazines and periodicals.

Shoemaker, Samuel

Ogilby (Rt. Rev.), Lyman C. Papers

The papers of Bishop Ogilby comprise printed materials, photograph albums, and some miscellaneous loose photographs. The primary value of this collection is the material pertaining to the Brent School in the Philippines and the relationship of the Ogilby family to the school. Although some of the photographs date back as far as 1913, most of the materials reflect the 1950s and 1960s during the rebuilding of the school after World War II.

Ogilby, Lyman C.

Putnam, Katharine (Deaconess). Papers

The Papers of Katharine Putnam document segments of her work as a deaconess stationed in China in the decades leading up to the Communist revolution in the late 1940s. The correspondence and diaries present limited details of Putnam’s life with the most documentation dating from World War II. Photographs comprise the bulk of the collection, most of which are related to the China Mission with approximately one fifth being cultural scenes of China. Also included are several liturgies written in Chinese as well as an album of photos and inscriptions that was created as a memento to Putnam upon her departure from China in 1950.

Putnam, Katharine

Division of College Work. Records

The records of the Division of College work document the Church’s work in college and university communities around the United States. Budgets and grant awards, and photographs constitute the unique records in this group. The photographs depict students, faculty, clergy, and lay leaders at conferences and gatherings in a variety of settings, as well as church buildings and interiors at various colleges and universities around the United States.

Division of College Work

Gailor Industrial School. Records

The school's Board of Trustees records (1935, 1940, 1944-1946) are slight, but other documentation is present concerning finances and the closing of Gailor Industrial School, dating from 1919 to 1951. ACI Director's correspondence (1938-1944) is with Gailor's principal and the Bishop of Tennessee, and with others concerning the school's building projects. Historical information can be found in historical summaries (1924-1928), publicity (1943), and a survey report of the school by the George Peabody College for Teachers (1946).

Gailor Industrial 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

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

St. Philip's Normal and Industrial School. Records

The ACI series relating to St. Philip’s School is primarily the ACI director’s correspondence (1921-1937), which details the reasons that St. Philip’s was never made an official ACI school. St. Philip’s publications providing historical background include a brochure (c.1920s) and Opportunity (1923-1924, 1929). Documents relating to ACI’s financial appropriations to the school (1921, 1923, 1931, n.d.), correspondence of the Bishop of West Texas (1921-1922), and a report of an evaluative visit to the school (1926) complete this set of records.

St. Philip's Normal and Industrial School

Okolona Industrial School. Records

ACI records on Okolona School include meeting minutes of the Board of Trustees (1938-1953, 1966) and its Executive Committee (1941, 1948-1952), the school President’s reports (1937-1942, 1944-1946, 1948), and financial records (1935-1968). ACI Director’s correspondence (1937-1944, 1950-1951) is primarily with the school’s principals and the bishops of Tennessee and Mississippi. This series includes a survey report of the school by the George Peabody College for Teachers (1946).

Okolona Industrial School

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

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

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